|Sponsor||Rep. Cole, Tom|
|Date||December 19, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)|
|Staff Contact||Sarah Makin|
On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider H. Res. 668, under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H. Res. 668 was introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) on May 30, 2012, and was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, which took no official action on the bill.
H. Res. 668 would allow the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and its tribal members to pursue their Indian trust-related claims in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Pursuant to the Congressional “reference statutes” (28 USC Secs. 1492, 2509), the Federal Court of Claims would review the Quapaw Indian Tribe’s grievances regarding mismanagement of resources against the federal government. The resolution would allow the Court to consider the case by referring H.R. 5862, a bill that would allow the Court to determine what restitution, if any, is owed to the tribe. Under this procedure, the Court would issue a report (favorable or unfavorable) on the Tribe’s claims. If the Court finds in favor of the Tribe’s claim, it would form the basis of a directive to the Secretary of the Treasury to pay money to the Tribe to redress grievances.
According to the sponsor’s office, the resolution would refer the claims of mismanagement by the federal government to the Court of Federal Claims. It would not mandate any particular outcome for the claims; rather it would ensure that the claims are heard.
The following is a timeline of key events relating to the Quapaw’s claim:
A CBO score of H. Res. 668 was not available as of press time.