Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Hearing on Five Land & Water Bills

Capitol BuildingWASHINGTON – On Wednesday, July 9, at 2:30 PM EDT, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on five bills.

  • S. 2442, A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain land and mineral rights on the reservation of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana and other culturally important land into trust for the benefit of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and for other purposes;
  • S. 2465, A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to take into trust 4 parcels of Federal land for the benefit of certain Indian Pueblos in the State of New Mexico;
  • S. 2479, A bill to provide for a land conveyance in the State of Nevada;
  • S. 2480, A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to Elko County, Nevada, and to take land into trust for certain Indian tribes, and for other purposes;
  • S. 2503,  A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into the Big Sandy River-Planet Ranch Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Agreement, to provide for the lease of certain land located within Planet Ranch on the Bill Williams River in the State of Arizona to benefit the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, and to provide for the settlement of specific water rights claims in the Bill Williams River watershed in the State of Arizona.


WHAT: Committee legislative hearing on land and water bills

WHEN: 2:30 PM, Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and witness testimony will be provided at


Panel I:

MR. MICHAEL S. BLACK, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC


Panel II:

THE HONORABLE LLEVANDO FISHER, President, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Lame Deer, Montana

MR. MIKE CANFIELD, President and CEO, Indian Pueblos Marketing, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

THE HONORABLE ALETHA TOM (Tentative), Chairwoman, Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, Moapa, Nevada

THE HONORABLE ARLAN MELENDEZ, Chairman, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Reno, Nevada

THE HONORABLE SHERRY J. COUNTS, Chairwoman, Hualapai Tribe, Peach Springs, Arizona

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