WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Friday reiterated his support for legislation to undo a 2009 Supreme Court decision that deemed the Narragansett Indians ineligible to place a parcel of their land into a trust status that would exempt it from state and local laws and taxes.
"In the wake of the Carcieri decision, we've asked Congress to restore the secretary of Interior's authority to take land into trust for federally-recognized Indian tribes," Mr. Obama told the third annual White House Tribal Nations Conference. Indian rights advocates consider the decision a threat to the sovereignty of all tribes.
The so-called "Carcieri fix," broadly supported across Indian Country, is pending in Congress. Officials of a number of states oppose the measure.