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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will attend her first Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Wednesday, May 15 when the focus of the hearing will be on her knowledge of Indian country.

First Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing With Sally Jewell Set



Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will make her first appearance in front of the Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday, May 15 when Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will hold a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing.

The hearing, entitled “To Receive the Views and Priorities of Interior Secretary Jewell with Regard to Matters of Indian Affairs” will examine Jewell’s perspective on the challenges currently facing Indian country according to a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs press release.

The hearing comes one month after Jewell was sworn in as the head of the Department of the Interior – “the principal agency charged with upholding the federal government’s trust obligations to American Indian tribes.” (Related story: Senators Confirm Sally Jewell to Lead Interior; Predict She Will be Good for Indian Country)

In her new role, it is her responsibility to coordinate the government-to-government relationship that exists between the U.S and American Indian Tribes.

When Jewell was confirmed in April Indian Country Today Media Network reported that she had supporters in Indian country, a few of them are Billy Frank, a Native American environmental advocate; Fawn Sharp, and Chris Stearns.

As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell coordinates the government-to-government relationship that exists between the U.S. and American Indian Tribes. Within that relationship, the Department of the Interior is responsible for providing safety, education, general welfare, and natural resource services to Indian communities, while also promoting Tribal self-governance and self-determination.

The hearing will be available online at indian.senate.gov.

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Submitted by Beverly McDonald on
I would like to be the first to inform you that the state of Indian Affairs is a mess The individual tribes are corrupt due to the casinos and greedy council that get themselves voted in. I am in the middle if a civil complaint due to a fradulant election. We go through the steps but we know nothing will happen to the injustice that is involved. However, if you could help me with the chain od command I will gladly follow it with hopes it might reach the right person. I started with the BIA in Pawnee, OK and went to Anadarko, OK but don't know where to go from there to get justice your help would be greatly appreciated. otoe49er@yahoo.com member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe in Red Rock, OK