Battling for Native American Lands

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Congress must enact legislation to “fix” the 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, 555 U.S. 379. This legislative fix would reaffirm the propriety of many federal land acquisitions made on behalf of American Indians since 1934. The fix would also extend to the Secretary of the Interior’s authority to approve such acquisitions in the future. Both were called into question by the Carcieri decision.