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The Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples and the Role of Health and Human Services
Jeannie Hovland, an enrolled member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, is the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ANA promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community-based projects as well as training and technical assistance. Hovland oversees ANA’s discretionary funding programs to American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders; serves as an advocate for Native Americans; and leads activities within HHS to develop policies, programs, and budgets affecting Native Americans all under the authority of the Native American Programs Act. As Commissioner, Hovland serves in the dual role of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs, affirming the government-to-government relationship between the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Indian tribes. As Commissioner, Hovland also Chair’s the Intradepartmental Council on Native American Affairs (ICNAA) to ensure coordination across HHS offices on matters of importance to Native American communities, such as substance use disorder prevention and treatment.
During this session, Commissioner Hovland will be speaking on the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples and the role of Health and Human Services in addressing it. She will also be speaking on the newly created Operation Lady Justice task force, established by President Trump through Executive Order 13898 and signed on November 26, 2019. This task force has been created to assess the crisis of MMIP and the federal response to addressing it.