Senate field hearing on Indian health in Montana
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a field hearing today on Indian health.

The hearing takes place on the Crow Reservation in Montana. It was convened at the request of Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), said Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the committee [Letter to Tribes]

“In much of Indian Country, access to health care and the delivery of health care services can only be described as being in crisis,” Dorgan said “The top priority of this committee is renewing and strengthening the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which the Senate will consider, after long delay, this session.”

The witness list follows:
Panel 1
DR. CHARLES NORTH
Chief Medical Officer (Acting), Indian Health Service I

MR. PETE CONWAY Director, Billings Area Office, Indian Health Service

DR. WESTLEY CLARK Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Panel 2
DR. JOE MCDONALD
President, Salish Kootenai College

MS. ADA WHITE
Health Services Director, Crow Tribe

MR. JONATHAN WINDY BOY
Chairman, Subcommittee on Health Care, Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council

MR. MOKE EAGLE FEATHERS
President, National Council of Urban Indian Health Director, North Ameriaca Indian Alliance

MS. MARJORIE DON'T WALK, Director, Indian Health Board of Billings

MS. STACY BOHLEN
Executive Director, National Indian Health Board

MR. JACE KILLSBACK, Billings Area Representative, National Health Board, Council Member, Northern Cheyenne Tribe

DR. JOSEPH ERPELDING
Orthopedic Surgeon

Committee Notice:
FIELD HEARING on Indian health (August 15, 2007)

Relevant Links:
Senate Indian Affairs Committee - http://indian.senate.gov

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