President Obama signs land-into-trust bill for Susanville Rancheria

Dancers at the Susanville Indian Rancheria powwow in May 2015. Still image from Randy Shirley / YouTube

The Susanville Indian Rancheria of California will be reclaiming some of its ancestral homeland thanks to Congress and President Barack Obama.

The tribe is acquiring 300 acres of property from the Bureau of Land Management under H.R.2212. The bill cleared its final hurdle Congress earlier this month and it was signed into law by Obama on Wednesday.

"The land is our ancestral homeland and it has cultural and historical importance," Secretary/Treasurer Aaron Dixon told the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs at a hearing in June 2015. "We seek to reacquire this land to preserve and protect it.”

The tribe plans to use the land for its powwow grounds, a cultural center, a museum and a recreational area. The property is contiguous to the reservation.

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