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House returns to work this week to consider several tribal bills

A view of the Fort Hall Reservation, home to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Photo from Facebook

Several tribal bills are up for consideration in the House this week as the 113th Congress draws to a close.

According to the House majority leader's schedule, four bills are on the agenda today. They are:
H.R.4924, the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act. The bill ensures that the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona and tribal allottees have sufficient access to water and it resolves a dispute that arose involving a nearby mining operation.
S.2040, the Blackfoot River Land Exchange Act. The bill resolves a land settlement with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho.
H.R.5050, the May 31, 1918 Act Repeal Act. The bill ensures that any land the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes acquire within a townsite set aside under a 1918 law will be held in trust.
H.R. 2455, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act. The bill transfer federal land to tribes in Nevada and places it in trust.

The four bills will be considered under a suspension of the rules, according to the schedule. The designation is typically used for non-controversial legislation.

On Tuesday, the House is due to consider H.R.4329 to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act. The bill also will be considered under a suspension of the rules.

The 113th Congress is expected to end before the Christmas holiday.

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