Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to discuss rural programs

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon completed a $22 million school complex with the help a program at USDA Rural Development. Photo by USDA

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding a hearing on Wednesday to focus on rural development programs at the Department of Agriculture.

USDA's Rural Development offers a variety of initiatives aimed at improving the economy and quality of life in rural areas. Tribes and tribal colleges have benefited from grants, loans and other programs and the committee will look at more ways for Indian Country to participate.

The hearing takes place immediately following a business meeting at 2:15pm in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building. The witness list follows:
Ms. Lillian Salerno
Deputy Under Secretary for the Rural Development Mission Area, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Lafe Haugen
Executive Director, Northern Cheyenne Tribal Housing Authority, Lame Deer, MT

Mr. Timothy Schuerch
President and CEO, Maniilaq Association, Kotzebue, AK

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notices:
Business Meeting to Consider S. 2785, S. 2920 & S. 3014 (June 22, 2016)
Oversight Hearing on "Accessing USDA Rural Development Programs in Native Communities (June 22, 2016)

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