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Senate approves Hoh reservation expansion

Washington (AP) October 2010

A measure that would transfer about 37 acres of National Park Service land to the Hoh Indian Tribe has passed the Senate.

The Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act was approved last week by unanimous consent. It now heads to the House for final passage, though that won’t occur until lawmakers return to Congress later this year.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, lets the tribe expand its 1 square mile reservation to add 425 adjoining acres it has acquired plus 37 acres from Olympic National Park.

The tiny reservation is hemmed in by the Hoh River, the Pacific Ocean and Olympic National Park. Most of the reservation is in a flood plain, and the transfer of land would allow the tribe to move out of a tsunami zone and flood plain.




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