December 1, 2017
Secretary Ryan Zinke
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Subject: Conversion of Land to Tribal Trust Status
As officers of the Citizens Alliance for Property Rights (CAPR), an organization with 31 chapters in Washington
State and California dedicated to protecting and promoting property rights for all Americans, we are writing you to
request that the Department of the Interior make the impact on local communities a primary consideration when
determining whether to approve tribal requests to convert land outside their reservations from fee to trust. This has
become a controversial issue in many jurisdictions in our two states and we suspect across the nation as a whole.
I am contacting you with concerns regarding the proposed legislation we heard in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Washington State law receives a grade of D- from the Institute for Justice.