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house Bill H.R. 487

Should the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Have to Get Permission From Congress to Transfer Lands?

Argument in favor

Letting the MIami Tribe of Oklahoma make its own decisions regarding its property would make things more efficient for Congress and the Tribe.

William's Opinion
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01/02/2016
The title question for this bill was misleading. Vote "yea" if you think that the Oklahoma tribe should be able to govern its land without oversight by congress
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Laylah51's Opinion
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03/23/2016
The wording is misleading. My initial vote was "No". After reading other's opinions and the confusing verbiage of this Bill brought to my attention, I most certainly do support the Tribe should be able to handle their own business without interference from the Government.
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Allen's Opinion
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09/22/2015
Many people are voting no saying "fed get out of Indian land." This bill is *designed* to get the federal govt out of Indian land. If you want that, vote yes!
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Argument opposed

Congress has to play a role in overseeing the decisions that the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma makes with its property to ensure they don’t do something wrong.

GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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09/16/2015
Let them manage their own land and accept responsibility for it! They do not need federal oversight or taxpayer dollars!
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Mart's Opinion
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09/15/2015
Stop the babysitting, self-extermination is always best.
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Michael w's Opinion
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09/15/2015
it'd there land and should be able to do what ever they want with it
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What is House Bill H.R. 487?

This bill would allow the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to lease, sell, convey, or otherwise transfer all or part of its property that isn’t held in trust by the U.S. government without congressional authorization.


Current law requires Congress to approve or authorize land transfers that the Miami Tribe wishes to make.

Impact

The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, its business partners, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 487

$0.00
The CBO estimates that this bill would not have any effect on the federal budget.

More Information

In-Depth: When introducing related legislation to remove the Miami Tribe’s charter completely, sponsoring Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) observed that issues with the charter prevent the Tribe from making property transactions without Congress’ approval:
“This dated charter creates hurdles for the tribe’s investors, business partners, and potential customers. Removing this obsolete charter from the books will eliminate uncertainty facing the tribe’s partners, leading to additional growth opportunities for the communities the tribe operates.”


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user ahisgett)

Official Title

To allow the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma to lease or transfer certain lands.

bill Progress


  • EnactedFebruary 29th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed February 11th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
  • The house Passed September 16th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 22nd, 2015

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