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Indian and Insular Affairs

Westerman, Foxx Launch Investigation Into DOI's Mishandling of Misconduct at Native American University

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Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) led a letter to Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Director Tony Dearman, conducting oversight into alleged misconduct involving the Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI).…

Committee Considers Solutions for Tribal Health Care, Individual Tribal Eligibility for Need-Based Federal Programs

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Today, the Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs held a legislative hearing on two bills to hold the Indian Health Service accountable for health related services provided to tribal members by private providers and to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and solve a discrepancy in means-tested benefits for Alaska Natives. Subcommittee Chair Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.)…

Supporting Reliable and Affordable Energy in U.S. Territories

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IP Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing on promoting affordable and reliable energy sources for United States territories. Subcommittee Chair Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement in response: "Congress must ensure that territories are able to utilize the energy resources that best suit their specific needs and desires. Not just…

Advancing Improvements to Tribal Self-Determination Through the 477 Program

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IP Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing on tribal self-determination through the 477 program. Subcommittee Chair Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement in response: "It is important for our committee to focus on tribal autonomy and the ways Congress can support tribal self-determination. The 477 program is one of the key components…

Bipartisan Indo-Pacific Task Force Issues Findings Following Congressional Action and Historic Visit to the Region

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Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources issued the findings of the bipartisan Indo-Pacific Task Force.  "America is committed to supporting our allies in the Indo-Pacific and combating the threat of the Chinese Communist Party. Our work on these issues has included countless meetings with leaders from the region, multiple hearings on the importance…

Examining Challenges and Solutions to Land Consolidation in Indian Country

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IP Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing on the opportunities and challenges of land consolidation in Indian Country. Subcommittee Chair Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement in response: "As this subcommittee has explored in previous hearings, barriers to land use and development of land in Indian Country frequently…

Members Consider Solutions to Improve Public Safety in Tribal Communities

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IP Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing examining the challenges and opportunities for improving public safety in tribal communities. Subcommittee Chair Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement in response: "Everyone deserves to feel safe in their community, yet that is not the case for so many tribal reservations. Adequate public…

Examining the Biden Administration's Proposed Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2023

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IP Subcommittee

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources Indo-Pacific Task Force held an oversight hearing on the Biden Administration's proposed Compact of Free Association (COFA) amendments. Task force Chair Amata Radewagen (R-American Samoa) and Co-chair Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-CNMI) released the following statements in response: "The Compact with our free association…

Committee Considers Legislation Providing Greater Land Autonomy to Tribes

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IP Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs held a legislative hearing on three bills focused on various solutions related to tribal land ownership issues, codifying language from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) regarding processing mortgages on Indian trust land and the reauthorization of the Udall Foundation. Subcommittee Chair Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.) released…

Committee Considers Budget Request, Lack of Results for Insular and Tribal Communities

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IP Subcommittee

Today, the Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing on the president's Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 budget request for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA). Subcommittee Chair Harriet Hageman (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement in response: "There are finite federal resources and agencies must be held accountable for…