WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, November 20 at 2:30 p.m., Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) will hold a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing to examine the impact of the Carcieri case on the Tribal land-in-trust process.
The Carcieri case involved a challenge by the Governor of Rhode Island to the Secretary of the Interior’s authority to take land into trust status for the Narragansett Indian Tribe pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA). On February 24, 2009, the Supreme Court issued its decision, holding that the Secretary of the Interior did not have the authority to take land into trust for the Tribe. This decision triggered uncertainty and roadblocks to the land-in-trust process.
Since that time, Congress has grappled with what is known as the “Carcieri fix” to no avail.
The oversight hearing is comprised of witnesses from federal, tribal and local governments.
The hearing will take place in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will be available online atindian.senate.gov.
The Honorable Kevin Washburn
Assistant Secretary -Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Jaqueline Johnson-Pata
Executive Director National Congress of American Indians, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Marshall Pierite
Chairman Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, Marksville, LA; and Co-Chairman, United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Carcieri Task Force, Nashville, Tennessee
Ms. Diane Dillion
Supervisor Napa County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of California State Association of Counties, Sacramento, California