Poarch Band battles county on status of trust property
Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Poarch Creek Band of
says a county in Alabama can't tax its trust lands.
The tribe gained federal recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs
process in 1984. But the tribe says it has had a "longstanding relationship with the United States" that goes back much further.
"The Poarch Band of Creeks is an established legal and political successor-in-interest of the larger Creek (Muskogee) Confederacy and has an unquestioned longstanding relationship with the United States dating back centuries,” the tribe said in a statement, The Atmore Advance reported.
Officials in Escambia County are questioning whether the
U.S. Supreme Court
decision in Carcieri v.
affects the tribe.
The ruling restricts the land-into-trust process to tribes that were "under federal jurisdiction" in 1934.
The Poarch Band says evidence shows the tribe was “demonstrably under federal jurisdiction in 1934."
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PCI: County off target
(The Atmore Advance 4/18)
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