Congressman sponsors bill removing allotment blood quantum requirement
WASHINGTON — Stigler Act Amendment of 2017 has passed through the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.
H.R. 2606 amends the Stigler Act of 1947, which restricts land allotted to members of the Five Civilized Tribes according to their blood quantum.
The federal government surveyed and segmented tribal lands into allotted parcels for individual Native Americans through the Dawes Act of 1887. The Dawes Act registered land allotted to FCT citizens as restricted, meaning it is not subject to state taxation.
The Stigler Act authorizes the restricted land to become subject of taxation once an heir’s tribal citizenship blood quantum is below one-half. If the amendment passes, it would eliminate this requirement allowing restricted status to be maintained once the title is passed down to an heir below one-half citizenship.
Congressman Tom Cole sponsored the bill and released a statement June 13 following the passage through committee.
“I am pleased that the Stigler Act was agreed to and passed through the House Natural Resources Committee…the amendment will support the preservation of the right and legacies that Native Americans are entitled to,” he said. “I look forward to supporting the Stigler Act Amendment of 2017 on the House Floor for passage.”