Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to Host Hearing on Responses to Natural Disasters in Indian Country

Capitol BuildingWASHINGTON – On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on responses to natural disasters in Indian Country.   The hearing will focus on American Indian and Alaska Native tribes’ ability to directly request and obtain federal assistance in responding to natural disasters. Witnesses are expected to testify about what resources are available to tribes in these dire situations, how they can access those resources, and what tribal communities’ experiences have been in preparing for and recovering from natural disasters.

Prior to the oversight hearing, the Committee will hold a business meeting to consider the following legislation:

  •   S. 1948,  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, to amend the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to reauthorize a provision to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages.
  •  S. 2442, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to take certain land and mineral rights on the reservation of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana and other culturally important land into trust for the benefit of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, and for other purposes.
  • S. 2465, to require the Secretary of the Interior to take into trust 4 parcels of Federal land for the benefit of certain Indian Pueblos in the State of New Mexico.
  •  S. 2479, to provide for a land conveyance in the State of Nevada.
  •  S. 2480, to require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to Elko County, Nevada, and to take land into trust for certain Indian tribes, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 4002, to revoke the charter of incorporation of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at the request of that tribe, and for other purposes.


 A Committee business meeting and oversight hearing

WHEN: 2:30 PM, Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WHERE: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and witness testimony will be provided at
Panel I:

MS. ELIZABETH ZIMMERMAN, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Response & Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, United States Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC

Panel II:

THE HONORABLE J. MICHAEL CHAVARRIA, Governor, Pueblo of Santa Clara of New Mexico, Espanola, New Mexico

THE HONORABLE NORMA JOSEPH, Chairman, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Darrington, Washington

MR. MATT GREGORY, Executive Director of Risk Management, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, Oklahoma

Accompanied by: MR. DARYL HOLADAY, Director of Safety Development, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, Oklahoma

MS. MARY DAVID, Executive Vice President, Kawerak, Incorporated, Nome, Alaska

MR. JAKE HEFLIN, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tribal Emergency Management Association, Reno, Nevada

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