As a member of the Indian Affairs Committee, I’m working to promote economic growth in Indian Country and promote the sovereignty and self-determination of our tribes. Montana is home to seven federally recognized Indian reservations and the state recognized Little Shell Tribe, each of which holds a special role in the formation and character of our great state.
Unfortunately, some Native Americans continue to struggle economically and find it difficult to access quality health care and education. Native tribes also continue to face challenges in addressing violent crime on their reservations. I will continue working to expand economic opportunities for tribes and all Montanans through the responsible development of our natural resources and empowering our tribes to fulfill tribal needs.
U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines sent a letter to President Trump yesterday urging that he expedite federal resources for tribal communities during the Coronavirus pandemic. “Implementation of the CARES Act will require many federal agencies within DOI, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Treasury, the Small Business Administration and other to work directly with Indian Country on implementation of complicated new authorities and deployment of critical funding,” Daines wrote. “This can only be accomplished by engaging in meaningful robust, and given the nature of this pandemic crisis—rapid government-to government consultation.” To read the full
U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to provide tribal communities with flexible funding, that Daines secured in the Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package signed into law last week, to protect tribal economies. “Indian country faces among the nation’s most dire of circumstances,” Daines wrote. “As the Administration works to implement the CARES Act, we request that the tribal relief fund be administered in a manner flexible enough to provide tribes with the resources they need to cover the unexpected expenses resulting from dramatic reductions
U.S. SENATE –U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he was able to successfully secure stronger provisions and critical funding for tribal communities in the Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package. Earlier this month, Daines urged President Trump to ensure Montana tribal communities have access to federal assistance during coronavirus outbreak. “As the Coronavirus pandemic impacts millions of Americans across the country, we cannot ignore one of our most vulnerable populations, Native Americans,” Daines said. “I am glad President Trump, the administration and Senate Leadership acted on my request for stronger funding for our tribal communities. I look forward to getting our
U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged President Trump to ensure Montana tribal communities have access to federal assistance during coronavirus outbreak. Daines has been very engaged and working with the Trump administration and Congress to provide relief and protect Montanans during the Coronavirus outbreak. “As the Federal government goes about this important work, I respectfully urge additional steps to specifically include one of our most vulnerable populations, Native Americans,” Daines wrote. “Every effort should be made to ensure that Tribes carrying federal activities have access to the same coordination, resources, and information as their counterparts within IHS and
U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Gaynor to ensure Indian Health Service (IHS) has the resources needed to provide coronavirus testing for tribal communities. “I want to ensure IHS has the ability to provide the necessary healthcare to combat this virus as this remains a high priority to the administration and my office,” Daines wrote. “I hope the Department will take swift action to bring test kits and federal resources to Indian Country.” To read the full letter, click HERE. Background: Daines has
U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today voted for a major defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes a 3.1% pay raise for the military, critical defense priorities for Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls and federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Daines fought to include provisions that will preserve and protect Malmstrom’s mission, while safeguarding national security for generations to come. “This legislation strengthens Montana’s defense priorities and gives our men and women in uniform a much deserved 3.1% pay raise,” Daines said. “This is about peace through strength. Our nuclear deterrents
Daines, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Permanently Settle CSKT Water Dispute, Protect Water Rights of All Montanans
U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today introduced the bipartisan Montana Water Rights Protection Act (MWRPA), a new agreement to permanently settle the century-old CSKT water dispute, and protect the water rights of all Montanans. “After years of hard work and negotiations with the Tribe and other stakeholders across Montana, I’m pleased to introduce this bipartisan legislation today that will permanently protect the water rights of all Montanans,” Daines said. “This bipartisan bill and settlement is a good-faith compromise that will bring final resolution to a century long water dispute, avoid years of costly litigation, and save taxpayers over $400
U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he successfully preserved big wins for Montana in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) including the federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and critical defense priorities for Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls. Daines fought for years to help get federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe. Earlier this year, Daines successfully fought to include federal recognition of the Tribe as an amendment in the Senate passed NDAA. Daines then successfully demanded it be included in the final NDAA. “Today is great news for Montana. After
Daines Resolves Century Old Dispute, Proposes New Settlement Framework to Permanently Protect Water Rights for All Montanans
U.S. SENATE – After years of negotiations, U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has reached an agreement with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) on a new framework for a permanent water settlement. Daines will introduce the Montana Water Rights Protection Act which permanently eliminates 97% of all CSKT’s water rights claims across Montana, saves taxpayers over $400 million and protects the water rights of all Montanans. “After years of negotiations and hard work, I’m pleased to announce we have reached a new agreement that permanently settles a century old water dispute in Montana and protects the water