Lawmakers Say DOI's Trust Decision 'Infringed' On Congress

Law360 (May 29, 2020, 6:12 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior exceeded its lawful powers when it revoked trust land from a Massachusetts tribe in March, a bipartisan group of members of Congress have written in an amicus brief filed in D.C. federal court.

Reps. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., and Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and others on Thursday filed the brief in a case brought by the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. The tribe sued the DOI in 2018 after the Trump administration denied its land-into-trust application for a proposed casino in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The legislators accused the DOI of infringing on Congress's "authority to...

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