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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting 4.27.2016
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting 4.27.2016
Published: 2016/04/27
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New Head of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Is Pro-Pipeline
New Head of Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Is Pro-Pipeline
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Uprising TV
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Field Hearing on Trauma
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Field Hearing on Trauma
Published: 2016/08/18
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs - June 11, 2014
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs - June 11, 2014
Published: 2014/06/13
Channel: natvonline
US Indian Affairs Senate Hearing on Repatriation and Theft of Tribal religious items
US Indian Affairs Senate Hearing on Repatriation and Theft of Tribal religious items
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Informationblog AcomaPueblo
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Will Subpoena Admininstrator McCarthy, Staff
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Will Subpoena Admininstrator McCarthy, Staff
Published: 2016/04/13
Channel: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Worst Person - Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Worst Person - Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Published: 2010/02/09
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Senator Murkowski Discusses Housing in Alaska During a Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Senator Murkowski Discusses Housing in Alaska During a Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Published: 2013/04/12
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Heitkamp Questions ND
Heitkamp Questions ND's U.S. District Attorney at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2014/02/12
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Heitkamp Gives Opening Statement at Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Heitkamp Gives Opening Statement at Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Published: 2014/02/12
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Heitkamp Speaks at Indian Affairs Hearing
Heitkamp Speaks at Indian Affairs Hearing
Published: 2015/06/10
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Senator Murkowski Opening Statement at Indian Affairs Committee Hearing 3/22/12
Senator Murkowski Opening Statement at Indian Affairs Committee Hearing 3/22/12
Published: 2012/03/22
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Carla Mann Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on S. 2842
Carla Mann Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on S. 2842
Published: 2016/05/11
Channel: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
NIGA Video: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing November 29, 2012
NIGA Video: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing November 29, 2012
Published: 2012/11/29
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Senator Webb Testifies at the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Senator Webb Testifies at the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Published: 2012/07/13
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act
Published: 2011/05/05
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Heitkamp Discusses Traumatic Stress on Native Children at Senate Indian Affairs Hearing
Heitkamp Discusses Traumatic Stress on Native Children at Senate Indian Affairs Hearing
Published: 2014/11/19
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Nick
Nick's testimony before Senator John McCain’s Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Published: 2016/09/28
Channel: John Florez
Heitkamp Discusses Early Childhood Education at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing
Heitkamp Discusses Early Childhood Education at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing
Published: 2014/02/26
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U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Eugene Johnson Statement (07/26/2012) [20 of 22]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Eugene Johnson Statement (07/26/2012) [20 of 22]
Published: 2012/07/27
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
Heitkamp Stresses the Need to Reauthorize NAHASDA at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Heitkamp Stresses the Need to Reauthorize NAHASDA at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2015/03/18
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Heitkamp Questions Witnesses at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Heitkamp Questions Witnesses at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2013/11/15
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Indian Affairs Committee Questioning on School Construction
Indian Affairs Committee Questioning on School Construction
Published: 2010/05/13
Channel: Sen. Al Franken
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp Discusses Health Care Services for Tribal Communities
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp Discusses Health Care Services for Tribal Communities
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Heitkamp Welcomes Turtle Mountain Chairman to Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Heitkamp Welcomes Turtle Mountain Chairman to Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2015/01/28
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Heitkamp Reinforces Senate Committee
Heitkamp Reinforces Senate Committee's Ability to Come Together to Support Indian Country
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Akaka selected as Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Akaka selected as Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Published: 2011/02/17
Channel: SenatorAkaka
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Akaka QA#2: Alex Skibine (02/09/2012) [17 of 24]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Akaka QA#2: Alex Skibine (02/09/2012) [17 of 24]
Published: 2012/02/15
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Akaka QA: Alex Skibine (02/09/2012) [14 of 24]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Akaka QA: Alex Skibine (02/09/2012) [14 of 24]
Published: 2012/02/15
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Sen. Udall: Panel #3 Q&A (07/26/2012) [10 of 22]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Sen. Udall: Panel #3 Q&A (07/26/2012) [10 of 22]
Published: 2012/07/27
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Elizabeth Homer Statement (07/26/2012) [18 of 22]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Elizabeth Homer Statement (07/26/2012) [18 of 22]
Published: 2012/07/27
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Sen.Barrasso: Opening Statement (07/26/2012) [2 of 22]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Sen.Barrasso: Opening Statement (07/26/2012) [2 of 22]
Published: 2012/07/27
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
Senator Cantwell
Senator Cantwell's Opening Statement at an Indian Affairs Committee Business Hearing
Published: 2011/10/20
Channel: SenatorCantwell
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Sen. Akaka: Opening Statement (07/26/2012) [1 of 22]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Sen. Akaka: Opening Statement (07/26/2012) [1 of 22]
Published: 2012/07/27
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
Heitkamp Describes Challenges Facing Indian Country at Senate Hearing
Heitkamp Describes Challenges Facing Indian Country at Senate Hearing
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum Statement (07/26/2012) [6 of 22]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum Statement (07/26/2012) [6 of 22]
Published: 2012/07/27
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
Tom Pushes for Tribal Resources at Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Tom Pushes for Tribal Resources at Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: SenatorTomUdall
Indian Affairs Committee Chairman Barrasso
Indian Affairs Committee Chairman Barrasso's Opening Statement 01/28/15
Published: 2015/02/13
Channel: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Akaka QA: Glenn Feldman (02/09/2012) [21 of 24]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Akaka QA: Glenn Feldman (02/09/2012) [21 of 24]
Published: 2012/02/15
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Glenn Feldman: Testimony (02/09/2012) [19 of 24]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Glenn Feldman: Testimony (02/09/2012) [19 of 24]
Published: 2012/02/15
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
At Senate Committee Hearing, Heitkamp Continues Efforts to Stand Up for Native Youth
At Senate Committee Hearing, Heitkamp Continues Efforts to Stand Up for Native Youth
Published: 2016/03/09
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Akaka QA#2: Patrick W. Fleming (02/09/2012) [22 of 24]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Akaka QA#2: Patrick W. Fleming (02/09/2012) [22 of 24]
Published: 2012/02/15
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Glen Gobin Statement (07/26/2012) [11 of 22]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #3: Glen Gobin Statement (07/26/2012) [11 of 22]
Published: 2012/07/27
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
Heitkamp Questions Senator Byron Dorgan at Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Heitkamp Questions Senator Byron Dorgan at Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Barrasso QA: Robert Odawi Porter (02/09/2012) [6 of 24]
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Hearing #2: Sen. Barrasso QA: Robert Odawi Porter (02/09/2012) [6 of 24]
Published: 2012/02/15
Channel: pokerplayersalliance
Sen. Murkowski at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing: On Internet Infrastructure
Sen. Murkowski at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing: On Internet Infrastructure
Published: 2011/10/06
Channel: senatormurkowski
Barrasso Outlines Indian Affairs Committee’s Priorities for the 114th Congress
Barrasso Outlines Indian Affairs Committee’s Priorities for the 114th Congress
Published: 2015/01/28
Channel: barrassowyo
Heitkamp Discusses Economic Development in Indian Country at Senate Committee Hearing
Heitkamp Discusses Economic Development in Indian Country at Senate Committee Hearing
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Heitkamp
Heitkamp's Discusses the Condition of Native Children at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing
Published: 2014/04/02
Channel: SenatorHeidiHeitkamp
Senator Murkowski in Indian Affairs Committee: How can we best protect Native youth?
Senator Murkowski in Indian Affairs Committee: How can we best protect Native youth?
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: senatormurkowski
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The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is a committee of the United States Senate charged with oversight in matters related to the Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples. A Committee on Indian Affairs existed from 1820 to 1947, after which it was folded into the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. A new Native Affairs Committee was created in 1977, initially as a select committee, as a result of the detachment of indigenous affairs from the new Committee on Energy and National Resources, which had succeeded the old Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. The committee was initially intended to be temporary, but was made permanent in 1984. The committee tends to include senators from Western and Plains states, who have more Native American constituents.

History[edit]

Summary[edit]

In 1977,[1] the Senate approved S.Res. 4 which re-established the Committee on Indian Affairs as a temporary select committee.[2] The Select Committee was to disband at the close of the 95th Congress, but following several interim extensions, the Senate voted to make the Committee permanent on June 6, 1984. The committee has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples and to propose legislation to alleviate these difficulties. These issues include, but are not limited to, Native education, economic development, land management, trust responsibilities, health care, and claims against the United States. Additionally, all legislation proposed by Members of the Senate that specifically pertains to Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, or Alaska Natives is under the jurisdiction of the committee.

Early era[edit]

Until 1946, when the Legislative Reorganization Act abolished both the House and Senate Committees on Indian Affairs, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs had been in existence since the early 19th century. After 1946, Native affairs legislative and oversight jurisdiction was vested in subcommittees of the Interior and Insular Affairs Committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate. While this subcommittee arrangement may not have specifically reflected a diminishment of the consideration given Native affairs by the Congress, the revised arrangement historically coincided with a 20-year hiatus in Native affairs known as the "Termination Era" – a period in which the prevailing policy of the United States was to terminate the Federal relationship with Native tribes or transfer jurisdiction over tribal lands to the states.

By the mid-1960s, this Termination philosophy was in decline as a failed policy and the Congress began to include Native tribes in legislation designed to rebuild the social infrastructure of the Nation and provide economic opportunities for economically depressed areas. In the early 1970s the Termination era was decisively ended with the enactment of the Menominee Restoration Act of 1973. Although a number of important legislative initiatives affecting Natives were enacted in the early 1970s, it became clear that the existing subcommittee structure was not providing an adequate forum for legislating appropriate solutions to problems confronting Native country. Legislative jurisdiction over Native affairs was fragmented among a number of committees. Overall, more than 10 committees in the Congress were responsible for Indian affairs, a situation which resulted in a sometimes disjointed treatment of Native affairs and in an often haphazard development of Federal Native policy.

Re-establishment of committee[edit]

In 1973, Senator James Abourezk introduced Senate Joint Resolution 133 to establish a Federal commission to review all aspects of policy, law, and administration relating to affairs of the United States with American Native tribes and people. The Senate and the House of Representatives both adopted S.J. Res. 133 and on January 2, 1975, the Resolution was signed into law by the President, thus establishing the American Indian Policy Review Commission.[3] As the work of this Commission progressed, it became readily apparent that a full Senate committee with full legislative and oversight authority was needed to receive the report of the American Indian Policy Review Commission and to act upon its recommendations. Indeed, one of the final recommendations of the Commission was that a full-fledged Native Affairs Committee be established in the Senate.

At the same time the Commission was formulating its recommendation for the establishment of a Native Affairs Committee, the Senate was developing a far-reaching proposal for reorganization of the entire Senate committee system. Under this proposal, the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs under the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs was to be abolished with its natural resource functions to be distributed among other newly formed Senate committees and its human resources functions to be transferred to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. In view of the pending report of the American Indian Policy Review Commission and its anticipated recommendations, however, the Senate revamped its committee reorganization proposal to include the establishment of a temporary select committee to receive the Commission's report and to act on its recommendations. Thus, there was included within S.Res. 4 of February 4, 1977, the Committee System Reorganization Amendments of 1977, a provision to establish a Select Committee on Native Affairs with full jurisdiction over all proposed legislation and other matters relating to Native affairs. With the commencement of the 96th Congress, the Select Committee on Indian Affairs was to expire and jurisdiction over Native matters was to be transferred to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.

As the Select Committee on Indian Affairs grappled with the report of the American Indian Policy Review Commission and the many other Native issues that were presented to it during the 95th Congress, it became increasingly evident that if the Congress was to continue to meet its constitutional, legal, and historical responsibilities in the area of Native affairs, an ongoing legislative committee with adequate expertise and resources should be re-established in the Senate.

S.Res. 405, to make the Select Committee on Indian Affairs a permanent committee of the Senate, was introduced by Senator Abourezk on February 22, 1978. The measure was amended by the Rules Committee to extend the life of the committee for two years until January 2, 1981, and was agreed to by the Senate on October 14, 1978. In the 96th Congress, Senator John Melcher, who was at the time chairman of the Select Committee, introduced S.Res. 448 to make it a permanent committee. The Resolution had 28 cosponsors, and was reported by the Rules Committee with an amendment to extend the select committee to January 2, 1984, and to expand the membership to seven members commencing in the 97th Congress. S. Res. 448 was adopted by the Senate on December 11, 1980.

Permanent committee[edit]

On April 28, 1983, Senator Mark Andrews, Chairman of the Select Committee on Indian Affairs in the 98th Congress, introduced S.Res. 127 to make the committee a permanent committee. This Resolution had 28 cosponsors. On November 1, 1983, the Committee on Rules and Administration voted unanimously to report the Resolution without amendment, and the Resolution was so reported on November 2, 1983 (S. Rept. 98–294). On November 18, the last day of the first session of the 98th Congress, the Senate agreed to an extension of the select committee to July 1, 1984, in order to allow time for later debate. By the time the Resolution was brought to the floor for consideration there were 60 cosponsors. On June 4, 1984, the Select Committee on Indian Affairs was made a permanent committee of the Senate.[4] In 1993, the Select Committee on Indian Affairs was redesignated as the Committee on Indian Affairs.[5]

Membership, 115th Congress[edit]

Majority Minority

Source [6]

Chairmen[edit]

Chairmen of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, 1820–1947[edit]

from 1947 to 1977, Indian Affairs were the responsibility of the Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, which was superseded by the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 1977.

Chairmen of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, 1977–1993[edit]

Chairpersons of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, 1993–present[edit]

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