House Democrats support empowering Native American voices in Utah state government. Two proposals we plan to study over the interim period include elevating the Division of Indian Affairs to a Cabinet level position and creating a Joint Standing Committee on Indian Affairs. There is a long, unfortunate history of systemic discrimination and oppression of Native American voices in Utah. Moreover, given the disrespectful treatment of Tribal interests this past year in regard to protecting the Bears Ears National Monument, now is the time to begin discussing how we heal.
What do you think? We want to hear from you.
Read coverage of our press conference on March 6, 2018
House Democrats Press Release: "Utah Tribal Leaders, House Democrats Present Proposals to Elevate Tribal Voices in State Government"
Salt Lake Tribune: "To ‘help forge our path of healing forward’ after Bears Ears, Utah tribal leaders are asking for a place on the governor’s cabinet"
The Independent: "Native Americans call on the State of Utah to elevate tribes"
Associated Press: "Tribal Leaders Lobbying to Change Indian Affairs Division"
Enviro News Utah: "Utah Tribes Demand Cabinet Position, Lawmaker Breaks into Tears over Mistreatment of Natives"