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The Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3229, H.R. 4546, H.R. 4867, and S. 1603 on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:00 AM.

The following bills will be discussed. They are:

• H.R.3229, the Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act. The bill appropriates funds for the Indian Health Service for two years in advance.
• H.R.4546, the Department of the Interior Tribal Self-Governance Act. The bill streamlines the process for approving self-governance compacts and annual funding agreements at the Interior Department.
• H.R.4867, the Economic Development Through Tribal Land Exchange Act. The bill places land into trust for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in California.
• S.1603, the Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act. The bill ensures that land placed in trust for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatami Indians in Michigan can't be challenged under the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Read more at http://roundhousetalk.com/2014/07/editors-comments-july-14-2014/?preview=true&preview_id=22577&preview_nonce=f5544b0004

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