Indian Affairs Committee approves three bills
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a business meeting on Thursday to consider pending legislation.

Three bills were on the agenda. All three were approved:
S.J. Res.14, the Native American apology resolution. The committee did not hold a hearing on the apology during the 111th Congress. The apology was approved with no discussion yesterday
H.R. 1129, a bill to facilitate an Indian iron worker training grant program. The House passed the bill on July 2. The committee did not hold a hearing on the bill. The bill was approved with an amendment that opens up the contract for the program to tribes and tribal colleges.
S. 443, the Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act. The committee held a hearing on the bill on April 2. It was approved after Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) explained some changes to the bill regarding gaming and other issues.

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the committee chairman, said the next business meeting is scheduled for September 10. The committee will likely take up several Indian water rights bills, he said.

Committee Notice:
BUSINESS MEETING on pending committee issues (August 6, 2009)

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