Dorgan promises action on land-into-trust ruling
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The Senate Indian Affairs Committee plans to take action on the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) said on Thursday.

The committee heard from two witnesses who called on Congress to "fix" the decision so that all tribes can participate in the land-into-trust process. Attorney Ed Lazarus and Ron Allen, the secretary of the National Congress of American Indians and the chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe of Washington, said the ruling will lead to more litigation and cause problems if not addressed.

A third witness, South Dakota attorney general Larry Long, did not support or oppose a fix. He instead called on Congress to launch a full-scale review of the land-into-trust process.

The hearing did not last very long due to a scheduled vote in the Senate. Dorgan, the chairman of the committee, promised to continue looking for ways to address the decision.

Get the Story:
Senate committee explores congressional fix for tribes (The Cape Cod Times 5/22)

Committee Hearing:
HEARING to examine Executive Branch authority to acquire trust lands for Indian Tribes (May 21, 2009)

Supreme Court Decision:
Syllabus | Opinion [Thomas] | Concurrence [Breyer] | Dissent [Stevens] | Concurrence/Dissent [Souter]

Supreme Court Documents:
Oral Argument Transcript | Briefs

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