A property housing the Samish longhouse is part of the Samish Nation's land-into-trust application. Photo: Samish Nation Presentation
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House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will take testimony next week on a group of tribal self-determination and land bills.

Three items are on the agenda for the November 15 hearing. They follow:
H.R.212, the Expediting Funding for Efficient Contracting Tribes Act, or the EFFECT Act. The bill sets up an expedited process for Congressional review of a tribe's funding agreement. The process only occurs at the tribe's request.
H.R.2320, the Samish Indian Nation Land Conveyance Act. The bill directs the Bureau of Indian Affairs to place about 96 acres in Washington in trust for Samish Nation. The tribe has been waiting for an answer for seven years.
H.R.3225, the Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act. The bill addresses land and leasing 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 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs took testimony on a companion measure, S.1285, on July 12.

The hearing takes place on November 15 at 10am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. A witness list hasn't been posted online.

House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Notice:
Legislative Hearing on Bills to Empower Indian Tribes, Promote Self-Determina tion (November 15, 2017)