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Tribal Bills Win House Passage Despite Trump Tweet

Law360 (May 16, 2019, 5:11 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a pair of tribal bills favoring Native American land rights, including legislation reaffirming the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation as trust land in Massachusetts, after the bills were delayed last week when a tweet from President Donald Trump sparked Republican opposition.

H.R. 312, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, proposed by Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., passed in a bipartisan 275-146 vote with a simple majority of 228 Democrats and 47 Republicans voting in favor. The bill effectively grants the tribe back its land following a 2018 Department of the Interior decision that upended an...

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