H. R. 986
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 9, 2017
Mr. Rokita (for himself, Mr. Cole, Mrs. Noem, Ms. Moore, Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, Mr. Peterson, Mr. Mullin, Ms. Cheney, Mr. LaMalfa, and Mr. Gosar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce
To clarify the rights of Indians and Indian tribes on Indian lands under the National Labor Relations Act.
This Act may be cited as the
Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017.
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.