Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Hold Legislative Hearing on Two Native Language Bills

Capitol BuildingWASHINGTON – On Wednesday, June 18, at 2:30 p.m.- EDT, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a legislative hearing to examine two bills which authorize funding for Native language programs throughout Indian country and highlight the need for continued support for saving Native languages.

  • S. 1948, A bill to promote the academic achievement of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children with the establishment of a Native American language grant program;
  • S. 2299, A bill to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to reauthorize a provision to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages.


WHAT: A Committee legislative hearing on native languages

WHEN: 2:30 PM, Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and witness testimony will be provided at


Panel One

William Mendoza

William Mendoza

MR. WILLIAM MENDOZA, Executive Director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

THE HONORABLE LILLIAN SPARKS, Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Panel Two

MS. CLARENA BROCKIE, Dean of Student Affairs, Aaniiih Nokoda College, Harlem, Montana

MS. SONTA HAMILTON ROACH, Elementary School Teacher, Innoko River School, North Pole, Alaska and Board Member, Doyon Limited, Fairbanks, Alaska

MR. THOMAS SHORTBULL, President, Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, South Dakota

THE HONORABLE ED DELGADO, Chairman, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Oneida, Wisconsin

MS. NAMAKA RAWLINS, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Collaboration, ‘Aha Punana Leo, Hilo, Hawaii

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