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H.R. 511 (114th): Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 10, 2015 (Reported by House Committee).


Union Calendar No. 197


1st Session

H. R. 511

[Report No. 114–260]


January 22, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Kline, Mrs. Noem, Mr. Cole, Mr. Mullin, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Sessions, Mr. Jones, Mr. Valadao, Mr. Denham, Mr. Schweikert, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. McClintock, and Ms. Jenkins of Kansas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce

September 10, 2015

Additional sponsors: Mr. Benishek, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Moolenaar, Mr. Hudson, Mr. Hunter, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. Upton, Mr. DesJarlais, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Tipton, Mr. Paulsen, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Ribble, Mr. Mooney of West Virginia, Mr. Zinke, Mr. Duffy, Mr. Bishop of Michigan, Mr. Russell, Mr. Peterson, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Mr. Grothman, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Issa, Mr. Nunes, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Ms. Foxx, Mr. Allen, Mr. Blum, Mr. Guthrie, Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Mr. Salmon, Mr. Westerman, Mr. McHenry, Mrs. Walorski, Mr. Byrne, Mr. Emmer of Minnesota, and Mrs. Roby

September 10, 2015

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on January 22, 2015


To clarify the rights of Indians and Indian tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015.


Definition of employer

Section 2 of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. 152) is amended—


in paragraph (2), by inserting or any Indian tribe, or any enterprise or institution owned and operated by an Indian tribe and located on its Indian lands, after subdivision thereof,; and


by adding at the end the following:


The term Indian tribe means any Indian tribe, band, nation, pueblo, or other organized group or community which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.


The term Indian means any individual who is a member of an Indian tribe.


The term Indian lands means—


all lands within the limits of any Indian reservation;


any lands title to which is either held in trust by the United States for the benefit of any Indian tribe or individual or held by any Indian tribe or individual subject to restriction by the United States against alienation; and


any lands in the State of Oklahoma that are within the boundaries of a former reservation (as defined by the Secretary of the Interior) of a federally recognized Indian tribe.


September 10, 2015

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed