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The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing room in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Photo by Indianz.Com (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules legislative hearing
Monday, July 8, 2024

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the July 4 holiday recess.

The committee meets on Wednesday afternoon for a legislative hearing. Four bills are on the agenda:

S.2783, the Miccosukee Reserved Area Amendments Act. The bill adds an area known as Osceola Camp to the reservation of the Miccosukee Tribe. The land is located within the Everglades National Park in Florida.

S.3406, the Technical Corrections to the Northwestern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act, Taos Pueblo Indian Water Rights Settlement Act, and Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act. The bill authorizes appropriations for water projects that would benefit the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Navajo Nation and five Pueblo tribes. A total of $18.4 million would be appropriated by the measure.

S.3857, the Jamul Indian Village Land Transfer Act. The bill authorizes the acquisition of about 172 acres in trust for the Jamul Indian Village. The land is located in San Diego County in California.

S.4365, the Veterinary Services to Improve Public Health in Rural Communities Act. The bill authorizes the Indian Health Service to provide veterinary services — including spaying and neutering of domestic animals — to tribes and tribal organizations.

During the hearing, the committee will be hearing from five witnesses — two federal government officials and three Native officials. The witness list follows:

The Honorable Melanie Egorin [Testimony: PDF]
Assistant Secretary for Legislation
Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Jason Freihage [Testimony: PDF]
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management
Office of the Assistant Secretary Indian Affairs
Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Talbert Cypress [Testimony: PDF]
Miccosukee Tribe of Indians
Miami, Florida

The Honorable Erica Pinto [Testimony: PDF]
Jamul Indian Village of California
Jamul, California

Mr. Brian Lefferts [Testimony: PDF]
Director of Public Health
Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation
Bethel, Alaska

The hearing takes place at 2:30pm Eastern in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. A livestream will be available at

The committee last convened on June 12 for a legislative hearing. Before that, the panel hosted an oversight hearing on May 22 and a roundtable discussion on May 8.

Since January 2024, the committee has met just six times, according to

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice
Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on S. 2783, S. 3406, S. 3857 & S. 4365 (July 10, 2024)