Tag: Native Americans

Daines, Tester Resolution Marks National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Sheds Light on MMIW Crisis

Senators unanimously passed resolution designating May 5th as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester this week successfully passed their resolution marking May 5th as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. The Senators’ resolution raises awareness, honors the Native American women who are missing or murdered, and identifies solutions to end this violent epidemic. “It is essential to keep the memory of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls like Hanna Harris at the forefront of our discussions as we confront this tragic crisis,” said Daines. “She

Daines, Tester Introduce Resolution Designating National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

Highlighting importance of higher education in Indian Country U.S. SENATE – Today, U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester led a bipartisan group of colleagues in designating the week beginning February 5th as “National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week” to highlight the importance of higher education in Indian Country. “Montana’s tribal colleges help support young Montanans and equip students with the tools they need to succeed. This week, we’re glad to celebrate and recognize the great work of the students, teachers, and staff at tribal colleges across the Treasure State,” Daines said. “Montana is fortunate to be home to seven outstanding Tribal Colleges and Universities – the most of any state

Daines Slams Biden Administration for Anti-Energy Regulations Devastating American Economy

Recent rules will rob the Navajo Nation of hundreds of millions of dollars, force Colstrip to shutdown To watch Daines’ remarks, click HERE. U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered the following remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference slamming the Biden administration for continued attacks on made-in-America energy production. Earlier this month, President Biden’s Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Deb Haaland quietly issued a mineral withdrawal and prohibition of oil and gas development affecting Navajo tribal members. Daines also called attention to the recent rule from President Biden’s EPA that would shut down coal powered plants like Colstrip costing Montana hundreds of good-paying jobs and raising prices for families. 

Daines Travels to Alaska for Senate Energy Field Hearing

 U.S. SENATE — This week, Senator Steve Daines traveled to Alaska to participate in a Senate Energy and Natural Resources field hearing to examine opportunities for innovation in America’s energy industry.   Daines was joined by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Angus King (I-ME), in addition to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who testified at the hearing. Daines with Murkowski as they prepare to head out from Anchorage to Bethel, Alaska. Click here to watch.  Daines, Moniz and fellow senators traveled to Bethel, Alaska where the field hearing would be held. Click here to watch.

Tester, Daines lead effort to combat Native American veteran homelessness

Montana senators sponsor bill to permanently reauthorize successful tribal housing initiative (Montana) – To honor the contributions Native American veterans have made to this nation, Vice Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines have introduced bipartisan legislation to combat veteran homelessness in Indian Country. The Senators’ bipartisan bill will make HUD-VASH funds, which provide rental assistance to homeless or at-risk homeless veterans, permanently available to Native American tribes and tribal housing authorities. “Native Americans serve in the military at the highest rate per capita of any group in the United States,” Tester said.  “This year

Daines Helps Recognize November as National Native American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines has helped introduced a Senate resolution to recognize the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. The resolution celebrates the heritages and cultures of Native Americans and recognizes their many contributions to the United States. The resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate. “National Native American Heritage Month honors the importance of tribal self-governance, preserving indigenous languages, the United States’ commitment to strengthening the government-to-government relationship and the importance of Native Americans’ heritage to our country at large,” Daines stated. “This resolution also honors Native American veterans like the Crow Tribe Code Talkers, who played

Daines Honors Crow War Chief in Congressional Record on His 102nd Birthday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines honored Crow War Chief Joseph Medicine Crow by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record on his 102nd birthday. Medicine Crow comes from a long line of relatives living past 100 years of age, and has proudly served as the Crow Tribe’s historian and storyteller.  The Congressional Record reflects the official proceedings of Congress and will now include Daines’ recognition of Medicine Crow. Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:                IN RECOGNITION OF WAR CHIEF MEDICINE CROW      Mr. DAINES. Mr.

Daines Remembers World War II Veteran Charles DeCrane

Click here to watch Daines’ remarks. Click here to download Daines’ remarks.  Earlier today, Senator Steve Daines took to the Senate floor in honor of Montana World War II veteran Charles DeCrane, a member of the Crow Tribe, who passed away earlier this week in Billings, Montana. Daines made the following remarks on the Senate floor this morning: “Today I rise in honor of Montana World War II veteran Charles DeCrane, a member of the Crow Tribe, who passed away earlier this week in Billings, Montana.  “Charlie was an incredible person – he was hardworking, he dedicated his life to

Daines Announces Over $350,000 for Montana State University – Northern

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today announced $350,388.00 in funding for the Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNTI) program at Montana State University (MSU) – Northern in Havre.  The NASNTI program provides grants and related assistance to Native American-serving, nontribal institutions to enable such institutions to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals. “Montana State University – Northern plays an important role in providing a quality education every year for hundreds of Montanans, including many Native American students,” Daines stated. “Access to quality education and training services is critical for our students’ futures. I’m excited that Montana State

Daines, Zinke Announce Legislation to Protect Tribes from Costly Obamacare Employer Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) today announced the introduction of legislation to protect Native American tribes from Obamacare’s costly employer mandate. The Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act, which was introduced today in the Senate and House, will exempt tribes and tribal employers from Obamacare’s employer mandate. The bills prevent massive fines that tribal employers would incur under Obamacare’s employer mandate. “Tribes should not be forced to pay severe fines due to duplicative federal mandates in the President’s flawed health care law,” Daines stated. “These unreasonable fines have the potential to kill jobs