Last updated: September 18, 2019

Passed Legislation (by date)

S.Res. 190

Title: A resolution promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2019, which include bringing attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations of the United States such as American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.

Sponsors: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]

Latest Major Action: Senate - 05/06/2019 Submitted in the Senate, considered, and passed without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.  (All Actions)

Summary:
In progress.

S.Res.144

Title: A resolution designating May 5, 2019, as the "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native American Women and Girls".

Sponsors: Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT]

Latest Major Action: Senate - 05/02/2019 Resolution agreed to in Senate without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

Summary: This resolution designates May 5, 2019, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

H.R.2030

Title: Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act

Sponsors: Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]

Latest Major Action: 04/16/2019 Became Public Law No: 116-14. (All Actions)  

Summary:
Passed Senate (04/09/2019)
Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act

This bill requires the Department of the Interior to carry out the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan which was submitted to Congress on March 19, 2019, by Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Interior must execute the plan without delay and operate applicable Colorado River System reservoirs accordingly.

News Articles: Trump signs bill endorsing Colorado River drought plan (USA Today) 4/16/19, Cronkite News: Congress passes Colorado River drought plan that includes tribes (Indianz) 4/9/19

S.Res. 37

Title: A resolution designating the week beginning February 3, 2019, as "National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week".

See Also: H.Res.104

Sponsors: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]

Latest Major Action: Senate - 01/31/2019 Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Voice Vote.  (All Actions)

Summary:
Passed Senate (01/31/2019) This resolution designates the week beginning on February 3, 2019, as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week.


Proposed Legislation (by topic)

Business & Economics

S.212

Title: Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2019

News Articles: Committee passes two Hoeven tribal economic development bills (U.S. Committee on Indian Affairs) 1/29/19

S.294

Title: Native American Business Incubators Program Act

News Articles: Udall, Heinrich, Warren, Cortez Masto, Smith work to expand entrepeneurship in Indian Country (U.S. Senator Tom Udall) 1/31/19

S.804/H.R.1806

Title: Empowering Rural Economies Through Alaska Native Sustainable Arts and Handicrafts Act

News Articles: Alaska delegation moves to protect Native craftsmen (U.S. Congressman Don Young) 3/15/19

S.1482

Title: Safeguarding America's Future and Environment Act

S.2191

Title: Native American Business Outreach Act

H.R.759

Title: Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Setttlement Act.

Summary: This bill amends the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act, which restores the federal trust relationship between the United States and the tribe, to prohibit the Act from being construed to preclude or limit the applicability of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

News Articles: Congessional Budget Office analysis (CBO) 7/9/19, Committee passes two Hoeven tribal economic development bills (U.S. Committee on Indian Affairs) 1/29/19

H.R.1416

Title: Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act of 2019

H.R.1937

Title: Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2019

H.R.2017

Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the Indian employment credit.

Summary: This bill permanently extends the tax credit for Indian employment. (Under current law, the tax credit expired at the end of 2017.)

 

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Community Development

S.256/H.R.912

Title: Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act

Summary: This bill revises a grant program administered by the Administration for Native Americans at the Department of Health and Human Services to preserve Native American languages. The minimum number of enrollees in educational programs funded by grants is reduced from 10 to 5 enrollees in Native American language nests, which provide instruction through the use of a Native American language for children under the age of 7 and their parents. For survival schools, which are programs striving for fluency in a Native American language and proficiency in other academic fields, the minimum number of enrollees is reduced from 15 to 10. The bill increases the maximum duration of grants.

News Articles: NM delegation applauds Senate passage of bipartisan bill to reauthorize Native American language programs (U.S. Representative Deb Haaland) 7/9/19, New Mexico delegation leads introduction of bipartisan bicameral bill to reauthorize Native American language programs (U.S. Senator Tom Udall) 1/31/19

S.582/H.R.1414

Title: FinCEN Improvement Act of 2019

Summary: This bill amends the duties of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). FinCEN must work with tribal law enforcement agencies, protect against terrorism regardless of origin, and coordinate internationally on matters involving emerging technology and virtual currency.

H.R.2414

Title: To amend the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation Act

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Education

S.279

Title: Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act

Summary: This bill allows schools that receive grants under the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 to participate in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program.

News Articles: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold legislative hearing on three bills (Indian Country Today) 4/29/19, Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (Indianz) 4/29/19

S.1161

Title: Native Educator Support and Training Act

H.R.1688

Title: Native American Indian Education Act

H.R.2599

Title: To amend the Public Health Service Act to require State educational agencies and tribal educational agencies receiving funds under section 520A of such Act to establish and implement a school-based student suicide awareness and prevention training policy and school threat assessment team policy, and for other purposes.

H.R.3933

Title: America's College Promise Act of 2019

H.R.4188

Title: Native American Language Vitalization Act

H.R.4222

Title: Indigenous STEM Professional Development Act

 

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Federal Indian Relations

S.Res. 52

Title: A resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Indian Affairs

S.46

Title: Klamath Tribe Judgement Fund Repeal Act

Summary: This bill repeals the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Act, which sets forth how funds credited to the Klamath Tribe must be distributed. The Department of the Interior must disburse to the tribe the balance of funds that were appropriated or deposited into per capita trust accounts and trust accounts for remaining legal fees and administration.

S.832/H.R.1803

Title: To nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of American the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon, concluded on November 15, 1865.

News Articles: Cost estimate from the Congessional Budget Office (CBO) 5/30/19, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold legislative hearing on three bills (Indian Country Today) 4/29/19, Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (Indianz) 4/29/19

S.982

Title: Not Invisible Act of 2019

News Articles: Interior hold listening session with tribal partners on reclaiming Native communities (U.S. Department of the Interior) 6/13/19

S.1216

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.2071/H.R.3684

Title: Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act

News Articles: Indian Affairs Committee to hold business meeting to consider two Indian bills (Indian Country Today) 7/15/19; Rounds, Sinema, Lankford, O'Halleran, Cole, Johnson introduce bipartisan, bicameral bills to repeal antiquated, hostile laws directed toward Native Americans (U.S. Rep. Tom Cole) 7/10/19

S.2397

Title: Electronic Service for Effectiveness, Reduction of Violence, and Improved Court Efficiency Act of 2019

H.R.558/S.126

Title: Native American Millennium Challenge Demonstration Act

H.R.779/S.226

Title: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2019

News Articles: Sens. Moran, Daines introduce Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (U.S. Senator Jerry Moran) 1/28/19

H.R.1050

Title: ANTIQUITIES Act

News Articles: Pieces of Haaland's first bill become law as part of Public Lands Package (Native News Online) 3/13/19

H.R.1514

Title: To server United States Government relations with the Creek Nation of Oklahoma until such time as the Creek Nation of Oklahoma restores full Tribal citizenship to the Creek Freedmen disenfranchised in the October 6, 1979, Creek Nation vote and fulfills all its treaty obligations with the Government of the United States, and for other purposes.

H.R.1638

Title: Building Success for Youth ChalleNGe Act

H.R.2031/S.209

Title: PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act

News Articles: Rep. Haaland introduces bipartisan Progress for Indian Tribes Act (Native News Online) 4/4/19

H.R.2128

Title: Tribal TANF Fairness Act of 2019

H.R.2496

Title: Tribal Border Crossing Parity Act

H.R.2484

Title: Tribal Tax and Investment Reform Act of 2019

H.R.3684

Title: An Act Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes

News Articles: Indian Affairs Committee to hold business meeting to consider two Indian bills (Indian Country Today) 7/15/19; Rounds, Sinema, Lankford, O'Halleran, Cole, Johnson introduce bipartisan, bicameral bills to repeal antiquated, hostile laws directed toward Native Americans (U.S. Rep. Tom Cole) 7/10/19

H.R.3831

Title: To repeal the Act entitled "An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of North Dakota over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Devils Lake Indian Reservation."

H.R.3977

Title: Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act

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Health & Human Services

S.207

Title: A bill to enhance tribal road safety, and for other purposes.

News Articles: Senate Committee passes Barrasso bill to improve safety on tribal roads (U.S. Senator John Barrasso) 1/29/19

S.210

Title: Tribal Law and Order Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2019

S.227

Title: Savanna's Act

Summary: This bill directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols to address missing and murdered Indians. The bill requires DOJ to take the following actions: provide training to law enforcement agencies on how to record tribal enrollment for victims in federal databases; develop and implement a strategy to notify citizens of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System; conduct specific outreach to Indian tribes regarding the ability to publicly enter information through the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System or other non-law enforcement sensitive portal; develop guidelines for response to cases of missing and murdered Indians; provide training and technical assistance to Indian tribes and law enforcement agencies for implementation of the developed guidelines; and report statistics on missing and murdered Indians. Federal law enforcement agencies must modify their guidelines to incorporate the guidelines developed by the DOJ. The FBI shall include gender in its annual statistics on missing and unidentified persons published on its website.

News Articles: Interior hold listening session with tribal partners on reclaiming Native communities (U.S. Department of the Interior) 6/13/19, Bill to require tracking of missing Native women advances (U.S. News) 1/30/19, House committee considers bill creating task force on missing, murdered Indigenous women (MPR News) 1/29/19

S.229

Title: Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act

News Articles: New bill seeks to protect Native American communities affected by government shutdown (WBAL) 2/2/19

S.257

Title: Tribal HUD-VASH Act of 2019

News Articles: Legislation to provide housing for homeless veterans in Indian Country passes Committee (Native News Online) 2/7/19, Udall, Tester, Hoeven, Isakson fight to curb veteran homelessness in Indian Country (Los Alamos Daily Post) 1/31/19

S.305

Title: Tribal Adoption Parity Act

Summary: This bill allows Indian tribal governments to determine whether a child has special needs for the purposes of the adoption tax credit.

S.336

Title: Studying the Missing and Murdered Indian Crisis Act of 2019

S.498

Title: Assessment of the Indian Health Service Act of 2019

S.506

Title: Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2019

S.524

Title: Department of Veterans Affairs Tribal Advisory Committee Act of 2019

S.288

Title: Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act

News Articles: Interior hold listening session with tribal partners on reclaiming Native communities (U.S. Department of the Interior) 6/13/19

S.954

Title: POWER Act

S.1001

Title: Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhacement Act

S.1180/H.R.2316

Title: Urban Indian Health Parity Act

News Articles: Udall, Lujan, New Mexico delegation introduce legislation to address health disaparities for Native Americans living in urban areas off the reservation (Native News Online) 4/16/19

S.1181

Title: Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act

S.1211

Title: Addressing Underdeveloped and Tribally Operated Streets Act

S.1307

Title: Tribal Nutrition Improvement Act of 2019

Summary: This bill allows an Indian tribe to assume, from a nearby local educational agency (LEA) and in lieu of a state, responsibility for administration of the school breakfast program, the school lunch program, the child and adult care food program, or the summer food service program for children. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must identify, for optional use in LEAs on or near Indian reservations, alternatives to current program requirements related to the daily counting of meals by category, the use of annual applications to determine program eligibility, and the use of universal meal service. USDA may implement such alternatives, as limited by the bill, as well as further test them in demonstration projects. The bill also requires USDA to increase the amount of administrative funds paid to an Indian tribe that agrees to assume responsibility for the administration of one of the specified food programs.

S.1329/H.R.2549

Title: A bill to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require that equitable distribution of assistance include equitable distribution in Indian tribes and tribal organizations and to increase amounts reserved for allotment to Indian tribes and tribal organizations under certain circumstances, and to provide for a Government Accountability Office report on child abuse and neglect in American Indian tribal communities.

S.1365

Title: Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency Act of 2019

News Articles: Warren, Cummings, and more than 95 Colleagues in Senate and House Reintroduce Comprehensive CARE Act to Combat the Opioid and Substance Use Epidemic (U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren) 5/8/19

S.1853

Title: BADGES for Native Communities Act

S.2365

Title: Health Care Access for Urban Native Veterans Act of 2019

H.Res.278

Title: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives to recognize the crisis of violence against Native women.

H.Res.403

Title: Honoring and recognizing the military service and contributions of Native American veterans and communities.

Summary: This resolution honors the disproportionately high military service, sacrifice, and patriotism of Native American veterans. The resolution also expresses the House's commitment to addressing the unique hardships and inequities faced by Native Americans who are veterans, servicemembers, and families who have lost a loved one in military service.

H.R.195

Title: Pay our Doctors Act of 2019

Summary: This bill provides FY2019 appropriations to the Indian Health Service (IHS) if a joint resolution making continuing appropriations for FY2019 is not in effect. In the event of a partial government shutdown due to a lapse in appropriations, the bill provides continuing appropriations to the IHS at the same level that was provided for FY2018.

H.R.958/S.290

Title: Native Youth and Tribal Officer Protection Act

News Articles: Interior hold listening session with tribal partners on reclaiming Native communities (U.S. Department of the Interior) 6/13/19

H.R.1151/S.445

Title: Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act

H.R.1191/S.467

Title: Native American Suicide Prevention Act of 2019

H.R.1351/S.211

Title: SURVIVE Act.

H.R.1585

Title: Violence Against Women Reauthoriziation Act of 2019

News Articles: VAWA bill would create limited 'Indian Country' for 5 Alaska tribe (Alaska Public Media) 4/3/19, Haaland introduces VAWA amendments to combat missing and murdered indigenous women crisis (Congresswoman Deb Haaland) 4/2/19, House moves closer to passage of Violence Against Women Act (Indianz) 4/1/19

H.R.1643

Title: PrEP Assitance Program Act

H.R.2029

Title: Studying the Missing and Murdered Indian Crisis Act of 2019

H.R.2438

Title: Not Invisible Act of 2019

News Articles: Rep. Haaland leads historic bill to increase focus on missing and murdered indigenous women (Native News Online) 5/2/19

H.R.2999

Title: To provide rental assistance for homeless or at-risk Indian veterans, and for other purposes.

H.R.3916

Title: Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019

H.R.4029

Title: Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act

H.R.4243

Title: Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services Act

H.R.4289 - ADDED 9/16/19

Title: Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety for Native Communities Act

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Lands & Natural Resources

S.216

Title: Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compenstation Act

Summary: This bill requires the Bonneville Power Administration to make specified settlement payments to the Spokane Tribe in relation to the construction and operation of the Grand Coulee Dam. Payments made to the tribe may be used or invested in the same manner as other tribal governmental funds. The initial payment extinguishes all monetary claims that the tribe may have against the United States to a fair share of the annual hydropower revenues generated by the Grand Coulee Dam.

S.224/H.R.933

Title: A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes.

S.689

Title: Chronic Wasting Disease Management Act.

S.790

Title: A bill to clarify certain provisions of Public Law 103-116, the Catawba Indian Tribe of South Carolina Land Claims Settlement Act of 1993, and for other purposes.

News Articles: Catawba Nation asks Congress to fulfill promise in land claim settlement (Indianz) 5/3/19, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold legislative hearing on three bills (Indian Country Today) 4/29/19, Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (Indianz) 4/29/19, Catawba tribe wants to open a casino near Charlotte. Cherokees call it a 'land grab' (Myrtle Beach Online) 3/22/19

S.886

Title: Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act

News Articles: Indian Affairs Committee to hold business meeting to consider two Indian bills (Indian Country Today) 7/15/19

S.1079/H.R.2181

Title: Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019

News Articles: Natural Resources Committee passes bill to protect Chaco Canyon from future drilling (Indian Country Today) 7/18/19, Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (Indianz) 6/7/19, 'Enough is Enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump (Indianz) 4/9/19, Udall, Heinrich, Lujan, Haaland introduce legislation to protect Chaco Canyon Area (U.S. Senator Tom Udall) 4/9/19

S.1207

Title: Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019

News Articles: Bill in Congress would resolve large Utah water rights claim (Navajo-Hopi Observer) 4/23/19, Navajo Nation Council commends introduction of Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act (Native News Online) 4/16/19, Romney, McSally, Sinema introduce legislation to settle water rights for Navajo Nation in Utah (UtahPolicy.com) 4/15/19

S.1977

Title: Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Water Rights Settlement Act

H.R.91/S.50

Title: Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act

Summary: This bill authorizes the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to assess sanitation and safety conditions on land set aside to provide Columbia River Treaty tribes access to traditional fishing grounds. The bill applies to land held by the United States for the benefit of the Nez Perce Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. The BIA may enter into contracts with tribes or tribal organizations to improve sanitation, safety conditions, and access to electricity, sewer, and water infrastructure on this land. The Government Accountability Office must report whether the sanitation and safety conditions on the lands have improved as a result of the contracts.

News Articles: Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (Indianz) 4/29/19, After 3 years, federal bill to fix Columbia River tribal fishing sites could become law (The Oregonian) 4/26/19

H.R.184

Title: Winnebago Land Transfer Act of 2019

Summary: This bill takes specified federal land in Iowa into trust for the benefit of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. The land becomes part of the tribe's reservation.

H.R.274

Title: Cottonwood Land Exchange Act of 2019

Summary: This bill directs the Department of Agriculture, upon request by Yavapai County, Arizona, to convey to the county 80 acres of land within Coconino National Forest in exchange for 369 acres of county land.

H.R.312

Title: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act

News Articles: Mashpee Wampanoag Chairman Cromwell: H.R.312 is not about Senator Elizabth Warren (Native News Online) 5/13/19, 'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills (Indianz) 5/8/19, Key house committee approves Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation bill (Native News Online) 5/2/19, Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (Indianz) 4/29/19, Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and tribal consulation bills (Indianz) 4/2/19, House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix (Indianz) 3/29/19, Democrats plan to vote against homelands bill for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (Indianz) 3/25/19, House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (Indianz) 3/22/19, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe welcomes movement on bill to keep reservation in trust (Indianz) 3/19/19, Aquinnah tribe objects to Keating bill (Cape Cod Times) 1/28/19, Masphee tribe's casino land bill re-introduced in Congress (South Coast Today) 1/9/19

H.R.317

Title: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians Land Affirmation Act of 2019

Summary: This bill ratifies and confirms the actions of the Department of the Interior to take approximately 1,427 acres of land in Santa Barbara County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The bill also ratifies the actions of Interior to assume jurisdiction over the appeals relating to the acquisition of this land, and dismiss those appeals. The land is made part of the Santa Ynez Indian Reservation. The bill removes restrictions on the land pursuant to certain state laws. Under the bill, gaming is prohibited on this land.

News Articles: Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (Indianz) 4/29/19, Chumash reintroduces legislation to place Camp 4 into federal trust (Santa Ynez Valley Star) 1/9/19

H.R.375

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, and for other purposes.

Summary: This bill applies the Indian Reorganization Act to all federally recognized Indian tribes, regardless of when a tribe became recognized. The amendments made by this bill are retroactively effective as if included in the Indian Reorganization Act. This effectively overrules the Supreme Court's decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, which held that the Department of the Interior could not take land into trust for a specified tribe because that tribe had not been under federal jurisdiction when the Indian Reorganization Act was enacted.

News Articles: 'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills (Indianz) 5/8/19, Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (Indianz) 4/29/19, Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and tribal consulation bills (Indianz) 4/2/19, House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix (Indianz) 3/29/19

H.R.396

Title: To provide for the equitable settlement of certain land disputes regarding land in Illinois, and for other purposes.

Summary: This bill confers exclusive jurisdiction to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma's land claim arising under the Treaty of Grouseland. The court must render judgement without regard to defenses based on the passage of time, including the statute of limitations. The United States is the only entity liable for such a claim, and monetary damages are the only available remedy. This jurisdiction expires unless such a claim is filed within one year. All other claims of the tribe, including claims to title arising under the Treaty of Grouseland and the Northwest Ordinance, are extinguished.

H.R.453

Title: Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act

H.R.644

Title: Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019

H.R.733/S.199

Title: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act

Summary: This bill directs the Department of Agriculture to transfer to the administrative jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to approximately 11,760 acres of identified federal land in the Chippewa National Forest in Cass County, Minnesota. Immediately upon transfer, the federal land shall be held in trust for the benefit of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and considered as a part of its reservation. The federal land shall not become eligible or be used for gaming activities under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

H.R.729

Title: Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act

Summary: This bill authorizes the Department of Commerce to award grants to Indian tribes to further achievement of any of the following tribal coastal zone objectives: protecting, restoring, or preserving areas in the zone that hold important ecological, cultural, or sacred significance for the tribes, or traditional, historic, and esthetic values essential to the tribes; preparing and implementing a special area management plan and technical planning for important coastal areas; and implementing any coastal or shoreline stabilization measure for the purpose of public safety, public access, or cultural or historical preservation.

H.R.871

Title: Bears Ears Expansion and Respect for Sovereignty Act

News Articles: Bennet, more than 100 members of Congress reintroduce ANTIQUITIES Act to protect America's national monuments from unlawful attacks (U.S. Senator Michael Bennet) 2/7/19, A House bill would expand Bears Ears to 1.9 million acres (Pacific Standard) 1/31/19

H.R.1031

Title: Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2019

H.R.1146

Title: Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act

Summary: This bill prohibits the Bureau of Land Management from administering an oil and gas leasing, development, production, and transportation program in and from the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

News Articles: Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (Indianz) 4/29/19

H.R.1225

Title: Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act.

H.R.1312

Title: Yurok Lands Act of 2019.

H.R.1373

Title: Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act

Summary: This bill withdraws 1,006,545 acres of federal land in Arizona, including any land or interest in land acquired by the United States after enactment of this bill from entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and operation of the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws and mineral materials laws.

News Articles: Natural Resources Committee passes Grijalva bills to protect Grand Canyon from uranium mining, remove uranium from "critical minerals" list (Indian Country Today), Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (Indianz) 6/7/19

H.R.1388

Title: Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2019 .

News Articles: House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (Indianz) 3/22/19

H.R.2156/S.1232

Title: RECLAIM Act of 2019

H.R.2459

Title: Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 2019

H.R.2579

Title: Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019

News Articles: Native Sun News Today: Indian country supports reform of mining laws (Indianz) 5/22/19

H.R.2607

Title: To expedite under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and improve forest management activities on National Forest System lands, on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, and on Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands, and for other purposes.

H.R.2717

Title: To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the San Felipe Pueblo certain Federal land in Sandoval County, New Mexico, and for other purposes.

H.R.2961

Title: Samish Indian Nation Land Reaffirmation Act

H.R.4059

Title: To take certain lands in California into trust for the benefit of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, and for other purposes.

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Tribal Recognition

H.R.297/S.51

Title: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2019

Summary: This bill extends federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. The bill makes the tribe and its members eligible for services and benefits provided to federally recognized tribes and their members, without regard to the existence of a reservation or the location of the residence of any member. The service area of the tribe is considered to be the area comprised of Blaine, Cascade, Glacier, and Hill Counties, Montana. The tribe must submit a membership roll to the Department of the Interior as a condition of receiving recognition, services, and benefits. The tribe must maintain the membership roll. Interior must take into trust for the benefit of the tribe 200 acres of land within the tribe's service area to be used for a tribal land base.

News Articles: Montana Tribe Recognition bill passes US House (U.S. News) 3/27/19, The struggle of the Little Shell Tribe (The Week) 3/23/19, House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (Indianz) 3/22/19, Tester, Daines reintroduce bill recognizing Little Shell (U.S. Senator Jon Tester) 1/8/19

H.R.1964/S.1368

Title: Lumbee Recognition Act

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General Native American Affairs

S.Res.100/H.Res.173

Title: A resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States.

S.739/H.R.1694

Title: Native American Voting Rights Act of 2019

News Articles: Udall, Lujan introduce bicameral Native American Voting Rights Act (Native News Online) 3/13/19

S.2165

Title: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act of 2019

S.2159

Title: A bill to repeal the Act entitled "An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of North Dakota over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Devils Lake Indian Reservation".

News Articles: Spirit Lake Nation jurisdiction bill about to clear first hurdle in Congress (Indianz) 7/24/19

H.Res.139

Title: Supporting goals and ideals of International Mother Language Day in bringing attention to the importance of preserving linguistic and cultural heritage through education.

H.Res.316

Title: Promoting minority health awareness and supporting the goals and ideals of National Minority Health Month in April 2019, which include bringing attention to the health disparities faced by minority populations of the United States such as American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.

H.R.292

Title: Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2019

H.R.1128 - ADDED 9/17/19

Title: Indian Programs Advanced Appropriations Act

Summary: This bill authorizes advance appropriations for several covered appropriations accounts of (1) the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education within the Department of the Interior, and (2) the Indian Health Service within the Department of Health and Human Services. The advance appropriations provide new budget authority that first becomes available for the first fiscal year after the budget year. The covered accounts within the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education include (1) Operation of Indian Programs, (2) Contract Support Costs, and (3) the Indian Guaranteed Loan Program Account. The covered accounts within the Indian Health Service include (1) Indian Health Services, and (2) Contract Support Costs. The bill also requires the President's budget and the supporting documents submitted to Congress to include detailed estimates related to the advance appropriations.


H.R.3846

Title: Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act of 2019

 

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