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Congressional Budget Office; S. 2024, Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on September 20, 2012

S. 2024 would establish a deadline for the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain lands in the Sandia Mountain and Cibola National Forests in New Mexico to the Department of the Interior to be held in trust for the Pueblo of Sandia. In exchange for the specified National Forest lands, the legislation would require the Pueblo of Sandia to transfer to the Forest Service the title to specified land (known as the La Luz tract) and a dollar amount equal to the difference between the value of the properties, less certain compensation that the Forest Service owes to the Pueblo.

CBO estimates that implementing S. 2024 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting S. 2024 could affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Any amounts transferred from the Pueblo of Sandia to the Forest Service would increase offsetting receipts (a credit against direct spending) and would be available to the Forest Service to be spent without further appropriation. Based on information provided by the Forest Service, CBO estimates that total collections under the bill would be less than $200,000 and the net impact on direct spending would be negligible over the 2013-2022 period.

S. 2024 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would benefit the Pueblo of Sandia.

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A great deal for everyone involved. It just makes good sense. It gives the Pueblo control over traditional lands and gives that chunk of land in La Luz to the National Forest Service so that the public can access that big swath of National Forest.

If they could make that land swap deal go through over by Trujillo the public would have access to the brand new Sabinoso WIlderness. Everyone here is hoping that swap will go as planned also, so folks dont have to ask permission to cross private ranch land to get there.

The Sandia Pueblo have been great stewards of the land. They really take pride in their place and it shows. A lot of money has been poured into their rez from the big casino and they have an outstanding group of men that manage a whole lot of bosque and mountian land around them. It makes good sense that the FS would make a trade like this. Bravo!

The NFS land in question is either just inside or just outside the Albuquerque city limits and adjacent to the Pueblo's casino. Another piece is up near Chama where they plan to build another casino. It is a heck of a lot better use for all the land in question than what it is being used for now.

It is great when a deal like this works out for everyone! The people get access to land that was off limits before, the tribe gets land that it can use, and very few people have any gripes about it. I wish all governmental entities could find win/win situations like this one.

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