Text: H.R.5244 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/09/2018)

2d Session
H. R. 5244

To reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reservation, and for other purposes.


March 9, 2018

Mr. Keating (for himself, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Kennedy, Ms. Clark of Massachusetts, Mr. Capuano, Mr. Lynch, and Mr. Meeks) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


To reaffirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reservation, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act”.

SEC. 2. Reaffirmation of Indian trust land.

(a) In general.—The taking of land into trust by the United States for the benefit of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts as described in the final Notice of Reservation Proclamation published at 81 Federal Register 948 (January 8, 2016) is reaffirmed as trust land, and the actions of the Secretary of the Interior in taking that land into trust are ratified and confirmed.

(b) Application.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an action (including an action pending in a Federal court as of the date of enactment of this Act) relating to the land described in subsection (a) shall not be filed or maintained in a Federal court and shall be promptly dismissed.

(c) Applicability of laws.—All laws (including regulations) of the United States of general applicability to Indians or nations, Indian Tribes, or bands of Indians (including the Act of June 18, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.)) shall be applicable to the Tribe and Tribal members.

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