Federal agency approves Samish Tribe land application
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has approved a land application from the Samish Indian Nation.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports the approval gets the tribe one step closer to bringing a 0.01-square-mile (0.03-square-kilometer) plot of land into trust, which would give the tribe authority over how to develop and tax the land.
Samish Chairman Tom Wooten says the property in question, near Campbell Lake on Fidalgo Island, is adjacent to a plot of undeveloped land owned by the tribe.
Wooten says the tribe submitted this application about seven years ago, with plans to eventually build a road on the property to improve access to the adjacent property.
Samish Indian Nation General Manager Leslie Eastwood says the public has until Dec. 14 to file an appeal. If none is filed, she predicts the deed will transfer in early 2019.
Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com