Senate Passes 11 Indian Affairs Bills, Including Esther Martinez and Tribal HUD-VASH

Senate Passes 11 Indian Affairs Bills, Including Esther Martinez and Tribal HUD-VASH

Today, the Senate passed an 11 bill package of legislation from the Indian Affairs Committee. The package included S. 256, the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act, which will amend existing law to reauthorize two federal Native American language programs at the Administration for Native Americans until 2024, expand eligibility for those programs to smaller-sized Tribal language programs, and allow both programs to offer longer grant periods. The package also included S. 257, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act of 2019, which will formally codify a joint Tribal housing initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program to provide rental and housing assistance to homeless veterans in Indian Country.

The following were also included:

  • S. 46, the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act
  • S. 50, the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act
  • S. 199, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act
  • S. 209, the Practical Reforms and Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination (PROGRESS) for Indian Tribes Act, will streamline the Department of the Interior’s self-governance process and provide Indian Tribes with greater flexibility to efficiently tailor, consolidate and administer federal programs for their communities
  • S. 212, Indian Community Economic Enhancement (ICEE) Act
  • S. 216, Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act
  • S. 224, A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes.
  • S. 294, the Native American Business Incubators Program Act
  • S. 832, A bill to nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of America and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon, concluded on November 15, 1865

The bills will now be sent to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration