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Please Tune Into Early Childhood Development Hearing

Indian Affairs Committee to Stream Early Childhood Development Hearing

Please take action by tuning into the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs’ streaming of its oversight hearing on early childhood development this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs guides and shapes federal law to strengthen the government-to-government relationship between American Indian tribes, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians.  The committee focuses on issues such as, but not limited to, land management, economic development, trust responsibilities, education and health care.  The committee became permanent in 1984 and comprises 15 members.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) is the new chair of the committee. He has been an outspoken voice for rural America and American Indians.  In February, Tester and new U.S. Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) visited classrooms on the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations in eastern Montana to learn about the challenges that school administrators, educators and tribal leaders experience in tribal education systems.

The oversight hearing to receive testimony on “Early Childhood Development and Education in Indian Country:  Building a Foundation for Academic Success” is being followed by First Nations Development Institute. Why?  We are deeply involved through our programmatic and grant-making activities in supporting Native youth and communities.  We hope you will join us this week to watch the hearing online!  

For access to the hearing, click this link: http://www.indian.senate.gov/hearing/oversight-hearing-receive-testimony-early-childhood-development-and-education-indian-country.  

To learn more about the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, including internships and fellowships, visit the website www.indian.senate.gov.