The 114th Congress adjourned last week and will rest until January when a new year of Congress will begin. In a press release dated December 16th, the Ute Tribe states that Congressman Bishop’s Public Lands Initiative is now dead. If Congressman Bishop wants to continue to push his Utah Public Lands Initiative, explains the release, he will have to reintroduce the bill in the next Congress. The Ute Tribe and the Tribe’s political action committee went to great lengths to oppose the bill, claiming that the public lands initiative would steal reservation land. The 115th Congress will open on January 3rd and the Public Lands Initiative will need to be reintroduced to continue its pursuit.