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"A RACIAL SLUR": The US House of Representatives was scheduled to pass two pro-tribal bills on Wednesday. Then President Trump tweeted about it and both were pulled from consideration.
“We needed significant Republican support to get these bills approved today, and apparently the president tweeting a racial slur was compelling enough to give them cold feet," Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) said this afternoon.
“It’s my intention to move both of these bills forward soon, and we’re currently evaluating our options for other avenues to passage."

The two bills are:
* H.R.312, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act. The bill confirms that the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's reservation is in trust and can't be challenged in court. A similar law was enacted for another tribe in 2014--Supreme Court later upheld it as constitutional.
* H.R.375, a bill confirming that all tribes, regardless of date of federal recognition, can restore their homelands through land-into-trust process. The bill is a "clean" fix to Supreme Court's Carcieri decision from 2009, which created uncertainty for newly recognized tribes.
"I stand with my friends Bill Keating and Tom Cole in supporting Indian Country, and I have no intention of letting the president’s gutter commentary derail the people’s business,” Grijalva said @RepRaulGrijalva of the sponsors, Democrat and Republican, of the two bills.
Earlier today, Trump tweeted this: "Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren. It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native Americans equally!" #RacialSlur
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