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Congress Approves Legislation for the White Mountain Apache Tribe and the Pueblo of Santa Clara

July 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, yesterday announced that Congress has passed S. 2850, as amended, legislation to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund. Additionally, the bill clarifies that the Pueblo of Santa Clara may lease their lands on a long-term basis. 

 

“This legislation strengthens the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s water rights settlement agreement and will help facilitate the completion of the tribe’s rural water system,” said Hoeven. “It will also ensure the Pueblos of Santa Clara and Ohkay Owingeh can utilize their land resources for economic development and other purposes. As chairman, I am committed to working with tribes to provide tools for tribal governments to use in promoting local control and self-determination policies on their lands and throughout Indian Country.”

 

S. 2850, which passed the Senate on July 18, 2018, was approved by the House of Representative yesterday. It will now go to the President for his signature. 

 

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