Subcommittee Hearing: Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Legislative Hearing

Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Time: 02:00 PM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324 Presiding: The Hon. Ruben Gallego

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 1324 Longworth House Office Building,the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States (SCIP) will hold a legislative hearing entitled “Advance Appropriations: Protecting Tribal Communities from the Effects of a Government Shutdown.” The hearing will be held on the following bills: 

  • H.R. 1128 (Rep. Betty McCollum), To provide advance appropriations authority for certain accounts of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education of the Department of the Interior and the Indian Health Service of the Department of Health and Human Services, and for other purposes. “Indian Programs Advanced Appropriations Act”
  • H.R. 1135 (Rep. Don Young), To amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to authorize advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service by providing 2-fiscal-year budget authority, and for other purposes. “Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act of 2019”

 Witness List 

Panel I – Members of Congress 

Rep. Betty McCollum – Invited 

Minnesota, 4th District 

Rep. Don Young Invited

Alaska, At Large 

Panel II – Tribal Leaders and Experts 

Hon. Aaron Payment (testimony)

1st Vice President, The National Congress of American Indians 

Chairman, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians 

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 

Hon. Victoria Kitcheyan (testimony)

Chairperson, the National Indian Health Board 

Tribal Council Member, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska 

Winnebago, NE

Ms. Verné Boerner (testimony)

President and CEO, Alaska Native Health Board 

Inupiaq (Village of Kiana) 

Anchorage, AK 

Hon. Cheryl Andrews-Maltais (testimony)

Board of Directors, United South and Eastern Tribes SPF 

Chairwoman, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, MA 

Hon. Janet Wak Wak Nicholson (testimony)

Colville Business Council Member, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Nespelem, WA 

Panel III – Administration 

Mr. Jason Freihage (testimony)

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs U.S.

Department of the Interior Washington, D.C. 

Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee (testimony)

Principal Deputy Director, the Indian Health Service U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rockville, MD