Native American Communities

I am proud to represent such a diverse constituency in Southern Arizona, including the four tribal nations that call this region home. As the first Americans, the Indigenous people of this region have culture and traditions embedded to the land. As their representative in Congress, I am working to ensure that their rights as sovereign nations are not only respected, but emboldened through policy-making at the federal level.

We have an atrocious history of injustice towards the Indigenous people of this land that goes against the very values of our country and that we must constantly work to rectify. I will continue to be a strong voice for tribal rights in Congress whether it be fighting to Save Oak Flat from multinational mining companies, introducing legislation to address the suicide epidemic on Indian reservations, or urging Congress to codify the tribal consultation process. By acknowledging the unique tribal history, I will address the challenges facing our Native brothers and sisters with understanding and consultation.

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January 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, President Joe Biden signed a series of executive actions after his inauguration. The orders are aimed at immediately addressing the myriad of issues facing our nation by tackling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our health and economy, addressing racial equity and immigration, and renewing our commitment to protecting our environment.

December 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a COVID-19 relief package that includes more relief for small businesses alongside direct economic aid to individuals in the form of relief payments, expanded unemployment benefits, and rental assistance. Rep. Grijalva issued the following statement noting his support for the package:

December 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington D.C. – House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today highlighted the inclusion of his Saguaro National Park Boundary Expansion Act, along with landmark tribal water priorities, renewable energy wins, and Insular provisions as part of the Fiscal Year 2021, Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (H.R. 133) set to become law this week. H.R.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Yesterday the House of Representatives passed six bipartisan Natural Resources Committee bills under suspension of the rules, including two bills to combat the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). Of those six, five have now been approved by both the House and Senate and are set to become law. 

July 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on today’s announcement that the Washington football team will retire its current name in favor of another to be announced later.

 

July 6, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released the following statement on President Trump’s planned event at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota, which will include a fireworks display that had not been practiced for more than a decade due to concerns about wildfires and water contamination.

May 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva released the following statement calling on the Department of Education and the Department of the Interior to release the education funding for the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) that was included in H.R.