2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 12:50:40 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] TRIBES, REUSE; Aquidneck Island (RI) transfer
Extension sought on Navy land

By Richard Salit
Providence Journal (RI)
July 14, 2009

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has requested an extension of a federal deadline in its quest to acquire, for free, surplus Navy land on Aquidneck Island for two area tribes.

The bureau, unable to meet last Friday's deadline to turn in an application, requested an additional 30 days to complete the submission on behalf of the Narragansett Indians and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, on Martha's Vineyard.

Naval Station Newport is looking to dispose of about 260 acres in Newport, Portsmouth and Middletown, including many parcels on Narragansett Bay or with views of the water.

The Navy is requiring that it receive fair market value for the properties - many of which have some degree of contamination - and that any federal agency that seeks to acquire them accept them in as-is condition. As a result, Indian Affairs, while seeking an exception to the fair-market-value requirement, asked in a letter to the Navy for an appraisal of the value of the properties and an environmental assessment of them.


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Lenny Siegel
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