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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Jan 3, 2017.
This bill reaffirms the trust status of land taken into trust by the United States pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act before the enactment of this bill for the benefit of an Indian tribe that was federally recognized when the land was taken into trust. Department of the Interior actions to take land into trust under the Indian Reorganization Act are ratified and confirmed as if the actions were taken under a law specifically authorizing or directing them.
The bill applies to all claims pending on, or filed on or after, the bill's enactment.
Land taken into trust that has been ratified and confirmed pursuant to this bill must remain Indian country.