Susanville Rancheria thanks lawmakers for land-into-trust bill

Part of the land that will be transferred to the Susanville Indian Rancheria as part of H.R.2122. Photo from Susanville Indian Rancheria

The Susanville Indian Rancheria is celebrating a new law that adds 300 acres to its reservation in California.

The tribe has been seeking the land for years, Chairman Brandon Guitierez said. He thanked Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) and Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California) for pushing H.R.2212 through the 114th Congress.

"This piece of land has vitally important cultural artifacts, including the remains of a historic Native camp, ancient petroglyphs, traditional medicinal plants, and it serves as a migratory path for Antelope and Mule Deer," Guitierez said in a press release.

President Barack Obama signed H.R.2122 into law on Wednesday. It transfers the 300 acres from the Bureau of Land Management to the tribe.

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

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