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Tribes take more control of their lands with HEARTH Act regulations






President Barack Obama signs H.R.205, the HEARTH Act, in the Oval Office on July 30, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza / White House

The number of tribes that are taking advantage of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act continues to grow.

The Oneida Nation of New York and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians of California are the latest to join the list of tribes with approved HEARTH Act regulations. The Oneida Nation will exercise greater control over residential leases while the Twenty-Nine Palms Band will be focusing on business leases, according to notices that were published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

Under the HEARTH Act, tribes can develop their own regulations for residential, business, housing and other leases. Once the regulations are approved, tribes won't have to go to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for every single lease.

Approval of HEARTH Act regulations also confirms that tribes cannot be taxed by the local or state government for activities on their lands.

President Barack Obama signed H.R.205 into law on July 30, 2012. A total of 26 tribes have received approval for their HEARTH Act regulations since then.

Federal Register Notices:
HEARTH Act Approval of Oneida Nation of New York Regulations (June 22, 2016)
HEARTH Act Approval of Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians of California Regulations (June 22, 2016)

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