WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, announced that the committee has passed S. 465 – the Independent Outside Audit of the Indian Health Service Act of 2017, S. 2154 – the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Water Rights Settlement Agreement Act, and S. 2599 – the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.
“These three bills are important steps toward greater self-governance and self-determination in Indian Country. I look forward to their consideration and passage by the full Senate,” said Hoeven.
S. 465 – the Independent Outside Audit of the Indian Health Service Act of 2017:
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to assess the health care delivery systems and financial management of the Indian Health Service (IHS).
S. 2154 – Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas Water Rights Settlement Agreement Act:
Approves the Kickapoo Tribe Water Rights Settlement Agreement and confirms consumptive tribal water rights in the Delaware River Basin of up to 4,705 acre-feet of water per year.
S. 2599 – the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act:
Provides for the transfer of certain Federal land in the State of Minnesota for the benefit of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.