Tuesday's schedule also includes a slew of members of Congress. Both parties are well represented: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), a prominent member of the House Committee on Natural Resources; Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California), the Democratic leader in the House; and Rep. Norma Torres (D-California), the top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, are among the lawmakers on the agenda. Also on Tuesday afternoon, Secretary Carson's department is hosting a listening session on new regulations for the Section 184 Indian Housing Loan Guarantee Program. Details are scarce at the moment, though HUD has promised to post an explanatory document on hud.gov/codetalk prior to the meeting. On Wednesday, attendees of NCAI's conference will be hearing the from the last Trump official on the agenda. That's Secretary David Shulkin of the Department of Veteran Affairs, who hasn't previously spoken to the organization. In addition to updates on the U.S. Supreme Court and the Native vote, the schedule for Wednesday features even more members of Congress, including: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), who serves on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota), the co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus; and Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
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Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is not currently scheduled to speak at NCAI, though he has frequently done so in the past. His chief of staff, Sean Murphy, who worked closely with tribes on legislation, suddenly passed away on Monday. Murphy leaves behind a wife and three children. Another notable absence is someone from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Neither John Tahsuda, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, nor Bryan Rice, the director of the BIA, are on the agenda at the moment The BIA, though, will still be represented at NCAI, as Tahsuda and other officials are expected to be in attendance. The agency is also holding a listening on those controversial land-into-trust regulations on Thursday morning at the Capital Hilton. As for Wednesday, the schedule also includes Tom Perez, who appeared before NCAI when he was Secretary for Labor during the Obama administration. He now serves as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, which recently elevated its Native American Council into a Native American Caucus. NCAI's winter meeting concludes on Thursday, February 15. Related Stories:
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