Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Oversight Hearing on Telecommunications in Indian Country, Business Meeting

telecommunication in indianPublished April 26, 2016

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, April 27 at 2:15 PM EDT, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a business meeting on the following bills:

  • 1928, Native Educator Support and Training Act (NEST Act), a bill to support the education of Indian children;
  • 2205, a bill to establish a grant program to assist tribal governments in establishing tribal healing to wellness courts, and for other purposes;
  • 2304, a bill to provide for tribal demonstration projects for the integration of early childhood development, education, including Native language and culture, and related services, for evaluation of those demonstration projects, and for other purposes;
  • 2421, a bill to provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Tanana Tribal Council located in Tanana, Alaska, and to the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, and for other purposes;
  • 2468, the Safe Academic Facilities and Environments for Tribal Youth Act (SAFETY Act), a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a 5-year demonstration program to provide grants to eligible Indian tribes for the construction of tribal schools, and for other purposes;
  • 2564, a bill to modernize prior legislation relating to Dine College;
  • 2643, a bill to improve the implementation of the settlement agreement reached between the Pueblo de Cochiti of New Mexico and the Corps of Engineers, and for other purposes; and
  • 2717, the Dam Repairs and Improvements for Tribes Act of 2016 (DRIFT Act), a bill to improve the safety and address the deferred maintenance needs of Indian dams to prevent flooding on Indian reservations, and for other purposes.

The business meeting will be immediately followed by a committee oversight hearing on “The Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report on ‘Telecommunications: Additional Coordination and Performance Measurement Needed for High-Speed Internet Access Programs on Tribal Lands.’”

DETAILS:

WHAT:        A committee business meeting, followed by an oversight hearing on

the GAO Report on “Telecommunications: Additional Coordination

and Performance Measurement Needed for High-Speed Internet

Access Programs on Tribal Lands.”

WHEN:        2:15 PM EDT, Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WHERE:      628 Senate Dirksen Office Building

Live video will be provided at indian.senate.gov.

WITNESSES:

Mr. Brandon McBride

Administrator for the Rural Utility Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Gigi B. Sohn

Counselor to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Mark Goldstein

Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Julie Kitka

President, Alaska Federation of Natives, Anchorage, Alaska

Mr. Godfrey Enjady

President, National Tribal Telecommunications Association, Mescalero, New Mexico

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