- By Native News Online Staff
WASHINGTON — In addition to articles already covered by Native News Online, here is a roundup of other news released from Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country recently.
USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum to Focus on Indigenous Knowledge
For the first time ever, USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum is hosting a dedicated session on Indigenous Knowledge. This panel highlights collaborations between USDA, researchers, and tribal governments to incorporate Indigenous Knowledge (IK) to solve challenges facing American farmers. USDA Office of Tribal Relations Director Heather Dawn Thompson will moderate the panel. Virtual registration is free and open to the public.
WHAT: Tackling Agriculture and Environmental Challenges with Indigenous Knowledge
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 16, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing
On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, led a legislative hearing on –
- S. 2385, Tribal Access to Clean Water Act of 2023;
- S. 2796, A bill to provide for the equitable settlement of certain Indian land disputes regarding land in Illinois, and for other purposes;
- S. 2868, A bill to accept the request to revoke the charter of incorporation of the Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota at the request of that Community, and for other purposes;
- S. 3022, IHS Workforce Parity Act of 2023; and
- S. 3230, Winnebago Land Transfer Act of 2023.
Assistant Secretary for Legislation Melanie Anne Egorin from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kathryn Isom-Clause from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe President Manuel Heart, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma Chief Douglas Lankford, Lower Sioux Indian Community President Robert Larsen, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Chairwoman Victoria Kitcheyan, and Executive Director Angie Wilson from the Reno Sparks Indian Colony Tribal Health Center testified at the hearing.
The full video of the legislative hearing is available here.
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