Indian Health Care Improvement Act, Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Indian Affairs of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, Ninety-Third Congress, Second Session, April 3 and 5, 1974   [open pdf - 340MB]

These are the April 3 and 5, 1974 hearings on "Indian Health Care Improvement Act," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Indian Affairs of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. From the opening statement of Henry M. Jackson: "We open hearings today on one of the most sadly neglected problems in our country--the health of Native Americans. The concern that this committee feels about Indian health is reflected by the wide spectrum of support for S. 2938 received from both the majority and minority members and the admittedly unusual step of convening the full committee to hear testimony. Another unusual step is hearing first from public witnesses. I am frankly growing tired of the administration witnesses presenting long opening statements on pressing problems of our society urging inaction and presenting no positive alternatives. We will hear first from those best qualified to outline the problem of Indian health; the Indians themselves. We will then hear from knowledgeable professionals in the field of Indian health. After receiving testimony from these witnesses, we shall then ask the administration to respond on April 11. As yet, they have not announced their position on S. 2938. Perhaps, if they learn of the compelling needs that will be outlined in the next several days, they might come forth with more than the usual song of 'we don't need any legislation because we are already working on the problem.' I remain hopeful that we may start to see some positive initiatives from this administration."

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