Livestreams Next Week: Building Back Better on Public Lands, COVID in Indian Country on Tuesday; Insular Infrastructure and Economy on Wednesday
Washington, D.C. – The Natural Resources Committee is holding three livestreamed events next week.
Tuesday, March 23
National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee Hearing
The Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, led by Chair Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), will hold a hearing titled Building Back Better: Examining the Future of America’s Public Lands. The event will focus on the economic potential of restoring and conserving public lands; policy options to mitigate the impacts of climate change on public lands; and how best to repair the damage the Trump administration did to federal conservation programs and land management agencies.
Public lands were responsible for nearly 25 percent of U.S. carbon emissions from 2005-2014. Climate-driven impacts continue to devastate public lands and public land communities, with increasing wildfires, droughts, floods, and extreme weather events harming ecosystems and costing billions of taxpayer dollars. As Congress and the Biden administration begin to shape a potential multi-trillion-dollar economic revitalization package, the question of how best to use public lands to our economic and environmental benefit is more timely than ever.
- Sharon Buccino
Adjunct Professor, University of Wyoming College of Law
Senior Director, Land Division, Nature Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
- Dr. Molly Cross
Director of Climate Change Adaptation, North and South America
Director of Science, Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund
- Mary Ellen Sprenkel
President and CEO
The Corps Network
- Gov. Brad Little (minority witness)
State of Idaho
When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time
Emerging Coronavirus Impacts in Indian Country Hearing
The Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, led by Chair Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), will hold a hearing titled A Year in Review: The State of COVID-19 in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Communities—Lessons Learned for Future Action. The event will focus on policy recommendations from tribal health, elder, housing and Native Hawaiian experts on the current state of coronavirus and its impact on Indigenous populations throughout the pandemic.
At the end of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that among 14 states participating in its analysis, the overall coronavirus mortality rate among American Indian and Alaska Native persons was 3.5 times higher than that of White populations. By the end of 2020, the mortality rate for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals was 3.5 times higher than that of White populations. In Hawaii, Pacific Islanders account for nearly 30 percent of cases even though they make up only 4 percent of the population.
- Francys Crevier
Chief Executive Officer
National Council of Urban Indian Health
- William Smith
Chairperson and Alaska Area Representative
National Indian Health Board
- Larry Curley
National Indian Council on Aging
- Adrian Stevens
Acting Chairman, Board of Directors
National American Indian Housing Council
- Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
- Dr. Charles Grim (minority witness)
Secretary, Department of Health
- Rodney Cawston (minority witness)
Chairman, Colville Business Council
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
When: 1:00 p.m. Eastern time
Wednesday, March 24
The full Committee, led by Vice Chair Gregorio Sablan (D-CNMI), will hold a hearing titled How the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Plan Can Benefit the U.S. Territories. The event will focus on how a national infrastructure and economic investment plan can benefit U.S. Territories, where economic growth has contracted or remained flat for decades, in part because of a series of catastrophic natural disasters that have not received urgent federal attention.
Due to limited financial resources, territorial governments have historically not prioritized maintenance planning and budgeting, training, or life cycle costing, which has resulted in the premature decline of power plants, roads, ports, water and sewer systems, and public buildings. Increasing infrastructure funding under the Biden administration is crucial for these governments to address long-ignored needs.
Invited witnesses (some awaiting final confirmation) include:
- Gov. Albert Bryan Jr.
U.S. Virgin Islands
- Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero
- Gov. Ralph DLG Torres
Northern Mariana Islands
- Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi
- Gov. Lemanu Mauga
When: 10:00 a.m. Eastern time
Media Contact: Adam Sarvana
(202) 225-6065 or (202) 578-6626 mobile
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