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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Thursday, April 16th marks the one-hundredth day of the Republican majority in the 114th Congress. In that time, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), under the leadership of Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), has worked diligently to pass several pieces of legislation and one nomination.

“The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has made real progress on bills that will help improve the lives of the people across Indian Country,” said Chairman Barrasso. “We’ll continue to move forward with our positive agenda that is focused on jobs, energy and natural resource development, health care, education and tribal self-governance.  I’m grateful for all of our Committee members’ dedication, hard work, and continued commitment throughout the 114th Congress.”

Some of the key bills passed by SCIA in the 114th Congress include:

·         S.438The IRRIGATE Act - A bill to provide for the repair, replacement, and maintenance of certain Indian irrigation projects;

·         S. 230, A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation located in Bethel, Alaska;

·         S. 321, A bill to revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe;

·         S. 184, A bill to amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to require background checks before foster care placements are ordered in tribal court proceedings;

·         S. 209, A bill to amend the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act of 2005;

·         S. 246, A bill to establish the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children;

·         S. 286, A bill to amend the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to provide further self-governance by Indian tribes; and

·         The nomination of Jonodev Chaudhuri, of Arizona, to be Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission for a term of three years.