H. Rept. 114-633 1 (2016-06-21)

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                      114TH CONGRESS                                             REPORT
                         2d Session      HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                114-633

                             LYTTON RANCHERIA HOMELANDS ACT OF 2015

                       JUNE 21, 2016.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of
                                           the Union and ordered to be printed

                        Mr. BISHOP   of Utah, from  the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                             submitted   the  following


                                               [To accompany H.R. 2538]

                                [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

                        The  Committee   on  Natural  Resources,  to whom   was  referred  the
                      bill (H.R. 2538)  to take  lands  in Sonoma   County,   California, into
                      trust as  part of the  reservation  of the  Lytton  Rancheria   of Cali-
                      fornia, and for other purposes,  having  considered   the same,  reports
                      favorably  thereon  with  an  amendment and recommends that the
                      bill as amended  do  pass.
                        The  amendment is as follows:
                        Strike all after the enacting  clause and  insert the following:

                      SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
                        This Act may be cited as the Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2015.
                      SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
                        Congress finds the following:
                           (1) The Lytton Rancheria of California is a federally recognized Indian tribe
                         that lost its homeland after it was unjustly and unlawfully terminated in 1958.
                         The Tribe was restored to Federal recognition in 1991, but the conditions of its
                         restoration have prevented it from regaining a homeland on its original lands.
                           (2) Congress needs to take action to reverse historic injustices that befell the
                         Tribe and have prevented it from regaining a viable homeland for its people.
                           (3) Prior to European contact there were as many as 350,000 Indians living
                         in what is now the State of California. By the turn of the 19th century, that
                         number  had been reduced to approximately 15,000 individuals, many of them
                         homeless and living in scattered bands and communities.
                           (4) The Lytton Rancheria's original homeland was purchased by the United
                         States in 1926 pursuant to congressional authority designed to remedy the
                         unique tragedy that befell the Indians of California and provide them with res-
                         ervations called Rancherias to be held in trust by the United States.
                           (5) After the Lytton Rancheria lands were purchased by the United States,
                         the Tribe settled on the land and sustained itself for several decades by farming
                         and ranching.

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