Rep. Rob Bishop Angers House Colleagues Over His Handling of Indian Affairs
June 9, 2017
After a May 24 hearing that called into question fundamental tenets of tribal sovereignty and federal recognition of tribes, some U.S. House members and staffers are expressing concern that U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is ignoring Indian voices as he attempts to shrink tribal sovereignty and federal trust and treaty responsibilities. He is also unnerving colleagues on his side of the aisle who have long been engaged on Indian issues.
“There are slights being felt,” said one House staffer who asked not to be named because their boss, a Republican, sometimes works with Bishop. “The congressman’s decisions are causing some heartburn.”