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House subcommittee schedules hearing on land-into-trust

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) serves as chairman of the House Subcommittee Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs. Photo from Facebook

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a hearing on the land-into-trust process on Thursday.

In 1934, Congress passed the Indian Reorganization Act. The law put a halt to the allotment of tribal lands and authorized the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place land into trust for tribes and individual Indians in Section 5.

But critics -- mainly state and local governments -- claim Section 5 is too vague because it does not lay out any standards for the land-into-trust process. The hearing will focus on those "inadequate standards."

The hearing takes place at 2pm in the Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. A witness list hasn't been posted online.

Committee Notice:
Oversight Hearing on "Inadequate Standards for Trust Land Acquisition in the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934." (May 14, 2015)

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