IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 22, 2018
Mr. Udall (for himself and Mr. Heinrich) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To provide for the withdrawal and protection of certain Federal land in the State of New Mexico.
This Act may be cited as the
Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2018.
In this Act:
Federal land means—
any Federal land or interest in Federal land that is within the boundaries of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Withdrawal Area, as depicted on the Map; and
any land or interest in land located within the boundaries of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Withdrawal Area, as depicted on the Map, that is acquired by the Federal Government after the date of enactment of this Act.
The term Map means the map prepared by the Bureau of Land Management entitled
Chaco Cultural Heritage Withdrawal Area and dated May 14, 2018.
Withdrawal of certain Federal land in the State of New Mexico
Subject to any valid existing rights, the Federal land is withdrawn from—
all forms of entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws;
location, entry, and patent under mining laws; and
operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws.
Availability of map
The Map shall be made available for inspection at each appropriate office of the Bureau of Land Management.
Effect of Act
Nothing in this Act affects the mineral rights of a Tribe or member of a Tribe to trust land or allotment land.