Agua Caliente tribal trust land bill headed to Washington

Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein, both D-Calif., announced plans to introduce legislation that would incorporate 2,500 acres of land in the San Jacinto Mountains into a trust for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.The planned legislation, announced Tuesday, Nov. 22, would fulfill a 1999 agreement between the Bureau of Land Management and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to acquire and exchange lands within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument to allow these lands to be managed cooperatively between the two groups, according to officials.“This represents the final step in bringing approximately 2,560 acres of land owned by the tribe into trust for the tribe and making those lands part of the reservation,'' said Jeff L. Grubbe, chai
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