Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Education Systems One Year Later, Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, April 28, 2021   [open pdf - 294KB]

This is the April 28, 2021 hearing on "Examining the COVID-19 Response in Native Communities: Native Education Systems One Year Later," held before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. From the opening statement of Brian Schatz: "For over a year, we have found ourselves navigating through unprecedented loss and change due to the coronavirus. In our schools, the pandemic has impacted learning and disrupted foundational support services for students across the Country. Congress responded by providing supplemental funding in the CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act to support schools and education programs in their COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] response, including more than $222 million for the BIE [Bureau of Indian Education]. The Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Funding Bill provided additional funding resources to help schools with their COVID needs. But for many Native leaders, educators and school officials, critical Federal resources have been difficult to access or even non-existent. That is not acceptable, especially during a pandemic. The United States must fulfill its trust obligation to support Native-servings schools and provide comprehensive educational opportunities to American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. That is why this Committee worked to ensure President Biden's American Rescue Plan contained more than $2.5 billion for Native students, including the first dedicated funding for Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native education organizations to address their COVID related needs. Indeed, help is here." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tony L. Dearman, Melissa Emrey-Arras, Kauanoe Kamana, Michelle Thomas, and Lance West.

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S. Hrg. 117-59; Senate Hearing 117-59
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