Students from Santa Fe Indian School discuss the importance of protecting sacred tribal items with Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), fourth from left, in Washington, D.C., on June 21, 2017. Photo: Sen. Martin Heinrich
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up cultural patrimony and Indian Health Service bills

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has added a legislative hearing to its schedule in November.

Two items are on the agenda for the November 8 hearing. They are:
S.1400, the Safeguarding Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act. The bipartisan bill, also known as the STOP Act, prohibits the export of sacred tribal property and increase penalties for those who engage in trafficking of tribal cultural patrimony.
S.465, the Independent Outside Audit of the Indian Health Service Act. The bill requires an independent and comprehensive audit of the Indian Health Service to determine where improvements can be made in budget, staffing and management.

A witness list for the hearing hasn't been posted online.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Legislative Hearing to Receive Testimony on S. 1400 & S. 465 (November 8, 2017)