A powwow on the Meskwaki Settlement in Iowa. Photo: Angel Mercado
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House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills





The House Committee on Natural Resources is meeting this week for a markup session.

Three stand-alone Indian bills are on the agenda. They follow:
H.R.1074, a bill to address criminal jurisdiction issues on the settlement of the Meskwaki Tribe. The state of Iowa already enacted a law relinquishing jurisdiction over crimes committed by tribal citizens but Congress must take action as well. The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the bill on June 7. The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a companion version, S.381, at a business meeting on March 29.
H.R.1418, a bill to ensure that Alexander Creek in Alaska can organize as a village corporation under the terms of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The House Committee on Natural Resources has not held a hearing on this bill but similar versions have been considered in prior sessions of Congress.
H.R.1491, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act. The bill ratifies a decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place about 1,400 acres in trust in California for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. A hearing hasn't been held on H.R.1491 but a similar version was considered in the last session of Congress.

The markup starts on Tuesday afternoon and will conclude on Wednesday morning. Both sessions will be webcast.

House Committee on Natural Resources Notices:
Full Committee Markup (July 25, 2017)
Full Committee Markup (July 26, 2017)