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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"Tomorrow, the House Appropriations Committee will mark up the $30.17 billion FY16 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. I am the Ranking Member on the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, which provides funding for our National Parks, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency and various arts and humanities programs. The bill before the committee will be impossible for me to support.
Remarks by Congresswoman Betty McCollum
No Honor in Racism Rally
November 2, 2014
Today, we are gathered in a spirit of peace and solidarity. It is in this spirit that I am so proud to be able to join so many tribal leaders and Native brothers and sisters from tribal nations across Minnesota and the country. I am honored to stand with you all!
October 27th, 2014
The Honorable Shaun Donovan
Office of Management and Budget
Executive Office of the President
Washington, DC 20210
Dear Director Donovan:
STATEMENT By Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN)
“CHANGE THE MASCOT PRESS CONFERENCE”
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Over the past year and a half, our campaign to Change the Mascot of the Washington NFL franchise has grown into a movement. And for that I want to thank the Oneida Nation and NCAI for their tremendous leadership.
Washington, DC – In response to media requests for comment, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement regarding an August 1, 2014, letter from University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. The letter addressed the impending visit of the Washington NFL franchise to TCF Bank Stadium to play the Minnesota Vikings.
Washington, DC – This week, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) introduced the Native Contract and Rate Expenditure (CARE) Act (H.R. 4843), a bill that will provide an additional 250,000 physician services annually for Native Americans through payment reforms within the Indian Health Service (IHS).
Washington D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) and Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04), co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus, participated in a ceremony today that honored Native American code talkers with the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. Medals were presented to members of 25 tribes today, and additional tribal nations will be honored as their medals are finalized. The Representatives released a joint statement in honor of the historic occasion:
Governor Mark Dayton
Attorney General Lori Swanson
[Remarks as prepared]
Good morning. It is my honor to be here today to support the “Change the Mascot” campaign. Let me thank Ray Halbritter of the Oneida Indian Nation for his leadership and the tremendous effort put forth by his community.