H. R. 1208
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 27, 2023
Mr. Cole (for himself, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Gallego, Ms. Davids of Kansas, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Mr. Grijalva, Ms. Stansbury, Ms. Leger Fernandez, Mr. LaMalfa, and Mr. Carl) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.
Reaffirmation of authority
The first sentence of section 19 of the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 5129), is amended—
The term and inserting
Effective beginning June 18, 1934, the term; and
any recognized Indian tribe now under Federal jurisdiction and inserting
any federally recognized Indian Tribe.
The amendments made by paragraph (1) shall take effect as if included in the Act of June 18, 1934 (commonly known as the
Indian Reorganization Act; 25 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.), on the date of the enactment of that Act.
Ratification and confirmation of actions
Any action taken by the Secretary of the Interior pursuant to the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.), for any Indian Tribe that was federally recognized on the date of the action is ratified and confirmed, to the extent such action is subjected to challenge based on whether the Indian Tribe was federally recognized or under Federal jurisdiction on June 18, 1934, as if the action had, by prior Act of Congress, been specifically authorized and directed.
Effect on other laws
Nothing in this section or the amendments made by this section affects—
the application or effect of any Federal law other than the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.), as amended by subsection (a); or
any limitation on the authority of the Secretary of the Interior under any Federal law or regulation other than the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.), as amended by subsection (a).
References in other laws
An express reference to the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.), contained in any other Federal law shall be considered to be a reference to that Act as amended by subsection (a).