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Michael Weahkee testifies before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., on December 11, 2019. Photo: SCIA
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday.

Five bills are on the agenda for the afternoon session. They are:

  • S.3126, the Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement Act. The bill amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize a special behavioral health program for Indians.
  • S.3264, the Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide Act. The bill expedites and streamlines the deployment of affordable broadband service on tribal lands.
  • S.3937, the Special Diabetes Program for Indians Reauthorization Act. The bill amends section 330C of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize special programs for Indians for providing services for the prevention and treatment of diabetes. It would provide $250 million a year in grants through 2025. The current authorization for the program expired on May 22, 2020, according to the IHS.
  • S.4079. The bill authorizes the Seminole Tribe to lease or transfer certain non-trust lands in Florida.
  • S.4556. The bill authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Indian Health Service, to acquire private land to facilitate access to the Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center in Hemet, California.

The hearing takes place at 2:30pm Eastern on Wednesday. The witness list follows:

The Honorable Rear Admiral Michael D. Weahkee
Indian Health Service
Rockville, Maryland

The Honorable Marcellus Osceola, Jr.
Seminole Nation of Florida
Hollywood, Florida

The Honorable Timothy Nuvangyaoma
Hopi Nation
Kykotsmovi, Arizona

The Honorable Michael Chavarria
All Pueblo Council of Governors
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The hearing will be broadcast on the committee’s website.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice
Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on S. 3126, S. 3264, S. 3937, S. 4079 & S. 4556 (September 23, 2020)