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SCIA to Hold Business Meeting Followed by Hearing on Tribal Housing Bill

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will have a full agenda on Wednesday.
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The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will have a full agenda on Wednesday consisting of a business meeting to consider three bills and a nomination followed by a legislative hearing to examine the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015 (NAHASDA), S.710.

At 2:30 p.m. EST, the SCIA will open its business meeting to discuss:

S. 35, a bill to extend the Federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, and for other purposes;

S. 438, A bill to provide for the repair, replacement, and maintenance of certain Indian irrigation projects (the IRRIGATE Act);

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S. 465, A bill to extend Federal recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe; and

— The nomination of Jonodev Chaudhuri, of Arizona, to be the Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission for a term of three years.

SCIA Chairman Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced S. 710 on March 11 that would reauthorize NAHASDA through fiscal year 2020 while enhancing the comprehensive policy that empowers Indian tribes to address housing needs. If the bill passes the Senate, it will have to be reconciled with HR 360, the House version as reported by ICTMN. One of the differences between the two bills is that the Sante bill contains a 2018 date for taking back unspent NAHASDA funds, compared to the 2015 date in the House version.

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Witness testimony during the legislative hearing will include Karen Diver, chairwoman of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians; Gary Cooper, board member and chairman of the legislative committee for the National American Indian Housing Council; and Russell Sossamon, executive director for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Housing Authority.

Live video and witness testimony for the legislative hearing will be provided at indian.senate.gov.