Six tribes in Nevada will be regaining some of their ancestral territory under a bill signed into law
on Friday by President Barack Obama
More than 70,000 acres is going into trust as a result of H.R.2733
, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act.
The six tribes plan to use the land to address housing, economic development and other needs in their communities.
"By carefully balancing the unique needs of our Nevada tribal nations with those of local ranchers, land owners, and businesses, this legislation will allow Nevadans to chart brighter futures for their communities, while preserving their cultural heritage and traditions," Rep. Mark Amodei
the sponsor of the
, said in a press release
after the measure cleared its final hurdle in the 114th Congress last week.
The biggest chunk of land is going to the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe
About 31,269 acres of Bureau of Land
property will be placed in trust.
McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe
is reclaiming about 19,094 acres, also
from the BLM. The tribe has been seeking the land for more than 40 years.
The new law also transfers 13,434 acre acres of BLM property to the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
6,357 acres from the BLM is going to the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
And the Summit Lake
will see about 941 acres, also from the BLM.
Finally, the Shoshone Paiute Tribes
is reclaiming about 82 acres from the U.S. Forest Service
The bill passed the House
in June. It cleared the Senate
on September 29.
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