Judge affirms Narragansett Tribe land-into-trust
Tuesday, September 30, 2003

A federal judge on Monday upheld a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to take 31 acres of land into trust for the Narragansett Tribe.

U.S. District Court Judge Mary Lisi denied a summary judgment motion by the town of Charlestown and the state of Rhode Island. She granted a summary judgment motion in favor of the BIA and the Department of Interior.

The tribe intends to use the land for a housing project. Since it is out of the tribe's settlement area, state officials fear it will be used for a casino. The BIA took it in trust for non-gaming purposes.

The case is Carcieri v. Norton, No. 00-00375. The decision is not yet posted on the Rhode Island District Court webpage at

Get the Story:
Federal judge rules Narragansetts have authority over housing site (AP 9/29)

Related Indian Board of Indian Appeals Decisions:
18 IBIA 67 (12/05/1989) | 35 IBIA 93 (06/29/2000)

Relevant Links:
Narragansett Tribe -

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