Home > newsroom > Page
Chairman Bishop Letter to Secretary of the Department of the Interior Sally Jewell for Cooperation in Evaluating the Procedures Used for Acknowledging Tribal Status


WASHINGTON, D.C., March 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 regulations to modify the tribal acknowledgment regulations set forth at 25 C.F.R. Part 83. For years, the Part 83 procedures have been criticized as burdensome, time-consuming, confusing, and expensive. In addition, the procedures are not based on standards or guidelines established by Congress, whose power to regulate Indian affairs under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution has been characterized by the Supreme Court as "plenary" and "exclusive."

Read the Chairman's entire letter HERE.

Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

Latest News

Panel: Legislation Needed to Address Seismic Research Permitting Failures, Prevent Future Political Abuse

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to examine regulatory obstacles to seismic research in America’s outer continental shelf (OCS). Acoustic seismic surve...... Read more

Trump Administration Slashes Red-Tape Stifling American Energy Development

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing to examine Department of the Interior (DOI) actions to eliminate regulatory burdens for onshore oil and gas developmen...... Read more

Bishop Statement on Introduction of Senate Companion Onshore Energy Legislation

Today, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced the “Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy Act” or “ONSHORE Act.” The bill mirrors Title II of H.R. 4239, the “SEC...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4532
Federal Lands | 1324 Longworth House Office Building
View All Events