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Yurok Tribe seeks input on draft legislation; plan seeks transfer of federal land to tribe's control

The Times-Standard, March 26, 2011

The Yurok Tribe will hold a community meeting in Bayside on Sunday to share its legislative plan for a potential land transfer with the public.

The tribe is currently only working on draft legislation that would transfer federal lands at the mouth of the Klamath River and near the town of Klamath to the tribe. The proposed transfer of Redwood National Park and Six Rivers National Forest lands was first publicized in 2004, when the Yurok and Hoopa Valley tribes signed a plan amending the 1988 Hoopa-Yurok Settlement Act. The plan outlined a strategy to allow the Yurok Tribe to buy or acquire through transfer of lands some 238,000 acres and redraw Yurok Reservation boundaries.

The draft legislation the tribe intends to discuss Sunday includes the transfer of 1,200 acres of parkland containing Yurok ceremonial sites at the mouth of the Klamath River and another 1,200 acres of U.S. Forest Service land adjacent to U.S. Highway 101 known as the Yurok Experimental Forest.

According to a press release, the tribe also wants to include Redding Rock, a culturally significant sea stack off Freshwater Lagoon, currently under the control of the Bureau of Land Management, in the draft legislation.

The tribe is planning to hold a series of meetings on the subject at various locations on the North Coast.

Sunday's meeting will be held at the Humboldt Area Foundation, 373 Indianola Road, from 2 to 5 p.m.

If You Go:

What: Community meeting on Yurok draft legislation

When: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Humboldt Area Foundation, 373 Indianola Road in Bayside


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