(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after the House passed S. 140, a package of bills promoting tribal self-governance over resources, lands, and business regulation. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, Congressman LaMalfa serves as Chairman of the Indian, Insular, and Alaskan Native Affairs Subcommittee.

LaMalfa said: “This legislation promotes the ability of tribes to manage their own land, water, and labor resources how they see fit, and to do so in a manner that benefits their communities. Many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle claim that they, too, support tribal self-governance, but their efforts today to derail this important legislation paint a starkly different picture. As Subcommittee Chairman, I’m happy to see the House make these positive changes.”

At right: Rep. LaMalfa speaks on the House Floor in support of S. 140. [YouTube]


Included in this package is:

  • An amendment to the White Mountain Apache Tribe (WMAT) Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify that funds from the WMAT Settlement Fund may be used to help complete the Tribe’s rural water system.
  • S. 249: Legislation to allow two tribes in New Mexico, the Pueblo of Santa Clara and the Pueblo of Okhay Owingeh, to lease certain “restricted fee” land they own for a term of up to 99 years, subject to the approval of the Secretary of the Interior.
  • H.R. 986: Legislation adding tribes to the list of entities that are excluded from the definition of “employer” for purposes of the National Labor Relations Act.

Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.