Heinrich Bipartisan Legislation To Safeguard Tribal Items To Receive Key Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. MT/ 2:30 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will deliver opening remarks at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs legislative hearing considering the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bipartisan bill he introduced to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony.

The STOP Act has received widespread, bipartisan support and continues to demonstrate growing momentum. The hearing is a critical step in the legislative process to gather input and move toward passing the STOP Act into law, and will feature testimony from federal agency officials and tribal leaders, including Governor Kurt Riley of the Pueblo of Acoma.

A full list of witnesses and a livestream of the hearing will be available here

WHO: U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich 

HEARING TOPIC: Legislative hearing on the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act and the Independent Outside Audit of the Indian Health Service Act of 2017

WITNESSES:
Mr. John Tahsuda III, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
The Honorable Kurt Riley, Governor, Pueblo of Acoma

WHEN: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:  Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 628