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WASHINGTON The US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on President Barack Obama's 2013 Budget for Native programs on Thursday.
President Obama's Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for Indian Affairs, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), is $2.5 billion - a $4.6 million decrease below the FY 2012 enacted level.
The proposed budget maintains the President's commitment to meeting the government's responsibilities to the 566 Federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, while holding the line on fiscal responsibility and improving government efficiency.
Expert testimony will be heard by American Indian federal officials and tribal leaders on the need to maintain adequate funding in Indian Country for key programs.
The hearing will be webcast live on Thursday afternoon. To view the webcast Live use this Link.
WHEN: Thursday, March 8
TIME: 2:15 pm est
WHERE: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628
The Honorable Michell Hicks
Eastern Band of Cherokee on behalf of United South and Eastern Tribes Inc.,
The Honorable Robert Shepherd
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, on behalf of Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association,
Rapid City, South Dakota
The Honorable Jefferson Keel
National Congress of American Indians,
The Honorable Fawn Sharp
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians,
The Honorable Larry Echo Hawk
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
US Department of the Interior,
The Honorable Yvette Roubideaux
Indian Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services,
posted March 7, 2012 6:00 am est
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