House Resources Committee hearing on three bills
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this morning on three bills.

The bills are:
* H.R. 1061: To transfer certain land to the United States to be held in trust for the Hoh Indian Tribe, to place land into trust for the Hoh Indian Tribe, and for other purposes. "Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act"
* H.R. 2040: To authorize a process by which the Secretary of the Interior shall process acquisitions of certain real property of the Samish Indian Nation into trust, and for other purposes.
* H.R. 1035: To amend the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental and Native American Public Policy Act of 1992 to honor the legacy of Stewart L. Udall, and for other purposes. "Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Amendments Act of 2009"
Although two of the bills affect the Interior Department, assistant secretary Larry EchoHawk, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs did not testify. The witness list, along with audio from the hearing, follows:
Opening Statements

Panel 1 - Testimony | Q&A
Mr. George Skibine (H.R. 1061, H.R. 2040)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development for Indian Affairs

Panel 2 - Testimony | Q&A
The Honorable Walter Ward (H.R. 1061)
Chairman, Hoh Indian Tribe

The Honorable Tom Wooten (H.R. 2040)
Chairman, Samish Indian Nation

Mr. Terrence L. Bracy (H.R. 1035)
Chair of the Board of Trustees, Morris K. Udall Foundation

Ms. Ellen K. Wheeler (H.R. 1035)
Executive Director, Morris K. Udall Foundation

Ms. Clara Pratte (H.R. 1035)
former Native American Congressional Udall Intern
The hearing takes place at 10am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. It will be broadcast on the Internet.

Committee Notice:
Full Committee Legislative Hearing On H.R. 1061, H.R. 2040, And H.R. 1035 (June 3, 2009)