IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 7, 2023
Mr. Padilla introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2023.
Transfer of land into trust for the Pala Band of Mission Indians
In this section:
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
The term Tribe means the Pala Band of Mission Indians.
Transfer and administration
Transfer of land into trust
If, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Tribe transfers title to the land referred to in subsection (c) to the United States, the Secretary, not later than 180 days after the date of that transfer, shall take that land into trust for the benefit of the Tribe.
The land taken into trust 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.
The land referred to in subsection (b)(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 entitled
Pala Gregory Canyon Property Boundary and Parcels and dated May 12, 2020.
Rules of construction
Nothing in this section—
enlarges, impairs, or otherwise affects any right or claim of the Tribe to any land or interest in land that is in existence before the date of enactment of this Act;
affects any water right of the Tribe in existence before the date of enactment of this Act; or
terminates or limits any access in any way to any right-of-way or right-of-use issued, granted, or permitted before the date of enactment of this Act.
Restricted use of transferred lands
The Tribe may not conduct, on the land taken into trust under subsection (b)(1), gaming activities—
as a matter of claimed inherent authority; or
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.