Secretary Salazar won't testify for federal recognition hearing
Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has declined an invitation to testify before the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs
The subcommittee is holding a hearing this Wednesday on federal recognition.
Neither Salazar, nor anyone from the Bureau of Indian Affairs
, has agreed to appear.
This isn't the first time that's happened. At some prior hearings on Indian issues, the Obama administration declined to send a top-ranking BIA official to the subcommittee, instead choosing to send mid-level directors.
During the 112th Congress, former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk only appeared before the subcommittee once, according to the Interior Department's Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs
. He left the administration in May.
During the 111th Congress, Echo Hawk never testified before the House Natural Resources Committee
, according to the OCL
This week's hearing takes place at 2pm in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. The witness list follows:
The Honorable Ken Salazar*
Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior
Stephen R. Adkins
Chief, Chickahominy Tribe
Tribal Chair, Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley
Chairwoman, Muscogee Nation
Chief, MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians
The Honorable Diane Dillon
Supervisor, Napa County District 3
* Witness declined to testify.
Hearing on Authorization, standards, and procedures for whether, how, and when
Indian tribes should be newly recognized by the federal government
Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs