House hearing on Indian Health Care Improvement

The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing this morning on H.R. 1328, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007.

The bill would reauthorize the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which expired in 2000. Efforts to renew the law have been met with opposition and delays from the Bush administration.

The committee will hear from federal officials, tribal leaders and Indian health advocates. The witness list follows:
Panel 1
Dr. Charles W. Grim, Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, Washington, D.C.
Honorable Robert Chicks, President, Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, Bowler, WI
Honorable Buford Rolin, Chairman, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Atmore, AL
Honorable Kathy Hughes, Vice Chairwoman, Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida, WI

Panel 2
Dr. Thomas Stuart Walker, Ho-Chunk Health Care Center, Black River Falls, WI
Ms. Linda Holt, Chairperson, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Suquamish Tribal Council Member, Portland OR
Ms. Valerie Davidson, Legal and Governmental Affairs, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK
Mr. Edward P. Lazarus, Constitutional Scholar, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Los Angeles, CA

The hearing starts at 10am and will broadcast at

Get the Story:
Full Committee Legislative Hearing: Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007 (March 14, 2007)

Relevant Documents:
Letter to President Bush | Letter to Alberto Gonzales | DOJ White Paper

Relevant Links:
Indian Health Service -
National Indian Health Board -

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