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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.

Dale's Opinion
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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.

jimK's Opinion
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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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    No! No! NO! At NO point should we "reaffirm" ANY Department's "authority" to seize land!
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    The white man stole their land. At least treat these people decently.
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    First, we should never take anyone's personal opinion on these things be it Trump or Obama or any other president. These things need to work through the senate as they should. We have continued to give bureaucrats more and more power because we are to lazy to vote. We live in the proverbial frying pan.
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    How dare we think we have possession of others rights. Racism
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    The people whose land was stolen do not need their descendants putting their land “in trust”. With this party, that’s more newspeak for theft.
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    I don’t trust Cole or any Repugnacant to do something good.
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    It is their land. They should have control of it. They own it. There are some reservations where the government leased part of their land for projects and then when the lease was up, the government just took ownership without discussion or compensation. The government screws enough people over. Leave the Indians alone
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    Yes, we need to be more respectful of these people.
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    Before the first European set foot on North America, there were over 950 Native American tribes all on land that they fought for and claimed. Today, there remain over 550 federally recognized Native American tribes in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. Most of these tribes are on a portion of their original land, but much of that land has been taken from them by the States and the United States. What remains is called a "Reservation". This Bill is vitally important to Indian people in America who ALL should be allowed to live productively on their original and historic lands. However, that right was taken from them many, many years ago when many were moved off their original lands and "relocated". What is now Oklahoma was at one time called "Indian Country" and today many tribes are allocated lands in Okahoma as their land held in trust by the Federal Government. Other tribes such as the Lakota, Navajo, Apache, Cherokee, etc., still hold a portion of their historic lands, held in trust for them by the United States. So this Bill is very very important to Indian people to correct the horrendous Salazar case in 2009. Those who voted against this Bill, including my Rep from Tennessee, who is nothing more than a waterboy for Donald Trump, have ZERO knowledge of Indian history and Indian law , and the importance of Native Americans being able to reclaim some of their lands. Fortunately, the Bill passed by a large margin in the House and hopefully in the Senate too.
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    No, absolutely not...Indian territory land decisions should be up to the tribe it affects.
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    We invaded. Let’s return ownership to the original inhabitants. Maybe they will do a better job.
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    I cannot imagine anyone NOT agreeing to this, considering how many times the United States government has LIED to our American Native Tribes. And while Trump is still the dictator, we must do the same for our Parks and BLM Land.....The resource stealers are licking their chops at the chance to steal everything they can.
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    The Land Belongs to the People. Just so far, and this is all that’s been made public so it’s probably a mere pittance. The tRump Adm has let Miners into Bristol Bay Alaska. Formerly known as one of the last pristine places for Salmon to return. It’s gone. 2. They stole half of Bears Ears NP in UT. 3. They’ve opened ANWR to Drilling Fossil Fuels. ALL my life we’ve fought to keep Republicans out of the Alaska Wildlife Refuge. Donald Trump appointed that 1st Nut Job that put the 50,000 Sound Booth to save him from going upstairs. Then Zinke who resigned in scandal. The point is The Interior Dept has a far and they can do VAST DAMAGE And they can Multitask with their little deputies. MOTIVE: Bureau of Land Management USGS, Land and Mineral, Water (Which will be the next War) and SCIENCE Which Republicans DENY in every possible way. Republicans will STEAL all of OUR MINERALS OUR LAND and Our WATER Then They’ll Develop it. The new guy, #4 David Bernhardt is an Oil Guy. The point is to move republicans OUT. This is ridiculous that we have to wonder if one party is trying to take what belongs to us and everyone that follows. They’ve shown their cards!
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    I do not want Bernhardt powers expanded, extended, or increased in any way shape or form. He is a danger to the environment and his financial liabilities need to be closely examined given his history with the energy sector. 1978 Ethics in Government Act, “which requires federal officials to publicly disclose financial liabilities that could affect their decision-making,”
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    Is not this up to the courts to decide!!!!!!!!!
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    Too much has already been taken from The First Nation’s . If anything is to be done it is reparations.
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    Not while the Pig People are in charge. Why is looking out for the Native Americans while these Republicans play fast and loose with the law and the rights of these people? I smell corporate America on this.
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    We must protect all of the First Nations no matter how big or small and ensure the have access to federal proper Federal funding! They were here first and as I have Native American Friends. We are considered uninvited guests by many and so many more have assimilated into the white man’s ways! Respect for their property and way of life is essential! So many Native Americans have served this country when needed or asked and for them we not only honor but give them tribute before anyone else!
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    Absolutely!! We have done enough to the Indians as it is.
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    I think the interior secretary should be given the authority to take land into trust for all the representatives who voted for this item
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