House Resources/Indigenous Peoples Subcommittee Hearing Today


Legislative: Hearing on Tribal-Related Legislation – Including RESPECT Act and Stop Act

Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United StatesDate: Thursday, May 20, 2021Add to my CalendarTime: 12:00 PMPresiding: The Honorable Teresa Leger Fernández, Chair

On Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EDT, the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States (SCIP) will host a virtual, fully remote legislative hearing on the following tribal-related legislation:

  • H.R. 2930 (Rep. Leger Fernández), To enhance protections of Native American tangible cultural heritage, and for other purposes, STOP Act of 2021.
  • H.R. 438 (Rep. Young), To amend the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act to extend the deadline for a report by the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, and for other purposes.
  • RESPECT Act [discussion draft] (Rep. Raúl Grijalva), To prescribe procedures for effective consultation and coordination by Federal agencies with federally recognized Indian Tribes regarding Federal Government actions that impact Tribal lands and interests to ensure that meaningful Tribal input is an integral part of the Federal decision-making process.

Witness List

The Honorable Brian D. Vallo (H.R. 2930) (testimony)


Pueblo of Acoma

Acoma, NM

Ms. Stacy Leeds (Discussion Draft – RESPECT Act) (testimony)

Professor of Law and Leadership

ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Phoenix, AZ

Mr. Matthew L.M. Fletcher (Discussion Draft – RESPECT Act) (testimony)

Director & Professor of Law

Indigenous Law and Policy Center

Michigan State University College of Law

Ann Arbor, MI

Ms. Lauren van Schilfgaarde (Discussion Draft – RESPECT Act) (testimony)


Tribal Legal Development Clinic

UCLA School of Law

Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Robert Gallegos (H.R. 2930) (testimony)


Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association PO Box 45628

Rio Rancho, NM 87174

Fletcher Testimony on the RESPECT Act before the House Indigenous Peoples Subcommittee

Worth a look, most especially for Dylan Minor’s excellent artistic rendering of the treaty cessions by Michigan Indian nations (skip ahead to page 15); available on SSRN here.

It was cherry blossom time, too!

And on the way over, we happened by the Japanese Internment Memorial, noting that the federal government placed many of the concentration camps on Indian reservations: Continue reading