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  • Committee Invites Puerto Rico Governor to Testify at PREPA Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Jul 19, 2018 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) sent a letter to Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, inviting him to testify at a July 25 oversight hearing titled Management Crisis at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Implications for Recovery. “Despite your recognition of the politi... More
  • House Passes Bill to Support Critical Water Infrastructure for Tribes, Local Communities
    Press Release
    Jul 12, 2018 -
    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3281, the Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act. Introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), this bipartisan bill establishes a voluntary, streamlined process for local utilities, states or tribes to pursue title transfers. “Our... More
  • Bishop Files Amicus Brief to Facilitate Proper Interpretation of PROMESA
    Press Release
    Jul 2, 2018 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) filed an amicus brief over the weekend with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on the legislative intent of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). The brief, which was requested by the Court, outlines th... More
  • ICYMI: Key House Panel Plans Hearing on Puerto Rico Electrical Grid Recovery
    In Case You Missed It
    Jun 5, 2018 -
    By Colin Wilhelm Politico Pro The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing this summer on Puerto Rico's fitful recovery from hurricanes Maria and Irma focused on the U.S. territory's troubled electrical grid. Chairman Rob Bishop called the power grid and Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt crisis "interrelated"... More
  • Committee Advances Tribal, Federal Lands Bills
    Press Release
    May 8, 2018 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed bills including H.R. 5655 (Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.), H.R. 5317 (Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash.), H.R. 2591 (Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.), H.R. 221 (Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska), H.R. 4032 (Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz.), and H.R. 4689 (Rep. Adrian Smith, R-Neb.). “Toda... More
  • Wall Street Journal: The Right Move on Monuments
    In Case You Missed It
    Dec 5, 2017 -
    NOTE: "Calm down, guys. Most of the two million newly undesignated acres are still public lands, subject to rigorous federal and state protections. The Trump Administration increased Native American representation on the advisory Bears Ears Commission. Later this week Utah Reps. Chris Stewart and John Curtis will intr... More
  • Members Unveil Bills to Settle Utah Monument Controversy
    Press Release
    Dec 5, 2017 -
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) and Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) unveiled the Shash Jáa and Indian Creek National Monuments Act and the Grand Staircase-Escalante Enhancement Act. The bills, co-sponsored by Rep. Mia Love (R-UT), codify in law requirements for ... More
  • Leaders and Experts on Indian Country Issues Express Support for Bill to Advance Tribal Self-Determination, Sovereignty
    Press Release
    Oct 25, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a legislative hearing on H.R. 215, the “American Indian Empowerment Act of 2017.” Introduced by Chairman Emeritus Don Young (R-AK), the bill authorizes federally recognized tribes to lease and regulate their own lands and eliminate federal govern... More
  • Bishop Statement on Nomination of Tara Sweeney to Be Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2017 -
    Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Tara Sweeney to be Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs within the Department of the Interior. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “Tara Sweeney is a superb choice with decades of experience empowering Indian and Alaska Native ... More
  • Committee Passes "Native American Energy Act"
    Press Release
    Oct 4, 2017 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R. 210. Introduced by Rep. Don Young (R-AK), the “Native American Energy Act” addresses the federal government’s overregulation of Indian lands to promote energy development by Indian tribes and Alaska Native Corporations. “The Native American Energy Act is criti... More
  • Administration, Bipartisan Members Outline Support for Bishop’s Tribal Recognition Act
    Press Release
    Sep 26, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a legislative hearing on H.R. 3744, Chairman Rob Bishop’s (R-UT) “Tribal Recognition Act of 2017.” “The Department of the Interior appreciates the Chairman’s work on this important issue and supports the goals of improving the overall administrat... More
  • Bishop Introduces Tribal Recognition Act of 2017
    Press Release
    Sep 14, 2017 -
    On Tuesday, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 3744, the “Tribal Recognition Act of 2017.” The bill restores the constitutional framework to tribal recognition authorities vested with Congress under Article I. Chairman Bishop issued the following statement: “The constitutional authority to recognize tribal stat... More
  • Bishop Statement on Rescindment of Federal Coal, Oil and Gas Valuation Rule
    Press Release
    Aug 7, 2017 -
    Today, the Department of the Interior (DOI) rescinded the Office of Natural Resources Revenue’s (ONRR) “Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Rule.” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This rescindment is another important step by the Trump administration to position... More
  • Panel Evaluates Policy Options on Trust Land Acquisitions
    Press Release
    Jul 13, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing to review the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) policies governing the acquisition of land into trust for Indian tribes. The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA) delegates broad authority to the Secretary of the Interior to acquire ... More
  • Subcommittee Examines Bill to Improve Indian Healthcare
    Press Release
    Jun 21, 2017 -
    The Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a legislative hearing today on H.R. 2662, the “Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act of 2017. Introduced by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD), the bill addresses longstanding problems with the way the Indian Health Service (IHS) administers he... More
  • Panel: Trio of Bills Empower Tribes and Alaska Natives
    Press Release
    Jun 7, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a legislative hearing on a series of bills that would empower Indian and Alaska Native communities to direct their own affairs. They place decision-making power in the hands of those most qualified to make decisions on local issues: the tribes an... More
  • Bishop Response to Interior's Secretarial Order on Alaskan Energy
    Press Release
    Jun 1, 2017 -
    Yesterday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed a Secretarial Order to jump-start oil and gas production in Alaska and update resource assessments in the North Slope. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This Order further demonstrates the Trump administration’s commitment to harnessing America’s... More
  • Interior Official: Land Consolidation Program Failing Native Americans, Taxpayers
    Press Release
    May 23, 2017 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing on the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Cobell Land Consolidation Program. The program authorizes DOI to purchase highly fractionated allotments and consolidate them in tribal ownership. After an expenditure of over $1 billion, it rem... More
  • Senate Passes CRA to Restore Wildlife Management Authority to State of Alaska
    Press Release
    Mar 21, 2017 -
    Today, the Senate passed H.J. Res. 69 sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-AK). The joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act will overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule on “Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges... More
  • Bishop Reacts to Disastrous Alaska Announcement
    Press Release
    Dec 9, 2016 -
    Today, President Obama issued Executive Order 13689 on the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience. The order withdraws 40,300 square miles from oil and natural gas leasing using the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “This administration has obeyed every dire... More
  • Obama Administration Ignores Record of Federal Paternalism, Mismanagement on Tribal Lands
    Press Release
    Oct 24, 2016 -
    Last week, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell issued a secretarial order to encourage cooperation with federally recognized tribes in the management of federal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This announcement gives the appearance that DOI is committed to tribal s... More
  • Bloomberg: Fight Pipeline, Drill for Oil: Either Way, Tribes Want Control of Their Lands
    In Case You Missed It
    Oct 12, 2016 -
    By: Catherine Traywick The Southern Ute Indian Tribe of southwestern Colorado has a higher long-term credit rating than Wells Fargo & Co., and more oil and natural-gas wells than it has members. Welcome to the other side of the tribal land energy conundrum. While the Standing Rock Sioux have drawn considerable media co... More
  • Committee Passes Rep. Zinke’s “Certainty for States and Tribes Act”
    Press Release
    Sep 8, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a markup on four bills including H.R. 5259 (Rep. Ryan Zinke), the Certainty for States and Tribes Act. The bill will reestablish the Department of the Interior’s Royalty Policy Committee. H.R. 5259 passed by a vote of 22-13. “With the Obama Administration’s moratoriu... 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
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