Carcieri Playing Havoc With Tribal Casino Cases

A 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling hindering American Indian efforts to acquire and place ancestral lands into federal trust is also creating havoc for tribal governments seeking to get into the gambling business, and federal officials trying to help them.

U.S. Department of Interior efforts to work around the court’s ruling in Carcieri v Salazar may depend on the ability of the Cowlitz Tribe of Washington state and the Mashpee Wampanoags of Massachusetts to prove they were “under federal jurisdiction” 79 years ago.

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