Tribal Land Bill Moves Forward
(FORT HALL, ID) – A U.S. Senate bill that would settle disputes over land and water rights along the Blackfoot River is moving forward. Senator Mike Crapo has been working with the Shoshone-Bannock tribes to clarify who owns land on which side of the river. Flood control projects from over 50 years ago realigned the river, leaving some tribal property cut off from the south side. The measure will put all property north of the river into a trust, then sell southern tribal property to the Flood Control District, which will be used to compensate non-Indian landowners.