The creation of the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington caused the flooding of more than 3,000 acres of lands belonging to the Spokane Tribe. Photo: Eric Prado
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week




The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has added another item to its already busy schedule this week.

On Wednesday, the committee will host a business meeting. Two bills are on the agenda:
S.995, the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act. The bill compensates the Spokane Tribe with $53 million for lands that were lost to the creation of the Grand Coulee Dam by the federal government. A hearing hasn't been held on the bill during the 115th Congress but a prior version has previously cleared the committee.

S.1953, the Tribal Law and Order Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act. The bill updates the Tribal Law and Order Act by addressing a wide range of issues, from renewing grant programs to improving juvenile justice. A hearing took place on October 25, 2017.


The business meeting takes place at 2:30pm Eastern in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. It will be immediately followed by an oversight hearing of the 2020 Census. Both sessions will be webcast.

The committee's schedule this week also includes a listening session on gaps in protections and services for Native women on Monday afternoon and another on tribal higher education priorities on Thursday.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Business Meeting to Consider S. 995 & S. 1953 (February 14, 2018)

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