WASHINGTON D.C. – On Thursday, November 14 at 2:30 PM, Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will hold a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing on the impact of sequestration on Indian Country and the ongoing effect of contract support cost shortfalls.
The oversight hearing is comprised of witnesses from the Administration, Tribal leaders and impacted Tribal organizations.
The Committee will hear from representatives of the Administration on the impact of sequestration on Indian Country. The Committee will also hear from the Administration on the management of contract support cost issues since the United States Supreme Court decision inU.S. v. Ramah, which held that Tribes are entitled to receive full contract support costs for their self-determination contracts and self-governance agreements. The Department of the Interior and the Indian Health Service will represent the Administration.
The Committee will also hear from Tribes regarding the effects of sequestration on their communities and the impact of unpaid contract support costs.
The Committee will hear testimony from leaders of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake
Superior Chippewa, Cloquet, MN; Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Siletz, OR; Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw, MS; Chickasaw Nation, Ada, OK;
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie, MI; and the National Congress of American Indians.
The hearing will take place in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, and will be available online at indian.senate.gov.
WHAT: An oversight hearing on: the impact of sequestration on Indian Country and shortfalls in contract support costs for Tribes.
WHEN: 2:30 PM, Thursday, November 14, 2013
WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Live video and witness testimony will be provided at indian.senate.gov.
THE HONORABLE KEVIN WASHBURN, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC
THE HONORABLE YVETTE ROUBIDEAUX, Acting Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
THE HONORABLE BRIAN CLADOOSBY, President, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC
THE HONORABLE KAREN DIVER, Chairwoman, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Cloquet, MN
THE HONORABLE ALFRED “BUD” LANE, Vice Chairman, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Siletz, OR
THE HONORABLE PHYLISS ANDERSON, Chief, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw, MS
THE HONORABLE JEFFERSON KEEL, Lieutenant Governor, Chickasaw Nation, Ada, OK
THE HONORABLE AARON PAYMENT, Chairman, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie, MI