WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that the Senate has approved S. 2599, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.
S. 2599 would transfer approximately 11,760 acres of Federal land located in the Chippewa National Forest in Cass County, Minnesota from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of the Interior (DOI) for the benefit of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.
The bill was introduced by Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) on March 22, 2018. The Committee held a Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on S. 2599 on July 11, 2018. On September 26, 2018, the Committee ordered the bill to be reported with an amendment favorably. This legislation will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration.