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.