WASHINGTON D.C. –
The U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee will conduct a legislative hearing on two Indian water rights settlement bills at 10:30 AM, Thursday, July 22. The two bills are S. 2956, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement Act, and S. 3290, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act of 2010.
The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indian tribe is located in southern California. The Blackfeet tribe is located in north-central Montana.
At the hearing the committee will examine the background and surrounding issues involved in each bill. It will take testimony from tribal, state and non-Indian water users.
WHO: U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Senator Byron Dorgan, Chairman; and othermembers of the committee.
Witnesses: Mark Macarro, Chairman, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, Temecula, California; Matt Stone, General Manager, Rancho California Water District, Temecula, California; Shannon Augare,Tribal Councilman, Blackfeet Nation, Browning, Montana; Tracy King, President, Fort Belknap Indian Community, Harlem, Montana; Jay Weiner, Assistant Attorney General, Montana Water Rights Compact Commission, Helena, Montana; John Bloomquist, Attorney for Pondera County Canal and Reservoir Company, Doney, Crowley, Bloomquist & Uda, P.C, Helena, Montana.
WHAT: Legislative hearing on S. 2956, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement Act,and S.3290, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act.
WHEN: 10:30 AM, Thursday, July 22, 2010
WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.
WHY: To consider the background and surrounding issues involved in each Indian water rights settlement bill.
Contact Phone: Barry Piatt