Kristi Noem (Republican, South Dakota) proposed H.R. 337 to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain area of Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion within the Black Hills National Cemetery
The bill was introduced on January 5, 2017. The bill passed with a vote of 407-0 in the House on February 6, 2017. The bill was received in the Senate, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on February 2, 2017.
The bill was proposed to withdraw and transfer public land for cemetery use. The bill requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to complete appropriate environmental, cultural resource, and other due diligence. After due diligence, the land will be withdrawn from all forms of appropriation under public land laws, including mining, mineral leasing, and geothermal leasing, as long as the land remains under VA jurisdiction.
The proposed land is approximately 200 acres of property adjacent to the Black Hill National Cemetery, South Dakota, with the exception of land within 100 feet of the center line of the Centennial Trail (which runs along the northern boundary of the proposed expansion) that is located south of the trail.
If portions of this land will not be used for the cemetery, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs will transfer the land back for public use.
The bill was not cosponsored.