House hearing on off-reservation casino bills

The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing this morning on two off-reservation casino bills.

H.R. 2176 and H.R. 4115 settle land claims for the Bay Mills Indian Community and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The tribes would be able to open casinos on sites hundreds of miles away from their existing reservations.

The bills have been approved by the House Natural Resources Committee. But Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), the chairman of the Judiciary committee, opposes the measures.

The hearing takes place at 10am and will be broadcast at The witness list follows:
Panel I:
The Honorable Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick
The Honorable Shelley Berkley

Panel II:
Chief Fred Cantu. Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan
Carl Artman, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
Alicia Walker, Chairman, Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Tribe
Kathryn Tierney, Tribal Attorney, Bay Mills Indian Community
Cynthia J. Abrams, Board Member, National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling (submitting statement for the record)