CANCELLED: Public Hearing of the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children

Mar
13
14
All day
Scottsdale, Arizona

***Please note that this meeting has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.***

Unfortunately, the Commissioner has had to make the difficult decision to postpone this event. A message from the Commission's Chair is below.

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Dear community members and witnesses,

Although we are very much looking forward to hearing your voice and thoughts regarding how to best support and make change for Alaska Native, American Indian and Hawaiian youth, we regretfully inform you that we are rescheduling the first regional hearing of the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children in Scottsdale, AZ, March 13-14, 2020. In this rapidly evolving situation, given the pandemic announcement, we have just learned that many Tribes, including the Navajo Nation, have announced travel restrictions. It is out of an abundance of caution and because of the inability of a large segment of the community to participate that we have made the difficult decision to postpone the public hearing scheduled for Friday afternoon, March 13 and Saturday, March 14.

We are looking at rescheduling the hearing before September 30, and will keep you posted as we finalize these arrangements. We will continue our work when we have a better assessment of the situation and can ensure the maximum participation of the community.

We want to thank all those Tribal Leaders and community members who were planning to attend the hearing for their commitment to Native children. We especially want to express our deep appreciation to the witnesses who have been working so hard to prepare for the hearing. We look forward to hearing your testimony at a later date.

Thank you for your understanding. Please contact asbwsnc@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Gloria O’Neill

Chair, Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children

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Notice

1st Public Hearing of the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children

in Scottsdale, Arizona

 

The 11-member Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children (Commission) will be holding its first hearing on March 13-14, 2020 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. This Commission was established by Congress to conduct a comprehensive study of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and to develop recommendations, goals, and plans for achieving goals, for federal policy relating to Native children, as well as modifications necessary to improve programs that serve American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. The Commission is tasked with issuing a report focusing recommendations on solutions to issues that would improve the health, safety, and well-being of Native children, including: child welfare; physical, mental, and behavioral health; educational and vocational opportunities; school district policies and practices; access to cultural and extracurricular activities; juvenile justice; early education and development; wraparound services for Native children through increased coordination; flexible use of existing federal programs; improved data collection methods; and models of successful federal, state, local and tribal programs. The Commission’s goal is to develop a sustainable system that delivers effective, culturally appropriate, meaningful wraparound services to Native children.

The Commission will be holding hearings in and reviewing documentation from tribal communities throughout the country to hear from Native children, their families, tribal leaders, and community members. The Commission will also hear from respected researchers and experts as they consider their recommendations. The first hearing will be March 13-14, 2020 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. Members of the public are invited to provide testimony on the afternoon of March 13th, and are invited to hear from panels of invited witnesses on March 14th. Interested parties will be given an opportunity to be heard on topics related to the health, education, and well-being of Native children.

Where: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

When: Open public hearing: 12 – 5:45 pm on Friday, March 13th (includes lunch from 12-1 pm)

Panels of invited witnesses (open to public): 9 am – 6 pm on Saturday, March 14th

Individuals who wish to provide testimony at the public hearing should email asbwsnc@gmail.com no later than March 9th at 5 pm MST. There may also be an opportunity to sign up to provide testimony on site. Individuals will be asked to provide testimony for 5-10 minutes.

Any person with a disability who desires reasonable accommodation to attend this meeting may contact asbwsnc@gmail.com.

The Commissioners of the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children are:

  • Gloria O’Neill (Chair), President/CEO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc., AK
  • Tami DeCoteau, Ph.D. (Vice-Chair), DeCoteau Trauma-Informed Care & Practice, PLLC, ND
  • Carlyle Begay, Former State Senator, AZ
  • Dolores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D., Director, Indian Country Child Trauma Center, OK
  • Jesse Delmar, Director, Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, AZ
  • Anita Fineday, Managing Director, Indian Child Welfare Program, Casey Family Programs, MN
  • Don Atqaqsaq Gray, Board Member, Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation, AK
  • Leander R. McDonald, Ph. D., President, United Tribes Technical College, ND
  • Elizabeth (Lisa) Morris, Administrator, Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, ND
  • Melody Staebner, Fargo/West Fargo Indian Education Coordinator, ND