House hearing on two Michigan land claim bills

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this afternoon on two Michigan land claim bills.

H.R.2176 settles a land claim for the Bay Mills Indian Community by allowing the tribe to obtain land in Port Huron. The bill states the Port Huron site is eligible for gaming.

H.R.4115 settles a land claim for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bill allows gaming on a site in Romulus.

The witness list for the hearing is lengthy, with eight members of Congress and three panels set to testify:
The Honorable John D. Dingell (D-MI)
The Honorable Bart Stupak (D-MI)
The Honorable Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI)
The Honorable Mike Rogers (R-MI)
The Honorable Candice S. Miller (R-MI)
The Honorable Shelley Berkley (D-NV)
The Honorable Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)
The Honorable John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI)

Panel 1
The Honorable Carl Artman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Panel 2
The Honorable Jeff Parker, President of Executive Council, Bay Mills Indian Community, Brimley, MI
The Honorable Aaron Payment, Chairman, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
The Honorable Alan R. Lambert, Mayor, City of Romulus
Mr. Karl Tomion, City Manager, City of Port Huron

Panel 3
The Honorable Kwame Kilpatrick, Mayor, City of Detroit
The Honorable Fred Cantu, Chief, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Mr. Joe Conroy, Director of Governmental Operations, City of Flint, Flint, MI

The hearing starts at 2pm and will be broadcast online at

Committee Notice:
Full Committee Legislative Hearing: H.R. 2176 And H.R. 4115 (February 6, 2008)

Relevant Links:
Bay Mills Indian Community -
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians -

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