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Interior Improvement Act

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Interior Improvement Act

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A bill to improve processes in the Department of the Interior, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
06/09/2016Committee on Indian Affairs. Reported by Senator Barrasso with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 114-275. Minority views filed.
07/28/2015Introduced in Senate

All Actions (4)

Date All Actions
06/09/2016Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 514.
Action By: Senate
06/09/2016Committee on Indian Affairs. Reported by Senator Barrasso with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 114-275. Minority views filed.
12/02/2015Committee on Indian Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
07/28/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Action By: Senate

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Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
Senate Indian Affairs07/28/2015 Referred to
12/02/2015 Markup by
06/09/2016 Reported by S. Rept. 114-275

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (06/09/2016)

Interior Improvement Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Indian Reorganization Act to expand the definition of Indian to include members of Indian tribes that were federally recognized after June 18, 1934. Trust acquisitions by the Department of the Interior for tribes recognized after June 18, 1934, are ratified and confirmed.

(Sec. 3) Indian tribes and individual Indians may apply to Interior to have off-reservation land taken into trust for the benefit of that tribe or individual. An application must include specified information, including a description of the need for the proposed acquisition and the purpose for which the property is to be used.

Interior must publish these applications and notify jurisdictions contiguous to land included in an application.

Interior must encourage applicants to enter into cooperative agreements with contiguous jurisdictions. An application with a cooperative agreement is automatically approved if Interior does not make a decision on the application within a specified number of days.

In making a decision on an application that does not include a cooperative agreement, Interior must determine whether anticipated impacts on contiguous jurisdictions have been mitigated and consider whether contiguous jurisdictions failed to work in good faith to reach an agreement with the applicant.