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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes testimony on three bills at hearing





The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a legislative hearing on Wednesday afternoon.

Three bills are on the agenda. They are:
S.943, the Johnson-O'Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act. The bill requires the Bureau of Indian Affairs to update its student count. Current funding levels are based on data from 1995.
S.1223, the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act. The bill repeals a termination-era law that dictates how funds owed to the Klamath Tribes are distributed. The tribe has been pushing for repeal for years.
S.1285, the Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act. The bill addresses leasing and land issues for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

The hearing takes place at 2:30pm Eastern and will be webcast. The witness list follows:
Mr. Tony Dearman
Director, Bureau of Indian Education
U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

The Honorable Warren Brainard
Chief
Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Suislaw Indians, Coos Bay, OR

Mr. Don Wharton
Senior Attorney
Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, CO

Ms. Carla Mann
President
National Johnson-O'Malley Association, Tulsa, OK

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice: :
Legislative Hearing to Receive Testimony on the Following bills: S. 943, S. 1223, and S. 1285 (July 12, 2017)

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