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H.R. 2961: Samish Indian Nation Land Reaffirmation Act


The text of the bill below is as of May 23, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2961

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 23, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Cook, Mr. Cole, Mr. Cárdenas, Mrs. Torres of California, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Gallego, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Mooney of West Virginia, Ms. Moore, Mr. Gomez, Mr. Ruiz, and Mr. Soto) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Samish Indian Nation, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Samish Indian Nation Land Reaffirmation Act.

2.

Reaffirmation of trust land status and actions

(a)

In general

The decision dated November 9, 2018, and the actions taken by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Northwest Regional Director to approve the application of the Samish Indian Nation to take approximately 6.70 acres of land into trust as described in the decision for the benefit of the Samish Indian Nation are ratified and confirmed.

(b)

Application

This Act shall apply to all claims (including claims challenging the validity of title or the effectiveness of any action of the Secretary acquiring and taking land into trust) pending on the date of the enactment of this Act or filed on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(c)

Retention of future rights

Nothing in this Act alters or diminishes the right of the Samish Indian Nation from seeking to have any additional land taken into trust by the United States for the benefit of the Samish Indian Nation.