House Natural Resources Committee Democrats on YouTube: Democratic Hearing on Shutdown Impacts on Indian Country and the Environment

Recap: Indian Country shares #ShutdownStories as government impasse continues

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives convened their first hearing of the 116th Congress on Tuesday, focusing on the impact of the federal government shutdown on Indian Country and the environment.

The Democratic Steering and Policy Committee heard from three Indian Country witnesses. Kerry Hawk Lessard, the executive director of the Native American Lifelines, an urban Indian health organization; Mary Greene Trottier, the president of the National Association of Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations; and Aaron Payment, the chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the vice president of the National Congress of American Indians. They explained how the impasse is affecting health, food, education and other services in their communities.

The proceeding also marked the debut of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kansas). They are the first two Native women in Congress.

Here's a recap of the #ShutdownStories hearing, taking place on day 25 of the government shutdown, plus some bonus #NativeCongress history tweets.

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