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Moapa Band asks Congress to pass bill to add land to reservation

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More on: 113th, energy, housing, land-into-trust, moapa, nevada, s.2479, scia, senate, solar

Leaders of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians broke ground on a solar project in March. Photo from Department of Energy

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing on S.2479, the Moapa Band of Paiutes Land Conveyance Act, on Wednesday.

Chairwoman Aletha Tom of the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians testified in support of the bill. It adds 26,565 acres to the reservation.

Tom said the tribe plans to use one segment for housing while another would be used for recreational and conservation purposes. A third would be set aside for cultural purposes and the remaining lands would be used for renewable energy development.

The hearing lasted about an hour and 29 minutes. Audio can be found on the Indianz.Com SoundCloud, with Tom's testimony in Panel 2 Testimony, Pt. 2.

Get the Story:
Moapa Paiute leader says tribe to expand solar on new land (The Las Vegas Review-Journal 7/10)

Committee Notice:
Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on the following bills (July 9, 2014)

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