indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Kill The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on five bills

Filed Under: Politics
More on: 113th, alaska, alaska native, ana, bia, ihs, jon tester, jurisdiction, kevin washburn, lillian sparks, scia, senate, tribal courts, vawa, youth
     

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this afternoon to consider five bills.

The bills address a diverse range of issues. But they advance some common goals -- to improve health, public safety and child welfare in Indian Country.

"I think we can all agree that the most precious natural resource we have is our children," said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), the chairman of the committee.

Witnesses from the Obama administration offered support for most of the bills. But the top officials at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Administration for Native Americans held off on endorsing S.2160, the Native American Children's Safety Act, and S. 1570, the Indian Health Service Advance Appropriations Act.

S.2160 requires background checks of all adults in a potential tribal foster home. The bill was just introduced and Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn, the head of the BIA, said the Obama administration hasn't had much time to review it.

S.1570 funds the Indian Health Service a year in advance. Lillian Sparks, the commissioner of ANA, did not offer direct comments on the bill and the Obama administration did not send someone from the IHS to testify.

Washburn said the Obama administration supports S. 1474, the Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act. The bill encourages the state of Alaska to enter into agreements with tribes regarding law enforcement.

More significantly, it repeals Section 910, Special Rule for the State of Alaska from S.47, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. That means Alaska tribes would be able exercise jurisdiction over non-Indian domestic violence offenders.

"Justice needs to come to Alaska for sure," Washburn said.

Washburn also expressed general support for S.1574, the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act. The bill amends the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Demonstration Act, commonly known as Public Law 477, to consolidate employment, training and related funding from various federal agencies.

Washburn said the BIA wanted to make some changes to the bill. Sparks also expressed some concerns with language regarding reporting requirements for tribes that receive federal funds.

Finally, Washburn said the administration supports S.1622, the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act. The bill creates a national commission to study issues affecting American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth.

"There's no area that needs greater attention than this," Washburn said.

The hearing lasted about 2 hours. Audio can be found on the Indianz.Com SoundCloud.

Committee Notices:
Business Meeting to consider the following legislation (April 2, 2014)
Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on the following bills (April 2, 2014)

Related Stories:
Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on bills (4/1)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets business meeting & hearing (3/31)
The Native American Children's Safety Act introduced in Senate (03/27)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules hearing on five bills (03/24)


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising session (6/24)
Tribes in northern California take action to protect salmon runs (6/24)
Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe (6/24)
Gun Lake Tribe hosts annual Sweet Grass Moon Powwow in July (6/24)
Native Sun News: First Native hockey referee 'Butchy' passes on (6/24)
Delphine Red Shirt: Lakota people denied voting rights on our land (6/24)
Ruth Hopkins: Saving sacred Bear Butte from a massive biker bar (6/24)
Terese Mailhot: Becoming a better ally after the Orlando shooting (6/24)
April Youpee-Roll: Elizabeth Warren owes more to Indian Country (6/24)
Another land-into-trust fix reportedly being drafted in the Senate (6/24)
Federal charges filed in kidnapping of girl on Fort Peck Reservation (6/24)
Non-Indian charged for trespassing at Nambe Pueblo in New Mexico (6/24)
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe warned not to launch marijuana operation (6/24)
Eastern Shawnee Tribe breaks ground on $34M expansion at casino (6/24)
Non-Indian gaming firm loses challenge to law for new tribal casino (6/24)
Grand Ronde Tribes to finish demolition work at site of old racetrack (6/24)
Supreme Court deadlocks in closely-watched tribal jurisdiction case (6/23)
Matthew Fletcher: 'Huge win' for Mississippi Choctaw court system (6/23)
Native American Basketball Invitational draws top talent to Arizona (6/23)
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe almost done with long-awaited theater (6/23)
Susanville Rancheria thanks lawmakers for help with land-into-trust (6/23)
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on three bills (6/23)
Supreme Court backs affirmative action policy in long-running case (6/23)
Native Sun News: Senate committee takes on Indian Health Service (6/23)
Mark Trahant: A Republican plan to terminate Indian Health Service (6/23)
James Giago Davies: Welfare for corporations but nothing for tribes (6/23)
Peter d'Errico: Justice Clarence Thomas critiques federal Indian law (6/23)
Two charged for beating and setting woman from Crow Tribe on fire (6/23)
White House defends fracking regulation imposed on Indian lands (6/23)
Mescalero Apache woman hosts fundraiser for Miss United States (6/23)
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to collect sales tax on entire reservation (6/23)
Seneca-Cayuga Nation ordered to conduct another council election (6/23)
Poarch Creek land-into-trust bill could help casino effort in Florida (6/23)
Cherokee Nation enters deal to run commercial casino in Arkansas (6/23)
Tohono O'odham Nation told to turn over casino-related documents (6/23)
Senate Indian Affairs Committee debates marijuana & sovereignty (6/22)
Major trust reform bill supported by Indian Country signed into law (6/22)
President Obama signs land-into-trust bill for Susanville Rancheria (6/22)
Chairman Jim Boyd from Colville Tribes passes away at age of 60 (6/22)
Tribes take more control of their land with HEARTH Act regulations (6/22)
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community adds another 128 acres (6/22)
Lakota Country Times: Pine Ridge Reservation graduates celebrate (6/22)
Native Sun News: Year of Reconciliation sees another anniversary (6/22)
Former Fond du Lac Band chairman Peter Defoe passes on at 77 (6/22)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.