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S. 2751 (is) To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain land in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Nevada, to the Secretary of the Interior, in trust for the Washoe Indian Tribe of Nevada and California. [Introduced in Senate] %%Filename:...
106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2751 _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain land in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Nevada, to the Secretary of the Interior, in trust for the Washoe Indian Tribe of Nevada and California. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION. 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Washoe Indian Tribe Land Conveyance Act of 2000''. SEC. 2. WASHOE TRIBE LAND CONVEYANCE. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) the ancestral homeland of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California (referred to in this section as the ``Tribe'') included an area of approximately 5,000 square miles in and around Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada, and Lake Tahoe was the heart of the territory; (2) in 1997, Federal, State, and local governments, together with many private landholders, recognized the Washoe people as indigenous people of Lake Tahoe Basin through a series of meetings convened by those governments at 2 locations in Lake Tahoe; (3) the meetings were held to address protection of the extraordinary natural, recreational, and ecological resources in the Lake Tahoe region; (4) the resulting multiagency agreement includes objectives that support the traditional and customary uses of Forest Service land by the Tribe; and (5) those objectives include the provision of access by members of the Tribe to the shore of Lake Tahoe in order to reestablish traditional and customary cultural practices. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this section are-- (1) to implement the joint local, State, tribal, and Federal objective of returning the Tribe to Lake Tahoe; and (2) to ensure that members of the Tribe have the opportunity to engage in traditional and customary cultural practices on the shore of Lake Tahoe to meet the needs of spiritual renewal, land stewardship, Washoe horticulture and ethnobotony, subsistence gathering, traditional learning, and reunification of tribal and family bonds. (c) Conveyance.--Subject to valid existing rights and subject to the easement reserved under subsection (d), the Secretary of Agriculture shall convey to the Secretary of the Interior, in trust for the Tribe, for no consideration, all right, title, and interest in the parcel of land comprising approximately 24.3 acres, located within the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit north of Skunk Harbor, Nevada, and more particularly described as Mount Diablo Meridian, T15N, R18E, section 27, lot 3. (d) Easement.-- (1) In general.--The conveyance under subsection (c) shall be made subject to reservation to the United States of a nonexclusive easement for public and administrative access over Forest Development Road #15N67 to National Forest System land. (2) Access by individuals with disabilities.--The Secretary shall provide a reciprocal easement to the Tribe permitting vehicular access to the parcel over Forest Development Road #15N67 to-- (A) members of the Tribe for administrative and safety purposes; and (B) members of the Tribe who, due to age, infirmity, or disability, would have difficulty accessing the conveyed parcel on foot. (e) Use of Land.-- (1) In general.--In using the parcel conveyed under subsection (c), the Tribe and members of the Tribe-- (A) shall limit the use of the parcel to traditional and customary uses and stewardship conservation for the benefit of the Tribe; (B) shall not permit any permanent residential or recreational development on, or commercial use of, the parcel (including commercial development, tourist accommodations, gaming, sale of timber, or mineral extraction); and (C) shall comply with environmental requirements that are no less protective than environmental requirements that apply under the Regional Plan of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. (2) Reversion.--If the Secretary of the Interior, after notice to the Tribe and an opportunity for a hearing, based on monitoring of use of the parcel by the Tribe, makes a finding that the Tribe has used or permitted the use of the parcel in violation of paragraph (1) and the Tribe fails to take corrective or remedial action directed by the Secretary of the Interior, title to the parcel shall revert to the Secretary of Agriculture. Passed the Senate October 27 (legislative day, September 22), 2000. Attest: Secretary. 106th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2751 _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain land in the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Nevada, to the Secretary of the Interior, in trust for the Washoe Indian Tribe of Nevada and California.
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