Last updated: March 24, 2017

Passed Legislation (by date)

 

 

Proposed Legislation (by topic)

Business & Economics

S.63

Title: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017

News Articles: Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (Indianz) 2/14/17

S.245

Title: A bill to amend the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self Determination Act of 2005, and for other purposes.

S.607

Title: A bill to establish a business incubators program within the Department of the Interior to promote economic development in Indian reservation communities.

News Articles: Udall, Tester, Cantwell introduce measure to create jobs by fostering entrepreneurship in Indian Country (LA Daily Post) 3/17/17

H.R.228

See Also: S.91

Title: Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017.

News Articles: Young ushers second bill through House in less than two weeks, continues ahead with aggressive legislative agenda (Alaska Business) 2/28/17

 

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Community Development

S.302

Title: A bill to enhance tribal road safety, and for other purposes.

S.669 -ADDED 3/24/17

See Also: H.R.1630

Title: Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act

News Articles: Poor sanitation, safety targeted in bill to improve Columbia River tribal fishing sites (The Oregonian) 3/22/17, Northwestern members of Congress reintroduce bill to improve safety and sanitation at Columbia River tribal fishing sites (Public Now) 3/21/17

H.R.1581

Title: Tribal Digital Access Act.

News Articles: Inland Congressman introduces bill to provide broadband access to tribal members (Patch) 3/17/17

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Education

S.Res.40

Title: A resolution designating the week beginning on February 5, 2017, as "National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week".

S.254

Title: Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act

S.458

Title: A bill to support the education of Indian children.

News Articles: Sen. Jon Tester introduces legislation to strengthen Native education (Indian Country Today) 2/22/17

H.R.1528

See Also: S.660

Title: To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 in order to fulfill the Federal mandate to provide higher educational opportunities for Native American Indians.

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Federal Indian Relations

S.343

Title: A bill to repeal certain obsolete laws relating to Indians.

News Articles: Rounds aims to expunge 'offensive' Native American laws (Washington Examiner) 2/6/17

H.R.130

Title: To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes, and for other purposes.

H.R.131

Title: To reaffirm the trust status of land taken into trust by the United States pursuant to the Act of June 18, 1934, for the benefit of an Indian tribe that was federally recognized on the date that the land was taken into trust, and for other purposes.

H.R.183

Title: To provide for the equitable settlement of certain Indian land disputes regarding land in Illinois, and for other purposes.

H.R.212

Title: Expediting Funding For Efficient Contracting Tribes (EFFECT) Act.

H.R.215

Title: American Indian Empowerment Act of 2017.

H.R.292

Title: Honoring Our Trust Relationships Act of 2017 (HOT-R Act)

H.R.986

Title: To clarify the rights of Indians and Indian tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act.

 

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Health & Human Services

S.Amdt.109

Title: Protecting Access to Care at Federal, Tribal, and Urban Indian Health Facilities

News Articles: Sen. Udall offers amendment to protect health care for Indian Country (Native News Online) 1/12/17

S.43

Title: Native American Health Savings Improvement Act.

S.304

Title: A bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to allow the Indian Health Service to cover the cost of a copayment of an Indian or Alaska Native veteran receiving medical care or services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

S.465

Title: A bill to provide for an independent outside audit of the Indian Health Service.

News Articles: Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (Indianz) 3/1/17

H.R.235

Title: Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act of 2017.

H.R.981

Title: To prohibit any hiring freeze from affecting the Indian Health Service.

H.R.1369

Title: To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to revise and extend that Act, and for other purposes.

H.R.1476

Title: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit individuals eligible for Indian Health Service assistance to qualify for health savings accounts.

 

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Lands & Natural Resources

S.J.Res.29

Title: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue of the Department of the Interior relating to consolidated Federal oil and gas and Federal and Indian coal valuation reform.

S.140

Title: A bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund.

S.249

Title: A bill to provide that the pueblo of Santa Clara may lease for 99 years certain restricted land, and for other purposes.

S.269

See Also: H.R. 236

Title: A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes.

S.436

Title: A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, to substitute certain land selections of the Navajo Nation, to designate certain wilderness areas, and for other purposes.

S.664

Title: A bill to approve the settlement of the water rights claims of the Navajo in Utah, to authorize construction of projects in connection therewith, and for other purposes.

H.J.Res.56

Title: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to "Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Site Security".

H.J.Res.82

Title: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Bureau of Land Management relating to "Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Measurement of Oil".

H.R.146

Title: To take certain Federal lands in Tennessee into trust for the benefit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and for other purposes.

H.R. 210

Title: Native American Energy Act.

H.R.211

Title: Chugach Region Lands Study Act

H.R.230

Title: Shee Atik√° Land Entitlement (SALE) Act.

H.R.231

Title: Canyon Village Land Conveyance Act.

H.R.348

Title: Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation Gravel Exchange Amendment Act.

H.R.360

Title: Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument Act

H.R.597

Title: Lytton Rancheria Homelands Act of 2017.

H.R.1106

Title: To provide for the conveyance of small parcels of National Forest System land and small parcels of public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management to private landowners, State, county, and local governments, or Indian tribes whose lands share a boundary with the National Forest System land or public lands, and for other purposes.

H.R.1306

Title: Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act

H.R.1404

Title: To provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona.

H.R.1418

Title: To amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide that Alexander Creek, Alaska, is and shall be recognized as an eligible Native village under that Act, and for other purposes.

H.R.1491

Title: To reaffirm the action of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for the benefit of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians, and for other purposes.

H.R.1532

Title: To reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and for other purposes.

 

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Tribal Recognition

S.39

Title: Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2017.

News Articles: Senate committee advances bill to recognize Montana's Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians (KTVH) 2/9/17, Tribe's decades-long recognition bid goes before US Congress [Little Shell Chippewa Tribe] (Missoulian) 2/8/17

S.691 -ADDED 3/24/17

Title: A bill to extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe.

News Articles: Federal recognition sought for 6 Virginia tribes (Fredericksburg) 3/21/17

H.R.229

Title: Unrecognized Southeast Alaska Native Communities Recognition and Compensation Act.

H.R.984

Title: To extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe.

H.R.1455

Title: To provide for the restoration of Federal recognition to the Clatsop-Nehalem Confederated Tribes of Oregon, and for other purposes.

 

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General Native American Affairs

S.Res.60

Title: A resolution designating May 5, 2017, as the "National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls".

S.381

See Also: H.R.1074

Title: A bill to repeal the Act entitled "An Act to confer jurisdiction on the State of Iowa over offenses committed by or against Indians on the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation".

H.R.729

Title: Tobacco Excise Tax and Parity Act of 2017. SEE IV EXCLUSIONS REGARDING INDIAN TRIBES AND TRIBAL MATTERS.

H.R.1169

Title: To amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide flexibility and reauthorization to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages.

H.R.1274

Title: State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act

H.R.1650 -ADDED 3/24/17

See Also: S.684

Title: To establish a national, research-based, and comprehensive home study assessment process for the evaluation of prospective foster parents and adoptive parents and provide funding to States and Indian tribes to adopt such process.

 

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Udall, Tester, Cantwell introduce measure to create jobs by fostering entrepreneurship in Indian Country (LA Daily Post) 3/17/17

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