Senator George Maziarz (R-C, Newfane) today announced that the New York State Senate will soon pass a resolution to establish a Select Committee on State-Native American Relations. The purpose of the Select Committee, to be comprised of a bipartisan group of yet-to-be-named senators, is so the Senate has a mechanism to advance meaningful dialogue between state and Native American leaders on matters of common interest.
This morning the New York State Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Relations held a public hearing in Albany to advance a productive dialogue between Indian nations and state government. Representatives of the Oneida, Seneca, and St. Regis Mohawk Indian Nation met with a bipartisan group of state senators to talk about economic development and challenges facing their tribes.
Sept. 21 Senate Standing Committee on State-Native American Relations Chair: Senator George D. Maziarz Public Hearing: To discuss economic development issues and potential partnerships between the Native American Nations and Tribes with New York State Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York Time: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024 Media Contact: Adam Tabelski (716) 434-0680 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
Legislative Office Building
181 State Street
Van Buren Hearing Room A, 2nd Floor
We recently testified at the first meeting of the New York State Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Relations. A forum of this nature has long been missing in the state capitol. This new committee embodies what Senator George Maziarz and the other senators who serve on this committee recognize is the urgent need for a productive dialogue between the State of New York and the Indian Nations and tribes located within the state. For too long, New York State's leaders made decisions that impacted the Seneca and other native peoples without having an adequate understanding of our history, our culture, and our sovereign and treaty rights.
Senate Standing Committee on State Native-American Relations Chair: Senator George Maziarz Summit: Building a New Era of Respect and Economic Partnership Place: Room 711-A, Legislative Office Building, Albany, New York Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Contact: Matt Nelligan (518) 455-2024 Media Contact: Kate Alexander (716) 434-0680 ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY
On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Senator George joined several of his legislative colleagues and leaders of the Seneca Nation of Indians to host a discussion on heroin abuse and reform in our society. Senator Maziarz is a member of the NYS Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction and also Chairman of the NYS Senate Select Committee on State-Native American Affairs. The officials heard from many experts in health care, law enforcement, and other areas as they gather input to improve state policies with respect to dealing with addiction.