DOI Asks Senate To Upend Supreme Court's Tribal Rulings

By Natalie Rodriguez (May 7, 2014, 7:02 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Department of the Interior official on Wednesday urged a Senate committee to pass a pair of bills that would effectively overturn U.S. Supreme Court decisions limiting the government's ability to put land into trust for a tribe and allowing more litigation attacking a casino property deal.

Kevin K. Washburn, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs, asked the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to pass S. 2188, which would amend the Indian Reorganization Act to reaffirm the secretary of the Interior's authority to take land into trust for tribes — a power that was cinched by the Supreme Court's 2009 Carcieri...

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