STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCED BILLS AND JOINT RESOLUTIONS
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By Mr. McCAIN (for himself and Mr. Dorgan):
S. 1892. A bill to amend Public Law 107-153 to modify a certain date; to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Mr. McCAIN. Mr. President, today I am introducing a measure with Senator Dorgan to amend P.L. 107-153, which deems that certain reports prepared for the Department of the Interior relating to Indian tribal trust accounts were received by the tribes no earlier than December 31, 1999. The intent of this law was to eliminate contentions that the tribes received notice of potential claims against the United States prior to that date for purposes of the statute of limitations. This amendment changes the date set forth in P.L. 107-153 to December 31, 2005, in order to facilitate discussions and negotiations between the Indian tribes and the United States regarding potential claims without pressure on the tribes to file lawsuits out of concern that the statute of limitations will run out on their claims. It is my understanding that this measure has support both among the Indian tribes and the administration.