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Gianforte: Include Little Shell Recognition in Must-Pass Bill

September 12, 2019
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte today urged committee leaders to include federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe in a larger, must-pass bill.

Gianforte asked leaders of the House Armed Services Committee to include his bill, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act, H.R. 297, in the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

“The Little Shell people have waited long enough. It is time to give them the overdue recognition they deserve,” Gianforte wrote to committee leaders. “I urge you to provide federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe in the final National Defense Authorization Act.”

Gianforte’s bill restores the federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe and allows the Tribe to purchase 200 acres of land to serve as its reservation. The legislation makes the Little Shell Tribe eligible for federal resources for economic development, health, and education.

Gianforte led the bill to passage in the House on March 26, 2019.

The Little Shell Tribe petitioned the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s for a formal reservation and to be allowed to organize under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.

Gianforte introduced the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act in the 115th Congress and guided it to passage in the House in September 2018. The legislation’s passage marked the first time a bill restoring federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe passed either the House or Senate. Despite passing the House, the bill failed to pass the U.S. Senate.

Gianforte’s full letter to leaders of the House Armed Services Committee may be found HERE.