H. R. 5992
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 21, 2012
Mr. Larsen of Washington introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to place certain lands in Skagit and San Juan Counties, Washington, into trust for the Samish Indian Nation, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Samish Indian Nation Homelands Act of
parcels means the 16 parcels of approximately 95 acres of
land owned by the Tribe, located in Skagit County and San Juan County,
Washington, and depicted on the Map.
Map means the map titled
the Samish Indian Nation
Homeland Map dated June 20, 2012.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
Tribe means the Samish Indian Nation, a federally
recognized Indian Tribe.
Land into trust
Action by the Secretary of the Interior
Fulfillment of conditions
On fulfillment of each condition described in paragraph (2), and in accordance with the regulations of the Department of the Interior for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) that are applicable to trust land acquisitions for Indian tribes that are mandated by Federal legislation, the Secretary shall take the land described in the Map into trust for the benefit of the Tribe.
The conditions referred to in paragraph (1) are that the Tribe shall—
convey to the Secretary all right, title, and interest in and to the parcels of land described in the Map; and
submit to the Secretary a request to take the parcels of land described in the Map into trust for the Tribe.
Responsibility for survey
The Tribe shall conduct a survey of the boundaries of the parcels described in the Map and designated for the Tribe and submit the survey to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Approval of survey
Not later than 90 days after the date on which the survey is submitted under this subsection, the Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs shall complete a review of the survey, and provide the Tribe with notice of concurrence of the survey.
Not later than 120 days after the date on which concurrence is provided to the Tribe, the Secretary shall submit a copy of the survey to the appropriate Committees of Congress, and make the survey available to the public at the appropriate office of the Secretary.
Effect of Act
Nothing in this Act limits the existing rights or claims of the Samish Indian Nation.
Hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering
This Act shall not grant, restore, or diminish any hunting, fishing, trapping or gathering treaty right of any tribe.
The Tribe may not conduct on any land taken into trust pursuant to this Act any gaming activities—
as a matter of claimed inherent authority; or
under any Federal law (including the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.) (including any regulations promulgated by the Secretary or the National Indian Gaming Commission pursuant to that Act)).