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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up COVID-19 and Native education
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is once again taking a look at how COVID-19 has impacted American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.

A hearing on Wednesday afternoon focuses on the impact of the coronavirus on Native education systems. The committee will hear from two federal officials and from leaders of institutions that serve Native students.

The session takes place at 2:30pm Eastern. It will be broadcast on

The witness list follows:

Ms. Melissa Emrey-Arras – [PDF]
Education-Workforce-Income Security Issues
Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC

Mr. Tony Dearman – [PDF]
Bureau of Indian Education
Washington, DC

Mr. Lance West – [PDF]
Principal, Schurz Elementary
Schurz, Nevada
Vice Chairman
BIE Pyramid Lake School Board
Pyramid Lake, Nevada

Dr. Kauanoe Kamana – [PDF]
Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani‘ōpu‘u Demonstration Laboratory School
Keaau, Hawaii

Dr. Michelle Thomas – [PDF]
Belcourt School District
Belcourt, North Dakota

A prior committee hearing on the impact of COVID-19 in Native communities took place on April 14. It addressed how health systems have been dealing with coronavirus, more than a year into the pandemic.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice
Oversight Hearing “Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Education Systems One Year Later” (April 28, 2021)

Note: Thumbnail photo from Pyramid Lake Junior/Senior High School in Nevada.