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S. 51: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019

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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 8, 2019.


Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019

This bill extends federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana.

The bill makes the tribe and its members eligible for services and benefits provided to federally recognized tribes and their members, without regard to the existence of a reservation or the location of the residence of any member. The service area of the tribe is considered to be the area comprised of Blaine, Cascade, Glacier, and Hill Counties, Montana.

The tribe must submit a membership roll to the Department of the Interior as a condition of receiving recognition, services, and benefits. The tribe must maintain the membership roll.

Interior must take into trust for the benefit of the tribe 200 acres of land within the tribe's service area to be used for a tribal land base.