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    Grand Ronde Reservation Act Amendment

    by Former Representative Doc Hastings

    Posted on 2014-01-13

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    HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 841) to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes, as amended.



    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 841 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF RESERVATION.

    Section 1 of the Act entitled ``An Act to establish a reservation for the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, and for other purposes,'' approved September 9, 1988 (Public Law 100-425; 102 Stat. 1594; 102 Stat. 2939; 104 Stat. 207; 106 Stat. 3255; 108 Stat. 708; 108 Stat. 4566; 112 Stat. 1896), is amended-- (1) in subsection (a)-- (A) by striking ``Subject to valid'' and inserting the following: ``(1) In general.--Subject to valid''; and (B) by adding after paragraph (1) (as designated by subparagraph (A)) the following: ``(2) Additional trust acquisitions.-- ``(A) In general.--The Secretary may accept title to any additional number of acres of real property located within the boundaries of the original 1857 reservation of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon established by Executive Order dated June 30, 1857, comprised of land within the political boundaries of Polk and Yamhill Counties, Oregon, if that real property is conveyed or otherwise transferred to the United States by or on behalf of the Tribe.

    ``(B) Treatment of trust land.-- ``(i) All applications to take land into trust within the boundaries of the original 1857 reservation shall be treated by the Secretary as an on-reservation trust acquisition.

    ``(ii) Any real property taken into trust under this paragraph shall not be eligible, or used, for any Class II or Class III gaming activity carried out pursuant to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.), except for real property within 2 miles of the gaming facility in existence on the date of enactment of this Act that is located on State Highway 18 in the Grand Ronde community of Oregon.

    ``(C) Reservation.--All real property taken into trust within those boundaries at any time after September 9, 1988, shall be part of the reservation of the Tribe.''; and (2) in subsection (c)-- (A) in the matter preceding the table, by striking ``in subsection (a) are approximately 10,311.60'' and inserting ``in subsection (a)(1) are approximately 11,349.92''; and (B) in the table-- (i) by striking the following: ``6 7 8 Tax lot 800 5.55''; and inserting the following: ``6 7 7, 8, Former tax lot 800, located 5.55''; 17, 18 within the SE \1/4\ SE \1/4\ of Section 7; SW \1/4\ SW \1/ 4\ of Section 8; NW \1/4\ NW \1/4\ of Section 17; and NE \1/4\ NE \1/4\ of Section 18 (ii) in the acres column of the last item added by section 2(a)(1) of Public Law 103-445 (108 Stat. 4566), by striking ``240'' and inserting ``241.06''; and (iii) by striking all text after ``6 7 18 E \1/2\ NE \1/4\ 43.42''; and inserting the following: ``6 8 1 W \1/2\ SE \1/4\ SE 20.6 \1/4\ 6 8 1 N \1/2\ SW \1/4\ SE 19.99 \1/4\ 6 8 1 SE \1/4\ NE \1/4\ 9.99 6 8 1 NE \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 10.46 6 8 1 NE \1/4\ SW \1/4\, 12.99 NW \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 6 7 6 SW \1/4\ NW \1/4\ 37.39 6 7 5 SE \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 24.87 6 7 5, 8 SW \1/4\ SE \1/4\ of 109.9 Section 5; and NE \1/4\ NE \1/4\, NW \1/4\ NE \1/4\, NE \1/4\ NW \1/4\ of Section 8 6 8 1 NW \1/4\ SE \1/4\ 31.32 6 8 1 NE \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 8.89 6 8 1 SW \1/4\ NE \1/4\, 78.4 NW \1/4\ NE \1/4\ 6 7 8, 17 SW \1/4\ SW \1/4\ of 14.33 Section 8; and NE \1/4\ NW \1/4\, NW \1/4\ NW \1/4\ of Section 17 6 7 17 NW\1/4\ NW \1/4\ 6.68 6 8 12 SW \1/4\ NE\1/4\ 8.19 6 8 1 SE \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 2.0 6 8 1 SW \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 5.05 6 8 12 SE \1/4\, SW \1/4\ 54.64 6 7 17, 18 SW \1/4\, NW \1/4\ 136.83 of Section 17; and SE \1/4\, NE \1/4\ of Section 18 6 8 1 SW \1/4\ SE \1/4\ 20.08 [[Page H171]] 6 7 5 NE \1/4\ SE \1/4\, 97.38 SE \1/4\ SE \1/4\, E \1/2\ SE \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 4 7 31 SE \1/4\ 159.60 6 7 17 NW \1/4\ NW \1/4\ 3.14 6 8 12 NW \1/4\ SE \1/4\ 1.10 6 7 8 SW \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 0.92 6 8 12 NE \1/4\ NW \1/4\ 1.99 6 7 7 NW \1/4\ NW \1/4\ of Section 7; and 6 8 12 S \1/2\ NE \1/4\, E 86.48 \1/2\ NE \1/4\ NE \1/4\ of Section 12 6 8 12 NE \1/4\ NW \1/4\ 1.56 6 7 6 W \1/2\ SW \1/4\ SW \1/4\ of Section 6; and 6 8 1 E \1/2\ SE \1/4\ SE 35.82 \1/4\ of Section 1 6 7 5 E \1/2\ NW \1/4\ SE 19.88 \1/4\ 6 8 12 NW \1/4\ NE \1/4\ 0.29 6 8 1 SE \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 2.5 6 7 8 NE \1/4\ NW \1/4\ 7.16 6 8 1 SE \1/4\ SW \1/4\ 5.5 6 8 1 SE \1/4\ NW \1/4\ 1.34 ......... Total 11,349.92''.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Washington (Mr. Hastings) and the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Grijalva) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Washington.

    General Leave Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Washington? There was no objection.

    Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself as much time as I may consume.

    Mr. Speaker, H.R. 841 clarifies the administrative process for the Grand Ronde Tribe in Oregon to apply for new trust lands as long as the lands are within the tribe's original 1857 reservation.

    The bill also deems property placed in trust for the tribe after 1988 to be part of the tribe's reservation and adjusts the tribe's Reservation Act to reflect several previous trust land acquisitions.

    Mr. Speaker, in 1954, Congress terminated the Grand Ronde Tribe and its 60,000-acre western Oregon reservation. While Congress restored the tribe in 1983, the process of rebuilding the land base for it has been done in a somewhat piecemeal fashion, beginning in 1988.

    H.R. 841 resolves a problem the Grand Ronde Tribe has experienced when it applies to the Department of the Interior for trust lands within its former reservation area. Applications for such land are considered under a set of ``off-reservation'' rules that are quite cumbersome.

    The bill requires the Department to treat land acquisition applications under less cumbersome ``on-reservation'' rules. It does not, however, reestablish the original 1857 reservation.

    The bill was reported favorably out of the Natural Resources Committee and has bipartisan support from the entire Oregon congressional delegation.

    I also want to point out that the suspension text contains an amendment to the reported bill. The new language prohibits the Grand Ronde Tribe from gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act on all lands it acquires through the Department's ``on-reservation'' process unless the lands are within a 2-mile radius of its existing rural casino.

    Within the 2-mile radius, existing restrictions under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act remain in effect.

    Mr. Speaker, I urge adoption, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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