Representative McCollum to hold budget hearing for Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education

Pictured: Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-MN-4), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies.(Photo: mccollum.house.gov)

Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee will hear from agency officials on Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request April 30

News Release

Office of Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-MN-4)

On Tuesday, April 30, Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-MN), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, will lead a hearing to gather testimony from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) about the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020.

Who: 

  • Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior | Witness Biography [PDF]
  • Tony Dearman, Director, Bureau of Indian Education, U.S. Department of the Interior | Witness Biography [PDF]
  • Johnna Blackhair, Acting Deputy Bureau Director - Trust Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs | Witness Biography [PDF]

What: Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Hearing, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Indian Education

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. ET

Where: Room 2008, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515

Background

Chair McCollum and the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee will gather information from the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, who will be accompanied by leaders of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) about the Trump administration’s proposed FY 2020 budget and its potential implications for these agencies and the Native American communities they serve. The request cuts funding for these agencies by $292 million, including significant cuts to the funding for the construction of schools, many of which are in a state of major disrepair. The budget request also proposes eliminating programs that help tribes respond to climate change and protect their water rights. The Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee will ask for details from agency officials about how they can effectively serve as a partner to enhance tribal communities’ quality of life and provide educational opportunities that meet tribal students’ needs for cultural and economic well-being.

The hearing will be livestreamed here.

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