May 11th, 2016 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting and Legislative Hearing on Pending Legislation >>

May 11th, 2016

May 11th, 2016 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting and Legislative Hearing on Pending Legislation

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (Committee) will hold a business meeting and conduct a legislative hearing on various pending bills on Wednesday, May 11th at 2:15 pm EST in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

The Committee will first conduct a business meeting to consider the following legislation:

  • S. 1163, a bill to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide flexibility and reauthorization to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American Languages – introduced by Senator Tom Udall (D-NM);
  • S. 2580, a bill to establish the Indian Education Agency to streamline the administration of Indian education, and for other purposes – introduced by Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY); and
  • S. 2739, a bill to provide for equitable compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation for the use of tribal land for the production of hydropower by the Grand Coulee Dam, and for other purposes – introduced by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

Immediately following the business meeting, the Committee will receive testimony from witnesses on the following two bills:

  • S. 2417, to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to allow the Indian Health Service to cover the cost of a copayment of an Indian or Alaska Native veteran receiving medical care or services from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes – introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD); and
  • S. 2842, a bill to amend and reform the Johnson-O’Malley Act to award contracts to certain tribal organizations, Indian corporations, school districts, States, and consortia of tribal organizations, and for other purposes – introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND).

Witnesses for live testimony are by invitation only, and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once confirmed.

The record will be open for two weeks after the hearing for written comments. A webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date 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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