Biden Starting Plans To Give Back Lands To Native American Tribes

Biden is picking up where Obama left off. Obama gave back 560,000 acres. Trump added 76,000 acres back to Native Americans.

Biden’s representatives plan to meet with several tribal leaders to discuss plans to protect and restore tribal homelands, the U.S. Department of the Interior said on Tuesday.

Don’t count on the Supremes bailing us out on this one. They have already given the green light in a ruling back in 2019- from an earlier post:

Supreme Gorsuch sides with Liberals again on Indian hunting case

Another disappointing ruling by our changed latest Supreme Gorsuch. One can only imagine where this will lead in other Indian cases if the USA is bound to treaties written centuries ago. Better yet, apparently the issue had been ruled on before. So much for “settled Law.” Even better, wait until we have to give back much of the Southwest to Mexico.

The four dissenting justices said the majority was ignoring a clear precedent — a similar case in 1895 involving the same treaty language and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Lower courts agreed, but the justices, in a 5-4 ruling, sided with Mr. Herrera on Monday, saying the treaty is good law. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia, sided with the court’s four Democratic appointed justices.

Wyoming can’t abrogate an 1868 treaty with the Crow Tribe just because it was signed before Wyoming officially became a state, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case breathing new life into American Indian-U.S. relations.

The ruling contradicts a century-old high court precedent and could guarantee American Indians’ hunting rights on some federal lands.

Now for the latest.

Reuters reported:

Federal land trust policies allow tribes to re-acquire historic land and aim to remedy practices going back more than a century that took away Native American tribes’ lands across the present-day United States.

“We have an obligation to work with Tribes to protect their lands and ensure that each community has a homeland where its citizens can live together to lead safe and fulfilling lives,” Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland said. “These important actions are a step in the right direction to restore homelands that will strengthen Tribal communities.”

The meetings are currently scheduled to be held throughout October. Interior Department Secretary Deb Haaland, a former U.S. representative from New Mexico, is the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency. She oversees the U.S. government’s relationship with nearly 600 federally recognized tribal nations as well as policies guiding the use of 500 million acres of federal and tribal land, a fifth of the nation’s surface,” Reuters added.

Deb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the InteriorSecretary Deb Haaland made history when she became the first Native American to serve as a cabinet secretary. She is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and a 35th generation New Mexican. (Doing a fast math, giving that a generation is 30 years,  30 generations gives you about a 1000 years. I am sure she knows the name of everyone of the tribes.)

The department in April allowed regional Bureau of Indian Affairs directors to review and approve applications, a reversal of a Trump-era order that gave jurisdiction to the department’s headquarters and triggered delays.

A department official said 560,000 acres of land were placed in trust for tribes during the Obama administration, followed by 75,000 acres of land under the Trump administration.

More at Yahoo News

This should put Texas in a happy place. Not overwhelmed yet by the so called migrants? Let’s just give the state back to Mexico? How about California going back to Spain? Why not the U.S. back to Great Britain?

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