Committee Hearings Later This Week Investigate Utah National Monument Cuts, Ways to Address the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Crisis

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, March 13, the full Natural Resources Committee will meet for a hearing at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time titled Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments. On Thursday, March 14, the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will meet at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time for a hearing titled Unmasking the Hidden Crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW): Exploring Solutions to End the Cycle of Violence.

The Wednesday and Thursday hearings follow two previously noticed hearings happening this Tuesday.

The Wednesday hearing will be livestreamed at http://bit.ly/2CiifuG. The Thursday hearing will be livestreamed athttp://bit.ly/2HqPtex.

The Department of the Interior received more than 2.8 million public comments in response to its illegal decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument – with the overwhelming majority rejecting any changes. Witnesses at the Wednesday hearing will speak to the Trump administration’s failure to gather input from local communities and tribal governments or conduct any genuine review process. The hearing will also examine the motivations behind Trump’s executive order to shrink the sites.

American Indian and Alaska Native women have murder rates 10 times the national average, yet cases of missing and murdered women are often ignored due to a lack of comprehensive missing person data-collection to support their cases. Thursday’s hearing will be the first of its kind as witnesses share their experiences and highlight the tangible solutions needed to end the cycle of violence against Native women.

Thursday’s hearing is previewed in a new Natural Resources Committee video featuring Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), who chairs the Subcommittee, and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), vice chair of the full Committee. The video is available at http://bit.ly/2u20gUI.

Full witness lists are available below. As with all hearings, both events are open to media and the public.

Full Committee Hearing

Hearing: Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments

When: Wednesday, March 13 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

Livestream: http://bit.ly/2CiifuG

Witness List

Panel 1

Majority Witnesses

Mr. Ed Roberson

Utah State Director, Bureau of Land Management

The Honorable Tony Small

Vice Chairman, Ute Indian Tribe

The Honorable Carleton Bowekaty

Lieutenant Governor, Pueblo of Zuni

The Honorable Clark W. Tenakhongva

Vice Chairman, The Hopi Tribe 

Minority Witness

Ms. Kathleen Clarke

Director, Public Lands Coordinating Office, State of Utah

Panel 2

Majority Witnesses

Ms. Dana Waggoner

Owner, Escalante Outfitters

Ms. Nicole Croft

Executive Director, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Dr. P. David Polly

Immediate Past President, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Minority Witnesses

The Honorable Leland Pollock

Commission Chairperson, Garfield County, Utah

Ms. Suzette Morris

Member, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, White Mesa, Utah

Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States

Hearing: Unmasking the Hidden Crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW): Exploring Solutions to End the Cycle of Violence

When: Thursday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time

Where: Longworth 1324

Livestream: http://bit.ly/2HqPtex

Witness List

Majority Witnesses

Sarah Deer, Muscogee (Creek) Nation

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, School of Public Affairs & Administration

Professor, University of Kansas

Ruth Buffalo Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

Representative, North Dakota House of Representatives

Deborah Parker, Tulalip/Yaqui

Board Member, National Indigenous Women Resource Center  

Tami Jerue, Anvik Tribe

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center

Minority Witnesses

To be announced

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