US Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Business Meeting & Oversight Hearing

Published February 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, February 8 at 2:30 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a business meeting to consider:

·         S. 39, a bill to extend the Federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, and for other purposes;

·         S. 63, a bill to clarify the rights of Indians and Indian tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act;

·         S. 91, a bill to amend the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act of 1992 to facilitate the ability of Indian tribes to integrate the employment, training, and related services from diverse Federal sources, and for other purposes;

·         S. 140, a bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund;

·         S. 245, a bill to amend the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act of 2005, and for other purposes;

·         S. 249, a bill to provide that the pueblo of Santa Clara may lease for 99 years certain restricted land, and for other purposes;

·         S. 254, a bill to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide flexibility and reauthorization to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages;

·         S. 269, a bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Areal Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes; and

·         S. 302, The John Smith Act, or the Tribal Infrastructure and Roads Enhancement and Safety Act (TIRES Act).

The business meeting will be immediately followed by a committee oversight hearing on “Emergency Management in Indian Country: Improving FEMA’s Federal-Tribal Relationship with Indian Tribes.”

DETAILS:

WHAT:        A committee business meeting, followed by an oversight hearing on

                     “Emergency Management in Indian Country: Improving FEMA’s

                     “Federal-Tribal Relationship with Indian Tribes.”

WHEN:        2:30 PM EDT, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

WHERE:     628 Senate Dirksen Office Building

Live video will be provided at indian.senate.gov.

WITNESSES:

Mr. Alex Amparo

Assistant Administrator for Recovery, Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security,

Washington, DC

Mr. Milo Booth

National Tribal Affairs Advisor, Office of External Affairs, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC

The Honorable Russell Begaye

President, Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Arizona

The Honorable J. Michael Chavarria

Governor, Pueblo of Santa Clara, Española, New Mexico

Mr. Cody Desautel

Natural Resources Director, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Nespelem, Washington

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