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U. S. Senate Oversight Hearing on Impact of Carcieri and Patchak Decisions


September 13, 2012 1:02 PM | Posted by Masse, Chris | Print this page

Today, Senator Akaka held yet another hearing on the impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in the Carcieri, and now, Patchak, cases. 

Both Senator Akaka and witnesses (see below) expressed their disappointment in the decisions and their resulting and growing concerns surrounding the uncertainty of land into trust decisions and the severe negative effects of that uncertainty on tribes' ability to govern their affairs, grow and preserve their land bases, and develop their economies.  Senator Akaka also expressed his frustration that a legislative fix has not been forthcoming, and pledged to continue his efforts to find a clean solution this session. However, Congress' uncertain schedule during this election season may make that unlikely.

Witnesses included Del Laverdure, Acting Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior; Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians; John Echohawk, Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund; Colette Routel, Associate Professor of Law, William Mitchell College of Law.

See our June 2012 blog post on the Patchak decision, Individual Right to Challenge Land To Trust Decision Allowed.

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