Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications

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In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect "new" hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

A regulation under consideration by the Department of the Interior warns tribes of additional requirements for off-reservation applications. But it goes even further -- the rule would reinstate a 30-day waiting period for all land-into-trust decisions, including those for on-reservation parcels. 

"This rule revises existing regulations governing off-reservation trust acquisitions to establish new items that must be included in an application," the notice of proposed rulemaking states. "The rule will also reinstate the 30-day delay for taking land into trust following a decision by the Secretary or Assistant Secretary."