TEMOAK TRIBE - The statement of Senator Reid on behalf of the Te-Moak Tribe and Elko Band for the Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance reads, "The Elko Band have been an important part of the Elko Community since it was established in the late 1800s. In spite of a steadily growing population, the colony has not expanded for 75 years and most members of the Elko Band have to make their homes outside of the colony. As you know, land is lifeblood for Native Americans. It is a place to make a home and earn a living, a place tied to ancestors, and key in the preservation of culture and language. My legislation provides space for appropriate residential and commercial development, as well as for traditional uses, such as ceremonial gatherings and plant collecting."
Senator Reid's press release in support of the Elko land legislation can be read here.