Grand Ronde Reservation Act Amendmentby Representative Raúl M. Grijalva
Posted on 2014-01-13
GRIJALVA. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself as much time as I may
H.R. 841 makes technical corrections to the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Reservation Act. In the past, efforts by the tribe have been hindered in its effort to restore traditional land within its original reservation by a very cumbersome and long process.
The bill would end the current two-step process that requires the tribe to take the former reservation land into trust with approval from Interior and then get congressional approval to be designated reservation land.
Also, the bill would allow the property taken into trust within the boundaries of the tribe's original reservation after September 9, 1988, to be part of the reservation.
Congressman Schrader is to be commended for his leadership on this legislation and his commitment to working on behalf of our first Americans.
H.R. 841 has wide support, including the entire Oregon delegation, and I urge its passage today.
Mr. Speaker, I yield as much time as he may consume to the gentleman from Oregon (Mr. Schrader), the sponsor of the legislation.