Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts field hearings in Hawaii
from Indianz.com, June 1, 2022 (excerpt)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is on the road this week, hosting two field hearings in Hawaii.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: These hearings --Chaired by Sen Schatz-- were not announced anywhere. Not by OHA, DHHL, CNHA, nor by any member of the Congressional delegation, nor by any news release from the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. They appear to be linked only from the Senate Indian Affairs Committee calendar. UPDATE: These Senate Indian Affairs Ctte news releases were posted after the hearing were held: Honolulu, Hilo.)
The committee is in Honolulu, the state capital on the island of Oʻahu, for the first field hearing on Wednesday. A second one is taking place in Hilo, on the big island of Hawaiʻi, on Thursday.
The field hearings are titled “Upholding the Federal Trust Responsibility: Funding & Program Access for Innovation in the Native Hawaiian Community.” It’s a subject frequently raised by Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), the chair of the committee….
The field hearing on Wednesday takes place at 10:30am Hawaii Time (4:30pm Eastern) in the Keoni Auditorium of the East-West Center in Honolulu. The witness list follows:
The Honorable Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey – Testimony [PDF]
Chair, Board of Trustees
Office of Hawaiian Affairs
Mr. William J. Aila, Jr. – Testimony [PDF]
Hawaiian Homes Commission
Mr. Kūhiō Lewis – Testimony [PDF]
President & Chief Executive Officer
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
Dr. Sheri-Ann Daniels, Ed.D. – Testimony [PDF]
Papa Ola Lōkahi
Dr. Winona Kaalouahi Lee, M.D. – Testimony [PDF]
Associate Chair, Medical Education
Department of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Ms. Elena Farden – Testimony [PDF]
Native Hawaiian Education Council
The field hearing on Thursday takes place at 10:30am Hawaii Time (4:30pm Eastern) in the Lumi Pāhiahia (Large Auditorium) of Haleʻōlelo (College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i in Hilo. A witness list hasn’t been posted online.
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Field Hearing titled “Upholding the Federal Trust Responsibility: Funding & Program Access for Innovation in the Native Hawaiian Community" (part 2)
Thursday, June 02 2022 - 04:30 PM
Lumi Pāhiahia (Large Auditorium) of Haleʻōlelo (College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo)
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***Note: Hearing will begin at 10:30 a.m. (HST). To replay live webcast, please click here.
Ms. Nāmaka Rawlins
Alaka‘i – Senior Director
Hale Kipa ‘Ōiwi at ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, Hilo, HI
Ms. M. Kāhealani K Naeole-Wong
Poʻo Kula – Head of School
Kamehameha Schools, Keaʻau Campus, Keaʻau, HI
Dr. Keiki Kawai'ae'a, Ph.D.
Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI
Ms. Amy Kalili
Pilina First LLP, Kailua, HI
Ms. Luana Kawelu
Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo, HI
Dr. Noa Kekuewa Lincoln, Ph.D.
Advisor, Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative, President, Māla Kalu‘ulu Cooperative & Associate Research Professor
University of Hawai‘i, Hilo, HI
Mr. Kūha'o Zane
Creative Director, Sig Zane Designs and SZKaiao & Kālaimoku Board of Directors
Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation, Hilo, HI
I: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts field hearings in Hawaii
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SA: Native Hawaiians urge congressional committee to meet its trust obligation by opening more access to funding -- "Schatz said it was the first time in more than a decade that the Indian Affairs Committee had conducted hearings in Hawaii" (and he remembers how it went last time, lol!)
HTH: Schatz listens to concerns of Native Hawaiian leaders