Published January 23, 2016
WASHINGTON— On Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 2:15 PM EST, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) will hold a business meeting to consider S. 1125, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act of 2015. S. 1125 was introduced by committee Vice-Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). The committee will also consider S. 1983, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement Act. S. 1983 was introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA).
Immediately following the business meeting, the SCIA will hold an oversight hearing on “Reexamining the Substandard Quality of Indian Health Care (IHS) in the Great Plains.” This hearing will have two panels, one from United States Health and Human Services and one from tribal communities’ representatives.
Immediately following the oversight hearing, the SCIA will hold a listening session on “Putting Patients First: Addressing Indian Country’s Critical Concerns Regarding IHS.”
WHAT: A committee business meeting to consider S. 1125 and S. 1983. The business meeting will be followed by an oversight hearing and listening session.
WHEN: 2:15 PM EST, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
WHERE: 216 Senate Hart Office Building
Live video and written witness testimony for the business meeting, oversight hearing, and listening session will be provided at indian.senate.gov.
Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.
Acting Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Andrew M. “Andy” Slavitt
Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Washington, D.C.
Accompanied by Patrick H. Conway, M.D.
Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Robert G. McSwain – Principal Deputy Director – Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
Susan V. Karol, M.D. – Chief Medical Officer – Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
(To be updated)
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.