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Oversight Hearing on "Authorization, standards, and procedures for whether, how, and when Indian tribes should be newly recognized by the federal government"
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 2:00 PM
Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
1334 Longworth House Office Building


SUBCOMMITTEE ON INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE AFFAIRS
1334 Longworth House Office Building
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
2:00 p.m.

OVERSIGHT HEARING ON:

  • "Authorization, standards, and procedures for whether, how, and when Indian tribes should be newly recognized by the federal government"

OPENING STATEMENT:

The Honorable Don Young
Chairman

WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:

Panel I

The Honorable Ken Salazar*
Secretary
U.S. Department of the Interior

Stephen R. Adkins
Chief
Chickahominy Tribe

Scott Gabaldon
Tribal Chair
Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley

Ann Tucker
Chairwoman
Muscogee Nation

Framon Weaver
Chief
MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians

The Honorable Diane Dillon
Supervisor
Napa County District 3

* Witness declined to testify.

BACKGROUND:

The Committee has jurisdiction over federal recognition as well as the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, which has administrative procedures to federally recognize tribes. The Subcommittee will hear from stakeholders, tribes and the Department of the Interior about the current process for federal recognition and potential improvements.

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