In a story from Indian Country Today, Gail Toensing reports that the White House wants a clean fix without changes to legislation concerning trust land. In an earlier post, we discussed Sen. Dianne Feinstein's position.
The White House has reiterated its support for a “Carcieri fix” – legislation confirming the federal government’s authority to take Indian land into trust for general purposes, while the Interior Department has distanced itself from a senator’s proposal that would virtually eliminate off reservation trust land for gaming.
“I think everyone in the administration that’s talked about it has made it very clear that we support the clean Carcieri fix,” White House spokesman Shin Inouye told Indian Country Today Nov. 23. “The president has said that, the Secretary (of Interior) has said that, we’ve said that in all our letters and testimony to Congress. Is there some confusion out there about our position?”
If there is confusion, it’s due to a controversy that’s blurring the distinction between two major pieces of Indian law – the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, which provides land into trust for general purposes other than gaming, and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, a section of which deals with gaming on “newly acquired land” – that is, land acquired after IGRA was enacted in October 1988.
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