Amador Lost Another Round In The Battle Against The Ione Band Of Miwok Indians

Amador Lost Another Round In The Battle Against The Ione Band Of Miwok Indians

Amador County has lost another round in the battle against the Ione band of Miwok Indians. The U.S. Supreme court last week declined to hear the county’s challenge to the Federal Government’s Land-Into-Trust acquisition for the tribes proposed casino in Plymouth, leaving in place a ninth circuit decision allowing the acquisition to stand. In a one-line order, the Supreme Court said it would not hear a challenge to a ninth circuit decision in October 2017 that found that the U.S. Department of the Interior didn’t violate the Indian Reorganization Act of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The county asked the court in April to hear the case, saying the government should not have approved the casino project because the tribe didn’t meet the Indian Reorganization Act’s requirements that it be both under federal jurisdiction and recognized by the federal government at the time the law was enacted in 1934. In May the ninth court panel had found that the tribe had to be recognized when a particular trust decision is made, 2012, in the Ione Tribe’s case, and that there was evidence that the tribe was under federal jurisdiction in 1934. Contrary to what the county has argued, a tribe didn’t have to be considered under federal jurisdiction. The county and two citizen groups have challenged the DOI’s May 2012 decision that approved taking 228 acres of land in Plymouth into trust for the tribe.

Written by KVGC Staff

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