Schatz, Murkowski will head Senate Indian Affairs committee

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. (Nov. 14, 2018) Photo courtesy of Senate Democrats/Flickr

Sens. Brian Schatz, D-HawaiI and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, have been elected unanimously as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Both expressed their commitment after the vote on Feb. 11 to their federal trust responsibility to American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians and the importance of their contributions to the nation. That trust and responsibility, said Schatz, “should be the guiding light in our service on this committee.”

Murkowski said she would continue to support Tribal communities by promoting economic recovery through job creation and workforce development, increasing public safety and law enforcement, enhancing health care access, addressing overcrowding and housing issues, and developing better infrastructure and broadband capabilities for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and American Indians.