Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Conduct Oversight Hearing to Set Indian Country Priorities for New Congress

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WASHINGTON— The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will conduct its first oversight hearing of the 114th Congress today, January 28, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. – Eastern Time. The hearing is designed to set the priorities relating to Indian Country for the new Congress.

Senator John Barrasso

Senator John Barrasso

With the Senate being controlled by the Republicans, there has been a shift in chairman’s seat. Earlier this month, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (Wyoming-R) was elected chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs. As chairman, his focus will be on measures related to jobs, energy and natural resource development, health care, education and tribal self-governance, according to the Committee’s website.

Senator Jon Tester (Montana-D), who served as chairman of the Committee in the 113th Congress will serve as vice-chairman.

Other United State senators serving on the Committee are:


John Barrasso, Chairman (Wyoming)

John McCain, Member (Arizona)

Lisa Murkowski, Member (Alaska)

John Hoeven, Member (North Dakota)

James Lankford, Member (Oklahoma)

Steve Daines, Member (Montana)

Michael Crapo, Member (Idaho)

Jerry Moran, Member (Kansas)


Jon Tester, Vice Chairman (Montana)

Maria Cantwell, Member (Washington)

Tom Udall, Member (New Mexico)

Al Franken, Member (Minnesota)

Brian Schatz, Member (Hawaii)

Heidi Heitkamp, Member (North Dakota)

Below is a list of today’s witnesses who will testify on the priorities in Indian Country:


The Honorable Brian Cladoosby
President-National Congress of American Indians

Mr. Melvin Monette
President-National Indian Education Association

Mr. Gary Davis
President/CEO-National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

Ms. Stacy Bohlen
Executive Director-National Indian Health Board

Mr. Vance Homegun
2013 Champion of Change-The Center for Native American Youth

WHAT: U.S. Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing to Set Priorities in Indian Country for the 114th Congress

WHEN: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 2:30 p.m. -ET

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC

The hearing will begin after a business meeting. Click to watch the hearing via LIVE Stream.


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