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Politics
House, Senate hearings on housing, land dispute


There are three Congressional hearings of interest taking place this week.

On Tuesday, July 19, the House Resources Committee will be holding a joint hearing with the House Financial Services Committee titled "Improving Land Title Grant Procedures for Native Americans." The topic deals with housing on Indian trust lands. Two administration officials are on the tentative witness list.
Witness List

Also on Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committte's subcommittee on the Constitution holds an oversight hearing titled "Can Congress Create a Race-Based Government?: The Constitutionality of H.R.309 and S.147, the 'Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005." The bill would recognize a Native Hawaiian governing entity. A witness list hasn't been published.
Committee Web Site

On Thursday, July 21, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on S.1003, the Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Amendments of 2005. Introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), the chairman of the committee, the bill would end the federal program that funds the relocation of Navajo and Hopi families from formerly disputed lands in northeastern Arizona. A witness list hasn't been made public yet.
Navajos oppose McCain bill on Navajo-Hopi settlement (7/15)