Three Oregon tribes asked the House Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday to pass legislation that would enable them to develop their lands.
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community were deeded 20 acres by the federal government. But they are unable to obtain loans to develop the site and a provision in the deed reverts the land to the U.S. if it isn't used for economic development.
The Coquille Tribe is in a similar situation with a parcel of fee land. All thee tribes testified in favor of legislation that would allow them to convey, sell or lease their properties without federal interference.
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Committee Legislative Hearing: S. 375, H.R. 1696, H.R. 2863 and H.R. ___
(July 11, 2007)
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House Natural Resources Committee hearing