BIA approves land-into-trust application for Mohegan Tribe
Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Bureau of Indian Affairs
has approved a land-into-trust application for the Mohegan Tribe
The application covers about 35 acres. That would bring the tribe's total trust land holdings to 350 acres.
The tribe gained federal recognition in 1994. Its land claim settlement act
states that the federal government "shall" place up to 700 acres in trust for the tribe.
The law appears to override any concerns raised by the U.S. Supreme Court
decision in Carcieri
poses a problem. The ruling restricts the land-into-trust process
to tribes that were "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934.
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Mohegan Tribe Takes 35 Acres into Trust
(The Montville Patch 3/14)
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