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House OKs Transfer of Land for Airport

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The U.S. House last week gave its nod to a transfer of lands between the Paiute Indian Tribe and Richfield to allow expansion of the Richfield airport.

Lawmakers say the measure will clarify long-standing boundary problems for some Indian tribes living in the area.

The bill now awaits approval from the Senate.

Its sponsor, Representative Chris Cannon, says the measure is a win-win for all involved.

The land was originally purchased in 1974 by the nonprofit Utah Paiute Tribal Corporation. It has gone unused for more than 20 years.

The tribe readily accepted Richfield's offer to purchase the land to expand its airport.

Congressional approval is the final hurdle before the purchase can be completed.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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