Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120

04/25/2019 01:00 PM MILITARY & VETERANS' AFFAIRS

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01:01:36 PM Start
01:02:17 PM HR6
01:18:55 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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+ HR 6 NAT'L. NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
   HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS                                                                  
                         April 25, 2019                                                                                         
                           1:01 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Gabrielle LeDoux, Chair                                                                                          
Representative Chris Tuck, Vice Chair                                                                                           
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Representative Geran Tarr                                                                                                       
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
Representative George Rauscher                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Sharon Jackson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 6                                                                                                          
Expressing support and appreciation for the National Native                                                                     
American Veterans Memorial.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HR   6                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: NAT'L. NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) LINCOLN                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
03/18/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/18/19       (H)       TRB, MLV                                                                                               
04/09/19       (H)       TRB AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
04/09/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/09/19       (H)       MINUTE(TRB)                                                                                            
04/16/19       (H)       TRB AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
04/16/19       (H)       Moved HR 6 Out of Committee                                                                            
04/16/19       (H)       MINUTE(TRB)                                                                                            
04/17/19       (H)       TRB RPT 7DP                                                                                            
04/17/19       (H)       DP: VANCE, ORTIZ, EDGMON, TALERICO,                                                                    
                         KOPP, LINCOLN, ZULKOSKY                                                                                
04/25/19       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH FERGUSON, Staff                                                                                                       
Representative John Lincoln                                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced HR  6 on behalf of Representative                                                           
Lincoln, sponsor.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LINCOLN                                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Speaking as  the sponsor, answered questions                                                             
during the hearing of HR 6.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
WAYNE DON, Colonel, Chief of Staff                                                                                              
Alaska Army National Guard; Committee Member                                                                                    
National Native American Veterans Memorial                                                                                      
National Museum of the American Indian                                                                                          
Smithsonian Institution                                                                                                         
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska                                                                                         
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in  support and answered questions                                                             
during the hearing of HR 6.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:01:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GABRIELLE LEDOUX  called  the House  Special Committee  on                                                             
Military  and Veterans'  Affairs meeting  to order  at 1:01  p.m.                                                               
Representatives  Thompson,   Rauscher,  Tuck,  and   LeDoux  were                                                               
present  at the  call to  order.   Representatives Tarr  and Kopp                                                               
arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
        HR   6-NAT'L. NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS MEMORIAL                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:02:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LEDOUX announced the only  order of business would be HOUSE                                                               
RESOLUTION  NO. 6,  Expressing support  and appreciation  for the                                                               
National Native American Veterans Memorial.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:03:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH  FERGUSON, Staff,  Representative John  Lincoln, Alaska                                                               
State  Legislature,   paraphrased  from  the   following  sponsor                                                               
statement [original punctuation provided]:                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     House   Resolution  6   (HR6)  expresses   support  and                                                                    
     appreciation for the  National Native American Veterans                                                                    
     Memorial.  The memorial  will be  built in  Washington,                                                                    
     D.C.  on  the  grounds of  the  Smithsonian's  National                                                                    
     Museum of the  American Indian and will  be revealed on                                                                    
     Veterans  Day of  2020.  The  National Native  American                                                                    
     Veterans   Memorial   is   the  first   memorial   that                                                                    
     recognizes the  contributions, service,  and sacrifices                                                                    
     American Indians, Alaska  Natives, and Native Hawaiians                                                                    
     have  made for  the cause  of peace.  According to  the                                                                    
     U.S. Department  of Defense, throughout the  history of                                                                    
     the  United States,  American Indians,  Alaska Natives,                                                                    
     and Native  Hawaiians have served  the armed  forces in                                                                    
     higher percentages than any  other ethnicity. There are                                                                    
     currently  31,000 active  duty members  who are  Native                                                                    
     American,  and 133,000  Native American  veterans alive                                                                    
     today.   In  addition   to  honoring   Native  American                                                                    
     veterans,  this   memorial  gives  all   Americans  the                                                                    
     opportunity to  learn about  the sacrifices,  honors of                                                                    
     valor,  and  distinguished  services  Native  Americans                                                                    
     have made in the last 250 years.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:04:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE RAUSCHER asked if  other states are [supportive of                                                               
the memorial].                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. FERGUSON  said the U.S.  Congress instructed  the Smithsonian                                                               
Institution  to  build  the memorial  and  fundraising  has  been                                                               
underway for  approximately 10  years.   She deferred  to Colonel                                                               
Wayne Don for further information.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK clarified  the  resolution merely  expresses                                                               
support and  appreciation and  does not  call for  any particular                                                               
action on the part of the state.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TARR asked  whether  the sponsor  would like  the                                                               
resolution  to direct  that  copies of  the  resolution would  be                                                               
distributed to certain government officials.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. FERGUSON  acknowledged the  sponsor considered  introducing a                                                               
joint resolution,  or another type  of resolution, but  choose to                                                               
introduce a  simple resolution to express  gratitude and support.                                                               
She  related  testimony  hear at  a  previous  hearing  suggested                                                               
copies of the resolution could  be used for fundraising purposes,                                                               
although the sponsor has no plans to distribute copies.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP recalled  previous testimony  in support  of                                                               
the resolution and expressed his  support for distributing copies                                                               
to the Alaska congressional delegation.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:08:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN  LINCOLN, Alaska State  Legislature, speaking                                                               
as the sponsor of HR 6, stated  his intent is - subsequent to the                                                               
passage of the  resolution - to share HR 6  with residents in his                                                               
district,  with the  Alaska  congressional  delegation, and  with                                                               
other interested parties.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:09:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LEDOUX opened public testimony on HR 6.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:09:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WAYNE DON, Colonel,  chief of staff, Alaska  Army National Guard,                                                               
and   committee  member,   National   Native  American   Veterans                                                               
Memorial,  National Museum  of the  American Indian,  Smithsonian                                                               
Institution, informed  the committee  he is  a 25-year  member of                                                               
the  U.S. Army  and  U.S.  National Guard  and  provided a  short                                                               
history of  his family's military  service.  He said  he strongly                                                               
supports the  memorial because it represents  a deliberate effort                                                               
to recognize  Native Americans who  have contributed  to military                                                               
service from  the time of  the Revolutionary War to  the present.                                                               
Colonel Don  explained the U.S. Congress  authorized the National                                                               
Museum of  the American Indian  to create a veterans  memorial to                                                               
inform Americans  of the courageous history  of Native Americans'                                                               
service in the armed forces;  in response, the museum established                                                               
an  advisory  committee  composed   of  Native  American,  Alaska                                                               
Native,  and  Native  Hawai'ian   veterans  and  their  families.                                                               
Colonel Don  provided a short  history -  beginning in 2015  - of                                                               
the   advisory  committee's   tasks  gathering   information  and                                                               
choosing  a  design for  the  memorial  that would  appropriately                                                               
represent  all  Native  Americans'  military  service  over  many                                                               
years.  In  2018, the winning design proposal  was the "Warriors'                                                               
Circle of Honor"  by Cheyenne and Arapaho artist  and Vietnam War                                                               
veteran, Harvey Pratt.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:13:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL DON  further explained, although Congress  authorized the                                                               
project,  the  use of  federal  funds  was prohibited,  thus  the                                                               
museum embarked  on a  fundraising campaign:   the  total project                                                               
cost is estimated at $15 million;  the target goal for 2019 is to                                                               
raise  $8 million,  of which  $7.8  million has  been raised;  to                                                               
break ground in September 2019,  additional funds are needed.  In                                                               
regard  to  [Representative   Rauscher's]  question  about  other                                                               
support  for the  memorial,  he said  across  the country  Native                                                               
American Tribes  have pledged support,  as well as  large private                                                               
industry  donors  including  Wells  Fargo, Bank  of  America  and                                                               
others.   In Alaska,  regional and  village corporations  such as                                                               
Arctic  Slope Regional  Corporation,  Calista Corporation,  Doyon                                                               
Limited,  Bristol Bay  Native Corporation,  Sealaska Corporation,                                                               
Chugach Alaska  Corporation, Cook Inlet Region  Inc., and Afognak                                                               
Native Corporation have contributed  financial support, and other                                                               
support is  proposed.   Further, Alaska  Airlines has  pledged an                                                               
honor  flight  in  2020  to  transport  Alaska  veterans  to  the                                                               
unveiling ceremony.   In closing, he urged  for continued support                                                               
for HR 6.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LEDOUX expressed support for the memorial.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK asked if the  monument design incorporates an                                                               
eternal flame.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL DON stated there will  be lighting but a continuous flame                                                               
is  not planned  at this  time.   He stressed  veterans desire  a                                                               
place at  the memorial site for  reflection and a place  to leave                                                               
remembrances.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:17:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LEDOUX,  after  ascertaining  no  one  further  wished  to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony on HR 6.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  THOMPSON asked  if  there is  a Senate  companion                                                               
resolution.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE LINCOLN said no.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  THOMPSON  urged  members  to move  HR  6  out  of                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:18:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LEDOUX  announced amendments to  HR 6 are due  4/29/19; the                                                               
resolution is scheduled for final hearing on 4/30/19.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
[HR 6 was held over.]                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:18:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Special Committee on Military and Veterans' Affairs meeting was                                                                 
adjourned at [1:18] p.m.                                                                                                        

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HR 06 ver A.pdf HMLV 4/25/2019 1:00:00 PM
HR 6
HR 06 Sponsor Statement.pdf HMLV 4/25/2019 1:00:00 PM
HR 6
HR 06 Supporting Document-Letter of Support Nelson Angapak.pdf HMLV 4/25/2019 1:00:00 PM
HMLV 4/30/2019 1:00:00 PM
HR 6
HR 06 Additional Document-Photograph of Warriors' Circle of Honor Design.pdf HMLV 4/25/2019 1:00:00 PM
HMLV 4/30/2019 1:00:00 PM
HR 6
HR 06 Fiscal Note.pdf HMLV 4/25/2019 1:00:00 PM
HR 6