NEXT WEEK: Committee Hearings on Wildlife, Climate Change, Establishing a Latino Smithsonian Museum, Native American Issues

Washington, D.C. – The Committee on Natural Resources will hold hearings next week on climate change, a bill to establish a Smithsonian museum honoring Latino Americans, a pair of wildlife conservation bills, and two pieces of Native American legislation.

Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3160 and S.46

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered:

  • H.R. 3160 (Rep. Tom O’Halleran), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain land located in Pinal County, Arizona, into trust for the benefit of the Gila River Indian Community, and for other purposes. “Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act
  • S. 46 (Sen. Jeff Merkley), To repeal the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Act. “Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act 

Witness List: 

The Honorable Stephen Lewis


Gila River Indian Community 

Mr. Donald R. Wharton

Senior Attorney

Native American Rights Fund

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources 

Hearing: Oversight hearing titled “The Case for Climate Optimism: Realistic Pathways to Achieving Net-Zero Emissions”

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Witness List:

Giana Amador

Co-Founder and Managing Director


Anne Kelly
Vice President of Government Relations


Hector De La Torre
Board Member
California Air Resources Board

Douglas Holtz-Eakin (Minority Witness)

American Action Forum

Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2420 to create the National Museum of the American Latino

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time 

Where: 1334 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered:

  • H.R. 2420 (Rep. Jose? E. Serrano), To establish within the Smithsonian Institution the National Museum of the American Latino, and for other purposes. “National Museum of the American Latino Act” 

Witness List:

Panel I 

Rep. Jose? Serrano

New York, 15th District 

Rep. Joaquin Castro

Texas, 20th District 

Additional Members of Congress TBD 

Panel II 

Mr. Eduardo Di?az

Smithsonian Latino Center 

Dr. Stephen Pitti

Professor of History and American Studies

Yale University 

Ms. Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta Foundation

Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife

Hearing: Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2795 and H.R. 3742

When: Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time 

Where: 1324 Longworth House Office Building

Bills Considered:

  • H.R. 2795 (Rep. Don Beyer) To establish National Wildlife Corridors to provide for the protection and restoration of certain native fish, wildlife, and plant species, and for other purposes. “Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2019.” 
  • H.R. 3742 (Rep. Debbie Dingell) To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to make supplemental funds available for management of fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need as determined by State fish and wildlife agencies, and for other purposes. ‘‘Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2019,’’ or “RAWA."

Witness List:

Panel I: Congressional Sponsors

Rep. Don Beyer

Virginia, 8th District 

Rep. Debbie Dingell

Michigan, 12th District 

Panel II: Administration

Margaret Everson

Principal Deputy Director

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Panel III: Experts

Marnie Urso 

Policy Director

Audubon Great Lakes

Collin O'Mara

President and CEO

National Wildlife Federation

Gloria Tom


Navajo Nation Department of Fish and Wildlife

Jennifer Fielder (Minority Witness)


American Lands Council

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