WASHINGTON—Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened an oversight hearing entitled “45th Anniversary of the Native American Programs Act and the Establishment of the Administration for Native Americans.”
“The purpose of this Act is to promote economic and self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Native populations throughout the Pacific region,” said Hoeven. “This agency provides three types of grants to enhance the economic and cultural well-being of these populations. According to the ANA Reports to Congress, these grants have assisted Native communities in overcoming challenges in economic development and cultural loss.”
The Native American Programs Act of 1974 (NAPA) was enacted as Title VIII of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (P.L. 88-452), as added by Public Law 93-644. The NAPA is the authorizing legislation for the Administration for Native Americans (ANA). Overseen by Commissioner Jeannie Hovland, the ANA provides short-term funding for community-based projects that are designed to improve the lives of Native children and families and to reduce long-term dependency on public assistance.