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Both the Senate and House of Representatives recessed upon the conclusion of normal business on Friday, September 27th for State and District Work Periods and reconvened on Tuesday, October 15th.
During this period the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a Field Hearing on October 7th at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM on "America's Nuclear Past: Examining the Effects of radiation in Indian Country". The Field Hearing included representatives from the Navajo Nation, Santa Clara Pueblo, and Laguna Pueblo as well as representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Indian Health Service. For more information on this hearing, as well as 4 other hearings held by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and the House Natural Resources Committee, view our complete October Policy Update found below or by Clicking Here. AIPI's complete October Policy Update also includes analysis and summaries of 20 bills introduced and considered by Congress and eight Federal Register Notices affecting tribes.
Both Chambers of Congress reconvened for regular business following the Labor Day Holiday on September 9th. Following Congress' return to regular business the National Congress of American Indians hosted its annual Tribal Unity Impact Days comprised of tribal leaders from across the country to hear from Members of Congress and schedule meetings to discuss Indian Country's legislative priorities. Meetings were held September 10-11, 2019, with a Tribal leader Briefing held on Tuesday, September 10th, at the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
The House of Representatives was on a District Work schedule beginning July 29th while the Senate concluded regular business until also recessing on August 5th. Both Chambers of Congress will reconvene for regular business following the Labor Day Holiday on September 9th.
This Policy Update instead provides information on 6 Federal Register Notices with tribal implications that were issued by Federal departments and agencies during the August Congressional recess. View the 'Federal Policy Update' section below for more information on these Federal Register Notices.