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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May 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today led 17 members of Congress in introducing a bipartisan resolution designating May 5 as a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The resolution and related efforts to combat the silent crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIW) were designed in collaboration with seven national tribal organizations, each of which endorse Grijalva’s resolution.

April 27, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed a new secretarial order from Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and a series of legal decisions by the Solicitor’s office that, taken together, simplify the process by which the federal government takes land into trust on behalf of Tribal governments, eliminate needless Trump-era bureaucracy and empower tribes to pursue economic development.

April 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today praised Sec. Deb Haaland’s newly announced Missing & Murdered Unit within the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, which will coordinate federal resources to investigate the long overlooked and widespread cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

March 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) reintroduced their landmark Environmental Justice for All Act today, supported by a wide array of grassroots groups and environmental advocates from across the country.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. The House passed an identical reauthorization in 2019 that was never brought up for a vote in Mitch McConnell’s Republican-controlled Senate. Since its passage in 1994, VAWA has provided critical resources to prevent domestic violence and protect women and children from its consequences while ensuring that survivors can access essential services.

March 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today the House of Representatives passed the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) which will invest more resources to improve quality of child protective services to better address instances of abuse. The bill includes provisions from Rep.

March 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today released the following statement on the confirmation of Deb Haaland to be Secretary of the Interior.

March 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today introduced the Save Oak Flat Act to permanently protect the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest from destructive mining proposals.

March 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C.­ – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), who has for many years highlighted the need for federal tribal consultation before moving forward with the Resolution Copper mining project in central Arizona, today hailed the news that the U.S. Forest Service is withdrawing its final environmental impact statement and draft record of decision issued on Jan. 15 and will conduct a thorough review before proceeding any further with the preparation of new analyses at the site.

January 29, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today announced the promotion of Naomi Miguel to staff director of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States (SCIP) and Ariana Romeo to professional staffer at the Subcommittee. Miguel had been a professional staffer and Romeo had been a policy aide.