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U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. HT, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaiʻi), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will lead a roundtable discussion titled, “Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities through Infrastructure Investment.”

Chairman Schatz and the committee will hear from tribal leaders and Native-serving organizations on how strong federal investment in broadband infrastructure is bridging the digital divide in Native communities and what more Congress can do to get Native communities connected.

Tomorrow, January 12, 2022

WHAT: Schatz to lead Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Roundtable.

WITNESSES:

  • The Honorable Manuel Heart, Chairman, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Towaoc, Colorado
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  • The Honorable William Smith, Alaska Area Representative & Board member, National Indian Health Board; Board Member, Valdez, Alaska
  • Walter W. Haase, P.E., General Manager, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, Fort Defiance, Arizona
  • Carrie L. Billy, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Matthew Rantanen, Co-Chair, Subcommittee Technology & Telecommunications, National Congress of American Indians, Washington, DC
  • Donovan Kealoha, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Purple Mai‘a Foundation, ‘Aiea, Hawaii
  • Hallie Bisset, Executive Director, Alaska Native Village Corporation Association, Anchorage, Alaska

WHEN: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 2:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. HT

HOW TO JOIN: Access the live stream here.

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