Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for first field oversight hearing

Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Photo: SCIA

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is in North Dakota this week for its first field hearing of the 115th Congress.

Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), the chairman of the committee, will lead the proceeding on Friday. It takes place at the Cankdeska Cikana Community College on the Spirit Lake Nation.

The subject of the hearing is the implementation of the Native American Children's Safety Act. The new law, which was introduced by Hoeven as S.184 during the last session of Congress, requires t background checks on all adults living in homes where Native children are placed in foster care.

The hearing begins at 1pm Central time. The witness list follows:
Mr. Michael S. Black
Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC

Ms. Nikki Hatch
Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families, Region 8, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Denver, CO

The Honorable Myra Pearson
Chairwoman, Spirit Lake Tribe, Fort Totten, ND

Cynthia Lindquist, Ph.D.
President, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, ND

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice:
Oversight Field Hearing on “Safeguarding to the Seventh Generation: Protection and Justice for Indian Children and the Implementation of the Native American Children’s Safety Act of 2016.” (April 21, 2017)

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