CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to begin consideration of H.R. 1385, the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, under a structured rule (H.Res. 490). The rule provides for one hour of debate and makes the following two amendments in order. Each amendment is debatable for ten minutes.
H.R. 1385 was introduced on March 9, 2009, by Rep. James Moran (D-VA) and referred to the Natural Resources Committee. On April 22, 2009, the bill was marked-up and reported, as amended, by voice vote.
1) Goodlatte (R-VA): Prohibits the use of eminent domain to acquire lands put into trust for any of the six Indian Tribes that would receive federal recognition under the legislation.
2) Goodlatte (R-VA): Prohibits the Secretary of Interior from taking land into trust from Albemarle County, Alleghany County, Amherst County, Augusta County, Campbell County, Nelson County, and Rockbridge County, Virginia, for the Monacan Indians. The Secretary would only be authorized to take land into trust for the tribe from Amherst County, Virginia. All past legislative efforts to recognize this tribe have only included lands in Amherst County and, according to the sponsor's office, the additional counties were added to the legislation without the local government's knowledge.