Tule River Tribe asks Senate panel to support land-into-trust bill

A welcome marker at the Tule River Reservation in California. Photo from Tule River Tribe

The Tule River Tribe of California continues to lobby Congress to pass a land-into-trust bill.

H.R.4685, the Tule River Indian Reservation Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act, places about 34 acres of Bureau of Land Management property in trust for the tribe. The land is located at the entrance to the reservation and acquiring it will ensure tribal members have a reliable way of getting to their homes all year round, Vice Chairman Kenneth McDarment told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday.

The bill, which the Obama administration supports, passed the House on July 6 so the only hurdle left is the Senate. Similar land transfer measures for other tribes have been signed into law during the 114th Congress.

Read More on the Story:
Tribe seeks endorsement of land transfer (USA Today 9/7)

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on the following bills: S. 2285, S. 3234, S. 3261 & H.R. 4685 (September 7, 2016)

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