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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp @SenatorHeitkamp
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Today I’m continuing to share the work I’ve done since joining the US Senate to address & raise awareness about challenges in Indian Country & helping stand up for Native American families. Follow along.
The first bill I intro’d in the U.S. Senate, that is now law, created a national Commission on Native American Children to conduct an intensive study into the complex challenges facing Native children to help change outcomes. Read more in the @gfherald.…
@gfherald Read more in my @dickinsonpress op-ed w/ my friend & colleague @lisamurkowski from 2014 on why my bipartisan bill to create a Commission on Native Children was needed to address the challenges Native youth face:…
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski Since introducing my bipartisan bill to create the Commission on Native Children in 2013—my first bill as a U.S. senator—I successfully got it across the finish line when it became law in 2016. This video highlights how urgently needed the Commission is.
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski Proud that my bill to create a Commission on Native Children was signed into law in 2016 & has had all its members fully appointed. Through the Commission we can help address the challenges Native youth face. Read more in @lennyletter from @JuliaRJones.…
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski @lennyletter @JuliaRJones In Oct 2016 the President signed into law my bipartisan bill to establish a Commission on Native Children & July this year it held its first meeting & started its work. W/ its findings we can work to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed.…
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski @lennyletter @JuliaRJones Successfully pushed for to provide Cannon Ball Elementary students w/ resources to help them succeed. In 2014, the White House announced Apple had chosen to equip Cannon Ball w/ technology to empower students…
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski @lennyletter @JuliaRJones In 2016, I helped intro a bipartisan bill, which passed in the Senate this year, to update decades-old data the federal gov uses to distribute funds to Native students—which excluded about 500,000 Native students from accessing eligible resources.…
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski @lennyletter @JuliaRJones Every year, I meet w/ inspiring & resilient Native students from ND’s tribal colleges. Watch to hear how their tribal colleges have had life-changing impacts & have helped them flourish.
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski @lennyletter @JuliaRJones In August 2016, I hosted the first-ever US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs field hearing in Bismarck dedicated to addressing the detrimental impact traumatic events can have on tribal communities, particularly among Native children…
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski @lennyletter @JuliaRJones Read more in @inforum abt my work to raise awareness of the long-term impacts of childhood trauma—like abuse, violence, or disaster—particularly in tribal communities, & how I’ve worked to chart a path to finding workable & needed solutions.…
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski @lennyletter @JuliaRJones In 2017 intro’d a bill to identify best practices to reduce the impacts of trauma like exposure to violence, crime & abuse on children & families, particularly in Native communities so they’re supported by a network of informed professionals. Read more:…
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski @lennyletter @JuliaRJones In fall 2016, I spoke w/ state, local, federal, & tribal leaders in ND about the need for long-term strategies to boost housing opportunities across tribal lands during @HUDgov’s first Great Plains regional Indian housing conference in Bismarck…
@gfherald @dickinsonpress @lisamurkowski @lennyletter @JuliaRJones Read more from @inforum about the 1st Great Plains regional Indian housing conference in Bismarck in 2016 that I requested to help lay the foundation for a better future in our tribal communities.…
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