Timothy W. Rosette Sr. of the environmental health division of the Chippewa Cree Tribal government at Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation is scheduled to travel to Polson Friday to participate in a field hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
Montana’s U.S. Sen. Jon Tester scheduled the hearing to gather information from experts on transportation issues in Indian Country.
Larry J. Echo Hawk, assistant secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs, and Jefferson Keel, the president of the National Congress of American Indians are expected to join several representatives of Montana tribes to be among the witnesses who will testify during the hearing.
The hearing will begin at 2 p.m. at the Best Western KwaTaqNuk hotel in Polson. The meeting is free and open to the public.
The first panel comprises Echo Hawk, accompanied by Director Michael S. Black of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Leroy Gishi, transportation chief of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; John R. Baxter, associate federal highways administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation, accompanied by Robert Sparrow Jr., reservation roads program manager of the Federal Highways Administration; and Keel.
On the second panel, Rosette will be joined by Chairman E.T. “Bud” Moran of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; James Steele Jr., chairman of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council; and John P. Smith, transportation director of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes in Wyoming.