Support Native Students

An Act providing for the creation of a permanent commission relative to the education of American Indian and Alaska Native residents of the Commonwealth - H.536 - S.318

  • Creates a permanent commission to improve educational outcomes and opportunities for Native students, in particular preparing them for higher education

  • Promotes tribal self-determination by giving Native youth the opportunity to learn about their heritage and language

Proposing a permanent commission towards improving educational outcomes and opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students. Broader impacts of the commission are the promotion of tribal self-determination by providing students with the opportunity to learn their heritage, languages and histories while preparing them for higher education. Learn more here.

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the decision makers

Joint Committee on Education

Who on committee has co-sponsored:

state senators:

Jason Lewisgreen check
Jason Lewis (D)
Winchester

chair

Sal DiDomenicogreen check
Sal DiDomenico (D)
Everett

chair

Patricia Jehlenred x
Patricia Jehlen (D)
Somerville
Patrick O'Connorgreen check
Patrick O'Connor (R)
Weymouth
Robyn Kennedygreen check
Robyn Kennedy (D)
Worcester
Rebecca Rauschgreen check
Rebecca Rausch (D)
Needham

state representatives:

Denise Garlickred x
Denise Garlick (D)
Needham

chair

Steven Ultrinored x
Steven Ultrino (D)
Malden

chair

Vanna Howardgreen check
Vanna Howard (D)
Smitty Pignatellired x
Smitty Pignatelli (D)
Lee
Kate Donaghuered x
Kate Donaghue (D)
Westborough
Andres Vargasred x
Andres Vargas (D)
Haverhill
Dan Senagreen check
Dan Sena (D)
Christopher Worrellred x
Christopher Worrell (D)
Boston
Joseph McGonaglered x
Joseph McGonagle (D)
Everett
Kimberly Fergusonred x
Kimberly Ferguson (R)
Holden
Kelly Peasered x
Kelly Pease (R)

Who has co-sponsored:

History of the bill

2025

Feb 2024

Reporting date extended to March 15, 2024

2024

Oct 2023

Joint committee hearing held

Feb 2023

Referred to the Joint Committee on Education

Jan 2023

Bill re-filed as H.536/S.318

Jan 2023

No further action taken by House Ways and Means

2023

Mar 2022

Bill, re-drafted as H.4539, reported favorably and referred to House Ways and Means

2022

Jun 2021

Hearing held by the Committee on Education

Mar 2021

Referred to the House Committee on Education

Jan 2021

Introduced as H.582

2021

Advocacy Organizations

MA Indigenous Legislative Agenda