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Tuolumne Me-Wuk Land Transfer Bill Heads To Senate

Tuolumne, CA — A federal bill that would transfer three small parcels of land from the Bureau of Land Management to a trust fund for the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribe passed through the House during the 110th Congress and is expected to be voted on in the Senate on Sunday.

Representative George Radanovich introduced the bill and says, “This transfer of lands will allow the Me-Wuk´s to continue their improvement of tribal housing, cultural amenities and infrastructure.”

“In addition to providing further infrastructure for the Tuolumne Me-Wuk, the Tribe will be able to properly maintain the Me-Wuk burial ground located on the transferred lands,” he adds.

The bill also extends the boundaries of the Tuolumne Me-Wuk Reservation to encompass BLM lands and other lands that have previously been or are soon to be taken into trust by the tribe. None of the lands will be available for tribal gaming.

Written by BJ Hansen