May 25th, 2016 – House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations Schedules Mark Up of FY 2017 Appropriations Bill

May 25th, 2016 – House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations Schedules Mark Up of FY 2017 Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (Subcommittee) has announced it will hold a mark up on the FY 2017 Appropriations Bill on Wednesday, May 25th at 11:00 am EST in Room B-308 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the mark up or the Subcommittee, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/subcommittees/subcommittee/?IssueID=34778

May 18th, 2016 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Various Bills

May 18th, 2016 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Various Bills

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (Committee) will hold a legislative hearing on various bills on Wednesday, May 18th at 2:15 pm EST in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The Committee will receive testimony from witnesses on the following legislation:

  • S. 2785, a bill to protect Native children and promote public safety in Indian Country – introduced by Vice Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT);
  • S. 2916, a bill to provide that the Pueblo of Santa Clara may lease for 99 years certain restricted land, and for other purposes – introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM); and
  • S. 2920, the Tribal Law and Order Reauthorization Act of 2016 – introduced by Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY).

Witnesses for live testimony are by invitation only and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once confirmed.

The record will be open for two weeks after the hearing for written comments. A webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Committee website.

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

Senate Appropriators Approve Direct Tribal Victims’ Services Funding

Senate Appropriators Approve Direct Tribal Victims’ Services Funding

The FY17 appropriations process is underway. Indian Country has an opportunity to significantly increase funding for tribal public safety and justice programs administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in FY17.

On April 21, 2016, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) approved S. 2837, which would provide more than $350 million in funding for tribal justice programs from DOJ—a more than $200 million increase over FY16. The bulk of this increase ($147 million) would come from a 5% set aside to establish direct funding for tribal governments and tribal victims services organizations from the federal Crime Victims Fund (CVF). Senators Tester (D-MT), Daines (R-MT), and Murkowski (R-AK) offered an amendment to add this important provision. S. 2837 is now eligible for full Senate floor consideration. The Senate is expected to vote on the CJS bill later this month.

The House CJS Subcommittee is currently drafting its version of the FY17 funding bill. The Subcommittee is expected to vote on the House version on Wednesday, May 18, and the full House Appropriations Committee may vote on the bill on Wednesday, May 25.

To ensure that these increases are included in the final appropriations measure, tribes and tribal advocates are contacting members and leaders on the House Appropriations Committee to urge them to adopt the 5% set aside for tribes from the CVF in the House FY17 CJS bill.

May 11th, 2016 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting and Legislative Hearing on Pending Legislation

May 11th, 2016 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting and Legislative Hearing on Pending Legislation

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (Committee) will hold a business meeting and conduct a legislative hearing on various pending bills on Wednesday, May 11th at 2:15 pm EST in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The Committee will first conduct a business meeting to consider the following legislation:

  • S. 1163, 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 – introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM);
  • S. 2580, a bill to establish the Indian Education Agency to streamline the administration of Indian education, and for other purposes – introduced by Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY); and
  • S. 2739, a bill to provide for equitable compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation for the use of tribal land for the production of hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam, and for other purposes – introduced by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

Immediately following the business meeting, the Committee will receive testimony from witnesses on the following two bills:

  • S. 2417, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to allow the Indian Health Service to cover the cost of a copayment of an Indian or Alaska Native veteran receiving medical care or services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes – introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD); and
  • S. 2842, a bill to amend and reform the Johnson-O’Malley Act to award contracts to certain tribal organizations, Indian corporations, school districts, States, and consortia of tribal organizations, and for other purposes – introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

Witnesses for live testimony are by invitation only, and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once confirmed.

The record will be open for two weeks after the hearing for written comments. A webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Committee website. However, the business meeting will not be included as part of the webcast.

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