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House committee holds second hearing on federal recognition bill

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is the sponsor of H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act. Photo from Facebook

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a second hearing on H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act.

The bill strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes and instead requires Congress to make a final decision on every petition. The Obama administration and some tribes have already come out against it but Republicans say they will push it through the House anyway.

The second hearing takes place on December 8 in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. A witness list hasn't been posted online but it will likely feature tribal leaders and representatives of groups seeking federal recognition.

Committee Notice:
Legislative Hearing on Tribal Recognition Act (Part II) (December 8, 2015)

Prior Committee Notice:
Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3764 (October 28, 2015)

BIA Final Part 83 Documents:
Final Rule | Policy Guidance | Fact Sheet

Federal Register Notices:
Hearing Process Concerning Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes (August 13, 2015)
Requests for Administrative Acknowledgment of Federal Indian Tribes (July 1, 2015)
Federal Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes (July 1, 2015)
Hearing and Re-Petition Authorization Processes Concerning Acknowledgment of American Indian Tribes (June 19, 2014)

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