July 28th Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on IGRA Enforcement

July 28th Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on IGRA Enforcement

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has scheduled a legislative oversight hearing on the protection of the enforcement of IGRA. The hearing titled, “Enforcing Indian Gaming Regulatory Act – The Role of the National Indian Gaming Commission and Tribes as Regulators,” is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 28th at 2:15PM in room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Witnesses will discuss the state of Indian gaming in the United States, and the role that tribal, federal, and state governments play in regulating Indian gaming operations. Members of the Committee will likely ask questions about the NIGC’s ongoing regulatory review and proposed rules to amend existing federal Indian gaming regulations, application of the Minimum Internal Controls Standards (MICS) to class III Indian gaming, and the Obama Administration’s recent decision to withdraw the Bush Administration commutability guidance with regard to off-reservation gaming.

Witnesses for testimony will be by invitation only, and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once it is confirmed. However, the Committee will receive written testimony up to two weeks after the hearing date for the record.

The webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Committee website. For more information about the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs please visit: http://indian.senate.gov/

July 26th Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Roundtable Discussion on Internet Gaming

July 26th Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Roundtable Discussion on Internet Gaming

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be hosting a roundtable discussion titled, “The Future of Internet Gaming: What’s at Stake for Tribes?” This Roundtable will take place on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM in room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Tribal leaders, members of congress, and congressional staff are invited to share thoughts on the possible impacts of Internet gaming as well as proposed federal legislation to legalize Internet gambling. No bills have been introduced to date in the Senate, however, three bills with Internet gambling consequence have been introduced in the House of Representatives: H.R. 1174 (Rep. John Campbell – would direct the Secretary of the Treasury to promulgate regulations to license and regulate many forms of gambling over the Internet); H.R. 2230 (Rep. Jim McDermott – would authorize federal, state, and tribal taxation of legal Internet gambling activities); and H.R. 2366 (Rep. Joe Barton – Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee – would legalize Internet poker, and favor the states of Nevada and New Jersey as regulators of the new activity).

This Roundtable is scheduled to take place immediately before a reception hosted by the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) as part of NIGA’s Summer Legislative Summit. The NIGA reception will take place from 5:00PM to 7:00PM in room B-338 Rayburn House Office Building. Members of congress will drop by the reception to speak with tribal leaders during this reception.

For more information regarding the Summit please visit: http://www.indiangaming.org/events/legislative/index.shtml
For more information about the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs please visit: http://indian.senate.gov/

July 21st Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Emergency Preparedness in Native Communities

July 21st Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Emergency Preparedness in Native Communities

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has scheduled a legislative oversight hearing on the protection of emergency preparedness in Native communities. The hearing titled, “Facing Floods and Fires – Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters in Native Communities,” will take place on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 2:15PM in room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Witnesses will examine the training, planning, and other related emergency disaster needs of tribal leaders and tribal emergency management personnel. Testimony will also discuss the gaps in authority under existing federal emergency management laws to provide tribal governments with direct assistance, as well as the need to amend current law to authorize tribal government emergency declarations.

Witnesses for testimony will be by invitation only, and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once it is confirmed. However, the Committee will receive written testimony up to two weeks after the hearing date for the record.

The webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Committee website. For more information about the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs please visit: http://indian.senate.gov/

July 19th Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Taxation Roundtable Discussion

July 19th Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Taxation Roundtable Discussion

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be hosting a roundtable discussion titled, “Taxation: Raising Revenues for our Future,” on Tuesday, July 19th at 1:00pm in room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The Committee will gather information on the following tribal tax topics:

Improving Tribal tax bases;
Tax-exempt bond issues and opportunities for change;
Building successful policy relationships with federal and state agencies;
Taxation of tribal government educational programs and benefits; and
Developing a comprehensive Tribal tax strategy to incentivize economic development.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend this event and if you have any particular issues you would like discussed at the roundtable.

Please contact:
By phone: Christiane Cardoza at 202-224-2251; or
E-mail: roundtable@indian.senate.gov

For more information about the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs please visit: http://indian.senate.gov/

July 14th Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Protection of Native Women

July 14th Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Oversight Hearing on Protection of Native Women

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has scheduled a legislative oversight hearing on the protection of Native women. The hearing titled, “Native Women: Protecting, Shielding, and Safeguarding Our Sisters, Mothers, and Daughters,” will take place on Thursday, July 14th at 2:15pm in room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. In addition to examining the need to improve protection, prevention and enforcement of domestic and sexual abuse laws in Indian country, the hearing will also examine the Title IX tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is up for reauthorization this year.

Witnesses for testimony will be by invitation only, and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once it is confirmed. However, the Committee will receive written testimony up to two weeks after the hearing date for the record.

The webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Committee website. For more information about the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs please visit: http://indian.senate.gov/