Senate Indian Affairs Committee weighs seven bills at hearing

Council chambers of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon. Photo from Grand Ronde We All Belong / Facebook

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a legislative hearing for seven bills on Wednesday.

All seven of the bills focus on land-into-trust issues for tribes in California, Nevada and Oregon. The agenda follows:
S.817, a bill for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in Oregon.
S.818, a bill for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon.
S.1436, the Nevada Native Nations Land Act, a bill for six Nevada tribes.
S. 1761, a bill for the Susanville Rancheria of California.
S. 1822, a bill for the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians in California.
S. 1986, the Moapa Band of Paiutes Land Conveyance Act, a bill for the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada.
H.R.387, the Economic Development Through Tribal Land Exchange Act, a bill for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in California. The House passed the bill on July 13.

The hearing takes place immediately following a business meeting at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office. The witness list follows:
Mr. Michael Smith
Deputy Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Glen Casamassa
Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System, U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Arlan Melendez
Chairman, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Reno, NV

The Honorable Robert Martin
Chairman, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Banning, CA

The Honorable Darren Daboda
Chairman, Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, Moapa, NV

Committee Notice:
Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on the following bills (October 7, 2015)

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