Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Holds Oversight Hearing on Tribal Transportation

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WASHINGTON – On Thursday, March 13 at 10:00 AM EDT, Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) will chair a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing called “Tribal Transportation: Pathways to Infrastructure and Economic Development.”

The Committee will hear testimony from the  Obama administration and tribal leaders.

The testimony will focus on tribal transportation programs at the Department of Transportation and the Department of the Interior to establish priorities for reauthorization of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).   The witnesses will also discuss ways in which investing in roads and infrastructure in Native communities can bring jobs and economic development opportunities to those communities.


WHAT: A Committee oversight hearing on tribal infrastructure and economic development

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. – EDT, Thursday, March 13, 2014

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and witness testimony will be provided at


Panel I:

MR. MICHAEL S. BLACK, Director, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

MR. BOB SPARROW, Director, Tribal Transportation Program, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.

Panel II:

THE HONORABLE DANA BUCKLES, Tribal Executive Board Member, Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation, Poplar, Montana

THE HONORABLE WES MARTEL, Member, Joint Business Council of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation, Fort Washakie, Wyoming

Accompanied by MR. JOHN SMITH, Director, Transportation Department, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes of the Wind River Indian Reservation, Fort Washakie, Wyoming

THE HONORABLE EDWARD K. THOMAS, President, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska


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