Summary: H.R.881 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (05/23/1989)

Coquille Restoration Act - Extends Federal recognition to the Coquille Indian Tribe. Makes all laws and regulations generally applicable to Indians applicable to the Tribe and its members, to the extent that they are not inconsistent with this Act.

Restores all rights and privileges of the Tribe and its members under any Federal treaty, agreement, or other authority which were diminished or lost under a specified 1954 statute.

Makes the Tribe and its members eligible for all Federal services and benefits furnished to federally recognized tribes or their members without regard to the existence of a reservation. Deems members of the Tribe in specified counties in Oregon to be residing on a reservation for purposes of the availability of such services. Declares that the Tribe shall be considered an Indian tribe for the purposes of the Indian Tribal Government Tax Status Act.

Declares that the Indian Reorganization Act shall be applicable to the Tribe and its members.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior: (1) to enter into negotiations with the governing body of the Tribe, with respect to establishing a plan for economic development for the Tribe; (2) to develop such a plan not later than two years after adoption of a tribal constitution; and (3) upon approval by the governing body of the Tribe to submit such plan to the Congress.

Provides that any proposed transfer of real property contained in the plan shall be consistent with the requirements of this Act.

Directs the Secretary to accept in trust for the benefit of the Tribe not over 1,000 acres of land located in Coos and Curry Counties if such land is free of adverse legal claims at the time of such acceptance. Authorizes the Secretary to accept additional acreage in the Tribe's service area. Provides that such land taken in trust shall be made part of the tribe's reservation and shall be exempt from all local, State, and Federal taxation as of the transfer date.

Requires Oregon to exercise criminal and civil jurisdiction within the boundaries of the reservation.

Requires the Secretary to compile a Coquille Indian Tribal membership roll within one year of the enactment of this Act.

Specifies the criteria for enrollments. Requires the Secretary to accept any available evidence establishing Coquille ancestry and the required amount of Indian blood quantum. Specifies evidence the Secretary shall accept as conclusive evidence of Coquille ancestry.

Provides for the Tribe to be governed by an Interim Council until a new constitution and bylaws are adopted.

Provides for an election, by secret ballot, for the purpose of adopting a constitution and for electing tribal officials.