Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs United States Congress The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has jurisdiction to study the unique problems of American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples and to propose legislation to alleviate these difficulties.

These issues include, but are not limited to, Indian education, economic development, land management, trust responsibilities, health care, and claims against the United States. All legislation proposed by Members of the Senate that specifically pertains to American Indians, Native Hawaiians, or Alaska Natives is under the jurisdiction of the Committee.

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Read more about today’s hearing to consider President Biden’s nomination of Mr. Bryan Newland to serve as Assistant Secr...
06/09/2021
SCHATZ CONVENES NOMINATION HEARING TO CONSIDER ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR INDIAN AFFAIRS NOMINEE | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Read more about today’s hearing to consider President Biden’s nomination of Mr. Bryan Newland to serve as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior here: https://bit.ly/3v7KuEV

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a nomination hearing to consider President Biden’s nomination of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Todd Newland, of Michigan, to serve as Assistant Sec...

05/28/2021

The Senate just passed legislation to repeal a bunch of racist laws. We still have federal policies in the books that are deeply and explicitly racist, but this is an important step in the right direction. Now the bill heads to the House.

The Senate passed 8 bipartisan Indian Affairs bills last night. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2Sv1qre
05/27/2021
SCHATZ APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF 8 BIPARTISAN INDIAN AFFAIRS BILLS | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

The Senate passed 8 bipartisan Indian Affairs bills last night. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2Sv1qre

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, issued the following statement upon full Senate passage of eight bills previously approved by the committee. The bills now head to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Check out today’s hearing to examine COVID-19’s impact on Native languages and receive testimony on two Schatz-led bills...
05/26/2021
SCHATZ CONVENES INDIAN AFFAIRS HEARING TO EXAMINE COVID-19 IMPACT ON NATIVE LANGUAGES | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Check out today’s hearing to examine COVID-19’s impact on Native languages and receive testimony on two Schatz-led bills that will strengthen federal support for Native languages: https://bit.ly/2SpVQ9z

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight and legislative hearing on “Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Languages One Year Later” and to receive testimony on S.989, the Native Am...

Read more about today’s hearing to examine COVID-19’s impact on Native tourism economies here: https://bit.ly/33I7uyM
05/12/2021
SCHATZ LEADS INDIAN AFFAIRS OVERSIGHT HEARING TO EXAMINE COVID-19 IMPACT ON NATIVE TOURISM ECONOMIES | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Read more about today’s hearing to examine COVID-19’s impact on Native tourism economies here: https://bit.ly/33I7uyM

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing, “Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Tourism Economies One Year Later.” The committee heard from the Department of Commerce’s A...

Chairman Schatz and Vice Chairman Murkowski introduced the bipartisan Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 20...
04/29/2021
SCHATZ, MURKOWSKI INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO SUPPORT NATIVE AMERICAN LANGUAGES | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Chairman Schatz and Vice Chairman Murkowski introduced the bipartisan Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2021 to support Native language revitalization. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3t4LfNO

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, introduced the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2021. This bipartisan legislation marks the 30th anni...

Check out today’s hearing to examine COVID-19 response in Native education systems: https://bit.ly/3xvLHIs
04/28/2021
SCHATZ LEADS INDIAN AFFAIRS OVERSIGHT HEARING TO EXAMINE FEDERAL COVID-19 RESPONSE IN NATIVE EDUCATION SYSTEMS | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Check out today’s hearing to examine COVID-19 response in Native education systems: https://bit.ly/3xvLHIs

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing, “Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Education Systems One Year Later.” The committee heard from the Government Accountability Of...

Chairman Schatz’s full statement on Secretary Haaland's recent actions to protect Tribal homelands and honor Tribal sove...
04/27/2021
SCHATZ: INTERIOR DEPARTMENT ACTIONS HONOR TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY, PROTECT TRIBAL LANDS | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Chairman Schatz’s full statement on Secretary Haaland's recent actions to protect Tribal homelands and honor Tribal sovereignty: https://bit.ly/2QB30au

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the Department of the Interior’s announcement on steps it is taking to restore Tribal homelands, empower Tribal governments, and better manage Indi...

Chairman Schatz’s full statement on reviving The White House Council on Native American Affairs: https://bit.ly/3do4wp7
04/15/2021
SCHATZ: RETURN OF WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON NATIVE AMERICAN AFFAIRS SIGNALS RENEWED COMMITTEMENT TO NATIVE COMMUNITIES | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Chairman Schatz’s full statement on reviving The White House Council on Native American Affairs: https://bit.ly/3do4wp7

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on today’s announcement that Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice will soon convene the first White House Council on ...

Read more about today’s oversight hearing to examine COVID-19 response in Native communities here: https://bit.ly/3dYGmR...
04/14/2021
SCHATZ LEADS INDIAN AFFAIRS OVERSIGHT HEARING TO EXAMINE COVID-19 RESPONSE IN NATIVE COMMUNITIES | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Read more about today’s oversight hearing to examine COVID-19 response in Native communities here: https://bit.ly/3dYGmR0

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing, “Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Health Systems One Year Later.” The committee heard from the Indian Health Service’s Chief...

The Senate passed a bipartisan resolution honoring American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women’s achieveme...
03/25/2021
Murkowski, Schatz Legislation Recognizing Native Women Achievements and Contributions Passes Senate | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

The Senate passed a bipartisan resolution honoring American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women’s achievements and contributions to our shared American history. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3cm2ipv #WomensHistoryMonth

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution led by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, honoring the achievements of Native women throughout American hist...

Check out today’s oversight hearing on supporting the water infrastructure needs of Native communities: https://bit.ly/3...
03/24/2021
SCHATZ LEADS INDIAN AFFAIRS OVERSIGHT HEARING ON WATER INFRASTRUCTURE | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Check out today’s oversight hearing on supporting the water infrastructure needs of Native communities: https://bit.ly/31fDglF #BuildBackBetter

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing, “Build Back Better: Water Infrastructure Needs for Native Communities.” The committee heard from Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Chairman Raymond Tsump...

ICYMI The New York Times' profile on the #AmericanRescuePlan’s historic investment in Native communities: https://bit.ly...
03/19/2021
ICYMI: NEW YORK TIMES HIGHLIGHTS AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN’S HISTORIC FUNDING FOR NATIVE COMMUNITIES | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

ICYMI The New York Times' profile on the #AmericanRescuePlan’s historic investment in Native communities: https://bit.ly/30VoKiZ

WASHINGTON – The New York Times published an article highlighting the more than $31 billion in federal funding for Tribes and Native communities in the American Rescue Plan Act – the biggest one-time investment in Native programs in history. This new funding will empower American Indians, Alaska...

Chairman Schatz’s full statement on Deb Haaland’s historic confirmation as the first Native American to lead the U.S. De...
03/15/2021
SCHATZ COMMENDS CONFIRMATION OF DEB HAALAND AS SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Chairman Schatz’s full statement on Deb Haaland’s historic confirmation as the first Native American to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior: https://bit.ly/2P0o0Gg #DebforInterior

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s confirmation as the country’s first Native American Cabinet Secretary to lead the Department of the Interior.

Senator Brian Schatz today led an Indian Affairs Committee roundtable to learn from the leadership role Native communiti...
03/11/2021
SCHATZ LEADS INDAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ROUNDTABLE, UNDERSCORES NATIVE COMMUNITIES’ RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CRISIS | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Senator Brian Schatz today led an Indian Affairs Committee roundtable to learn from the leadership role Native communities are taking in response to climate change.

Click here for more info: https://bit.ly/30xGJM8

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a roundtable discussion, “Native Communities and the Climate Crisis,” to hear from Native leaders and experts from around the country on how climate change is impacting their c...

This afternoon, the Senate passed the largest investment in Native programs in history. More than $31 billion in dedicat...
03/06/2021
SENATE PASSES LARGEST INVESTMENT IN NATIVE PROGRAMS IN HISTORY, MORE THAN $31 BILLION HEADING TO NATIVE COMMUNITIES | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

This afternoon, the Senate passed the largest investment in Native programs in history. More than $31 billion in dedicated funding will soon be heading to Tribes and Native communities in the #AmericanRescuePlan

Click here for more info: https://bit.ly/3efX6Vu

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, helped secure more than $31.2 billion in dedicated funding for Tribal governments and Native communities, comprising the largest investment in history for Native programs. The new funding will...

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02/12/2021

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02/11/2021
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Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) were both unanimously elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs for the 117th Congress.

Click here for more info: https://bit.ly/3aYjf7K

Within the last week, the Senate passed 15 Indian bills. 8 of these bills are heading to the President to be signed into...
12/22/2020
Hoeven: Senate Passes Fifteen Indian Bills | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Within the last week, the Senate passed 15 Indian bills. 8 of these bills are heading to the President to be signed into law.

In the 116th Congress, 32 Committee bills have been passed by the Senate with 20 Indian bills going to the President.

For more information on the 15 bills, click here: https://bit.ly/3pmrDUd

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement after the Senate passed fifteen Indian bills. Eight of the fifteen bills, including a bill introduced by Hoeven, will proceed to the President to be signed into la...

Last night, Congress passed the ICEE Act of 2020. A bill, introduced by Senator John Hoeven, that promotes economic deve...
12/18/2020
Chairman Hoeven: Congress Approves Hoeven Legislation to Increase Economic Opportunities in Indian Country | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Last night, Congress passed the ICEE Act of 2020. A bill, introduced by Senator John Hoeven, that promotes economic development and job creation in Indian country. The bill will be sent to the President to be signed into law.

Click here for more info: https://bit.ly/37utDU4

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today released the following statement, after he secured passage of S. 212, the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2020 (ICEE Act of 2020). Hoeven introduced the legislation to promote econ...

Today, the Committee held an oversight hearing on "From Languages to Homelands: Advancing Tribal Self-Governance and Cul...
12/09/2020
Hoeven Chairs Oversight Hearing on Tribal Self-Governance and Cultural Sovereignty | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Today, the Committee held an oversight hearing on "From Languages to Homelands: Advancing Tribal Self-Governance and Cultural Sovereignty for Future Generations."

The hearing included the following virtual witnesses:
Governor Brian Vallo, Pueblo of Acoma;
President Kirk Francis, United South and Eastern Tribes Sovereignty Protection Fund; and
Mr. John Echohawk, Executive Director of the Native American Rights Fund.

For more information on the hearing, click here: https://bit.ly/37Qcljd

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today held an oversight hearing on “From Languages to Homelands: Advancing Tribal Self-Governance and Cultural Sovereignty for Future Generations,” which included testimony from tribal leaders and trib...

Senate passes S.Res.779. Chairman Hoeven, Vice Chairman Udall, and 27 senators sponsored the resolution recognizing Nove...
11/19/2020

Senate passes S.Res.779. Chairman Hoeven, Vice Chairman Udall, and 27 senators sponsored the resolution recognizing November as National Native American Heritage Month.

Click here for more info: https://bit.ly/332tPXY

Today, the Committee advanced four Indian bills during its business meeting. S. 790 and S. 3264 both passed as amended, ...
11/18/2020
Committee Advances Four Indian Bills During Business Meeting | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Today, the Committee advanced four Indian bills during its business meeting.

S. 790 and S. 3264 both passed as amended, as well as S. 4079 and S. 4556.

Click here for more information on the business meeting: https://bit.ly/3kIk5IB

WASHINGTON – The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, chaired by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), today passed the following four bills at its business meeting:

On October 21, 2020, President Trump Signed S. 209, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act into law. Click here to read stat...
10/23/2020
Hoeven & Udall: President Trump Signs the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act of 2019 Into Law | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

On October 21, 2020, President Trump Signed S. 209, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act into law.

Click here to read statements from Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall: https://bit.ly/3ol15TC

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today issued the following statement after President Trump signed S. 209, the Practical Reforms and Other Goals ...

Senator John Hoeven
10/09/2020

Senator John Hoeven

Marked the opening of the U.S. Indian Law Enforcement Advanced Training Center at Camp Grafton today. This center will provide tribal law enforcement in the Great Plains area with the necessary training and skills to serve and meet the challenges in their communities, including investigating illicit drug crime and missing or murdered Indians. I appreciate the Trump Administration’s continued commitment to Indian Country, especially Secretary Bernhardt and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Sweeney. Further, we welcome the partnership between the Department of the Interior and the State, working with Governor Burgum and Adjutant General Dohrmann, to find the right location. By bringing all levels of government together, tribal communities across the region will benefit from this center.

TODAY: The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan S. 209, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act of 2019, and will n...
09/21/2020
Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall Statement on House Passage of Tribal Self-Governance Senate Bill | The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

TODAY: The House of Representatives passed the bipartisan S. 209, the PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act of 2019, and will now move to the President's desk to be signed into law.

For statements provided by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the SCIA, click here: https://bit.ly/35WfDSQ

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed the House of Representatives’ passage of S. 209, the Practical Reforms and Other Goals To Reinforce the E...

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