Magazine article Insight on the News

Indians Upset with Reid's Shoshone Land-Rights Legislation. (the Watchers)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Indians Upset with Reid's Shoshone Land-Rights Legislation. (the Watchers)

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Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) appeared to be up to a little historical re-enactment from his part of the country on the Senate floor recently. The theme: gold rushes and land grabs.

As the legislative session drew to a close, Reid raised eyebrows as he tried to get unanimous consent for the Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act (S 958). Reid's scheme would distribute $138 million under the Western Shoshone Claims Commission Judgment Fund by paying tribe members $20,000 each. The amount covers only 24 million acres of ancestral lands, rather than the 60 million acres that the Shoshone documented in their original claim, according to Indian-rights advocates.

Yomba Shoshone Chairman James W. Birchim appealed to tribal leaders throughout Indian country for their support in killing the bill that the Senate Indian Affairs Committee had reported to the full chamber without opposition. "S 958 is a bad bill," he said. "It will distribute the entire judgment fund 100 percent per capita, leaving nothing of Western Shoshone ancestral heritage for our future. Senator Reid publicly stated that S 958 will finally resolve the Western Shoshone land-claim issue, but the bill makes no mention of preserving our treaty rights. …

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