President Barack Obama signs Tribal Law and Order Act during an East Room ceremony at the White House July 29, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
Published December 1, 2015
WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 2:15 PM EST, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA)will hold a business meeting to consider two bills: S.1879 and S.1125. The Interior Improvement Act, S.1879,dramatically improves the Department of the Interior trust land acquisition process for Indian tribes. In addition to codifying and streamlining portions of that process, this bill restores the Secretary of the Interior’s authority to take land into trust for all federally recognized tribes and reaffirms the status of Indian lands already taken into trust. S. 1879 was introduced by committee chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) in July.
The committee will also consider S. 1125, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act of 2015. The bill was introduced by committee vice-chairman Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT).
Immediately following the business meeting, the committee will hold an oversight hearing on the “Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) – 5 Years Later: How Have the Justice Systems in Indian Country Improved?”
WHAT: A committee business meeting to consider S. 1879, the Interior Improvement Act and S. 1125.
Followed by an oversight hearing on “TLOA – 5 Years Later: How Have the
Justice Systems in Indian Country Improved?”
WHEN: 2:15 PM EST, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
WHERE: 628 Senate Dirksen Office Building
Live video and witness testimony will be provided at indian.senate.gov.
Mr. Larry Roberts
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Mirtha Beadle
Director, Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland
Mr. Tracy Toulou
Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Glen Gobin
Vice Chairman, Tulalip Tribes of Washington, Tulalip, Washington