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House panel sets markup on Pechanga Band and Alaska Native bills






Nelson Angapak, the former senior vice president of the Alaska Federation of Natives and a veteran of the U.S. Army, testifies in support of H.R.2387, the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act, at a hearing in Washington, D.C, on June 10, 2015. Photo from Office of Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)

The House Natural Resources Committee is meeting this week to consider a handful of bills.

Three bills of interest are on the agenda for the markup session. They are:
H.R.2387, the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act. The bill reopens the allotment process for Alaska Natives who served in the Vietnam War but were denied opportunities to select lands because they were in the military at the time. A hearing took place on June 10, 2015.
H.R.5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act. The bill addresses a number of public lands issues in Utah but remains extremely controversial among tribes and environmental groups. A hearing took place on September 14.
H.R.5984, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement Act. The bill settles the water rights of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in California. The bill was introduced on September 9, following a hearing on a draft version on June 23

The markup will start on Wednesday afternoon and conclude on Thursday morning. Both sessions will be webcast.

House Committee on Natural Resources Notices:
Markup on 5 Bills (September 21, 2016)
Markup on 5 Bills (September 22, 2016)