Witness list for House subcommittee land-into-trust hearing

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 tomorrow.

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

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."

"All rules and policies for taking land in trust for Indians are left to the discretion of an unelected bureaucracy in the Department of the Interior," a hearing memo states.

The hearing takes place at 2pm in the Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. The witness list follows:
Mr. Kevin Washburn
Assistant Secretary of Interior - Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior
Washington, DC

Mr. Randy Noka, Councilman
Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island
Vice President, United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.
Charlestown, Rhode Island

Principal Chief George Tiger
Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma
Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Ms. Lori Stinson, Tribal Attorney General
Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama
Atmore, Alabama

The Honorable David Rabbitt
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Santa Rosa, California

Dr. Christian McMillen
Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

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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