Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules business meeting

Leaders of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma, from left: First Councilperson Donya Williams, Second Councilperson Scott Willard, Chief Doug Lankford, Secretary-Treasurer Sarah Lawson and Second Chief Dustin Olds. Photo from Miami Nation

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting on Wednesday.

Two bills are on the agenda. They are:
H.R.487, a bill to allow the Miami Nation of Oklahoma to lease or transfer certain lands. Congressional action is needed because Non-Intercourse Act prevents tribes from leasing or conveying land they own without federal approval. The House approved the bill by a voice vote on September 16.
S.1579, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act. The NATIVE Act directs the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior to update their management plans and tourism strategies to include tribes and Indian organizations. The bill was introduced on June 16 but the committee never held a hearing on it

The business meeting takes place at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. It will be followed by a hearing on seven land-into-trust bills.

Committee Notice:
Business Meeting to Consider S. 1579, H.R. 487 (October 7, 2015)

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