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114th Congress    }                                      {      Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session      }                                      {     114-335

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                  BILLY FRANK JR. TELL YOUR STORY ACT

                                _______
                                

 November 16, 2015.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

Mr. Bishop of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted 
                             the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 2270]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 2270) to redesignate the Nisqually National 
Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of Washington, as the 
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, to 
establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National Historic Site 
within the wildlife refuge, and for other purposes, having 
considered the same, report favorably thereon with amendments 
and recommend that the bill as amended do pass.
    The amendments are as follows:
  Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

  This Act may be cited as the ``Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act''.

SEC. 2. REDESIGNATION OF THE NISQUALLY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE.

  (a) Redesignation.--The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located 
in the State of Washington, is redesignated as the ``Billy Frank Jr. 
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge''.
  (b) References.--Any reference in any statute, rule, regulation, 
Executive Order, publication, map, paper, or other document of the 
United States to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is deemed to 
refer to the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

SEC. 3. MEDICINE CREEK TREATY NATIONAL MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON.

  (a) Establishment.--There is established the Medicine Creek Treaty 
National Memorial within the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National 
Wildlife Refuge to commemorate the location of the signing of the 
Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854 between the United States Government and 
leaders of the Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Puyallup, and Squaxin Island 
Indian Tribes.
  (b) Acreage and Administration.--The Secretary of the Interior shall 
establish the boundaries of the Medicine Creek Treaty National Memorial 
and provide for administration and interpretation of the memorial by 
the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
  (c) Coordination.--The Secretary of the Interior shall coordinate 
with representatives of the Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Puyallup, and 
Squaxin Island Indian Tribes in providing for the interpretation of the 
Medicine Creek Treaty National Memorial.

  Amend the title so as to read: ``A bill to redesignate the 
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of 
Washington, as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife 
Refuge, to establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National 
Memorial within the wildlife refuge, and for other purposes.''.

                          PURPOSE OF THE BILL

    The purpose of H.R. 2270, as amended, is to redesignate the 
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of 
Washington, as the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife 
Refuge, and to establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National 
Historic Site within the wildlife refuge.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    The bill is intended to honor the life and legacy of Billy 
Frank, Jr., a champion for Native American treaty rights and 
environmental stewardship in the Puget Sound area in Washington 
State. Frank grew up fishing on the Nisqually River and 
successfully brought together tribes, government officials, and 
others to improve treaty rights, tribal sovereignty, 
environmental stewardship, and salmon recovery in the area. He 
campaigned against limits on tribal fishing, and his efforts 
led to a 1974 federal court decision which reaffirmed certain 
tribes' rights to half of the fish harvest in Washington. 
Frank, who passed away in 2014, was awarded the Albert 
Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism and the Martin Luther King 
Jr. Distinguished Service Award, and was nominated for the 
Nobel Peace Prize in 2010.
    To honor Billy Frank, Jr., H.R. 2270 would redesignate the 
wildlife refuge on the Nisqually River Delta in the State of 
Washington as ``The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife 
Refuge.'' This Refuge was established in 1974 to protect and 
conserve wildlife in the Nisqually River Delta, which is near 
Puget Sound. The bill also creates a National Memorial at the 
location of the signing of the 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty, 
which established reservation land as well as the right to fish 
for Puget Sound area tribes. The bill also requires the 
Secretary of the Interior to involve the Muckleshoot, 
Nisqually, Puyallup, and Squaxin Island Tribes in the 
development of educational materials for use at this National 
Historic Site.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 2270 was introduced on May 12, 2015, by Congressman 
Denny Heck (D-WA). The bill was referred to the Committee on 
Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee 
on Federal Lands. On July 14, 2015, the Subcommittee held a 
hearing on the bill. On October 7, 2015, the Natural Resources 
Committee met to consider the bill. The Subcommittee was 
discharged by unanimous consent. Congressman Don Young (R-AK) 
offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute; it was 
adopted by unanimous consent. The bill, as amended, was ordered 
favorably reported to the House of Representatives by unanimous 
consent on October 8, 2015.

            COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Natural Resources' oversight findings and 
recommendations are reflected in the body of this report.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(2)(B) 
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Under clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has 
received the following cost estimate for this bill from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

H.R. 2270--Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act

    H.R. 2270 would designate the wildlife refuge on the 
Nisqually River Delta in the State of Washington as ``The Billy 
Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.''
    The bill also would require the Secretary of the Interior, 
in consultation with local Native American tribes, to establish 
the Medicine Creek Treaty National Memorial at the location of 
the signing of the 1854 Medicine Creek Treaty, which 
established reservation land as well as the right to fish for 
tribes in the Puget Sound area.
    Based on information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would 
cost less than $500,000 over the 2016-2020 period, any such 
spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated 
funds. Enacting H.R. 2270 would not affect direct spending or 
revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
    CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2270 would not increase 
net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four 
consecutive 10-year period beginning in 2026.
    H.R. 2270 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined 
in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs 
on state, local, or tribal governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Marin Burnett. 
The estimate was approved by H. Samuel Papenfuss, Deputy 
Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
    2. Section 308(a) of Congressional Budget Act. As required 
by clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974, this bill does not contain any new budget 
authority, spending authority, credit authority, or an increase 
or decrease in revenues or tax expenditures. According to the 
Congressional Budget Office, implementation of the bill would 
cost less than $500,000 over the 2016-2020 time period, subject 
to appropriation.
    3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by 
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or 
objective of this bill is to redesignate the Nisqually National 
Wildlife Refuge, located in the State of Washington, as the 
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, and to 
establish the Medicine Creek Treaty National Historic Site 
within the wildlife refuge.

                           EARMARK STATEMENT

    This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined 
under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                       COMPLIANCE WITH H. RES. 5

    Directed Rule Making. The Chairman does not believe that 
this bill directs any executive branch official to conduct any 
specific rule-making proceedings.
    Duplication of Existing Programs. This bill does not 
establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government 
known to be duplicative of another program. Such program was 
not included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139 
or identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance published pursuant to the Federal Program 
Information Act (Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 
98-169) as relating to other programs.

                PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL OR TRIBAL LAW

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing 
law.

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