BIA not planning hearing for Miccosukee Tribe land-into-trust

The Miccosukee Golf & Country Club in Miami, Florida. Photo from Golf Miami

The Bureau of Indian Affairs isn't planning on holding a public hearing on a land-into-trust application submitted by the Miccosukee Tribe in Florida.

Neighbors of the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club are circulating petitions in support of a formal meeting. But a BIA official said that's not likely since the application does not involve gaming.

“Otherwise, we generally follow the recommendations we receive from the local government authority before extending the trust, Randall Trickey, the acting director for the BIA's Eastern region, told The Kendall Gazette.

The tribe initially submitted the application for the 229-acre site in 2003, the paper reported. Local opposition prevented it from moving forward, the paper said.

The BIA finally approved the tribe's request in October 2012. But the Interior Board of Indian Appeals ordered a reconsideration in July 2013 after a challenge from Miami-Dade County.

The tribe resubmitted the application in January but the process once again appears to be on hold due to county objections.

Get the Story:
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs delays action on golf course (The Kendall Gazette 5/3)

Interior Board of Indian Appeals Decision:
Miami-Dade County v. Acting Eastern Regional Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs (July 10, 2013)

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