October 3, 2017

TOMORROW: Udall to Preside as Vice Chairman at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing on the Success and Future of Indian Gaming

WASHINGTON — Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. MT / 2:30 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will join Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading an oversight hearing titled, “Doubling Down on Indian Gaming: Examining New Issues and Opportunities for Success in the Next 30 Years”.
The committee will hear testimony from several witnesses, including John Tahsuda III, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Udall will question Tahsuda about the administration’s proposal to amend the land-into-trust process and how it could impact the current process for acquiring land for gaming purposes. Udall also will ask Tribal witnesses about how Indian gaming has impacted their communities and Tribal economies.
Witnesses will include:
Keeny Escalanti, President, Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe, Yuma, Ariz.
Leonard Forsman, Chairman, The Suquamish Tribe, Suquamish, Wash.
Harold “Gus” Frank, Chairman, Forest County Potawatomi, Crandon, Wisc.
John Tahsuda III, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.
Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri, Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission, Washington, D.C.
Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., Chairman, National Indian Gaming Association, Washington, D.C.
Immediately before the oversight hearing, the committee will vote on the following bill:
S. 943, Johnson-O’Malley Supplemental Indian Education Program Modernization Act 
Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 4, 2017
WHAT: Udall to preside as vice chairman at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Business Meeting and Oversight Hearing
TIME: Approximately 12:30 p.m. MT / 2:30 p.m. ET
WHERE: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Watch live here.