The federal government has a unique treaty and trust relationship with our 567 sovereign tribal nations. As part of this relationship, the federal government has the responsibility to provide health, education and law enforcement, among other services, for American Indians and Native Alaskans. While significant progress has been made, the federal government still has work to do to fully meet its obligations to Native people.
I serve as Co-Chair Emeritus of the bipartisan Congressional Native American Caucus and as Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. In both roles, I work closely with tribal leaders and Native communities to ensure adequate funding for the Indian Health Service, Indian Education, Indian School Construction, and Native American Housing Block Grants. Federal investments in health, education, economic development programs, and housing are vital to making Native American families and communities stronger.
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WASHINGTON — Ahead of this evening’s National Football League season opener, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, issued the following statement on the Washington football team’s racist name and mascot:
Today, Congressional Native American Caucus Co-Chair Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee Member Al Franken (DFL-Minn.), and Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL-Minn.), took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the future Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School on Leech Lake Indian Reservation, an event they said is the culmination of their years-long fight to replace what has been a dangerously dilapidated school.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), the Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House approved the FY2017 Interior-Environment appropriations bill on a 231-196 vote:
“I led Democrats opposing the Interior-Environment appropriations bill today because it fails to meet some of Congress’ most basic responsibilities: protecting the public health and safety of the American people and preserving our environment for future generations.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered the following remarks as general debate began on the FY2017 Interior-Environment appropriations bill:
Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
I would like to thank Chairman Calvert for the warm birthday wishes, and the Chairman and his staff for their open and collaborative approach. I would also like to thank the wonderful staff on the Democratic side who will be helping me this evening.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered the following remarks at the House Rules Committee's hearing on the FY 2017 Interior-Environemnt Appropriations Bill:
Chairman Sessions, Ranking Member Slaughter, and Members of the Rules Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the FY 2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.
Before I get into the specifics of this bill, I would like to be clear that I believe consideration of this bill on the House floor should be under an open rule.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, led House Democrats in opposing the FY2017 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill as it was marked up in the House Appropriations Committee today.
As Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Congresswoman Betty McCollum delivered the following opening statement as the House Appropriations Committee began the markup of the FY2017 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill:
I would like to thank the Chairman and his staff for their open and collaborative approach.
This subcommittee has a challenging portfolio of issues and I commend the Chairman’s efforts to find solutions in another difficult budget year.
On Wednesday, the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee conducted a markup of the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior-Environment appropriations bill. As the lead Democrat on the committee, Congresswoman McCollum delivered this opening statement:
Thank you Mr. Chairman.
I would like to thank the Chairman and his staff for their open and collaborative approach. This subcommittee has a challenging portfolio of issues and I commend the Chairman’s efforts to find solutions in another difficult budget year.
Following today’s release of the fiscal year 2017 Interior-Environment appropriations bill draft — which is intended to fund vital programs that protect our nation’s natural and cultural resources — Interior-Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement:
Today, Department of the Interior Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Roberts announced that the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has been prioritized for Fiscal Year 2016 funding to replace the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School.