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house Bill H.R. 375

Should the Interior Secretary’s Authority to Take Land Into Trust for All Tribes Be Reaffirmed?

Argument in favor

The Supreme Court’s 2009 decision in Carcieri v. Salazar had severe repercussions for tribes’ abilities to make land into trust requests, as it rendered some tribes unable to make these requests due to not being under federal jurisdiction at the time of the Indian Rights Act’s passage in 1934. This is unfair, and creates a false distinction between tribes.

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05/15/2019
Don’t let the tweeter in chief derail this bill.
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Solomon's Opinion
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05/15/2019
Federally recognized tribes should be given control of their land. This bill restores that right when for tribes not included in the original IRA
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KyleCorley's Opinion
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05/15/2019
We took their land from them in the first place, so we should at least give them back some of it.
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Argument opposed

Federal land into trust conversions can have serious consequences for states and thus should be managed carefully. The Carcieri decision rightfully creates appropriate definitions for the tribes that are — and aren’t — eligible to restore their homelands via the Dept. of the Interior’s land into trust process.

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05/15/2019
As I understand it, Native American's land and people are regarded as sovereign Nations unto themselves. I do not understand this legislation and I do not trust any of the non-confirmed, temporarily acting heads of Trump's agencies to do anything but subvert the reason these agencies exist. Constant spinning, lying, distorting and enrichment of the chosen few has consequences Mr. President!
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Kathi13's Opinion
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05/15/2019
Native American lands do not need to be held in “trust” by the government intent on wiping them out, but should be given to them free and clear.
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Linda's Opinion
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05/15/2019
The government doesn’t handle trusts very well. Look at Social Security for over 50 years, Congress exchanged cash from the trust for treasury bonds. Now how do they intend to Pay at maturity. They don’t GOP talking cuts in 2020 budget. And to top it off, these funds aren’t part of General Budget. So, no. We can’t trust government - Congress & President.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
  • The house Passed May 15th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 323 Yea / 96 Nay
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2019

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Title

To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.

Official Title

To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.

    Don’t let the tweeter in chief derail this bill.
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    As I understand it, Native American's land and people are regarded as sovereign Nations unto themselves. I do not understand this legislation and I do not trust any of the non-confirmed, temporarily acting heads of Trump's agencies to do anything but subvert the reason these agencies exist. Constant spinning, lying, distorting and enrichment of the chosen few has consequences Mr. President!
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    Native American lands do not need to be held in “trust” by the government intent on wiping them out, but should be given to them free and clear.
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    The government doesn’t handle trusts very well. Look at Social Security for over 50 years, Congress exchanged cash from the trust for treasury bonds. Now how do they intend to Pay at maturity. They don’t GOP talking cuts in 2020 budget. And to top it off, these funds aren’t part of General Budget. So, no. We can’t trust government - Congress & President.
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    This program both usurps state rights and native American rights. The land should be held in private trusts owned by the tribes, not federal trusts owned by the government.
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    Federally recognized tribes should be given control of their land. This bill restores that right when for tribes not included in the original IRA
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    We took their land from them in the first place, so we should at least give them back some of it.
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    Their land is their land. This country has screwed the Only Real Americans ENOUGH. Extend & continue.
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    Honor the Native tribes! They have suffered enough from unfair practices!
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    I wouldn’t give any authority for anything to this administration. They’d be building hotels on the land after declaring eminent domain.
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    Ethics Concerns Apply To Democrats, As Well As Republicans, Equally.... 🤔 I’ve.Also.An.Idea. 🤔 I do not want Democratic powers expanded, extended, or increased in any way shape or form. They are a danger to the environment and their financial liabilities need to be closely examined given their history with all sectors of the nation. The 1978 Ethics in Government Act, “which requires federal officials to publicly disclose financial liabilities that could affect their decision-making,” should be enforced for all sectors of Government, Democrats OR Republicans, “Come Hell Or High Water” SneakyPete..... 🤔👍🏻ETHICS🤔👍🏻. 5.15.19.....
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    TRUMP'S LOBBYIST CABINET MEMBERS FOR SECETARY OF INTERIOR CANNOT BE TRUSTED TO BE IN TRUST FOR ANYTHING! THEY'S CHAET THE NATIVE AMERICANS BLIND!
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    With the track record of the US government and all that they have done to the native Americans, who would have faith or trust that the government is looking out for the best interest of native Americans?
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    The Native Americans owned this land long before we arrived. They need no supervision to govern their own land. Give back to them what was previously taken from them by you lawmakers and let them live in peace!
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    Whose land are they planning to turn over to tribal use? All of the items on deck for this week seem to be under the table. This one, and purple and orange books. No information is given to citizens who it may effect drastically. Nothing should be considered with out more information to those who are going to be affected by your votes and personal agendas. You are supposed to represent us all, NOT just a certain group!
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    The federal government, especially the current administration, should not have the power to take someone’s land into trust. It is already there land. So a resounding hell no!
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    This bill would reaffirm the authority of the Interior secretary to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, land on which the tribes could then operate casinos. Heather Sibbison, legal counsel for the tribe, said a tribe’s right to hold land has “profound historical and cultural meaning. But for almost everyone else on the other side who is working to disestablish the tribe’s reservation, this is just a big, huge fight over casino market share. If it loses its reservation, it loses its school, its ability to provide basic social services; it loses its fundamental right to have land on which it can engage in true self government.” Please do the right thing and vote yes
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    The federal laws that are being referred to here don't apply to the tribes, they are a nation unto themselves, so why is the Dept. of Interior getting involved in this matter. Let them manage their own lands, period, end of story.
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    The white man stole their land. At least treat these people decently.
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    Yes Native tribes need protection still.
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