• 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 yesterdaySen. 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:
• 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.
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