Cherokee One Feather
August 25, 2011
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, chaired a hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 17 entitled, “Strengthening Self-Sufficiency: Overcoming Barriers to Economic Development in Native Communities.”
Chairman Akaka held the hearing to identify legislative and administrative barriers to providing economic development opportunities for Native communities. The testimony will help the Committee to develop policies that will strengthen self-sufficiency and bring economic growth and job creation.
“In these challenging economic times, it is imperative that we ensure that federal policies designed to spur economic development in Native communities are working well,” said Chairman Akaka. “Healthy economies are a key component to thriving communities, and the United States has a unique responsibility to its Native peoples to advance policies that promote self-sufficiency and self-determination.”