The Eastern Band of Cherokee
is seeing strong support for a bill to restore some of its ancestral lands in Tennessee.
the Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, places about 96 acres in trust for the tribe, based in neighboring North Carolina. The lands are located at the Tellico
, a federally-managed site, and include significant sites such as the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
and the grave of Oconostota
First Beloved Man of the Cherokee people from 1775 to 1781.
Local officials and members of Congress are among the many backers of H.R.146, The Cherokee One Feather reported. Some are pushing Sen. Lamar Alexander
(R-Tennessee) to introduce a companion version in the Senate
, the paper said.
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs
took testimony on October 4, 2017, when the bill was received favorably. The full House Committee on Natural Resources
has not yet held a markup on it.
Since the start of the 115th Congress in January 2017, a handful of tribal land-into-trust bills have advanced in the House
and in the Senate. One of them, H.R.1306
the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act, was signed into law by President Donald Trump
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Tribe’s land-into-trust bill has movement, support
(The Cherokee One Feather January 9, 2018)
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Hearing on 3 Tribal Bills
(October 4, 2017)
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