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May 24, 2016 Press Release

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:

April 5, 2016 Press Release

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.

January 19, 2016 Press Release

Thank you.

I’m delighted to be here today among those I count as my friends and allies.

President Cladoosby (CLAD-is-bee) and Jackie Pata—you are my valued partners.

You and the dedicated staff at NCAI are a tremendous resource for all Members of Congress in our work with tribal leaders.

November 23, 2015 Press Release

McCOLLUM of MINNESOTA: Each November, our nation recognizes the contributions of the First Americans during National Native American Heritage Month.  Minnesota is home to eleven proud Ojibwe and Dakota nations, and those nations and their people are a vital part of our state’s heritage and our future.  

November 17, 2015 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 511, The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-MN) voted in support of the bill and released the following statement:

“In 1935, the National Labor Relations Act was passed to protect workers from harm and exploitation. This legislation allowed state and local units of government to develop their own separate labor standards. Tribal governments were not included in this bill because in 1935, tribal governments and their people were not included in much in the United States of America.

June 15, 2015 Press Release

"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.

November 3, 2014 Press Release

Remarks by Congresswoman Betty McCollum

(As prepared)

No Honor in Racism Rally

November 2, 2014


Good morning.

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 28, 2014 Press Release


October 27th, 2014

The Honorable Shaun Donovan


Office of Management and Budget

Executive Office of the President

Washington, DC 20210


Dear Director Donovan:

September 16, 2014 Press Release

STATEMENT By Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN)


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.

August 8, 2014 Press Release

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.