Like Causes?

Install the App
TRY NOW

house Bill H.R. 2791

Conveying Federal Land to Oregon Indian Tribes and Modifying Forestry Management Policies

Argument in favor

Transferring these federal lands to the Oregon tribes would be beneficial for economic development, as would enabling more forests to logging.

Wes's Opinion
···
09/16/2015
It was their land to begin with. We have no right to tell them how that may use it.
Like (2)
Follow
Share
Mark's Opinion
···
09/16/2015
It's their rightful land so land them do what they want with it. I think the white man screwing them over for the past 400 years should be suffice.
Like (2)
Follow
Share
Kenneth's Opinion
···
09/16/2015
This country owes Native Americans everything!!!! PERIOD
Like (2)
Follow
Share

Argument opposed

The federal government should keep these areas under their jurisdiction to the greatest extent possible to prevent their misuse.

John's Opinion
···
09/16/2015
The land should be given back to the State of Oregon and they should be allowed to determine its disposition - keep, it, give/sell it to the Indians, whatever... The Feds should NOT be able to take the land from the citizens of Oregon and arbitrarily give it to someone else. In fact, the Feds should return all land to the States and get out of the land business.
Like (14)
Follow
Share
Donald's Opinion
···
09/16/2015
I do not trust most bills that change forestry rules as they usually decrease the existing protection of our National Forests. ( as in this case.)
Like (4)
Follow
Share
BTSundra's Opinion
···
12/17/2015
This land should be public or private, but giving up large chunks of property to Indian tribes has no positive effect besides making lawmakers feel good.
Like (4)
Follow
Share

What is House Bill H.R. 2791?

This bill conveys land to several Native American tribes in Oregon, and addresses the restoration of Oregon forests. This bill is the packaging of three bills that had been previously introduced individually.

The Cow Creek Umpqua Land Conveyance Act requires that 17,519 acres of federal land be held in trust for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians’ and become part of their reservation. Gaming and casinos are prohibited on this land, and federal law applies to forest management activities and the export of unprocessed logs. The Dept. of the Interior (DOI) would be required to reclassify public domain land as Oregon and California Railroad grant land in equal amounts as the acreage held in trust under this legislation.

The Oregon Coastal Lands Act requires that 14,408 acres of federal land be held in trust for Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. and would become part of their reservation. Additionally, the same provisions as those in the Cow Creek Umpqua Land Conveyance Act related to gaming, forest management, and land reclassification would apply for land held in trust for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

The Coquille Forest Fairness Act removes the requirement that the DOI manage the Coquille Forest in a manner that complies with state and federal laws related to forestry and environmental protection. It also prevents certain legal claims from being directly under the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.

Impact

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, the U.S. District Court for Oregon, and the DOI.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2791

$0.00
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would have no impact on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) called this bill “a major step toward long-overdue restoration for three of Oregon’s distinguished tribes.” He added that:
“My bill will promote job creation and economic growth for the Coos and Cow Creek Tribes and provide the same land management rights to the Coquille Tribe that every other federally-recognized tribe in the United States already enjoy.”

Most of the lands that are to be transferred by this legislation are currently controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.

This bill was unanimously passed by the House Natural Resources Committee.

Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user BLMOregon)

AKA

Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act

Official Title

To require that certain Federal lands be held in trust by the United States for the benefit of certain Indian tribes in Oregon, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed September 16th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJune 16th, 2015

Log in or create an account to see how your Reps voted!