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Sen. Reid sponsors bills to place land in trust for Nevada tribes






The Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza on the Moapa Reservation in Nevada. Image from Google Maps

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the Senate majority leader, has introduced two bills to place land in trust for several Nevada tribes.

S.2480, the Nevada Native Nations Land Act, benefits seven tribes. They would receive nearly 93,000 acres of federal land.

S.2479, the Moapa Band of Paiutes Conveyance Act, benefits the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians. The tribe would receive nearly 27,000 acres of federal land.

"Land is lifeblood to Native Americans and this bill provides space for housing, economic development, traditional uses and cultural protection," Reid said in a press release. "I would like to commend the tribes, whose immense work and collaboration made these bills possible, and I look forward to continue to work with our first Nevadans on protecting homelands.”

Both bills were referred to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Get the Story:
Nevada Indian reservations to grow under Reid bills (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 6/18)
Congress asked to expand tribal land in Nevada (AP 6/18)
Bill would expand Moapa reservation (KSNV 6/17)