The goal of 20 bills being signed into law by Trump isn't just some pie in the sky number -- it's based on a very recent achievement. During his presentation on October 22, Andrews pointed out that lawmakers had sent 22 Indian bills to Democratic president Barack Obama by the end of the 114th Congress two years ago. With only a few weeks left in the current session, Indian Country might be wondering whether Republicans can get "very, very close" to sending 20 bills to the White House. Though Andrews spoke before the historic mid-term election, which saw Democrats claim control of the House along with election of the first two Native women in the chamber, he believes there is still time to achieve success. "Most of those bills came in what I call the fourth quarter," Andrews said, referring to the last few weeks following a mid-term election. Of these final weeks, Andrews said: "I expect that there'll be an emerging of ideas and we'll be able to move a lot of these bills." There's More: Indian Country legislation in the Trump era Some of the emerging ideas include S.1942, a bill to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. The measure, also known as Savanna's Act, requires the federal government, for the first time, to start documenting such cases. "There's thousands -- we don't even know how many thousands -- of indigenous women who are murdered or disappeared every year, with many of those cases being ignored, or forgotten," said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), the sponsor of S.1924, which enjoys bipartisan support. The bill is named in honor of Savanna Marie Greywind, a 22-year-old woman from the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally murdered after she went missing in North Dakota last year.
Mike Andrews, Republican staff director for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, offers a legislative update at the National Congress of American Indians 75th annual convention in Denver. (After he talked about some green stuff btw) #NCAI75 pic.twitter.com/WP77HWZcRW— indianz.com (@indianz) October 22, 2018
Awaiting action in HouseThe following is a non-exhaustive list of the Indian Country bills that have already passed the Senate and await further action in the House. S.245, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments. S.254, the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act. S.269, a bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Areal Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, S.302, the John Smith Act, or the Tribal Infrastructure and Roads Enhancement and Safety Act (TIRES Act). S.343, the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act, also known as the RESPECT Act. S.607, the Native American Business Incubators Program Act. S.669, the Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act. S.825, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act S.943, the Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act. S.995, the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act. S.1116, the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act. S.1223, the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act. S.1333, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act. S.2515, the Practical Reforms and Other Goals To Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act, otherwise known as the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act.
Awaiting action in SenateThe following is a non-exhaustive list of the Indian Country bills that have already passed the House and await further action in the Senate. H.R.146, the Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act. H.R.597, the Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act. H.R.1074, a bill to address criminal jurisdiction issues on the settlement of the Meskwaki Tribe in Iowa. H.R.1491, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act. H.R.1532, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act. H.R.2606, the Stigler Act Amendments. H.R.4032, the Gila River Indian Community Federal Rights-of-Way, Easements and Boundary Clarification Act. H.R.3764, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act. H.R.5317, the Repeal of Prohibition on Certain Alcohol Manufacturing on Indian Lands Act.
The 115th CongressSince the start of the 115th Congress, lawmakers have sent seven tribal-specific bills to President Donald Trump. He has signed all of them into law: • H.R.228, the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act. The new law makes an Indian Country job program permanent. It was signed on December 18, 2017. • H.R.1306, the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act. The new law helps the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians and the Coquille Tribe with issues affecting their homelands. It was signed on January 8, 2018. • H.R.984, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act. The new law extends federal recognition to the Chickahominy Tribe, the Chickahominy Tribe - Eastern Division, the Monacan Nation, the Nansemond Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe and the Upper Mattaponi Tribe. It was signed on January 29. • S.772, the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act. The new law makes tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants for the first time. It was signed on April 13. • S.1285, the Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act. The bill helps 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 improve their economies by resolving land and leasing issues. It was signed on June 1. • S.2850, a bill to help the White Mountain Apache Tribe with a critical drinking water project in Arizona and two Pueblo tribes with economic development efforts in New Mexico. It was signed on August 1. • H.R.6124, the Tribal Social Security Fairness Act. The new law authorizes the Social Security Administration to enter into government-to-government agreements with tribes so that tribal officials have the option of paying into and receiving Social Security benefits -- a privilege already extended to state and local governments. It was signed on September 20.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs NoticesBusiness Meeting To Consider S. 1942 (November 14, 2018)
Legislative Hearing to Receive Testimony on S. 2788, H.R. 2606 & H.R. 4032 (November 14, 2018)
House Committee on Natural Resources NoticesFull Committee Markup (November 15, 2018)
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