President signs Jaime’s Tribal Equality Bill into law

Indian tribes will now be allowed to operate distilleries on their land, promising new jobs in Lewis, Thurston Counties

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump signed U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s bipartisan bill repealing a prohibition of distilleries on tribal land into law today. Senator Maria Cantwell led the bill’s passage in the U.S. Senate last month and Jaime secured passage of her bill in the U.S. House in September.

“Today, I join the Chehalis Tribe and all others across the country as we celebrate the repeal of a law that strives to bring more equality and sovereignty to Indian tribes,” Jaime said. “This is a good day for tribal members who can now expand economically in the distillery business and bring new skills training and jobs to our region.”

Background:

An 1834 law had prohibited distilleries on Indian lands. Now tribes, including the Chehalis who first brought this issue to Jaime’s attention, will be free to build and operate distilleries on their land, increasing economic development opportunities.

The Chehalis Tribe is planning to build and operate a distillery, brewery and restaurant that would bring about 100 new jobs to Southwest Washington.