Restoring Tribal Lands

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron Special to Valley News Historically, the relationship between federal and state governments and Native Americans has been fraught with violence, mistreatment and neglect. In 1887, the General Allotment Act broke up reservation lands and resulted in the uncompensated loss of 90 million acres nationwide. Taking steps toward restoring tribal lands through fee-to-trust transfers is one way to correct past injustices, restore tribal sovereignty, self-determination and economic independence. I have joined Senator Ben Hueso (D – San Diego) to co-author Senate Bill 712. The federal fee-to-trust application process establishes procedures that must be followed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the tribal applicants along with state and federal governments. Duri
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