Summary: H.R.453 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House (12/16/2019)

Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act

This bill takes specified lands and easements in Monroe County, Tennessee, into trust for the use and benefit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. These lands include the Sequoyah Museum, the Chota Memorial, the Tanasi Memorial, and land to provide support for these properties and cultural programs.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) maintains its right to carry out river control and development on these lands, including temporarily and intermittently flooding certain lands. The bill specifies the structures that may be constructed with the TVA's consent on certain lands subject to flooding. Additionally, the TVA must be compensated for lost hydropower capacity from future development of these lands.

The bill prohibits the United States from being liable for loss or damage resulting from certain activities, such as the flooding of certain lands.

The bill outlines TVA's continuing responsibilities, including those related to environmental remediation.

Gaming on these lands is prohibited.