Last updated: May 19, 2017

Passed Legislation (by date)

H.R.244

Title: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017

Sponsors: Rep. Cook, Paul [R-CA-8]

Committees: House - Veterans' Affairs; Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 115-31 (PDF) on 5/5/17

Summary: (Sec. 2) This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish a HIRE Vets Medallion Program to solicit voluntary information from employers for purposes of recognizing through a HIRE Vets Medallion Award verified efforts by these employers to: (1) recruit, employ, and retain veterans; and (2) provide community and charitable services supporting the veteran community.

Labor shall annually: (1) solicit, verify, and review award applications from employers, (2) notify award recipients, and (3) issue awards at a time coinciding with Veterans Day.

An employer who receives an award is not eligible for an award the following year.

(Sec. 3) Labor shall establish two levels of awards for employers of 500 or more employees, to be designated the Gold HIRE Vets Medallion Award and the Platinum HIRE Vets Medallion Award. Criteria for such awards shall include the percentage of hired employees who are veterans, the percentage of veteran employees who are retained, the establishment of related veterans' assistance and training programs, the employment of dedicated human resources professionals for veterans, and income and tuition support for veterans.

Labor shall establish similar awards to recognize achievements in supporting veterans by: (1) employers with 50 or fewer employees, and (2) employers with more than 50 but fewer than 500 employees.

Labor shall establish the design of each award certificate.

(Sec. 4) The bill prohibits an employer from publicly displaying an award as a part of any advertisement or business activity in order to convey the false impression that the employer received such award for any year for which such employer did not receive it.

(Sec. 5) The bill establishes the HIRE Vets Medallion Award Fund. Labor may assess a reasonable application fee to carry out the award program and shall deposit such fees into the fund.

(Sec. 8) The bill excludes from the definition of "employer" the federal government or any state government.

News Articles: Udall, Heinrich, Luján Announce Funding for Substance Abuse Treatment at IHS and Partner Facilities, Including NCI in Gallup (Sen. Tom Udall Press Release) 5/17/17, Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $23 Million Increase in Impact Aid that will Benefit Western NY Schools (Sen. Gillibrand Press Release) 5/10/17, Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding (Indianz) 5/8/17, Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth (Indianz) 5/3/17, Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts (Indianz) 5/2/17

Proposed Legislation (by topic)

Business & Economics

S.245

Title: Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2017.

News Articles: Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress (Indianz) 5/10/17, U.S. lawmakers seek looser energy development rules for tribal lands (Reuters) 5/9/17

S.607

Title: Native American Business Incubators Program Act.

News Articles: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (Indianz) 3/29/17, Udall, Tester, Cantwell introduce measure to create jobs by fostering entrepreneurship in Indian Country (LA Daily Post) 3/17/17

S.780

See Also: H.R.1824

Title: A bill to amend the Controlled Substances Act to reduce the gap between Federal and State marijuana policy, and for other purposes.

News Articles: National Indian Cannabis Coalition applauds the inclusion of Indian Country in the "Path to Marijuana Reform" legislation (PRWeb) 4/7/17, New legislation would force the federal government to treat marijuana like alcohol (Huffington Post) 3/30/17

S.975

Title: A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the Indian coal production tax credit.

S.1116 -ADDED 5/19/17

Title: Indian Economic Enhancement Act of 2017.

News Articles: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (Indianz) 5/17/17,The National Center Applauds Approval of Key Indian Country Economic Development Legislation (NCAIED) 5/17/17

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

H.R.729

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

H.R.986

See Also: S.63

Title: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017

News Articles: Federal labor law collides with tribal sovereignty (Inside Sources) 3/29/17, Native American leaders urge Congress to pass the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (Committee on Education and the Workforce Press Release) 3/29/17, Republican lawmaker renews push for Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (Indianz) 2/14/17

 

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Community Development

S.302

Title: The John P. Smith Act.

S.669

See Also: H.R.1630

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

News Articles: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (Indianz) 3/29/17, 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

S.772

Title: AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017.

News Articles: Senate panel takes up bill to bring AMBER Alert funding to tribes (Indianz) 4/28/17

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: Native Educator Support and Training Act (NEST).

News Articles: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (Indianz) 5/17/17, Sen. Jon Tester introduces legislation to strengthen Native education (Indian Country Today) 2/22/17

S.943

Title: Johnson O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act

News Articles: Heitkamp, Lankford, Daines reintroduce bipartisan bill to build access to cultural educational opportunities for Native students (Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Press Release) 4/27/17

H.R.610

Title: To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students and to repeal a certain rule relating to nutrition standards in schools.

News Articles: School choice proposal devastating for American Indian students (Indian Country Today) 3/27/17

H.R.1528

See Also: S.660

Title: Native American Indian Education Act.

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Federal Indian Relations

S.343

Title: Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act.

News Articles: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (Indianz) 3/29/17, Rounds' RESPECT Act legislation passes Indian Affairs Committee unanimously (Sen. Mike Rounds Press Release) 3/29/17, 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 [Carcieri remedies].

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 [Carcieri remedies].

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.

News Articles: Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (Indianz) 5/9/17

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

See Also: H.R.1476

Title: Native American Health Savings Improvement Act.

S.304

Title: Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act.

News Articles: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (Indianz) 3/29/17

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

S.747

Title: – Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) Reauthorization.

News Articles: Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians (Indianz) 5/18/17

S.825

Title: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act of 2017.

H.R.235

Title: Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act of 2017.

H.R.981

Title: – Indian Health Service Hiring Freeze Exemption Act.

H.R.1369

Title: Indian Health Care Improvement Act Reauthorization and Amendments.

H.R.2545 -ADDED 5/19/17

Title: To reauthorize the special diabetes programs for Indians.

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Lands & Natural Resources

S.J.Res.11

Title: A joint resolution 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 "Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resource Conservation".

News Articles: Repeal of BLM methane rule will pass Senate — Barrasso (Environment & Energy News) 4/27/17, ND tribes want Congress to keep methane waste prevention rule (Public News Service) 4/27/17

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.

News Articles: Senate approves water bill for one tribe and land bill for two others (Indianz) 5/9/17, Senate passes Flake-McCain bill to complete the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Settlement (Sen. McCain Press Release) 5/9/17

S.249

See Also: H.R.1787

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

News Articles: Senate approves water bill for one tribe and land bill for two others (Indianz) 5/9/17

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: Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017.

News Articles: US to pay Navajo Nation almost $200mn for water rights in Utah (RINF) 4/1/17, Hatch and Chaffetz Introduce Navajo Water Settlement Legislation (Sen. Orin Hatch Press Release) 3/30/17

S.785

See Also: H.R.1867

Title: A bill to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native veterans.

S.995

Title: Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act.

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.23

See Also: H.R.875

Title: Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act of 2017

H.R.146

Title: Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act.

H.R. 210

Title: Native American Energy Act.

News Articles: Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress (Indianz) 5/10/17, U.S. lawmakers seek looser energy development rules for tribal lands (Reuters) 5/9/17

H.R.211

Title: Chugach Region Lands Study Act

H.R.230

Title: Shee Atiká 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

See Also: S.508

Title: Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act

News Articles: Tribal fairness, wild steelhead acts move toward Senate (News-Review) 3/30/17

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: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians.

H.R.1532

Title: Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act.

H.R.2248

Title: To prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from revising the approved oil and gas leasing program for fiscal years 2017 through 2022.

H.R. 2284

Title: To amend title 54, United States Code, to provide for congressional and State approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments.

H.R.2320 -ADDED 5/19/17

Title: Samish Indian Nation Land Conveyance Act of 2017.

 

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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

Title: Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017.

News Articles: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (Indianz) 5/17/17, Federal recognition sought for 6 Virginia tribes (Fredericksburg) 3/21/17

S.1047

See Also: H.R.2352

Title: Lumbee Recognition Act.

News Articles: Burr, Pittenger file bill to grant full federal recognition to Lumbee tribe (Fayetteville Observer) 5/4/17

H.R.229

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

H.R.984

See Also: S.691

Title: Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017.

News Articles: Bills to recognize Virginia tribes move forward in Congress (CBS19) 5/17/17, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (Indianz) 5/17/17

H.R.1455

Title: Clatsop-Nehalem Restoration Act.

 

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General Native American Affairs

S.Res.60

See Also: H.Res.222

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".

News Articles: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (Indianz) 3/29/17

H.R.1169

Title: Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act.

H.R.1274

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

H.R.1650

See Also: S.684

Title: National Adoption and Foster Care Home Study Act.

H.R.2035

See Also: S.876

Title: Tribal Adoption Parity Act.

News Articles: Adoption fairness bill: Bipartisan legislation for tribal special needs children (Indian Country Today) 4/16/17

H.R.2083

Title: Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act. See SEC. 5. TREATY RIGHTS OF FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED INDIAN TRIBES.

H.R.2330

Title: To make funds available for fisheries resource disaster assistance for the 2016 Yurok Tribe Klamath River Chinook salmon fishery disaster, and for other purposes.

 

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