Stigler Act amendment passed through Senate

Stigler Act amendment passed through Senate
(MCN allotment) Oklahoma Historical Society website

By: Liz Gray/Reporter

Bill remains on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — A long-running land issue is on its way to resolve.

H.R. 2606, ‘The Stigler Act Amendments of 2018,’ passed through the Senate on Dec. 13 by unanimous consent with amendments made by Oklahoma Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe.

The amended bill will be passed back to the House of Representatives.

The House passed H.R. 2606 in September earlier this year.

The legislation, introduced by Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole, Markwayne Mullin, Frank Lucas and Steve Russell, would remove the blood quantum restriction for Five Civilized Tribes members’ allotted land.

The Stigler Act of 1947, as it currently stands, authorizes restricted land to become subject to taxation once the heir of a FCT citizen’s blood quantum reaches below one-half degree.

According to a press release from Muscogee (Creek) Nation Public Relations, the Nation stated passage of H.R. 2606 would potentially resolve nearly 300 cases in probate by acquiring a valid title.

Principal Chief James Floyd testified in November on the legislation.

“Without amendment, the Stigler Act will continue to systematically destroy the land base of the five tribes by converting restricted Indian land to state fee land,” he said.

Once approved by the House through Swift Action consideration, H.R. 2606 will go before President Donald Trump for finalization, bringing the bill into law.

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