Congress to take up Utah land bill

By Paul Foy

Associated Press

Published: Monday, June 18 2012 1:11 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah will swap mineral rights with the Ute Indians in a land exchange set for vote before the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Rob Bishop's office says bill is scheduled for a vote by the full House Monday night.

Under the legislation, Utah would relinquish 20,000 acres of mineral rights on part of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation for mineral rights on 20,000 acres of federal land just outside the reservation in eastern Utah.

Utah kept mineral rights on the reservation's Hillcreek extension along the Green River when Congress expanded the reservation in 1948. The Ute Indians were given only surface rights on that extension, for grazing and other uses.

Bishop, R-Utah, and Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, are sponsors of House Resolution 4027.

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