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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructure

Elders help celebrate the completion of a roads project on the Navajo Nation. Photo: Navajo Nation Department of Transportation

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is hosting its first roundtable of the 115th Congress.

The panel will hold a discussion on infrastructure in Indian Country on March 15. The topic is extremely timely -- lawmakers have said they want to make sure tribes aren't left out as Republican President Donald Trump seeks investments in roads, bridges, dams and other developments.

"I hope that as any proposal ... moves forward, that we think about how we can use the opportunity to improve Indian Country infrastructure," Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), who is a former chairwoman of the committee, said at a meeting in late January. Schools, health facilities, roads and bridges are among the most critical needs on reservations.

The roundtable follows a March 9 hearing on tribal infrastructure that's being hosted by the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Roundtable Discussion on "Building Native America Together: Infrastructure Innovation and Improvements for the New Administration and Indian Country." (March 15, 2017)

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