House approves bill strengthening authority for three tribes in Southwestern Oregon
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Eugene, that would strengthen the tribal authority and expand the land rights of three federally recognized tribes in Southwestern Oregon.
DeFazio’s bill, the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act (H.R. 2791), provides land in trust to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. Currently, those two groups do not hold any land in trust. The increase in tribal lands is intended to spur job development and economic growth for both tribes.