Senate passes bill giving Pueblo Indians forest land

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would transfer national forest land to the Pueblo Indian tribe in New Mexico.

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Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallHonor Frank Lautenberg by protecting our kids House, Senate roll out chemical safety compromise Overnight Energy: Lawmakers closing in on chemical safety deal MORE (D-N.M.) introduced S. 611, the Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act, which allows for the land exchange as long as it is preserved as open space in its natural state.

The bill passed through a unanimous consent agreement.

There is a companion measure in the House, H.R. 3605, from Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), but it’s unclear if the House will also act on the legislation.

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