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SURVIVE Act

S 211Native Americans • Introduced by John Hoeven on 2019-1-24

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-5-13

Tribal Law and Order Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2019

S 210Native Americans • Introduced by John Hoeven on 2019-1-24

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-5-6

PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act

S 209Native Americans • Introduced by John Hoeven on 2019-1-24

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-4-29

Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2019

S 226Native Americans • Introduced by Jerry Moran on 2019-1-24

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-4-9

Native American Business Incubators Program Act

S 294Native Americans • Introduced by Tom Udall on 2019-1-31

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-4-8

Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2019

S 212Native Americans • Introduced by John Hoeven on 2019-1-24

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2019-4-8

Jobs for Tribes Act

HR 4506Native Americans • Introduced by Norma Torres on 2017-11-30

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-12-28

Ruffey Rancheria Restoration Act of 2017

HR 3535Native Americans • Introduced by Doug LaMalfa on 2017-7-28

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-12-20

Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2017

S 664Native Americans • Introduced by Orrin Hatch on 2017-3-15

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-29

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Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act of 2016

This bill ratifies and modifies the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Agreement negotiated between the Navajo Nation, the United States, and Utah. Specifically, the bill enumerates the Navajo Nation's right to use water from sources located within Utah and adjacent to or encompassed within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation Reservation. The use is limited to depletions of 81,500 acre-feet or less per year. The water rights: (1) include the rights to divert, pump, impound, store, or reuse water; and (2) are not subject to loss by non-use, forfeiture, or abandonment.

In return for confirmation of these rights, the Navajo Nation waives and releases: (1) claims for water rights that are not recognized in the agreement; and (2) claims for specified damage, loss, or injury to water, water rights, land, or other resources.

The Bureau of Reclamation must: (1) plan, design, and construct the water diversion, delivery, and conservation features of the Navajo water development projects; and (2) convey to the Navajo Nation title to certain water development projects described as water supply and water distribution systems once they are complete and in operation.

The Department of the Interior must facilitate the formation of a project management committee.

The bill establishes: (1) a trust account for the operation, maintenance, and replacement of the Navajo water development projects authorized to be constructed and described in the agreement as water supply systems and water distribution systems; and (2) a fund to plan, design, and construct the projects.

Native American Business Incubators Program Act

S 607Native Americans • Introduced by Tom Udall on 2017-3-13

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-20

Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Indian Affairs Water Project Streamlining Act

HR 4419Native Americans • Introduced by Dan Newhouse on 2017-11-16

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-11-2

Native American Energy Act

HR 210Native Americans • Introduced by Don Young on 2017-1-3

Has summary

Status: Awaiting floor or committee vote

Last action: 2018-10-23

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Native American Energy Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to allow the Department of the Interior, an affected Indian tribe, or a certified third-party appraiser under contract with the Indian tribe to appraise Indian land or trust assets involved in a transaction requiring Interior approval. (Currently, Interior sets appraisal requirements.)

Interior must approve or disapprove an appraisal within 60 days or the appraisal is deemed approved.

A tribe may waive the requirement for an appraisal if it also waives any claims for damages it might have against the United States as a result of the lack of an appraisal.

(Sec. 3) Each agency within Interior involved in the review of oil and gas activities on Indian lands must use a uniform system of reference numbers and tracking systems for oil and gas wells.

(Sec. 4) This bill amends the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 to make the environmental impact statement for major federal action on Indian lands available for review and comment only to the affected tribe, individuals residing within the affected area, and state and local governments within such area.

(Sec. 5) This bill sets forth provisions for the judicial review of a cause of action related to energy development on Indian land.

(Sec. 6) This bill amends the Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004 to direct Interior, for land under Bureau of Land Management jurisdiction, and the Department of Agriculture, for land under Forest Service jurisdiction, to enter into agreements with Indian tribes to carry out demonstration projects that promote biomass energy production on Indian forest land and in nearby communities by providing tribes with reliable supplies of woody biomass from federal lands.

(Sec. 7) Activity pursuant to a tribal resource management plan or an integrated resource management plan approved by Interior under the National Indian Forest Resources Management Act or the American Indian Agricultural Resource Management Act is considered to be a sustainable management practice.

(Sec. 8) This bill amends the Long-Term Leasing Act to allow the Navajo Nation to enter into mineral resource leases on their restricted lands without Interior's approval. The maximum term of a Navajo Nation lease that does not require Interior's approval is extended for commercial and agricultural leases and established for mineral resource leases.

(Sec. 9) Interior rules regarding hydraulic fracturing do not apply on land held in trust for Indians or on restricted Indian land, except with the express consent of the Indian beneficiaries. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a process to extract underground resources such as oil or gas from a geologic formation by injecting water, a propping agent (e.g., sand), and chemical additives into a well under enough pressure to fracture the geological formation.

Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2018

S 1116Native Americans • Introduced by John Hoeven on 2017-5-11

Has summary

Status: Passed One Chamber

Last action: 2018-7-24

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Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2017

(Sec. 3) This bill amends the Native American Business Development, Trade Promotion, and Tourism Act of 2000 to establish duties for the Office of Native American Business Development (ONABD), including: (1) advising the Department of Commerce regarding the relationship between the United States and Indian tribes; and (2) serving as the point of contact for tribes, tribal organizations, and members of tribes regarding economic development and doing business in Indian lands.

Commerce, Interior, and the Department of the Treasury must coordinate to support economic development in Native American communities.

The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund assistance benefiting Native American community development financial institutions does not require matching funds.

The Government Accountability Office must conduct a study that assesses: (1) current programs and services that assist Native American communities with business and economic development; (2) assistance provided to Native Americans pursuant to loan, bond, and tax incentive programs; and (3) alternative incentives for tribal governments to invest in a Native American community development investment fund or bank.

(Sec. 4) This bill amends the Buy Indian Act, including to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use Native American labor and purchase Native American industry products, unless Interior or HHS determines it would be impracticable and unreasonable to do so.

(Sec. 5) This bill amends the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to permit the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to provide financial assistance to certain Native American community development financial institutions.

Under the economic opportunity program, ANA must give priority to applicants whose programs seek to develop: (1) tribal codes and court systems relating to economic development, (2) tribal business structures, (3) community development financial institutions, or (4) tribal master plans for community and economic development and infrastructure. When providing technical assistance, ANA must also prioritize those applicants.

In addition, the bill reauthorizes through FY2022 certain programs under the Act.

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