Gibbons introduces bill to give Tahoe land back to Washoe |

Gibbons introduces bill to give Tahoe land back to Washoe

Rep. Jim Gibbons, R-Reno, said the first bill he introduced in the 108th Congress which convened this week calls for land at Lake Tahoe to be given to the Washoe tribe.

Gibbons and Nevada Sens. Harry Reid and John Ensign had introduced this legislation last session but Congress adjourned before it could be passed by both chambers.

“The Washoe tribe has lived in the Tahoe area for 10,000 years, yet, they have no ancestral lands to call their own,” Gibbons said. “This bill will assure the members of the Washoe tribe the opportunity to engage in traditional and customary cultural practices on the shore of Lake Tahoe, including spiritual renewal, land stewardship, traditional learning and reunification of tribal and family bonds.”

The bill calls for the release of 24.3 acres within the Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The area is known as Skunk Harbor — between Sand Harbor and Glenbrook.

If approved by Congress, the land would be released immediately to the tribe and it would not be permitted to be used for commercial uses, a specific request of the Washoe tribe.

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