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July 29, 2015: The Interior Improvement Act

STAND UP OPPOSES THIS BILL AS DRAFTED. While the author describes the bill as below we have a different view. Clearly the fee to trust process must be reformed, however this bill misses the mark and must be amended or scrapped. THE AUTHOR WRITES: This legislation promotes transparency and cooperation between tribes and local jurisdictions by: · Requiring the Secretary of the Interior to consult with Indian tribes; · Incentivizing the use of cooperative agreements; · Providing clear statutory notice and comment requirements; · Offering a fast-track application process for tribes with cooperative agreements, and providing good faith protections for tribes without agreements; and · Allowing stakeholders to voice and address concerns without resorting to costly litigation. In addition, this bill supports: · Economic development and self-determination by allowing tribes to use their land for the betterment of their people; and · Cost savings for tribes and taxpayers by streamlining the Department of the Interior processes, cutting red tape, and reducing uncertainty and litigation.

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