Summary

                            A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in the State of Oregon, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act

This bill specifies land to become part of the reservations of the Cow Creek
Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower
Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. The land is taken into trust when the Department of
the Interior and the tribes enter agreements that secure certain access rights
to the land. Federal law applies to the export of unprocessed logs harvested
from this land and to forest management on this land. Gaming on this land is
prohibited. This land is not subject to the land use planning requirements of
the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 or the Act of August 28,
1937. Interior must reclassify public domain land as Oregon and California
Railroad grant land in equal acreage as grant land taken into trust under this
bill.

This bill amends the Coquille Restoration Act to remove the requirement that
Interior manage the Coquille Forest in accordance with state and federal
forestry and environmental protection laws. Federal law applies to the export of
unprocessed logs harvested from the Coquille Forest. Sales of timber must be
advertised, offered, and awarded according to competitive bidding practices. 

The bill repeals a provision giving the U.S. District Court for the District of
Oregon jurisdiction over certain actions concerning the Coquille Forest and
limiting remedies to equitable relief.

Reported to Senate without amendment
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been
expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act

TITLE I--COW CREEK UMPQUA LAND CONVEYANCE

(Sec. 102) This bill requires that 17,519 acres of land be held in trust for,
and be part of the reservation of, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of
Indians. This land is taken into trust when the Department of the Interior and
the tribe enter an agreement that secures certain access to the land.

(Sec. 104) Federal law applies to the export of unprocessed logs harvested from
this land and to forest management on this land. Gaming on this land is
prohibited. This land is not subject to the land use planning requirements of
the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 or the Act of August 28,
1937.

(Sec. 105) Interior must reclassify public domain land as Oregon and California
Railroad grant land in equal acreage as grant land taken into trust under this
bill.

TITLE II--OREGON COASTAL LAND CONVEYANCE

(Sec. 202) This bill requires that 14,742 acres of land be held in trust for,
and be part of the reservation of, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower
Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. This land is taken into trust when Interior and the
tribes enter an agreement that secures existing Interior access to the land and
secures access for activities including land management, surveys, and transit of
public vehicles.

(Sec. 204) Federal law applies to the export of unprocessed logs harvested from
this land and to forest management on this land. Gaming on this land is
prohibited. This land is not subject to the land use planning requirements of
the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 or the Act of August 28,
1937.

(Sec. 205) Interior must reclassify public domain land as Oregon and California
Railroad grant land in equal acreage as grant land taken into trust under this
bill. 

TITLE III--AMENDMENTS TO COQUILLE RESTORATION ACT

(Sec. 301) This bill amends the Coquille Restoration Act to remove the
requirement that Interior manage the Coquille Forest in accordance with state
and federal forestry and environmental protection laws. Federal law applies to
the export of unprocessed logs harvested from this land. Sales of timber from
this land must be advertised, offered, and awarded according to competitive
bidding practices.

This bill strikes a provision giving the U.S. District Court for the District of
Oregon jurisdiction over certain actions concerning the Coquille Forest and
limiting remedies to equitable relief.



                        

Actions

  • Star Print ordered on report 115-65.

    May 23rd, 2017
  • Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 83.

    May 16th, 2017
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Murkowski without amendment. With written report No. 115-65.

    May 16th, 2017
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Murkowski without amendment. With written report No. 115-65.

    May 16th, 2017
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

    Mar 30th, 2017
  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

    Mar 2nd, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Mar 2nd, 2017