Learn more about the American Indian Empowerment Act of 2011 (H.R.3532 )
In November 2011, Congressman Don Young (Republican, Alaska) introduced the American Indian Empowerment Act of 2011. This Act would allow Native nations to request, from the Secretary of the Interior, that tribal land be taken out of trust status and conveyed to individual Tribes. This would convert federal trust lands to a restricted fee tribal land status. As currently written, this legislation would still ensure that lands retain their Indian Country status, including the ability of Native nations to pass tribal laws on the land and conduct other related business.
First Nations Development Institute has long realized that Native lands are one of the most important assets of Native nations. Thus, we encourage our constituents to learn more about this legislation by visiting the links below.
Library of Congress link: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.3532:
Indian Country Today: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2011/12/01/american-indian-empowerment-act-introduced-65350