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Broken Promises: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans

  • HVC-200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

Please join Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) for a Congressional Panel Discussion with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) on Wednesday, June 5 to identify policy solutions to address the recommendations outlined in the 2018 USCCR Report: “BROKEN PROMISES: Continuing Federal Funding Shortfall for Native Americans.”

The interactive panel discussion will provide the opportunity for Members of Congress, representatives from key federal agencies, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the USCCR, to engage in a critical discussion on necessary policy reforms to address priority issues outlined in the report, including: addressing the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) crisis and broader challenges facing tribal law enforcement and justice programs, promoting Self-Determination and Self-Governance, fostering tribal economic development opportunities, and increasing access to health care and improving health outcomes throughout Indian Country.

Capitol Hill staffers, the greater Washington policy community, and media are invited to attend the discussion and hear about the key findings from the Broken Promises report and possible policy solutions to address critical challenges facing Native American communities.

The panel will be held on Wednesday, June 5 from 1:00-2:00pm in HVC-200 (Capitol Visitors Center).

Confirmed Panelists include:

  • U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Host

  • U.S. Representative Tom Cole (R-OK), Co-Chair, Congressional Native American Caucus

  • U.S. Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM), Co-Chair, Congressional Native American Caucus

  • Catherine Lhamon, Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

  • Karen Narasaki, Lead Commissioner on Broken Promises Report, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

  • Jefferson Keel, President, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

  • Kirk Francis, President, USET Sovereignty Protection Fund

  • Tara Katuk Mac Lean Sweeney, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior

  • Rear Adm. Michael D. Weahkee, Director of the Indian Health Service, U.S Department of Health and Human Services

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Leah Li at Leah.Li@mail.house.gov or 202-225-5916