Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Hearing on Education

Ensuring the Bureau of Indian Education Has the Tools Necessary to Improve

Capitol BuildingWASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on Wednesday, May 21 at 2:30 p.m. – EDT,  to determine if Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) programs are well-functioning and what improvements can be made to better the education of Indian people.

The Committee will also hold a business meeting to consider the following legislation:

·  S. 1474, to encourage the State of Alaska to enter into intergovernmental agreements with Indian tribes in the State relating to the enforcement of certain State laws by Indian tribes, to improve the quality of life in rural Alaska, to reduce alcohol and drug abuse, and for other purposes.

·   S. 1603, to reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatami Indians, and for other purposes.

·   S. 1622, to establish the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children, and for other purposes.

·    S. 1818, to ratify a water settlement agreement affecting the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and for other purposes.

·   S. 2040, to exchange trust and fee land to resolve land disputes created by the realignment of the Blackfoot River along the boundary of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, and for other purposes.

·   S. 2132, to amend the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act of 2005, and for other purposes.

·    H.R. 2388, to take certain Federal lands located in El Dorado County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, and for other purposes.


WHAT: A Committee business meeting followed by an oversight hearing

WHEN: Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 2:30 p.m. – EDT


WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building



DR. CHARLES M. ROESSEL, Director- Bureau of Indian Education, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

MR. THOMAS BRADY, Director, U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity, U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, DC


Oglala Souix Tribal President Bryan Brewer (l)

Oglala Souix Tribal President Bryan Brewer (l)

THE HONORABLE BRYAN V. BREWER, President, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, South Dakota

MR. TIMOTHY BENALLY, Acting Superintendent, Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education, Window Rock, Arizona

MR. MELVIN MONETTE, President-Elect, National Indian Education Association,

Washington, DC

Live video and witness testimony will be provided at The business meeting is not broadcast. 








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