Indian Affairs Senate Committee to Hear Testimony on Childhood Trauma in Indian Country

Capitol BuildingWASHINGTON—On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on childhood trauma in Indian Country. Witnesses will testify on the current state of children’s mental health among Native children.

The Committee will hear testimony from federal agencies which fund programs to protect children, and tribal representatives who work within Native communities to prevent and combat the effects of childhood trauma on Native youth.


WHAT: A Committee oversight hearing

WHEN: 2:30 PM, Wednesday, November 19

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building


Panel I

The Honorable Robert L. Listenbee, Jr., Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of the Justice, Washington, DC

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Ms. Kana Enomoto, Principal Deputy Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD

Panel II

Mr. Rick Van Den Pol, Director and Principal Investigator, Institute of Educational Research and Service, The University of Montana National Native Children’s Trauma Center, Missoula, Montana

Ms. Verne Boerner, President/CEO, Alaska Native Health Board, Anchorage, Alaska

Live video and witness testimony will be provided at

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