WASHINGTON — Tomorrow, May 17, 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 a business meeting to review several bills related to Indian Country, including a Udall-cosponsored bill, the Native Educator Support and Training (NEST) Act. The NEST Act creates new scholarships and additional professional development opportunities, and expands loan forgiveness programs to support the recruitment and retention of educators in Indian Country schools. Udall will offer an amendment to support early childhood education for Native children by expanding scholarship programs to include preschool educators.
The committee will hold an oversight hearing immediately after the business meeting. Titled “High Risk, No Reward: GAO’s High Risk List for Indian Programs,” the hearing will examine Indian programs at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education, and Indian Health Service that were designated “high risk” in a biennial report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ independent investigative agency.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17, 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: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Watch live here.