Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid today introduced two tribal lands bills, the Nevada Native Nations Land Act and the Moapa Band of Paiutes Conveyance Act. The Nevada Native Nations Land Act would transfer land into trust for seven northern Nevada tribes—the Elko Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians, the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe, the Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute Tribe, the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the South Fork Band of the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians. The Moapa Band of Paiutes Land Conveyance Act would transfer land into trust for the Moapa Band of Paiutes in southern Nevada. The lands being held in trust for the tribes will allow them to build housing for their members, preserve their cultural heritage and traditions, and provide opportunities for economic development while protecting existing rights-of-way. Senator Dean Heller joined Senator Reid in introducing the Nevada Native Nations Land Act and Congressman Mark Amodei had sponsored a House version of that legislation last year.
“Before the Silver State was settled by pioneers, prospectors, and entrepreneurs, Nevada was home for generations to the Washoe, Western Shoshone and Paiute people,” said Senator Reid. “These first Nevadans have long been a voice for protecting our wild landscapes and enriching our state through their language and cultural heritage. I take the many obligations that the United States has to tribal nations seriously. Land is lifeblood to Native Americans and this bill provides space for housing, economic development, traditional uses and cultural protection. I would like to commend the tribes, whose immense work and collaboration made these bills possible, and I look forward to continue to work with our first Nevadans on protecting homelands.”
Outline of Nevada Native Nations Land Act
- Elko Motocross Land Conveyance
Conveys 275 acres of land to the City of Elko for use as a motocross park.
- Te-Moak Tribe of the Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada (Elko Band)
Conveys 373 acres of BLM land to be held in trust for the tribe.
- Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe
Conveys 19,094 acres of BLM land to be held in trust for the tribe.
- Duck Valley Shoshone Paiute Tribes
Conveys 82 acres of Forest Service land to be held in trust for the tribe.
- Summit Lake Paiute Tribe
Conveys 941 acres of BLM land to be held in trust for the tribe.
- Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
Conveys 13,434 acres of BLM land to be held in trust for the tribe.
- Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
Conveys 30,669 acres of BLM land to be held in trust for the tribe.
- South Fork Band Council
Releases the Red Spring Wilderness Study Area.
Conveys 28,162 acres of BLM land (including the released WSA) to be held in trust for the tribe.
Outline of Moapa Band of Paiutes Land Conveyance Act
• Conveys 26,565 acres of BLM and Bureau of Reclamation land to the Moapa Band of Paiutes.