Today, Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) announced that the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Blood Quantum Bill, H.R. 1560, a bill that would eliminate the one-eighth blood requirement on the Yselta del Sur Pueblo, cleared a major hurdle after it passed the Senate Indian Affairs Committee by unanimous consent.
"This afternoon, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved my legislation to preserve the federally recognized status of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo by eliminating the unfairly-imposed 1/8 blood quantum requirement," Congressman Reyes said.
Of the 565 federally-recognized Native American tribes, the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo is the only tribe whose membership is dictated by the federal government rather than its own members. By eliminating this unfair tribal enrollment requirement, the Congress would give the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo the same rights afforded to every other federally-recognized Native American tribe, and will be able to preserve their unique heritage based on shared history, customs, and language, in addition to tribal blood. This bill will ensure the preservation of Texas' oldest community, and the only remaining pueblo in the state.
"This is great news, not only for the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, but also for the entire El Paso community," Congressman Reyes said. "I commend the great work of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure the bill's final passage."
The bill now moves to the Senate floor for consideration.