Legislative: Hearing on Three IIANA Bills

Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324

LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON:

  • H.R. 212 (Rep. Don Young of AK), To amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide a process for expediting congressional review of an Indian tribe’s funding agreement at the Indian tribe’s request, and for other purposes. “Expediting Funding for Efficient Contracting Tribes Act” or the “EFFECT Act
  • H.R. 2320 (Rep. Rick Larsen), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to place certain lands in Skagit and San Juan Counties, Washington, into trust for the Samish Indian Nation, and for other purposes. “Samish Indian Nation Land Conveyance Act of 2017
  • H.R. 3225 (Rep. Peter DeFazio), To allow the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians to lease or transfer certain lands. “Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act.”

TOPLINE SUMMARY:

  • H.R. 212 would amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) to allow Indian tribes who have pending Annual or Multi-Year Funding Agreements (AFAs or MFAs) with the Department of the Interior to request that Congress waive part or all of its 90-day review period mandated by ISDEAA.
  • H.R. 2320 would direct the Secretary of the Interior to place 17 parcels, totaling 97 acres, of fee lands located in Skagit and San Juan counties of Washington into trust for the Samish Indian Nation. The Tribe already owns and operates facilities on all 17 parcels. The legislation contains a gaming prohibition on the lands taken into trust, as well as a provision stating that hunting and fishing rights are not affected.
  • H.R. 3225 would provide the needed clarity that certain Oregon tribes have the authority to buy, sell, lease, or convey their land not held in trust without federal approval.

DEMOCRATIC MESSAGES:

  • These are all bi-partisan, non-controversial bills that will increase tribal self-determination and self-governance.

Witnesses

  1. John Tahsuda
    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Affairs
    U.S. Department of the Interior
    Washington , D.C.
  2. The Honorable Brian Cladoosby
    Chairman
    Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
    LaConner , WA
  3. Charleen Fisher
    Executive Director
    Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments
    Fort Yukon , AK
  4. The Honorable Mark Ingersoll (Minority witness)
    Chairman
    Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians
    Coos Bay , OR
  5. The Honorable Tom Wooten (Minority witness)
    Chairman
    Samish Indian Nation
    Anacortes , WA