S. 1286 would amend the Siletz Reservation Act, enacted in 1980, to permit the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the state of Oregon to alter or replace the agreement defining the tribe’s right to use the land. Pursuant to that act, the tribe and the state entered into a consent decree that established limits on the hunting, fishing, and trapping rights of the tribe. Those limitations cannot be modified under current federal law.
Using information from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, CBO expects that under the bill the agency would provide technical assistance to the tribe and the state to facilitate any revisions to the agreement. CBO estimates that the cost of those efforts would not be significant; any spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.