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An advocate for Indian Country in the Trump administration?

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs unanimously approved the nomination of Tara Sweeney, an Inupiaq woman from Alaska, to be the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior. If confirmed by the Senate, as is widely expected, Sweeney would be the first Alaska Native to head Indian Affairs, and many in Indian Country have been watching her nomination with anticipation. Sweeney is well known in Alaska for her work on Indigenous issues, ranging from economic sustainability to tribal sovereignty. In an administration that has shown a lack of nuanced understanding of Indigenous issues, Sweeney could prove a vital advocate for Native Americans.


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