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  • HEALTTH Act Addresses Healthcare Obstacles in Indian Country
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5406 (Rep. Kristi Noem, R-SD), the Helping to Ensure Accountability, Leadership, and Trust in Tribal Healthcare Act (HEALTTH Act), highlighting the need to reform healthcare in Indian Country. The bill would improve ... More
  • House Committee on Natural Resources Releases Puerto Rico Discussion Draft
    Press Release
    Mar 29, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released discussion draft legislation on Puerto Rico’s economic crisis. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Today, the Committee released draft legislation that provides Puerto Rico with tools to impose discipline over its finances, meet its obliga... More
  • New York Times: Officials Warn Congress of Major Defaults Without Restructuring
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 6, 2016 -
    Puerto Rico and its top advisers made their case in Washington on Friday for a law that would allow broad restructuring of the island’s multibillion-dollar debt, saying that if Congress did not act soon, major defaults were likely this spring. The officials also said they knew that any legislative help would come at a ... More
  • New York Times: How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 2, 2016 -
    To understand how Puerto Rico’s power authority has piled up $9 billion in debt, one need only visit this bustling city on the northwest coast. Twenty years ago, it was just another town with dwindling finances. Then, it went on a development spree, thanks to a generous —some might say ill-considered — gift from the Pu... More
  • Panel Outlines Options for Responsible Path Forward on Puerto Rico
    Press Release
    Feb 2, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held an oversight hearing to further examine possible solutions to the Puerto Rican debt crisis and avenues for the Commonwealth to achieve improved fiscal management and long-term sustainability. The panel discussed concepts surrounding the establish... More
  • Bishop: Fiscal and Energy Solutions for Puerto Rico Needed for Long-Term Solvency and Growth
    Press Release
    Feb 1, 2016 -
    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) held a conference call to discuss oversight efforts on Puerto Rico and the Committee’s path forward to developing responsible solutions to the island’s economic crisis. “As long as Puerto Rico and its state-owned entities continue to lose money and run deficits, debt restructuring alon... More
  • Bishop: Energy is Essential to Puerto Rico’s Future Prosperity
    Press Release
    Jan 12, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on the circumstances leading to the current financial crisis faced by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the state-owned, self-regulated monopoly that operates as Puerto Rico’s public utility. “Today we took a step forward to uncover ... More
  • Bishop: Senate Passage of Tribal Energy Development Bill Lays Path Forward for Final Package
    Press Release
    Dec 11, 2015 -
    Yesterday the Senate passed S. 209, the “Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2015,” a bill similar to H.R. 538, the “Native American Energy Act” that passed the House on October 8, 2015. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “I am pleased the Senate has follo... More
  • Bishop: Congress Must Safeguard Integrity of Tribal Recognition Process
    Press Release
    Dec 8, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a second legislative hearing on the Chairman Rob Bishop’s tribal recognition bill (H.R. 3764) to hear from input from Indian Country. The Tribal Recognition Act of 2015 seeks to reestablish Congress’s unique authority to federally recognize tribe... More
  • Bishop Introduces Tribal Recognition Act
    Press Release
    Oct 21, 2015 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 3764, the Tribal Recognition Act of 2015 and issued the following statement. “The tribal recognition process has been a mess for decades. The authority to recognize tribes is one that belongs to Congress, not the executive branch. Ho... More
  • Washington Examiner: Obama's 'energy-no, pot yes' policy
    In Case You Missed It
    Oct 13, 2015 -
    A bill approved by the House this week aims to end what one senior Republican calls the Obama administration's "double standard" when it comes to growing pot, an illegal act under federal law, and producing oil and gas from fracking on tribal lands. "What's bizarre is that for energy production, the administration inte... More
  • Native American Energy Act Passes House with Bipartisan Vote, Broad Support from Indian Country
    Press Release
    Oct 8, 2015 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 538, the Native American Energy Act with bipartisan support by a vote of 254-173. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “H.R. 538 seeks to correct the injustices done to tribal energy potential, which has suffered at the incompetent hands of federal bureaucracy. With ... More
  • GRAPHIC: The Native American Energy Act
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2015 -
    Tomorrow, the House will consider H.R. 538 – “The Native American Energy Act.” Sponsored by Indian, Insular & Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Don Young (R-AK), the legislation addresses the federal government’s overregulation of Indian lands, which has hindered Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations f... More
  • AP: New Mexico official says EPA refused to share water data after toxic mine spill fouled rivers
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 17, 2015 -
    Federal regulators refused to share water-quality data for weeks following a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine that fouled rivers across the Southwest, a New Mexico official said Thursday. The move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency aimed to downplay the severity of the spill, hobbling the stat... More
  • Bishop: ‘Native American Energy Act’ Corrects an Unjust Regulatory Scheme, is a Boon to Indian Country
    Press Release
    Sep 10, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on a number of bills, including H.R. 538, the “Native American Energy Act” sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaskan Native Affairs. The legislation passed Committee by a vote of 23 to 12. Following passa... More
  • The Washington Post: The Blood-Stained Indian Child Welfare Act
    In Case You Missed It
    Sep 2, 2015 -
    “It is a sordid business, this divvying us up by race.” — Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Sordid, always. And sometimes lethal, as some Native American children could attest, were they not, like Declan Stewart and Laurynn Whiteshield, dead. They were victims of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which as con... More
  • Bishop: Climate Focus in Alaska Reveals Obama's Geopolitical Blinders
    Press Release
    Sep 1, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the President’s trip to Alaska. “The United States takes over as head of the Arctic Council this year and the President’s trip shows he’s not ready for it. As Putin has shown no qualms about promoting Arc... More
  • Bishop: Methane Plan Flies in Face of Technological Reality
    Press Release
    Aug 18, 2015 -
    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal for limiting methane from the oil and natural gas industry. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response: “The EPA’s plan to limit emissions flies in the face of technological reality. The truth is that while the oil and nat... More
  • Subcommittee Reviews Relationship Between Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis and Political Status
    Press Release
    Jun 24, 2015 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs heard from witnesses representing all of Puerto Rico’s political parties during a hearing to review the relationship between the current economic crisis gripping the island and the unresolved issue of political status. “Changes to Puerto Rico’s politi... More
  • Bishop Statement on Report From GAO on Energy Development on Indian Lands
    Press Release
    Jun 15, 2015 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to a report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) titled, "Indian Energy Development: Poor Management by BIA Has Hindered Energy Development on Indian Lands." "This report is the latest black mark against the Bureau of Indian A... More
  • Bishop Slams Department of the Interior Over Tribal Recognition Rulemaking Process
    Press Release
    Apr 23, 2015 -
    On March 26, 2015, a bipartisan letter was sent to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Subcommittee Chairman Don Young (AK-at-large), Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Elizabeth H. Esty (D-CT) to express concern with proposed regulations gov... More
  • AP: Lawmaker tells administration: Pull back Indian tribe rules
    In Case You Missed It
    Apr 23, 2015 -
    The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee is demanding that the Obama administration hold off on new rules that could make it easier for Indian groups to win federal recognition as tribes. American Indians have been pushing for years to revise the process, but proposed regulations nearing the finish line ha... More
  • Bipartisan Congressional Leaders Urge Interior to Refrain on Tribal Status Modifications
    Press Release
    Mar 26, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs Don Young (R-AK), along with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) sent a letter today to Department of the Interior Secretary Sall... More
  • Chairman Bishop Letter to Secretary of the Department of the Interior Sally Jewell for Cooperation in Evaluating the Procedures Used for Acknowledging Tribal Status
    Letters
    Mar 26, 2015 -
    TO: The Honorable Sally Jewell FROM: Rob Bishop, Chairman Dear Madam Secretary: We are writing to request your cooperation in evaluating the procedures used for acknowledging tribal status and the impacts of modifying the regulations governing such determinations. The Department of the Interior has published proposed r... More
  • Keep the Promise Act of 2015 (H.R. 308)
    Committee Votes
    Mar 25, 2015 -
    ​Reporting H.R. 308 Out of Committee (Approved by Voice Vote) To prohibit gaming activities on certain Indian lands in Arizona until the expiration of certain gaming compacts. ​Grijalva of Arizona 024 Amendment (Failed 10-21. View Roll Call Vote) * For complete legislative action for the March 25, 2015 Full Committee ... More
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