Last spring, our firm participated in a mock congressional hearing on the claims of the Harris Neck Land Trust at Emory Law School in Georgia. The hearing was designed to assist the Harris Neck Land Trust effort to win congressional backing to recover the land now controlled by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. If you are not familiar with this movement, you should read more about their story.
Significant progress was made in December on the struggle for Justice by former members of the Harris Neck community and their descendants. A hearing before the House of Representative’s Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs was held on December 15th, 2011. Many issues were considered, including the eminent domain violations in the 1942 taking, and the Trust’s plans for its proposed new community. The Harris Neck Land Trust gained the support of the subcommittee members who further directed the Fish & Wildlife Service to carefully examine how they obtained this property, determine whether all members were fully and justly compensated, and consider the remedies available to provide justice to all members of Harris Neck. The next step in the process is the introduction, and then Committee consideration, of a legislative solution.
Read the Harris Neck Press Release