The Senate Indian Affairs Committee unanimously voted to pass a bill that eliminates the 1/8 blood requirements for the Tiguas on the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo.
Of the 565 federally-recognized Native-American tribes, the Tiguas are the only tribe whose membership is dictated by the federal government, rather than its own members.
If the bill passes, the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo will have the same rights as every other federally-recognized Native American tribe.
The legislation was spearheaded by Congressman Silvestre Reyes.
"This is great news, not only for the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, but also for the entire El Paso community," said Reyes, and added, "I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure the bill's final passage."
The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration