112th Congress

Below are bills that were considered in either one or both the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs or the House Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, and were enacted into law in the 112th Congress. Have not listed yet the two bills that the Senate recently passed because they have yet to be signed by the President.

Just noticed that the bills enacted into law so far in the 112th Congress are only House bills that Democrats introduced. Don’t know what that means, but there you go.

    H.R. 1162, Quileute Tsunami and Flood Protection Act

Removes certain federal land within Olympic National Park, Washington, that is designated as part of the Olympic Wilderness from inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System. Takes specified federal land within the Park into trust for the Quileute Indian Tribe.
Sponsor: Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA)
Companion bill: S. 636 by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
House Report 112-387
On September 15, 2011, the Department of Interior testified in support of H.R. 1162 before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Parks.
On April 14, 2011, the Department of Interior testified in support of S. 676, the companion bill, before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
House Vote: February 6, 2012, 381-7
Senate Vote: February 13, 2012 by Unanimous Consent
Signed by the President on February 27, 2012 as Public Law No. 112-97

    H.R. 205, Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership Act (HEARTH Act)

Extends to any Indian tribe the discretion granted under current law only to the Navajo Nation to lease restricted lands for business, agricultural, public, religious, educational, recreational, or residential purposes without the approval of the Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary of the Interior must still approve the tribal regulations under which those leases are executed and mining leases still require the Secretary’s approval.
Sponsor: Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Companion Bill: S. 703 by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
House Report 112-427
On November 3, 2011, the Department of Interior testified in support of H.R. 205 before the House Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.
On April 14, 2011, the Department of Interior testified in support of the companion bill S. 703 before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
House Vote: May 15, 2012, 400-0
Senate Vote: July 17, 2012, by Unanimous Consent
Signed by the President on July 30, 2012 as Public Law No. 112-151

    H.R. 1560, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Membership Act

Amends the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to revise tribal membership requirements to provide tribal membership to any person of Tigua Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indian blood enrolled by the tribe.
Sponsor: Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX)
Companion bill: None
House Report 112-222
On June 22, 2011, the Department of Interior testified in support of H.R. 1560 before the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.
On March 3, 2012, the Department of Interior testified in support of H.R. 1560 before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
House Vote: December 11, 2012 by Voice Vote
Senate Vote: August 1, 2012 by Unanimous Consent
Signed by the President on August 10, 2012 as Public Law No. 112-157

    H.R. 1272, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act

Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to reimburse the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe for the amount, plus interest, that the Tribe contributed for the payment of attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses associated with the litigation of Docket No. 19 and No. 188 before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the distribution of judgment funds. Directs the Secretary to: (1) distribute to each Band, from the remaining judgment funds, an amount sufficient to enable each Band to pay $300 to each Band member; and (2) divide the funds that remain after that distribution, as well as unclaimed payments, into equal shares for each Band.
Sponsor: Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN)
Companion Bill: S. 1739 by Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
House Report 112-501
On March 1, 2012, the Department of Interior testified in support of H.R. 1272 before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.
On February 2, 2012, the Department of Interior testified in support of S. 1739 the companion bill before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
House Vote: June 18, 2012 by Voice Vote
Senate Vote: September 22, 2012 by Unanimous Consent
Signed by the President on October 5, 2012 as Public Law No. 112-179

2 thoughts on “112th Congress

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  2. Robert Xavier Betancourt Junior December 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm Reply

    The big change is 15 January. The BIG Question is the FISCAL CLIFF another EXCUSE to break a Treaty. Will there be a six month filibuster by the Republicans?

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