Saturday, April 20, 2013

Salazar v. Patchak (linked with Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak)

This case is discussing whether the government can be sued over Indian trust land. David Patchak lives in an area around native Indian-owned land. The federal government took the land into trust so that the owners could build a casino. Patchak is arguing against the District of Columbia district court saying that building this casino would destroy the land. "The court dismissed the case, but the D.C. appeals court overturned that decision and remanded. The Interior Department and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band petitioned SCOTUS; the case is linked with Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak."

This debate was argued on April 24th, 2012. The decision was made June 18th, 2012 where it was voted 8-1, in favor of Patchak. In this case I would also vote in favor of Patchak. I agree that the native Indian land should be saved. Although a casino would provide more jobs and maybe boost the economy in that location, I still believe they should save historic land from something as useless as a casino.

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