Summary: H.R.318 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (07/23/1987)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act - Title I: Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Restoration - Redesignates the Tiwa Indians of Ysleta, Texas, as the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo. Restores the Federal trust relationship with the tribe and associated rights and benefits. Provides that nothing in this Act shall affect the power of the State of Texas to enact special legislation to benefit the tribe. Authorizes Texas to perform services that benefit the tribe.

Recognizes the authority of the Tribal Council. Declares the tribe's reservation to be a Federal Indian reservation. Directs the Secretary of the Interior to accept and hold in trust tribal lands conveyed by the tribe and Texas.

Grants Texas civil and criminal jurisdiction within such reservation.

Allows the tribe to acquire, lease, or sell additional land within El Paso and Hudspeth Counties and permits the Secretary, upon the tribe's request, to accept and hold title to such lands in trust for the tribe.

Repeals the Tiwa Indians Act.

Prohibits gambling, lottery, or bingo, as defined by Texas' laws, on the tribe's reservation and on tribal lands. Subjects any violation of this prohibition to the same civil and criminal penalties provided by the laws of Texas except such provision shall not be construed as a grant of civil or criminal jurisdiction to Texas.

Provides that the Federal courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over violations of the Federal ban on gaming and that Texas may seek injunctive relief in the Federal courts to enforce such ban.

Specifies the membership of the tribe and provides for removal of individuals from the tribal roll.

Title II: Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas - States that the Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas shall be considered as one tribal unit for purposes of Federal law. Restores the Federal trust relationship with the tribe and associated rights and benefits. Authorizes Texas to perform services that benefit the tribe.

Provides that nothing in this Act shall affect the power of the State of Texas to enact special legislation to benefit the tribe.

Retains the existing tribal constitution and bylaws. Requires the Secretary, upon the request of the Tribal Council, to hold an election for the members of the tribe for the purpose of adopting a new constitution and bylaws. Recognizes the authority of the Tribal Council.

Sets forth provisions similar to title I regarding civil and criminal jurisdiction, the tribal reservation, and gaming laws for the tribe.