Hearings for Week of June 3 Will Focus on Advancing Democratic Legislation to Protect Public Lands and Supporting the Americans Who Enjoy Them

Washington, D.C. – The Committee on Natural Resources will hold three hearings during the week of June 3, two of which are legislative hearings to review bills that protect public lands.

Witness lists are available below. As with all hearings, these events are open to media and the public.

Full Committee Hearing

Hearing: Member Day Hearing

When: Tuesday, June 4, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

This hearing will be a chance for House lawmakers on and off the Committee to testify on any issue in the Committee’s jurisdiction. The hearing complies with requirements under H. Res. 6 § 103(j).

Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1373, H.R. 2181

When: Wednesday, June 5, at 10 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

  • H.R. 1373 (Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva) To protect, for current and future generations, the watershed, ecosystem, and cultural heritage of the Grand Canyon region in the State of Arizona, and for other purposes. “Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act”
  • H.R. 2181 (Rep. Ben Ray Luján), To provide for the withdrawal and protection of certain Federal land in the State of New Mexico. “Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act of 2019”

Witness List

The Honorable Carletta Tilousi (H.R. 1373)


Havasupai Tribe


Dr. Peter Huntoon (H.R. 1373)

Retired Professor of Geology and Geophysics

The University of Wyoming


The Honorable Buster D. Johnson (H.R. 1373)

District 3 Supervisor

Mohave County Board of Supervisors


The Honorable E. Paul Torres (H.R. 2181)


All Pueblo Council of Governors


The Honorable Myron Lizer (H.R. 2181)

Vice President

Navajo Nation


The Honorable Timothy Menchego (H.R. 2181)


Pueblo of Santa Ana


Mr. Samuel Sage (H.R. 2181)

Community Services Coordinator

Counselor Chapter House

Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of The United States

Hearing: Legislative hearing on H.R. 733, H.R. 1031, H.R. 1803, H.R. 2961 

When: Wednesday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

Bills Considered

  • H.R. 733 (Rep. Betty McCollum), To provide for the transfer of certain Federal land in the State of Minnesota for the benefit of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. “Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act”
  • H.R. 1031 (Rep. Juan Vargas), To take certain land located in San Diego County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, and for other purposes. “Pala Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Act of 2019”
  • H.R. 1803 (Rep. Greg Walden), To nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of America and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon.
  • H.R. 2961 (Rep. Rick Larsen), To reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Samish Indian Nation, and for other purposes. “Samish Indian Land Reaffirmation Act”

Witness List

The Honorable Tara Sweeney (invited)

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Department of the Interior

Washington, DC


Mr. Frank Beum

Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Washington, DC


The Honorable Arthur LaRose


Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Cass Lake, MN


The Honorable Robert H. Smith


Pala Band of Mission Indians

Pala, CA


Mr. Ron Suppah

Former Tribal Council Member

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Warm Springs, OR


The Honorable Tom Wooten


Samish Indian Nation

Anacortes, WA


The Honorable Brian Cladoosby


Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

LaConner, WA

Press Contact

Media Contact: Adam Sarvana

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