July 29, 2020

Hoeven Holds Oversight Hearing on Safely Reopening BIE Schools

Click here to watch video of Chairman Hoeven’s opening remarks


WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today held an oversight hearing on “Preparing to Head Back to Class: Addressing How to Safely Reopen Bureau of Indian Education Schools.”


“We are approaching the time of year when students across the country usually return to school. However, this year unlike years past, brings a new dynamic into the mix with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hoeven. “In total, for Fiscal Year 2020, Congress has appropriated $1.9 billion for the operation of Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. The BIE has at least four ongoing consultations on spending the money from the CARES Act and reopening of schools. We hope today’s hearing can better guide BIE in moving forward to safely reopen schools.”


The Committee received testimony from two panels:


Panel I


MR. TONY DEARMAN, Director, Bureau of Indian Education, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC


Panel II


MS. MARITA HINDS, President, National Indian Education Association, Washington, DC (Virtual Witness)


MR. DAVID YARLOTT, JR., Chair, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Alexandria, VA (Virtual Witness)


For witness testimony and video of the oversight hearing, click here.