BIA to testify at House Indian and Alaska Native Affairs hearing

It looks like the Bureau of Indian Affairs is breaking its unofficial boycott of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

The BIA hasn't sent a representative to the subcommittee since a March 20 hearing. But the agency's director, Michael Black, will be testifying tomorrow on three bills.

The bills are:
H.R. 726, To amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.
H.R. 3319, To allow the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to determine the requirements for membership in that tribe.
H.R. 6141, To provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon.

The hearing takes place at 2pm in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. The witness list follows:
Panel I
Director Michael Black (HR 726, HR 3319, HR 6141)
Bureau of Indian Affairs

Panel II
Vice-Chairman Reyn Leno (HR 726 and HR 6141)
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Chair Delores Pigsley (HR 726 and HR 6141)
Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon

Chairman Robert Garcia (HR 6141)
Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians

Commissioner Terry Thompson (HR 6141)
Lincoln County, Oregon

Chairman Peter Yucupicio (HR 3319)
Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Committee Notice:
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 726, H.R. 3319 and H.R. 6141 - House Committee on Natural Resources (July 24, 2012)

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