Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Languages One Year Later, Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, May 26, 2021   [open pdf - 255KB]

This is the May 26, 2021 hearing on "Examining the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Response in Native Communities: Native Languages One Year Later," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. From the Opening Statement of Brian Schatz: "[W]e will examine the pandemic's impact on Native American languages. We will also consider two bills, S. 989, the Native American Language Resource Center Act of 2021, and S. 1402, the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act of 2021. More than 30 years ago, Congress formally rejected past Federal policies that tried to silence Native American languages. When we enacted the Native American Languages Act in 1990, the U.S. expressly recognized the inherent rights of freedoms of Native Americans to use their indigenous languages. Since then, Congress has continued to build on the foundation of this law, passing legislation such as the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act of 2006 that supported maintenance and revitalization of Native American languages." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bernadette ''Yaayuk" Alvanna-Stimpfle, Leslie Harper, Chuck Hoskin Jr., Ka'iulani Laeha, and Michelle Sauve.

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S. Hrg. 117-34; Senate Hearing 117-34
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