U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Date for Briefing Related to its Report, Quiet Crisis: Federal Funding and Unmet Needs In Indian Country, 2016 Update

Feb 10, 2016, 15:30 ET from U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced today that it will hold a public briefing on February 19th, 2016 to examine education, health, public safety, housing, rural development and economic opportunity in the Native American Community. The report, "Quiet Crisis: Federal Funding and Unmet Needs in Indian Country, 2016 Update," reexamines and reviews the efforts made by the federal government as a follow-up to the Commission's 2003 report.

Commission Chairman Martin R. Castro stated, "As the first Americans, the current civil rights conditions of Native Americans are an important concern for the Commission. We must highlight the unmet needs of Indian Nations that exist in our country so that we can successfully address them. We must always remember that the legacy of our First Nations is reflected in the service of Native sons and daughters in our armed forces, and of their contributions to so many professions and industries in our nation.  We hope this report will do justice to our past work on the topic and to the Native American Community."

Panelists will include Jacqueline Pata of the National Congress of the American Indians, Ahniwake Rose of the National Indian Education Association, William Mendoza of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education and Robert McSwain of the Indian Health Service.

WHAT: Briefing on Quiet Crisis: Federal Funding and Unmet Needs in Indian Country, 2016 Update.

WHEN: February 19, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

Please arrive early as seating is limited or participate via teleconference.

WHERE: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1150
Washington, DC 20425 (Entrance on F Street NW)

LISTEN IN: To listen to the Commission's Briefing via telephone, please follow the instructions below:

Dial toll-free number 1-888-510-1765; Provide operator conference #1772246.

DOCUMENTS: The Commission is going green! Electronic versions of the briefing documents, will be made available online the day before the briefing.

Deaf or hearing-impaired persons who require the services of a sign language interpreter should contact Pam Dunston at (202) 376-8105.

The public may submit written comments on the topic of the briefing to qccomments@usccr.gov within 30 days after the briefing.

Contact: Gerson Gomez
Media Advisor
(202) 376-8371

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