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April 21st, 2015

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting and Oversight Hearing on Tribal Transportation

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (Committee) will hold a business meeting and conduct an oversight hearing titled, “Tribal Transportation: Pathways to Safer Roads in Indian Country,” on Wednesday, April 22nd at 2:30 pm EST in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The Committee will first consider S. 710, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2015, which was introduced by Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) last month on March 11th. S. 710 calls for reauthorization of the housing program through 2020 and seeks to establish an Office of the Assistant Secretary at HUD to administer tribal programs and eliminate duplicative requirements when multiple agencies are involved in housing-related activities. The Committee held a legislative hearing on S. 710 on March 18th where it received testimony from three tribal witnesses on the bill. The House of Representatives passed its version of the legislation, H.R. 360, the Native American Housing and Self-Determination Act of 2015, last month on March 23rd.

Immediately following the business meeting, the Committee will receive testimony from five witnesses on road safety in Indian country. Witnesses for live testimony are by invitation only and will include the following:

  • Mr. Michael S. Black, Director-Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC;
  • The Honorable J. Michael Chavarria, Governor-Pueblo of Santa Clara, Espanola, NM;
  • The Honorable Rick Kirn, Tribal Executive Board Member-Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes, Poplar, MT;
  • Mr. Delbert McOmie, Chief Engineer-Wyoming Department of Transportation, Cheyenne, WY; and
  • Mr. John Smith, Director-Transportation Department, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation, Fort Washakie, WY.

The record will be open for two weeks after the hearing for written comments. A webcast of this hearing will be available on the Committee website. However, the business meeting will not be included as part of the webcast.

For more information about the hearing or the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, please visit: http://www.indian.senate.gov/

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