facebook app symbol  twitter  linkedin  instagram 1

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday, November 8, 2023 will hold a hearing on “Fentanyl in Native Communities: Native Perspectives on Addressing the Growing Crisis.”

 On October 20, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration sent Congress a list of emergency supplemental spending that includes a request for $250 million to the Indian Health Service to fight the opioid/fentanyl crisis. This investment is proposed as part of a $1.55 billion investment into Opioid Response grants through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Overall, the proposal represents a historic 16 percent set-aside of emergency opioid response funding for Tribes and Tribal organizations.

The Committee will hear directly from Tribal leaders and Native health experts to examine the impact of fentanyl in Native communities and learn about the promising tools Native communities have developed to address their own needs.

Panelists Include:
The Honorable Tony Hillaire, Chairman

Lummi Nation, Bellingham, Washington

The Honorable Jamie S. Azure, Chairman

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota, Belcourt, North Dakota

The Honorable Bryce Kirk, Councilman

Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation, Poplar, Montana

Dr. A. Aukahi Austin Seabury, Ph.D., Executive Director & Licensed Clinical Psychologist

I Ola Lāhui, Inc., Honolulu, Hawii

Mr. Eric M. Gettis, Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health

Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Juneau, Alaska

WHEN: Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 2:30 pm - EST

WHERE: Dirksen Senate Building, Room 628

LIVESTREAM: Live video of the event will be available here.


More Stories Like This

Native News Weekly (December 10, 2023): D.C. Briefs
December 10th is the 75th Human Rights Day
Vice President Harris Addresses Indian Boarding Schools at the White House Tribal Nations Summit
Native News Online Reporter Selected for Oxford Climate Reporting Fellowship
'This has Been a Train Wreck for a Long Time' | Fentanyl Trafficking, Underfunded Tribal Enforcement Subject of Senate Committee Hearing

Together, we can educate, enlighten, and empower.

November is celebrated as “Native American Heritage Month.” At Native News Online, we amplify Native voices and share our relatives’ unique perspectives every day of the year. We believe every month should celebrate Native American heritage. 
If you appreciate our commitment to Native voices and our mission to tell stories that connect us to our roots and inspire understanding and respect, we hope you will consider making a donation this month to support our work. For those who commit to a recurring donation of $12 per month or more, or make a one-time donation of $150 or greater, we're excited to offer you a copy of our upcoming Indian Boarding School publication and access to our quarterly Founder’s Circle meetings and newsletter.  
About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected].