CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, July 5, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 4685, the Tule River Indian Reservation Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 4685 was introduced on March 3, 2016 by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported by unanimous consent on June 15, 2016.
H.R. 4685 would place approximately 34 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Tulare County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Tule River Tribe.
The Tule River reservation is located approximately 50 miles north of Bakersfield, CA. The reservation spans mountainous, forested foothills along the western edge of Sierra Nevada and is almost surrounded by the Sequoia National Forest. The original reservation was established by President Grant by Executive Order on January 9, 1873, and expanded by Executive Order October 3, 1873.
The expansion was later rescinded by an Executive Order in 1878 by President Hayes, and by an Act of May 17, 1928 an additional 1,240 acres were removed from the reservation. In the 96th Congress, President Carter signed into law S. 1998, which placed in trust the 1,240 acres of Forest Service land that had been removed, making the lands part of the tribe’s reservation once again.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting H.R. 4865 would have no significant effect on the federal budget.
For questions or further information please contact Robert Goad with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 6-1831.