Category Archives: House

Defense Authorization Bill on its Way to the President

On December 20, 2012, the House voted 315-107 to adopt the Conference Report on the Defense Authorization bill. Today the Senate voted 81-14 to approve the Conference Report clearing it for President Barack Obama’s signature. The Indian provisions in the bill appear to have remained intact. Below are the Indian provisions in the bill.

Sec. 312 – Amends the Sikes Act (conservation management on government lands) to authorize the Secretary of the military department concerned to enter into cooperative agreements with Indian tribes for land management in areas adjoining military installations and state-owned National Guard installations.

Sec. 553 – Amends 20 U.S.C. 7703 regarding Impact Aid and Payments for eligible federally connected children that affects Indian housing undergoing renovation or rebuilding.

Sec. 1087 – Amends 28 U.S.C. 1442 adds Indian tribes to the definition of “State” for removal of an action from State Court.

Sec. 1632 – Amends 15 U.S.C. 1644 requiring the Small Business Administrator to submit as part of a larger report the concerns of small businesses owned by Indian tribes.

Sec. 1802 – Amends 15 U.S.C. 2203, the Federal Fire and Prevention Control Act to allow Indian tribes to benefit from the Act.

Sec. 3151 – Requires the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency, to review and report on abandoned uranium mines in the United States that provided uranium ore for atomic energy defense activities of the United States on Federal, State and Tribal lands.

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Indian Provisions in the Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate and House have agreed to a conference report to the Defense Authorization bill. Below are the Indian provisions in the bill. The House and Senate will likely vote on the conferenced bill this week, and if approved, it will be sent to the President for his signature.

Sec. 312 – Amends the Sikes Act (conservation management on government lands) to authorize the Secretary of the military department concerned to enter into cooperative agreements with Indian tribes for land management in areas adjoining military installations and state-owned National Guard installations.

Sec. 553 – Amends 20 U.S.C. 7703 regarding Impact Aid and Payments for eligible federally connected children that affects Indian housing undergoing renovation or rebuilding.

Sec. 1087 – Amends 28 U.S.C. 1442 adds Indian tribes to the definition of “State” for removal of an action from State Court.

Sec. 1632 – Amends 15 U.S.C. 1644 requiring the Small Business Administrator to submit as part of a larger report the concerns of small businesses owned by Indian tribes.

Sec. 1802 – Amends 15 U.S.C. 2203, the Federal Fire and Prevention Control Act to allow Indian tribes to benefit from the Act.

Sec. 3151 – Requires the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency, to review and report on abandoned uranium mines in the United States that provided uranium ore for atomic energy defense activities of the United States on Federal, State and Tribal lands.

Monday in Congress

Assuming Congress resumes with business as usual following Friday’s tragedy, below is the schedule for Monday, December 17, 2012.

    House

According to the Majority Leader on the House floor will be:

S. 3193 – Barona Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Clarification Act

On December 4, 2012, the Department of Interior testified in support of the bill. On September 22, 2012, S. 3193 passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent, which is a strong signal that the bill is uncontroversial. If S. 3193 passes the House it will then be sent to the President for his signature.

    Senate

According to the Assistant Majority Leader on the Senate floor will be:

H.R. 1, the Disaster Assistance Supplemental Appropriations.

The text of the Senate’s Disaster Assistance Supplemental Appropriations can be found here. The bill includes the Tribal Stafford Act Amendment. Ultimately, however, the passage of the Disaster Assistance Supplemental Appropriations is uncertain.

Bills Not Enacted in 112th Congress

A commenter thought it would be more telling to list what bills in the 112th Congress will not be enacted. Ask and you shall receive.

Below are lists of bills in the Senate and House affecting Indian tribes, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians not enacted in the 112th Congress.

The bills below have been marked up or a hearing was held on them by Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, full House Natural Resources Committee or Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. Some bills are companion bills.

    Senate

S.65 : Hawaiian Homeownership Opportunity Act

S.134 : Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization

S.356 : A bill to amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.

S.379 : Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act

S.399 : Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act

S.546 : Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act

S.675 : Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act

S.676 : A bill to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes.

S.908 : A bill to provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon.

S.1065 : Blackfoot River Land Settlement Act of 2011

S.1192 : Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act of 2011

S.1218 : Lumbee Recognition Act

S.1262 : Native Culture, Language, and Access for Success in Schools Act

S. 1327 : A bill to amend the Act of March 1, 1933, to transfer certain authority and resources to the Utah Dineh Corporation, and for other purposes.

S.1345 : Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Grand Coulee Dam Equitable Compensation Settlement Act

S.1684 : Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments

S.1898 : A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association located in Kotzebue, Alaska.

S.2024 : Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment

S.2389 : A bill to deem the submission of certain claims to an Indian Health Service contracting officer as timely.

S.3546 : A bill to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to reauthorize a provision to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages.

S.3548 : Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act

    House

H.R.443 : To provide for the conveyance of certain property from the United States to the Maniilaq Association located in Kotzebue, Alaska.

H.R.726 : To amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.

H.R.887 : To direct the Secretary of the Interior to submit a report on Indian land fractionation, and for other purposes.

H.R.1158 : Montana Mineral Conveyance Act

H.R.1234 : To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes.

H.R.1291 : To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes, and for other purposes.

H.R.1408 : Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act

H.R.1421 : To amend the Water Resources Development Act of 1986 to clarify the role of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma with regard to the maintenance of the W.D. Mayo Lock and Dam in Oklahoma.

H.R.1461 : Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization Act

H.R.1556 : To amend the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act to allow certain land to be used to generate income to provide funding for academic programs, and for other purposes.

H.R.2444 : Department of the Interior Tribal Self-Governance Act

H.R.2938 : Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Clarification Act

H.R.3532 : American Indian Empowerment Act

H.R.3973 : Native American Energy Act

H.R.4027 : To clarify authority granted under the Act entitled “An Act to define the exterior boundary of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation in the State of Utah, and for other purposes”.

H.R.4194 : To amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide that Alexander Creek, Alaska, is and shall be recognized as an eligible Native village under that Act, and for other purposes.

H.R.6141 : To provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon.