House subcommittee sets hearing on facilities in Indian Country
June 16, 2021
The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is getting back to work this week.
The subcommittee has scheduled a hearing on Thursday to examine facilities in Indian Country. The focus comes as Congress and the Biden administration negotiate an infrastructure package that could help address backlogs in maintenance, repair and replacement of schools, roads and other facilities in American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.
“It is my hope that the enacted infrastructure relief will be bi-partisan and provide an equitable distribution to tribes in honor of the treaty and trust obligation,” Chairperson Aaron Payment of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians said in an opinion published on Indianz.Com. “The proportionate share in the infrastructure bill for tribes based on our population should be at least $40 billion.”