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Another Nevada Lands Bill Headed to White House for Signature

September 29, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 Contact: Logan Ramsey, 202-225-6155

WASHINGTON, D.C.– The Nevada Native Nations Land Act, H.R. 2733, sponsored by Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02), was passed unanimously today in the United States Senate. Congressman Amodei released the following statement:

“I want to extend my thanks and acknowledge my gratitude to Nevada Senators, Reid and Heller, for their stewardship and bipartisan work in moving this legislation through the Senate. Those recognitions extend as well to my Nevada delegation House colleagues, Congressmen Joe Heck and Cresent Hardy and Congresswoman Dina Titus, where our bill also enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support. Our delegation’s willingness to work together to get things done in Washington has allowed Nevada to enjoy unique success in the 113th and 114th Congresses–compared to other western states– in terms of passing lands bills.

“Specifically, this bill will transfer more than 70,000 acres of Nevada public lands back into tribal control – empowering those tribal governments to control their land use destinies. 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. Congratulations to Nevada’s original natives, you have been patient to say the least, and your resilience has paid off. Due to the fact that the Administration signaled support for the bill during the legislative process, we expect it to be signed into law shortly.”

Background:

H.R. 2733, the Nevada Native Nations Land Act, would allow public land to be held in trust for six different tribes throughout Nevada. Specifically, Congressman Amodei’s bill would allow Nevada’s tribes to address housing shortages, promote development of natural resources, support additional grazing and agricultural activities, promote renewable energy, preserve cultural resources and protect their communities against illegal shooting and activities.

This bill requires the United States to hold in trust the following lands for the benefit of:

Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe:Would transfer approximately 19,094 acres of BLM land in Humboldt County to be held in trust to resolve checkerboard lands issues. This would help to address law enforcement and emergency personnel jurisdictional questions, as well as enable the tribe to plan for housing development. Nevada U.S. Senators Bible and Cannon introduced a similar bill in 1971, but the legislation was never re-introduced.

Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation:Would transfer approximately 82 acres of U.S. Forest Service (USFS) land in Elko County to be held in trust for housing and infrastructure to address the reservation housing shortage and to recruit doctors, nurses, law enforcement, conservation officers, and first responders.

Summit Lake Paiute Tribe: Would transfer approximately 941 acres of BLM land in Humboldt County to be held in trust for protection and management of Summit Lake’s natural resources and fish population and to unify the reservation around Summit Lake.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony: Would transfer approximately 13,434 acres of BLM land in Washoe County to be held in trust to preserve cultural resources and better manage natural resources in the Hungry Valley residential community, and to address public safety concerns. The housing is surrounded by BLM lands to the north, west and east where multiple activities routinely occur, such as target shooting and illegal dumping. This transfer will improve safety and address public safety concerns from residents. It’s important to note that the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony has expressed a willingness to ensure a north-south access route is available to OHV users in this area.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe: Would transfer approximately 6,357 acres of BLM land in Washoe County to be held in trust to expand the reservation boundary to fully incorporate the watershed of Pyramid Lake. Other sections near the lake would be used for potential economic development and management efficiency.

Duckwater Shoshone Tribe: Would transfer approximately 31,269 acres of BLM land.

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