Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center
The Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center is located in Hemet, California. Photo: Indian Health Service
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs legislative hearing
Monday, September 21, 2020
Indianz.Com

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday, September 23, the panel’s first since lawmakers went on break for most of August.

Five bills are on the agenda for the afternoon session. They are:

  • S.3126, the Native Behavioral Health Access Improvement Act. The bill amends the Public Health Service Act to authorize a special behavioral health program for Indians.
  • S.3264, Bridging the Tribal Digital Divide Act. The bill expedites and streamlines the deployment of affordable broadband service on tribal lands.
  • S.3937, Special Diabetes Program for Indians Reauthorization Act. The bill amends section 330C of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize special programs for Indians for providing services for the prevention and treatment of diabetes. It would provide $250 million a year in grants through 2025.
  • S.4079. The bill authorizes the Seminole Tribe to lease or transfer certain non-trust lands in Florida.
  • S.4556. The bill authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Indian Health Service, to acquire private land to facilitate access to the Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center in Hemet, California.

The hearing takes place at 2:30pm Eastern on Wednesday. It will be broadcast on the committee’s website.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Notice
Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on S. 3126, S. 3264, S. 3937, S. 4079 & S. 4556 (September 23, 2020)