The Native American Women Warriors, a group of Native women military veterans, at the 2015 White House Tribal Nations Conference. Photo: U.S. Department of the Interior

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a business meeting on Wednesday afternoon, its first since lawmakers went on beak for most of August.

Three bills, including two that were temporarily derailed in July, are on the agenda. They follow:
H.R.984, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act. The bill extends federal recognition to six tribes, whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers at Jamestown in Virginia more than 400 years ago. The committee hasn't held a hearing on the bill, or its companion S.691, in the 115th Congress but a prior version advanced in the last session. House passed H.R.984 on May 17.

S.1285, the Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act. The bill addresses leasing and land issues for the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians. A hearing took place on July 12.

S.1333, the Tribal HUD-VASH Act. The bill authorizes a joint program between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide rental and housing assistance to homeless and at-risk homeless veterans in Indian Country. The program, known as Tribal HUD-VASH, began as a demonstration during the Obama administration. The committee held a hearing on the bill on June 13.

The business meeting takes place at 2:30pm Eastern on Wednesday. It will be immediately followed by an oversight hearing on "high risk" programs that serve tribes and their citizens.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Business Meeting to Consider H.R. 984, S. 1285 & S. 1333 (September 13, 2017)

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