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Senate hearings on suicide, education, lobbying

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has three hearings on its schedule for the month of June.

June 15 - Oversight hearing on youth suicide prevention. Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the committee's vice chairman, held a field hearing in Bismarck last month.

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June 16 - Oversight hearing on Indian education. The committee previously requested a General Accountability Office study into the Office of Indian Education Office at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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June 22 - Oversight hearing on tribal lobbying matters. This is expected to be the last hearing in the Jack Abramoff/Michael Scanlon scandal.

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