WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, praised the Senate’s passage of two bills for tribes in Oregon:
· S. 817, a bill to provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the state of Oregon; and
· S. 818, a bill to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.
Both bills were introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). They passed out of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Nov. 18, 2015.
“Both bills demonstrate the Senate’s willingness to listen to tribes and to act,” said Chairman Barrasso. “The House of Representatives should take up both pieces of legislation quickly.”