Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Business Meeting & Legislative Hearing

Capitol BuildingPublished October 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Oct.7 at 2:15 PM ET, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) will hold abusiness meeting to consider H.R. 487, a bill to allow the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to lease or transfer certain lands.

At the business meeting, the SCIA will also consider S. 1579, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act (the NATIVE Act). This bill would direct the Departments of Commerce and Interior to update their management plans and tourism strategies to include Indian tribes and organizations.

Immediately following the business meeting, the SCIA will hold a legislative hearing to receive testimony on the following bills:

·         S. 817, a bill to provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon;

·         S. 818, a bill to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes;

·         S. 1436, a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for certain Indian tribes, and for other purposes;

·         S. 1761, a bill to take certain federal land located in Lassen County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Susanville Indian Rancheria, and for other purposes;

·         S. 1822, a bill to take certain federal land located in Tuolumne County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, and for other purposes;

·         S. 1986, a bill to provide for a land conveyance in Nevada;

·         H.R. 387, a bill to provide for certain land to be taken into trust for the benefit of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, and for other purposes.

DETAILS:

WHAT:        A committee business meeting to consider H.R. 487 and S. 1579. The business meeting will be followed by a legislative hearing.

WHEN:         2:15 PM EST, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WHERE:      628 Senate Dirksen Office Building

Live video and written witness testimony will be provided at indian.senate.gov.

WITNESSES:

Mr. Michael Smith

Deputy Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Glen Casamassa

Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System, U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Arlan Melendez

Chairman, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Reno, Nevada

The Honorable Robert Martin

Chairman, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Banning, California

The Honorable Darren Daboda

Chairman, Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, Moapa, Nevada

 

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