The House Committee on Natural Resources is meeting on Wednesday morning to advance two bills of interest in Indian Country.
The first item of interest at the committee’s markup session is H.R.1246. The bill authorizes all federally recognized tribes to lease their trust lands for up to 99 years without having to get approval from the federal government.
Congress has previously enacted similar legislation for 60 individual tribal nations. Passage of H.R.1246 would extend the policy to all tribes — should they choose to lease their lands for economic development and other purposes.