Witness list for House subcommittee's hearing on tribal bills

Leaders from Zuni Pueblo toured the Fort Wingate Army Depot in 2011. Photo from Fort Wingate Depot Activity

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a legislative hearing tomorrow.

Three bills are on the agenda. They are:
H.R.1028, the Return of Certain Lands At Fort Wingate to The Original Inhabitants Act. The bill returns land at the former Fort Wingate Army Depot in New Mexico to the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo. In the past, leaders of the two tribes have been at odds over the distribution of the land.
H.R.2684, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Settlement Act. In the bill, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas settles a long-running land claim in exchange for a reaffirmation of its gaming rights.
H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act. The bill places land in trust for the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe, the Shoshone Paiute Tribes, the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe.

The hearing takes place at 2pm in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. The witness list follows:

The Honorable Stevan Pearce
Representative of New Mexico 2nd Congressional District

The Honorable Brian Babin
Representative of 36th Congressional District

Rep Mark Amodei
Representative of Nevada 2nd Congressional District

Mr. Michael Smith
Deputy Director
Bureau of Indian Affairs
U.S. Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C.
(All bills)

Mr. Lorenzo Bates
Navajo Nation Council
Navajo Nation
Window Rock, AZ
(HR 1028)

The Honorable Val Panteah
Pueblo of Zuni
Zuni, NM
(H.R. 1028)

The Honorable Nita Battise
Tribal Council Chairwoman
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
Livingston, TX
(H.R. 2684)
Accompanied by Mr. Ronnie Thomas
Tribal Council Vice Chairman

The Honorable Arlan Melendez
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
Reno, NV
(HR 2733)

Committee Notice:
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1028, H.R. 2684, H.R. 2733 (July 15, 2015)

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