Many significant bills affecting Indian tribes and their members were enacted in the 111th Congress. These measures include:

  • Settlement of Individual Indian Money Account Litigation (Cobell lawsuit)  
  • Indian Health Care Improvement Act  
  • Tribal Law and Order Act  
  • Aamodt Litigation Settlement Act  
  • Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act  
  • A bill to repeal the “Bennett Freeze.”  
  • Navajo Nation Water Rights Settlement  
  • Reclamation Water Settlements Fund  
  • Tuolumne Me-Wuk Land Transfer Act  
  • Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation Water Rights Settlement  
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act  
  • Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act  
  • Native American Heritage Day Act  
  • Native American Apology Resolution  
  • Taos Pueblo Water Settlement Rights Act  
  • Indian Veterans Housing Opportunity Act  
  • Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act  
  • Hoh Indian Tribe Safe Homelands Act  

Indian bills that were considered but not enacted in the 111th Congress, including the so-called “Carcieri fix;” the Indian Energy Parity Act; Indian surface land leasing reforms; the Department of the Interior Tribal Self Governance Act; and others, are likely to be revisited in the 112th Congress.