Written Testimony from House Resources Hearing re: New Fee to Trust Guidance

From the House Resources Committee:

Panel 1
The Honorable Carl Artman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

Panel 2
The Honorable Lorraine White, Chief, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council, Akwesasne, NY
The Honorable Vincent Armenta, Tribal Chairman, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, Santa Ynez, CA
The Honorable Hazel Hindsley, Tribal Chairwoman, St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Webster, WI
Mr. Jeff Warnke, Director, Government and Public Relations, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, Oakville, WA

Continue reading

Kevin Washburn testimony re: New Guidance on Off-Rez Gaming Lands Acquisitions

Kevin Washburn has posted on SSRN his testimony for tomorrow’s hearing before the House Resources Committee on the new guidance for the acquisition of off-reservation trust lands for gaming purposes.

Alaska Trust Acquisitions Suit — Akiachak v. DOI

In 2006, several Alaskan Native communities sued the Department of the Interior for failing to take land into trust on their behalf under 25 U.S.C. 465 and 25 CFR Part 151. Not much has happened in the case (other than a motion to transfer venue to D. Alaska), but recently the State of Alaska moved to intervene.

Here is the amended complaint and other materials:

Continue reading