Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), seen her speaking at the #RemoveTheStain press conference in Washington, D.C., on June 25, 2019, will be discussing H.R.2031, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act, at a hearing of the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States on July 16, 2019. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Witness list for Indigenous Peoples hearing on Indian Country legislation

WEBCAST: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States - Legislative Hearing - July 16, 2019

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on four Indian Country bills on Tuesday afternoon.

The subcommittee will hear from tribal leaders, members of Congress and federal officials about the legislation. The agenda follows:

H.R.2414, a bill to amend the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Act to continue efforts of the Udall Foundation in educating America's young leaders on environmental, health and Native American policy. S.1345, a companion version in the Senate, was approved by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on June 19 and awaits further action in the chamber.

H.R.2031, the Practical Reforms and Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act, also known as the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act. The bill streamlines self-governance program at the Department of the Interior and provides tribes with greater flexibility to tailor, consolidate and administer federal programs for their communities. S.209, the Senate version of the bill, passed the chamber on June 28.

H.R.895, the Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act. The bill provides employees of tribal grant schools with the ability to participate in federal health and life insurance programs. S.279, the Senate version of the bill, was approved by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on May 15 and awaits further action in the Senate.

H.R.396, a bill to refer a long-running and formerly contentious land claim of the Miami Nation to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The tribe asserts ownership of nearly 2.7 million acres in Illinois under the 1805 Treaty of Grouseland. The tribe was later forced to move to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. There isn't a companion in the Senate at this point.

The hearing takes place at 2pm Eastern in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. The witness list follows:

Panel I
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (H.R. 2414)
Arizona, 3rd District

Rep. Debra Haaland (H.R. 2031)
New Mexico, 1st District

Rep. Dusty Johnson (H.R. 895)
South Dakota, At-Large

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (H.R. 396)
Oklahoma, 2nd District

Panel II
Mr. Darryl LaCounte (All Bills)
Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior

Mr. Eric D. Eberhard (H.R. 2414)
Chair of the Board of Trustees
The Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

The Hon. W. Ron Allen (H.R. 2031)
Chairman of the Board
The Self-Governance Communication & Education Tribal Consortium

Ms. Cecelia Fire Thunder (H.R. 895)
President
The Oglala Lakota Nation Education Coalition

The Hon. Douglas G. Lankford (H.R. 396)
Chief
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States: Legislative Hearing - July 16, 2019

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