Today, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired by Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), approved five bills by voice vote and favorably reported the bills to the Senate floor.
"Each bill that we considered today will have a positive impact on the lives of tribes, individual Natives and surrounding communities," said Akaka. "The passing of these bills signifies that my colleagues and I remain committed to taking up the priorities of the indigenous people and to work to make lives better throughout their states and throughout Indian Country."
The bills reported out of Committee include:
S. 65, the Hawaiian Homeownership Opportunity Act of 2011;
S. 2024, the Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act;
S. 3546, the Esther Martinez Language Preservation Act Reauthorization;
S. 3548, the Native American Veterans' Memorial Amendments Act of 2012; and
H.R. 2467, the Bridgeport Indian Colony Land Trust, Health, and Economic Development Act of 2012.