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House Oversight Hearing on Recognition of New Tribes -- Akaka Tribe Brushback
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 7040 Views :: Akaka Bill

Editor's Note: This hearing is a brushback to Sen Schatz' pipe dream of creating the Akaka Tribe via the US Department of the Interior without a vote of Congress.

Announcement from US House Committee on Natural Resources

Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Oversight Hearing on "Authorization, standards, and procedures for whether, how, and when Indian tribes should be newly recognized by the federal government: Perspective of the Department of the Interior"

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:00AM --- (LINK: Watch the archived hearing webcast)

Oversight Hearing on:

"Authorization, standards, and procedures for whether, how, and when Indian tribes should be newly recognized by the federal government: Perspective of the Department of the Interior"

Witnesses and Testimony:


The Honorable Kevin Washburn (Click link for copy of testimony)
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs 
Department of the Interior

Accompanied by:
Lawrence Roberts
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
Department of the Interior


An oversight hearing on federal recognition was last held in the Subcommittee on June 27, 2012. In the last Congress, several bills were introduced to recognize new tribes, and one bill to establish new standards and procedures for administrative recognition by the Secretary. During this hearing, the Subcommittee will seek the perspective of the Department of the Interior regarding federal recognition of new Indian tribes.

Related Documents:

Subcommittee Hearing Notice - March 11, 2013

Subcommittee Hearing Witness List - March 15, 2013

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Schatz: Obama Administration May Recognize Akaka Tribe Without Congress

KHON: His most recent memory with Inouye on Kauai last summer: "He was getting such a kick out of the fact that it was my 40th birthday and he was just making fun of me endlessly."….

Jobs, the economy, clean energy are among his top concerns, but he's also working on the Akaka Bill and perhaps achieving Native Hawaiian recognition without going through Congress, but through the Obama Administration.

"What could President Obama and the administration do? Well we're in discussions and we'll certainly be able to make announcements later on this year," Sen. Schatz said.

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