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H.R. 1975: Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 3, 2021 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1975

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 3, 2021

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs

AN ACT

To take certain land located in San Diego County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2021.

2.

Transfer of land in trust for the Pala Band of Mission Indians

(a)

Transfer and administration

(1)

Transfer of lands into trust

If, not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Tribe transfers title to the land referred to in subsection (b) to the United States, the Secretary, not later than 180 days after such transfer, shall take that land into trust for the benefit of the Tribe.

(2)

Administration

The land transferred under paragraph (1) shall be part of the Pala Indian Reservation and administered in accordance with the laws and regulations generally applicable to land held in trust by the United States for an Indian Tribe.

(b)

Land description

The land referred to in subsection (a)(1) is the approximately 721.12 acres of land located in San Diego County, California, generally depicted as Gregory Canyon Property Boundary on the map titled Pala Gregory Canyon Property Boundary and Parcels.

(c)

Rules of construction

Nothing in this Act shall—

(1)

enlarge, impair, or otherwise affect any right or claim of the Tribe to any land or interest in land that is in existence before the date of the enactment of this Act;

(2)

affect any water right of the Tribe in existence before the date of the enactment of this Act; or

(3)

terminate or limit any access in any way to any right-of-way or right-of-use issued, granted, or permitted before the date of the enactment of this Act.

(d)

Restricted use of transferred lands

The Tribe may not conduct, on the land taken into trust for the Tribe pursuant to this Act, gaming activities—

(1)

as a matter of claimed inherent authority; or

(2)

under any Federal law, including the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.) and regulations promulgated by the Secretary or the National Indian Gaming Commission under that Act.

(e)

Definitions

For the purposes of this section:

(1)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(2)

Tribe

The term Tribe means the Pala Band of Mission Indians.

Passed the House of Representatives November 2, 2021.

Cheryl L. Johnson,

Clerk