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Issa-sponsored bill to protect tribal land clears key House Committee


Last updated 10/22/2021 at 12:16pm

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At the base of Gregory Canyon, this area is known as Medicine Rock, a spiritual site of prayer, ritual, and healing for the Luiseno People.

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation to facilitate the Pala Band of Mission Indians' work to protect the sacred San Diego County site known locally as Gregory Mountain cleared a key House Committee, Oct. 14, by unanimous consent. H.R. 1975 – The Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2021 – was authored by Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) and cosponsored by Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51).

The legislation authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to transfer approximately 720 acres of land acquired by the Pala into trust for the benefit of the tribe and its members.

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