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NCAI welcomes compromise on judicial nominations

The National Congress of American Indians will continue to oppose controversial judicial nominee Bill Myers but welcomes the Senate's compromise, President Tex Hall said on Tuesday.

Hall said the agreement reached by a bipartisan group preserves the Senate's ability to block "extremist nominees" like Myers. Due to his record on sacred sites, sovereignty and the trust responsibility, tribes have lobbied to prevent Myers from taking a seat on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which hears a significant number of Indian law cases affect tribes in the West, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.

"Thanks to the efforts of tribes nationwide, Myers continues to be filibustered and the nuclear option has been avoided - our system of checks and balances is preserved," Hall said.

The compromise will allow a vote on three other appeals court nominees, including one today for Texas Supreme Court Judge Priscilla R. Owen. She is nominated for a spot on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has ruled negatively against tribes in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.

With the appeals court nominees out of the way, debate is turning towards a possible vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. The White House is said to be preparing for someone to step down as early as next month.

Get the Story:
Senate Set To Vote on Delayed Nominee (The Washington Post 5/25)
Bush Expected to Push for a Conservative (The Washington Post 5/25)
Many Republicans Are Already Eager to Challenge Agreement on Filibusters (The New York Times 5/25)
Justice Choice Could Rekindle Filibuster Fight in the Senate (The New York Times 5/25)

Relevant Documents:
Inspector General Letter | NCAI Resolution | Environmental Group's Letter | Holland & Hart Biography

Indianz.Com Profile:
Industry insider named to Interior (March 30, 2001)

From the Indianz.Com Archive:
Myers reversing sacred site opinion (10/25)
Bush nominee has no 'agenda' on Clinton decisions (6/21)

Relevant Links:
Judicial nominees, Department of Justice site -

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