Hoeven: Senate Passes Six Bills for Indian Country

Tribal Economic Development, Public Safety and Education Measures Clear Senate

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after the Senate advanced six Indian bills by unanimous consent. These bills include:

  • S. 269, a bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes;
  • S. 607, the Native American Business Incubators Program Act;
  • S. 772, the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act;
  • S. 943, the Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act;
  • S. 1116, the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2017; and
  • S. 1223, the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act.

“The legislation we passed today will support Native American communities, families, businesses, and students – from my bill, which will attract capital and jumpstart economic growth in Indian Country, to legislation that will expand the AMBER Alert system,” said Hoeven. “These important initiatives for Indian Country include priorities to strengthen public safety, boost economic development and improve Indian education.”

S. 269, S. 607, S. 943, S. 1116 and S. 1223 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

S. 772 originally passed the Senate on November 29, 2017. The bill was amended and passed by the House of Representatives on February 26, 2018. It will now go to the President to be signed into law.