The tribes are lobbying Congress to pass legislation that would bring the Ancient One back to his relatives.
The proceeding didn't tread much new ground as lawmakers kept Environmental Protection Administrator Gina McCarthy at the witness table for nearly three hours.
The chairman of the Southern Ute Tribe didn't get a phone call from the Administrator Gina McCarthy until this Monday, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee was told.
The tribe is still putting pressure on the Obama administration to do more to address the toxic waste spill at the Gold King Mine.
The Obama administration will be under extreme scrutiny as lawmakers focus on the release of millions of gallons of mine waste into the water system.