Legislative: Remote SCIP Legislative Hearing – March 31, 2022
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022
Time: 01:00 PM
Presiding: The Honorable Teresa Leger Fernández, Chair

On Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States (SCIP) will host a virtual, fully remote legislative hearing on the following tribal-related legislation:

H.R.4715, the Quapaw Tribal Landowner Settlement Act of 2021. The bill authorizes the appropriation of $137.5 million to settle the federal government’s mismanagement of assets held in trust for citizens of the Quapaw Nation.

H.R.5715, a bill to reauthorize the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Trust Fund to ensure that the Udall Foundation can continue to award scholarships to Native students.

H.R.6707, the Advancing Equality for Wabanaki Nations Act. The bill ensures that the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe [Indian Township | Pleasant Point] and the Penobscot Nation are treated in the same manner as other Indian nations in terms of law and policy. A land claim settlement currently imposes hurdles on the tribes when it comes to their sovereignty.

Witness List
Panel I
Representative Raúl Grijalva
Arizona, 3rd District

Representative Jared Golden
Maine, 2nd District

Panel II
The Honorable William J. Nicholas, Sr. (H.R. 6707) [Testimony: PDF]
Passamaquoddy Tribe
Princeton, ME

The Honorable Edward Peter-Paul (H.R. 6707) [Testimony: PDF]
Mi’kmaq Nation [Note: Aroostok Band of Micmacs]
Presque Isle, Maine

The Honorable Clarissa Sabattis (H.R. 6707) [Testimony: PDF]
Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
Littleton, Maine

The Honorable Kirk Francis (H.R. 6707) [Testimony: PDF]
Penobscot Nation
Indian Island, Maine

The Honorable Joseph T. Byrd (H.R. 4715) [Testimony: PDF]
Quapaw Nation
Quapaw, Oklahoma

Mr. Charles P. Rose (H.R. 5715) [Testimony: PDF]
Chair, Board of Trustees
Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation
Tucson, Arizona

Mr. Patrick Strauch (H.R. 6707) [Testimony: PDF]
Executive Director
Maine Forest Products Council
Augusta, Maine

This hearing will take place via Cisco WebEx and will be streamed on YouTube. For hearing materials and schedules, please visit U.S. House of Representatives, Committee Repository at docs.house.gov/.

House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Notice
Legislative Hearing (March 31, 2022)