October 4th, 2017 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds Business Meeting to consider Johnson-O’Malley Legislation >>

October 3rd, 2017

October 4th, 2017 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds Business Meeting to consider Johnson-O’Malley Legislation

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (Committee) has added a business meeting to its schedule this week to consider S. 943, the Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act. The bill was introduced by Committee Member, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), in late April and is cosponsored by fellow Committee Members, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Steve Daines (R-MT).

S. 943 requires the Department of the Interior (Interior) to provide an updated and continuing count of eligible Indian students for the Johnson-O’Malley Program (JOM Program) to ensure full participation of all qualified students. The JOM Program awards contracts to support the cultural and academic needs of Native American students. The bill states that Interior will consult with tribes, state and local education agencies that have not participated in the JOM Program to expand the number of eligible Native American students served. It also states that Interior will determine whether the JOM Program funding formula and eligibility requirements should be updated to ensure the maximum number of eligible Native American students.

The business meeting will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 pm (EST) in Room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. Immediately following the markup consideration, the Committee will conduct its oversight hearing on Indian gaming. An updated list of witnesses for the oversight hearing has been posted to the Committee website and includes the following:

Panel 1:
• The Honorable Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission, Washington, DC; and
• Mr. John Tahsuda III, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, Interior, Washington, DC.

Panel 2:
• The Honorable Keeny Escalanti, President, Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe, Yuma, AZ;
• The Honorable Harold “Gus” Frank, Chairman, Forest County Potawatomi, Crandon, WI; and
• Mr. Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association.

A webcast of the hearing will be available immediately after the conclusion of the business meeting on the Committee website. For more information about the hearing, business meeting or Committee, please visit: https://www.indian.senate.gov.

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