U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka has announced he’s holding a hearing Thursday to “examine the process of recognizing tribes through the Administrative and Congressional processes.”

The hearing starts at 8:15 a.m. Hawaii time and can be watched here.

Witnesses include:

  • Bryan Newland, Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior
  • Stephen R. Adkins, Chief, Chickahominy Indian Tribe
  • Paul Brooks, Chairman, Lumbee Tribe
  • John Norwood, Co-Chair, National Congress of American Indian Taskforce on Federal Acknowledgment
  • K. Jerome Gottschalk, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
  • Michael J. Anderson, Owner, Anderson Indian Law

— Michael Levine