The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) will hold a nomination hearing Wednesday, May 9th at 2:30 PM Eastern Standard Time for Tara M. Sweeney to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.
President Trump nominated Ms. Sweeney on October 17, 2017, and if confirmed by the Full Senate, she would be the first Native Alaskan to hold this position. Ms. Sweeney will join Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary John Tahsuda (Kiowa Tribe) at the Interior Department and report directly to Secretary Zinke. Her Senate confirmation hearing is long overdue and is being supported by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Secretary Zinke.
Ms. Sweeney is a member of the Native Village of Barrow, the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, and is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs for the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.
She has previously served as the Chair of the Arctic Economic Council in 2015 to 2017, and the Co-Chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) in 2013. Other job posts include:
The Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees;
The University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees;
The FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications;
Analytical Services Inc.;
Kohanic Broadcast Corporation; and
The Cherokee Nation New Market Tax Credit Advisory Board.
You can access the hearing live on SCIA's website, indian.senate.gov/hearing/nomination-tara-mac-lean-sweeney-alaska-serve-assistant-secretary-indian-affairs-department. The National Indian Gaming Association will be in attendance and ready to update on the proceedings of the hearing.
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