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WASHINGTON The US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is hosting a hearing today on bills that would extend federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia, one in North Carolina and one in Montana. The hearing will be webcast live.
The Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act (S. 1074), introduced by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA), would extend federal recognition to six Virginia Tribes:
the Chickahominy Indian Tribe,
the Chickahominy Indian Tribe – Eastern Division,
the Upper Mattaponi Tribe,
the Rappahannock Tribe,
the Monacan Indian Nation and
the Nansemond Indian Tribe.
The legislation would also provide each Tribe with a land base that would serve as their reservation.
The Lumbee Recognition Act (S. 1132), introduced by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC), would extend federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for the Tribe.
The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2013 (S. 161), introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Max Baucus (D-MT), would provide federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. The legislation would establish a service area for the Tribe and would require the Secretary of the Interior to take 200 acres of land in trust for the Band to be used as a Tribal land base.
The Committee will receive the views of the Department of the Interior on these three bills. The Committee will also hear testimony from leaders of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Lumbee Tribe and the Little Shell Tribe on the impact of the proposed legislation on their communities.
The Honorable Stephen Adkins, Chief, Chickahominy Indian Tribe, Charles City, Virginia
The Honorable Paul Brooks, Chairman, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Pembroke, North Carolina
The Honorable Gerald Gray, Chairman, Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana, Black Eagle, Montana
The Honorable Timothy Kaine, Senator, D-Virginia, United States Senate
The Honorable Richard Burr, Senator, R- North Carolina, United States Senate
The Honorable Kay Hagan, D-North Carolina, Senator, United States Senate
The Honorable Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary- Indian Affairs, United States Department of the Interior
Live webcast includes witness testimony will be available at indian.senate.gov.
A legislative hearing on
S. 1074, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2013;
S. 1132, the Lumbee Recognition Act; and
S. 161, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2013.
Wednesday, October 30
2:30 pm edt
628 Dirksen Senate Office Building
posted October 30, 2013 6:00 am edt