US House approves Hoh reservation expansion

Seattle, Washington (AP) December 2010
A measure to transfer about 37 acres of National Park Service land in Washington state to the Hoh Indian Tribe has cleared the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act, which the House approved last week, goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The U.S. Senate approved the measure in September.

The bill would put 37 acres of the Olympic National Park into federal trust for the tribe. The transfer of land would allow the tribe to move out of a tsunami zone and flood plain by expanding its 1 square mile reservation.

Hoh tribal chairwoman Maria Lopez says the threat of flooding over the weekend highlights the bill’s urgency.

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell said in a statement that their legislation ensures the tribe can safely rebuild on higher land.