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Tribes Face Rougher Road For Land-Into-Trust Bids

Law360 (September 14, 2018, 5:18 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s rejection this month of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's application to have its Massachusetts land held in trust puts the tribe’s planned casino project in jeopardy and could signal that the Trump administration intends to make it more difficult for recently recognized tribes to pursue their land-into-trust requests, experts say.

Tribes can spend decades winning recognition from the federal government, and those seeking to have land held in trust by the DOI have to clear an even higher hurdle by passing...
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