Rep. Darrell Issa introduces bill to transfer sacred lands to Pala Band of Mission Indians Reservation 

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PALA – Rep. Darrell Issa introduced the Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act, House Resolution 1975, a bill that will transfer approximately 721 acres of land adjacent to the Pala Reservation into federal trust status, Wednesday, March 17. This land was purchased by the Pala Band of Mission Indians in 2016 to prevent the construction of a landfill on sacred Chokla, Gregory Mountain, a site of tremendous cultural significance to Pala’s people. The Pala Band said in a news release that the tribe is grateful to Issa for his partnership and willingness to introduce this bill. Transferring the Gregory Mountain cultural property into trust ensures that it will be forever protected as a part of the Pala Reservation. The Pala Band acknowledged Rep. Juan Vargas, who has worked wi
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