None of the funds may be used to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the proposed Federal Acknowledgement of American Indian Tribes

Many thanks to Patty Ferguson-Bohnee for this news!
Note the hearing is 16 June at 10:15 a.m.

The House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies marked up the attached bill yesterday without any changes.  The bill will go to the House Committee on Appropriations next week.  The committee meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM  in Rayburn 2359.

There is a rider on page 35 that reads as follows: (see below link to atachments)

Provided further, That none of the funds made available by this or any other Act may be used by the Secretary to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the proposed rule entitled ‘‘Federal Acknowledgement of American Indian Tribes’’ published by the Department of the Interior in the Federal Register on May 29, 2014 (79 Fed. Reg. 21 30766 et seq.).

This language seeks to frustrate the implementation of the new federal acknowledgment regulations once released.  Please see the attached NCAI alert requesting that the rider be removed.

This issue will be discussed at the Federal Recognition Taskforce meeting during the NCAI Mid-Year Conference.  The meeting will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 in St. Paul, Minnesota from 1 PM – 4 PM in Meeting Room 10 at St. Paul Rivercentre.

Patty Ferguson-Bohnee
Faculty Director, Indian Legal Program
Director, Indian Legal Clinic
Clinical Professor of Law
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
PO Box 877906
Tempe, AZ  85287

NCAI Alert – Appropriations Rider on Tribal Acknowledgment