NOTE: Time Change – The hearing is now scheduled for 3:30 p.m. – EDT
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired by Senator Jon Tester (D – Montana), will hold an insight hearing Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. – EDT.
The topic of the insight hearing is the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget for tribal programs in Indian country. The Committee will hear testimony on the need for funds in Indian country from Assistant Secretary of the Interior – Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Acting Director of Indian Health Services Yvette Roubideaux and tribal officials.
Kevin Washburn, Assistant Interior Secretary – Indian Affairs
While much of annual funding to American Indian and Alaska Native programs are spread out in the domestic federal budget, the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 is seeking $2.6 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), an increase of $34 million over the 2014 budget and $4.6 billion for Indian Health Service, an increase of $200 million over 2014.
“As Congress considers the FY 2015 Budget and beyond, tribal leaders call on Congress to ensure that the promises made to Indian country are honored in the federal budget. Please remember, just as we do not have the ‘discretion’ to renege on our millions of acres of land cessation, we ask that you no longer exercise your trust obligation as discretionary, states Sault Ste. Marie of Chippewa Tribe of Chippewa Chairman Aaron Payment, who will testify at the insight hearing to the Native News Online.
“With accumulated impacts of level funding, budget cuts, and sequestration (in some cases amounting to up to 30% cuts since after the Clinton era) the continued trust obligation of the federal government is threatened. The legacy of this Congress and this Administration is also threatened,” Chairman Payment continued.
WHAT: A Committee oversight hearing on the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget for Tribal Programs
WHEN: 3:30 PM, Wednesday, March 26, 2014
WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Live video and witness testimony will be provided at indian.senate.gov.
THE HONORABLE KEVIN WASHBURN, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC
THE HONORABLE YVETTE ROUBIDEAUX, Acting Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
THE HONORABLE AARON PAYMENT, Midwest Area Vice President, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC, and Chairman, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
THE HONORABLE ANDREW JOSEPH, JR., Member-at-Large and Portland Area Representative, National Indian Health Board, Washington, DC, and Chair, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, Portland, Oregon