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Selected federal Native American-related legislation from the 112th Congress

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Business & Economics
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Education
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Health & Human Services
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Business & Economics

H.R. 7

Title: American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012

Related News Stories: Major Tribal Self-Governance Bill Stuck in Political Quagmire (Indian Country Today) 02/27/12.


H.R.12

Title: American Jobs Act of 2011

See also: S.1549 / S.1660

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) Requires the Secretary of Labor to make certain Fund allocations to . . . Native American program grantees to provide: (1) subsidized employment to unemployed, low-income adults; and (2) summer and year-round employment opportunities to low-income youth.

Related News Stories: How will the Jobs Act affect Indian Country? (Cherokee One Feather) 9/16/2011. The American Jobs Act and Indian Country. (Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs) 9/09/2011.


H.R.598

Title: To eliminate the preferences and special rules for Alaska Native Corporations under the program under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act.

Related News Stories: Proponents defend ANC contracting program in Congressional hearing. (Alaska Journal) 4/14/2011.


H.R.1039

Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the Indian employment credit and the depreciation rules for property used predominantly within an Indian reservation.


H.R.1870

Title: Increase American Energy Production Now Act of 2011.


H.R.2017
Became Public Law No: 112-33 [PDF]

Title: Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) An amendment numbered 18 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to award a noncompetitively bid contract to an Alaska Native Corporation, Indian Tribe, or Native Hawaiian Organization in an amount in excess of the competitive bidding threshold.

Related News Stories: Appropriations and Continuing Resolutions (Friends Committee on National Legislation ) 10/25/2011.


H.R.2230

Title: Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2011


H.R.2295

Title: Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2011

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) Revises and reauthorizes workforce investment systems with respect to: ... (5) national job training programs, including the Job Corps and programs for Native Americans, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, and veterans.


H.R.2362

Title: Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011


H.R.2368

Title: Put America to Work Act of 2011

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) Put America to Work Act of 2011 - Directs the Secretary of Labor to make grants to states, local government units, and Indian tribes to create employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed residents of distressed communities.


H.R.2828

Title: Local Jobs for America Act.


H.R.3407

Title: Alaskan Energy for American Jobs Act


H.R.4059

Title: To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to establish a position for a representative of Indian Tribes on the Joint Board overseeing the implementation of universal service, and for other purposes.


H.R.4295

Title: Consolidate Heavy-handed and Outdated Programs Act of 2012

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) SEC. 212. OFFICE OF INDIAN ENERGY POLICY AND PROGRAMS. (a) In General- There is established within the Department an Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (referred to in this section as the `Office'). (b) Director- The Office shall be headed by a Director, who shall be appointed by the Secretary. (c) Duties- The Director, in accordance with Federal policies promoting Indian self-determination and the purposes of this Act, shall provide, direct, foster, coordinate, and implement energy and environmental planning, education, management, conservation, and delivery programs of the Department that-- (1) promote Indian tribal energy development, efficiency, and use; (2) reduce or stabilize energy costs; (3) enhance and strengthen Indian tribal energy and economic infrastructure relating to natural resource development and electrification; and (4) bring electrical power and service to Indian land and the homes of tribal members located on Indian land or acquired, constructed, or improved (in whole or in part) with Federal funds.


H.R.4381

Title: Planning for American Energy Act of 2012


S.62

Title: Indian Reservation Bank Branch Act of 2009


S.236

Title: A bill to eliminate the preferences and special rules for Alaska Native Corporations under the program under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act.


S.1293

Title: Native American Challenge Demonstration Project Act of 2011


S.1337

Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend existing elective tax treatment for Alaska Native Settlement Trusts.


S.1549

Title: American Jobs Act of 2011.

See also: H.R.12 / S.1660

Related News Stories: The American Jobs Act and Indian Country. (Policy Advisor for Native American Affairs) 9/09/2011.


S.3504

Title: Native American Indian Education Act of 2012

Related News Stories: Fort Lewis tuition waiver finds a supporter in the White House (Durango Herald) 8/22/12.


S.3521

Title: Family and Business Tax Cut Certainty Act of 2012


S.3654

Title: A bill to create equal footing for tribal economic development.


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Community Development

H.R.205
Became Public Law No: 112-151 [PDF]

Title: HEARTH (Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home ownership) Act of 2011.

Related News Stories: : Act seeks more tribal control, shorter waits (Taos News) 8/08/12. Strengthening tribal communities through the HEARTH Act (White House Blog) 7/30/12. President Obama signs HEARTH Act giving Indian tribes more land independence (ABC15.com) 7/30/12. How will the Jobs Act affect Indian Country? (Cherokee One Feather) 9/16/2011. Facilitating the Leasing of Tribal Lands (Friends Committee on National Legislation ) 6/20/2012.


H.R.1380

Title: New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011


H.R.1599

Title: Indian Country Economic Development Act.


H.R.2620

Title: To provide for treatment of members of a certain Indian tribe under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996.


H.R.2887
Became Public Law No: 112-30 [PDF]

Title: Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011

Summary: (excerpted to highlight relevance) Extends the apportionment of nonurbanized area formula grants for public transportation on Indian reservations.


S.65

Title: Hawaiian Homeownership Opportunity Act of 2011.

Related News Stories: Chairman Akaka Holds Indian Affairs Field Hearing on Native Hawaiian Homeownership (U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) 4/19/2012.


S.730

Title: Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act.


S.867

Title: Fighting Gangs and Empowering Youth Act of 2011


S.1192

Title: Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act of 2011


S.1813

Title: MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century)

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) (A) TRIBAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM- For the tribal transportation program under section 202 of title 23, United States Code, $450,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 and 2013.


S.1863

Title: New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011


S.2090

Title: A bill to amend the Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act to extend the period of time provided to the Indian Law and Order Commission to produce a required report, and for other purposes.


S.2298

Title: Connecting Rural America Act


S.3240

Title: Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012

Related News Article: Statement by Senator Akaka on the Inclusion of Tribal Amendments in the Farm Bill (TMC News) 6/22/2012.

S.3373

Title: A bill to require the Attorney General to issue a report on the Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission.


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Education

H.R.472

Title: Impact Aid Fairness and Equity Act of 2011

Summary: To reauthorize the Impact Aid Program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.


H.R.1342

Title: Local Taxpayer Relief Act

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) Local Taxpayer Relief Act - Amends the Impact Aid program (which compensates local educational agencies [LEAs] for the financial burden of federal activities affecting their areas) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to alter the formula for determining the payments due LEAs for federal ownership of property when appropriations for a fiscal year are insufficient to provide them with full compensatiion . . .
Divides 80% of the construction funds evenly between LEAs impacted by military dependent children and LEAs impacted by children residing on Indian lands, with the remainder reserved for emergency repair and modernization grants to LEAs serving Indian lands or experiencing a specified influx of new students due to federal activities . . .


H.R.1556

Title: 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.1821

Title: Family Engagement in Education Act of 2011

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) Directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish Local Family Engagement Centers and a national Indian Family Engagement Coordinating Council for Indian schools.


H.R.1891

Title: Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act


H.R. 2430

Title: To amend the percentage of funds appropriated under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 required to be reserved for outlying areas and the Secretary of the Interior.


H.R. 2445

Title: State and Local Funding Flexibility Act


H.R.3322

Title: Supporting State Systems of Early Learning Act

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) (2) TRIBAL SCHOOL READINESS PLANNING DEMONSTRATION- After making the reservations under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall reserve 5 percent for a competitive grant demonstration program for Indian tribes to develop and implement school readiness plans and programs that-- (A) increase access to high-quality State early learning programs that improve health, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical out comes and school readiness; and (B) support Native culture in a tribally administered early learning program, including American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start and Early Head Start programs.


H.R.3568

Title: Native Culture, Language, and Access for Success in Schools Act


H.R.3821

Title: After School for America's Children Act of 2012


H.R.3878

Title: Chemawa Indian School Trust Transfer and Self-Determination Act of 2012


H.R.3896

Title: To amend section 8007 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to extend eligibility for emergency and modernization grants to local educational agencies in which at least 10 percent of the property in each such agency is nontaxable due to the presence of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.


H.R. 3989

Title: Student Success Act


S. RES. 605

Title: A resolution designating the week beginning November 26, 2012, as "National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week"


S.470

Title: Supporting State Systems of Early Learning Act.


S.484

Title: A bill to direct the Secretary of Education to pay to Fort Lewis College in the State of Colorado an amount equal to the tuition charges for Indian students who are not residents of the State of Colorado.


S.619

Title: STEM 2 Act

Summary: To assist coordination among science, technology, engineering, and mathematics efforts in the States, to strengthen the capacity of elementary schools, middle schools, and secondary schools to prepare students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and for other purposes.


S.885

Title: Indian School Bus Route Safety Reauthorization Act of 2011.


S.902

Title: School Building Fairness Act of 2011

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) Reserves 1% of the grant funds for assistance to outlying areas and Indian schools.


S.946

Title: Office of Rural Education Policy Act

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) Requires the Director to...coordinate its activities with Indian schools and the Department of the Interior's responsibilities regarding such schools


S.1262

Title: Native Culture, Language, and Access for Success in Schools Act (CLASS Act)

Related News Article: NARF pushes Native American CLASS Act (Indian Country Today) 08/11/11


S.1370

Title: After School for America's Children Act


S.1519

Title: Building upon Unique Indian Learning and Development Act


S.1568

Title: State Innovation Pilot Act of 2011

Summary: To amend section 9401 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 with regard to waivers of statutory and regulatory requirements.


S.1724

Title: School Accountability Improvements Act

Related News Stories: Indian Affairs Committee Approves New Education Bill (Friends Committee on National Legislation ) 10/25/2011.


S.3578

Title: An original bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.


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Federal Indian Relations

H.Con.Res.8

Title: Entitled the "English Plus Resolution".


H.R.373

Title: Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2011

H.R.501

Title: Implementing the Recommendations of the BP Oil Spill Commission Act of 2011

H.R.726

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


H.R.785

Title: To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects.

H.R.887

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

H.R.1053

Title: 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.1174

Title: Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act.

H.R.1234

Title: 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.

Related News Story: Congress: Panel considers reversing Supreme Court on tribal land trusts. (Press-Enterprise) 7/13/2011


H.R.1272
Became Public Law No: 112-179 [PDF]

Title: Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act of 2011

Related News Story: Obama signs Minnesota Chippewa Tribe trust fund bill into law (Indianz.com) 10/09/12. Senate passes three Indian measures during late night session (Indianz.com) 9/24/2012. U.S. House agrees on tribal settlement funds. (The Bemidji Pioneer) 6/20/2012.


H.R.1560
Became Public Law No: 112-157 [PDF]

Title: To amend the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act to allow the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tribe to determine blood quantum requirement for membership in that tribe.


H.R.1473
Became Public Law No: 112-10 [PDF]

Title: Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011


H.R.1550

Title: National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act

Summary: To prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking action on public lands which impede border security on such lands, and for other purposes.

Related News Stories: Sen. Tester: 'Security' bill poses a threat to tribal sovereignty (Indianz.com) 12/1/11


H.R.1851 / H.R.1882

Title: Land-In-Trust Schools and Local Governments Equitable Compensation Act


H.R.2320

Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend existing elective tax treatment for Alaska Native Settlement Trusts.


H.R.2335

Title: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2011

Related News Stories: Noem bill targets ruling on tribal sovereignty. (The Argus Leader) 06/23/11


H.R.2380

Title: Requirements, Expectations, and Standard Procedures for Executive Consultation with Tribes Act


H.R.2444

Title: Department of the Interior Tribal Self-Governance Act of 2011


H.R.2584

Title: Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012


H.R.2928

Title: To provide relief to the Pottawatomi Nation in Canada for settlement of certain claims against the United States.


H.R.3186

Title: Smuggled Tobacco Prevention Act of 2011

See also: S.1706


H.R.3319

Title: To allow the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to determine the requirements for membership in that tribe.


H.R.3532

Title: American Indian Empowerment Act of 2011

Summary: To empower federally recognized Indian tribes to accept restricted fee tribal lands, and for other purposes.

Related News and Information: The American Indian Empowerment Act – a 'Radical' Tribal Land Plan (Indian Country Today) 3/4/12. American Indian Empowerment Act introduced (Indian Country Today) 12/01/11.


H.R.3734

Title: Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act

See also: S.2024


H.R.4033

Title: Giving Local Communities a Voice in Tribal Gaming Act


H.R.4194

Title: 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.6274

Title: To amend the Indian Arts and Crafts Act to clarify the definition of Indian and Indian organization for the purposes of that Act.


H.R.6399

Title: To amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to reauthorize a provision to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages.


H.R.6617

Title: Indian Trust Asset Reform Act


S.60

Title: A bill to provide relief to the Pottawatomi Nation in Canada for settlement of certain claims against the United States.


S.61

Title: Native American Economic Advisory Council Act of 2011

Related News and Information: Sen. Inouye Introduces Bill to Establish Native American Economic Advisory Council, (BNA Convergence), January 27, 2011.


S.356

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


S.771

Title: Tribal Gaming Eligibility Act.

Related News Stories: Senators seek to restrict off-reservation tribal casino development (Casino Journal) 4/11/2011. Kyl co-sponsors bill to limit tribal casinos (The Glendale Star) 4/13/2011.


S.785

Title: Freedom from Government Competition Act.

S.892

Title: Consolidation of Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency Act of 2011

S.1327

Title: 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.1546

Title: Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act of 2011

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) Sec. 602. Classified National Security Information Program for States, local governments, Indian tribes, and private sector entities.


S.1684

Title: Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2011

Related News Stories: Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves Indian energy bill (Indianz.com) 9/20/2012. Senate Holds Hearing on Barrasso Indian Tribal Energy Bill (Targeted News Service) 4/20/2012. Energy in Indian Country (Friends Committee on National Legislation) 11/2011.


S.1739

Title: Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Judgment Fund Distribution Act of 2011

Related News Stories: Indian Affairs Committee holds legislative hearing on settlement and land into trust bills (U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) 02/02/12.


S.2024

Title: Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act

See also: H.R.3734


S.2389

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


S.3546

Title: 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.3573

Title: Empower States Act of 2012


S.3685
- Added 12/6/12 -

Title: A bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes, and for other purposes.

Related News Stories: Senator Daniel Akaka sponsors self-governance bill (Native News Network) 12/19/12


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Health & Human Services

 

H.RES.171

Title: Supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Awareness Month in April 2011 in order to bring attention to the severe health disparities faced by minority populations such as American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asians, Blacks or African-Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.


H.R.518

Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Indian tribes to receive charitable contributions of apparently wholesome food.


H.R.536

Title: Indian Healthcare Improvement Act of 2011


H.R.676

Title: Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act


H.R.1953

Title: To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to include procedures for requests from Indian tribes for a major disaster or emergency declaration, and for other purposes.

Related News Stories: Legislative change proposed to allow tribes to apply directly to President for disaster funds (Cherokee One Feather) 12/14/2011.


H.R.2055
Became Public Law No: 112-74 [PDF]

Title: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012

Summary: (excerpt to highlight relevance) Appropriates funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for: ...(6) the Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program;


H.R.2486

Title: Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Health Data Act of 2011


H.R.2883
Became Public Law No: 112-34 [PDF]

Title: Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act

Related News Stories: Congress Approves Tribal Court Improvement Program (Turtle Talk Blog ) 10/5/2011.


H.R.2954

Title: Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2011


H.R.4031

Title: To provide that claims presented to an Indian Health Service contracting officer pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act on or before October 31, 2005, involving claims that accrued after October 1, 1995 and on or before September 30, 1999, shall be deemed timely presented.


H.R.4154

Title: SAVE Native Women Act

See also: S.1763


H.R.4467

Title: Native American Suicide Prevention Act of 2012

Related News Stories: Baca Introduces Legislation to Enhance Suicide Prevention Efforts for Native American Communities (Highland Community News) 4/19/2012.

H.R.4982

Title: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012

See also: S.2338

Related News Stories: Violence Against (Some) Women Act -- Reauthorized in the House (Friends Committee on National Legislation) 5/16/2012. Violence Against Women Act Trips on a Technicality (Friends Committee on National Legislation ) 6/20/2012.


H.R.6309

Title: To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the special diabetes programs for Type I diabetes and Indians under that Act.


H.R.6625

Title: Violence Against Indian Women Act of 2012


S.66

Title: Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization Act of 2011.


S.71

Title: Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Health Data Act of 2011.


S.728

Title: A bill to grant a Federal charter to the National American Indian Veterans, Incorporated.


S.896

Title: Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2011

Summary: (excerpted to highlight relevance) Authorizes cooperative agreements and competitive grants for Indian tribes and qualified youth or conservation corps to establish Indian Youth Service Corps programs.


S.1013

Title: State Child Welfare Innovation Act


S.1227

Title: Better Health in the Arctic Act


S.1298

Title: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act


S.1596

Title: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012


S.1599

Title: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012


S.1763

Title: Stand Against Violence and Empower (SAVE) Native Women Act

See also: H.R.4154

Related News Stories: Sen. Akaka Introduces SAVE Native Women Act (Turtle Talk Blog ) 11/1/2011. URGENT: U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs’ Hearing on S. 1763, the Stand Against Violence and Empower (SAVE) Native Women Act (Turtle Talk Blog ) 11/9/2011. Strengthening the Violence Against Women Act for Native Women (Friends Committee on National Legislation) 11/2011.


S.1925

Title: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011

Related News Stories: Update on Native Women and the Violence Against Women Act (Friends' Committee on National Legislation ) 04/13/2012.


S.2256

Title: Community-Based Mental Health Infrastructure Improvements Act


S.2257

Title: Excellence in Mental Health Act


S.2338

Title: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012


S.2474

Title: Health Equity and Accountability Act of 2012


S.3299

Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow Indian tribes to receive charitable contributions of apparently wholesome food.


S.3562

Title: Older Americans Act Amendments of 2012

Relevant section: TITLE VI--GRANTS FOR NATIVE AMERICANS


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Lands & Natural Resources

H.R.49

Title: American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act


H.R.296

Title: Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act

See also: S.292


H.R.444

Title: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act.


H.R.475

Title: Fountainhead Property Land Transfer Act


H.R.1158

Title: Montana Mineral Conveyance Act

H.R.1162
Became Public Law No: 112-97 [PDF]

Title: To provide the Quileute Indian Tribe Tsunami and Flood Protection, and for other purposes.

Related News Story: President Signs into Law Cantwell-Backed Bill to Move Quileute Tribe Out of Tsunami Zone (U.S. Fed News) 2/26/12. . Quileute tribal chairwoman to testify to Senate committee about need for higher ground. (Peninsula Daily News) 4/13/2011.


H.R.1421

Title: 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

Title: Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization Act

Related News Stories: Bill may allow Mescalero Tribe to lease water rights. (Ruidoso News) 4/13/2011.


H.R.1505

Title: National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act

Related News Stories: HR 1505: The Latest Tribal Border War. (Indian Country Today) 6/19/2012.


H.R.1858

Title: Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative Reauthorization Act of 2011.


H.R.1991

Title: Cocopah Lands Act.


H.R.2467

Title: Bridgeport Indian Colony Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act of 2011


H.R.2938

Title: Gila Bend Indian Reservation Lands Replacement Clarification Act


H.R.3301

Title: Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act of 2011

See also: S.399


H.R.3334

Title: Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act


H.R.3398 / S.1851

Title: Klamath Basin Economic Restoration Act of 2011


H.R.3446

Title: Fair Payment for Energy and Mineral Production on Public Lands Act

Summary: (excerpted to highlight relevance) SEC. 522. WITHDRAWAL PETITIONS BY STATES, POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS, AND INDIAN TRIBES. (a) In General- Subject to valid existing rights, any State or political subdivision of a State or an Indian tribe may submit a petition to the Secretary for the withdrawal of a specific tract of Federal land from the operation of the general mining laws, in order to protect specific values identified in the petition that are important to the State or political subdivision or Indian tribe. Such values may include the value of a watershed to supply drinking water, wildlife habitat value, cultural or historic resources, or value for scenic vistas important to the local economy, and other similar values. In the case of an Indian tribe, the petition may also identify religious or cultural values that are important to the Indian tribe. The petition shall contain the information required by section 204 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1714).


H.R.3496

Title: America's Wildlife Heritage Act


H.R.3604

Title: Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act


H.R.3815

Title: Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act


H.R.3973

Title: Native American Energy Act

Related News Stories: One Step Closer to Energy Development in Indian Country (Friends Committee on National Legislation ) 6/20/2012. H.R. 3973, Native American Energy Act (Congressional Budget Office) 9/19/2012.


H.R.4027

Title: 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".

Related News Stories: Bill to exchange tribal land earns plaudits (The Salt Lake Tribue) 3/21/2012.


H.R.4067

Title: Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012


H.R.4187

Title: Return of Certain Lands At Fort Wingate to The Original Inhabitants Act

Related News Stories: Congress holds hearing on Fort Wingate army depot lands (Indian Country Today) 8/09/12


H.R.4222

Title: To provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, and for other purposes.


H.R.5992

Title: Samish Indian Nation Homelands Act of 2012


H.R.6141

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


S.36

Title: Native Hawaiian Medicaid Coverage Act of 2011.


S.134


Title: Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization Act


S.292
Became Public Law No: 112-33 [PDF]

Title: Salmon Lake Land Selection Resolution Act

See also: H.R.296


S.399

Title: Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act of 2011

See also: H.R.3301


S.617

Title: Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act.


S.676

Title: 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.

Related news Stories: Senate Carcieri Report blames Supreme Court for mess in Indian country (Indian Country Today) 05/24/12. Carcieri crisis oversight hearing commences with concerns, concludes with bicameral/bipartisan charge for legislative fix. (Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) 10/13/11. Senate Indian Affairs Committee addresses land-into-trust fix. (Indianz.com). 10/14/11.


S.872

Title: A bill to amend the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act to modify the date as of which certain tribal land of the Lytton Rancheria of California is considered to be held in trust and to provide for the conduct of certain activities on the land.


S.897

Title: A bill to amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects and acid mine remediation programs.


S.908

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

Related News Stories: Indian Affairs Committee holds legislative hearing on settlement and land into trust bills (U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) 02/02/12.


S.1008

Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the depreciation rules for property used predominantly within an Indian reservation.


S.1063

Title: Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act of 2011


S.1209

Title: A bill 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".


S.1345

Title: Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Grand Coulee Dam Equitable Compensation Settlement Act


S.1455

Title: Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act Amendments Act of 2011

Bill Summary: (excerpt from the bill) To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to authorize certified States and tribes to use amounts made available from the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund for hard rock and coal mining reclamation projects and to extend liability protection to certified States and Indian tribes carrying out approved abandoned mine reclamation programs.


S.1572

Title: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012

Summary: (excerpted to highlight relevance) pacific coastal salmon recovery fund - For necessary expenses associated with the restoration of Pacific salmon populations, $65,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2013: Provided, That of the funds provided herein the Secretary of Commerce may issue grants to the States of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Alaska, and Federally recognized tribes of the Columbia River and Pacific Coast (including Alaska) for projects necessary for conservation of salmon and steelhead populations, for restoration of populations that are listed as threatened or endangered, or identified by a State as at-risk to be so-listed, for maintaining populations necessary for exercise of tribal treaty fishing rights or native subsistence fishing, or for conservation of Pacific coastal salmon and steelhead habitat, based on guidelines to be developed by the Secretary of Commerce: Provided further, That all funds shall be allocated based on scientific and other merit principles and shall not be available for marketing activities: Provided further, That funds disbursed to States shall be subject to a matching requirement of funds or documented in-kind contributions of at least 33 percent of the Federal funds.


S.1898

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

Related News Stories: Water - A Life Issue in the Southwest (Friends' Committee on National Legislation) 6/27/2012. Indian Affairs Committee holds legislative hearing on land and tribal membership bills (U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) 03/22/2012. Sen. Murkowski Introduces Bill to Provide for Land Conveyance from U.S. to Maniilaq Association in Alaska (Targeted News Service) 11/18/2011.


S.2109

Title: Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012

Related News Stories: Tribal water-rights bill all but dead for this Congress (Tuscon Sentinel) 8/22/12. HR 1505: The Latest Tribal Border War (Indian Country Today) 6/19/12. Village of Hotevilla formally rejects SB 2109 (Navajo-Hopi Observer) 5/2/12.


S.2110

Title: Northern Cheyenne Land Consolidation Act


S.2283

Title: A bill to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to include procedures for requests from Indian tribes for a major disaster or emergency declaration, and for other purposes.

Related News Stories: Who Gets to Declare a Natural Disaster in Indian Country? (Friends' Committee on National Legislation) 04/13/2012.


S.3193

Title: Barona Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Clarification Act of 2012

Related News Stories: Senate passes three Indian measures during late night session (Indianz.com) 9/24/2012.


S.3209

Title: Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012


S.3305

Title: A bill 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."


S.3385

Title: Authorized Rural Water Projects Completion Act


S.3469

Title: Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2012


S.3483

Title: Crooked River Collaborative Water Security Act


S.3525

Title: Sportsmen's Act of 2012


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Tribal Recognition

H.R.27

Title: Lumbee Recognition Act.

See also: S.1218


H.R.766

Title: Mowa Band of Choctaw Indians Recognition Act

H.R.783

Title: Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2011

H.R.1250

Title: Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2011

Related News Stories: Senator Akaka, Hawaii delegation reintroduce Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act. (Targeted News Service) 3/31/2011


H.R.1306

Title: Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities Recognition and Compensation Act


H.R.2322

Title: Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Reaffirmation Act


H.R.2591

Title: Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act

See Also: S.880

H.R.2999

Title: Duwamish Tribal Recognition Act


H.R.3103

Title: Indian Tribal Federal Recognition Administrative Procedures Act


S.379

Title: Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2011.


S.546

Title: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2011.

Related News Stories: Competing leaders to testify for Tester's Little Shell recognition bill. (Great Falls Tribune) 4/13/2011. Montana's Little Shell seeks recognition from Congress amid a political split at home. (The Republic) 4/14/2011.


S.880

Title: Muscogee Nation of Florida Federal Recognition Act

See Also: H.R.2591


S.1218

Title: Lumbee Recognition Act

See also: H.R.27


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General Native American Affairs

H.R.408

Title: Spending Reduction Act of 2011


H.R.1992

Title: Fair Allocation of Internal Revenue Credit for Renewable Electricity Distribution by Indian Tribes Act of 2011


H.R.2362

Title: Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011

Summary: To facilitate economic development by Indian tribes and encourage investment by Turkish enterprises.

Related News Stories: Bill to give boost to tribe-Turkey business links (Tulsa World) 11/4/2011.


S.RES.329

Title: A resolution recognizing National Native American Heritage Month and celebrating the heritages and cultures of Native Americans and the contributions of Native Americans to the United States.


S.RES.351

Title: A resolution recognizing the accomplishments and commemorating the numerous achievements and contributions of the Alaska Native people over the past 40 years.


S.RES.561

Title: A resolution recognizing National Native American Heritage Month and celebrating the heritages and cultures of Native Americans and the contributions of Native Americans to the United States.


S.RES.588

Title: A resolution commending the 4 American public servants who died in Benghazi, Libya, United States Ambassador to Libya John Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty, for their tireless efforts on behalf of the American people, and condemning the violent attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi.

Related News Stories: Senate passes three Indian measures during late night session (Indianz.com) 9/24/2012.


S.1514

Title: A bill to authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the Congress to Elouise Pepion Cobell, in recognition of her outstanding and enduring contributions to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and the Nation through her tireless pursuit of justice.


S.3548

Title: Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2012


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