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10.11.17

Grijalva: Secretary Zinke Shouldn’t Pass Off His Support for Confederate Monuments as Deference to Native American Public Opinion

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recent comment that he supports keeping up statues to prominent Confederate political and military figures because taking them down would upset "native Indians." "If Secretary Zinke thinks monuments to slave-owning Confederate generals are important to Native American culture, he's just as out of touch as the president. Books, museums and oral histories educate… Continue Reading


09.29.17

Natural Resources Committee Dems Ask for an Oversight Hearing on the Trump Administration’s Puerto Rico & USVI Relief Efforts

Washington, D.C. - To help ensure our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) are receiving urgent hurricane recovery and relief support, House Natural Resources Committee Democrats sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) late yesterday requesting an oversight hearing on the Trump administration's efforts to address this growing crisis. The letter, led by Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee Ranking Member Norma Torres (D-Calif.) and Ranking Me… Continue Reading


09.27.17

Grijalva: Republican Demands to Waive Environmental Standards in Puerto Rico as Response to Hurricane Lack Any Credibility

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on today's news that Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) quickly urged waiving the National Environmental Policy Act as a response to the hurricane damage and humanitarian needs in Puerto Rico. As E&E News reported this morning, Bishop is pushing to waive the law to "speed up the recovery" on the island. "Our response to human suffering has to be about food, shelter and water first, not deregulatio… Continue Reading


09.26.17

Democrats Reject Bishop’s Imminent Attempt to Politicize Tribal Recognition Process, Point to Effort’s Unpopularity With Tribes

Washington, D.C. - At today's 2:00 p.m. hearing in the Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee, Natural Resources Committee Democrats will reject Chairman Rob Bishop's (R-Utah) latest legislative attempt to politicize the federal process for recognizing Native American tribes and underscore the effort's long-term failure to gain traction in the tribal community. Bishop's H.R. 3744, the "Tribal Recognition Act of 2017," is an intentionally mislabeled bill that would make Congress t… Continue Reading


08.22.17

New Ranking Member Report Documents Industry Influence, Lack of Public Transparency in Trump Admin National Monument Review

Washington, D.C. - A new report released by House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) documents the strong influence of the oil and mining industries over the soon-to-be-completed Trump administration "review" of 27 national monuments around the country and sheds new light on the review's unpopularity. The report - Fossil Apostles: Fossil Fuels, the GOP, and the Fate of Our National Monuments - is available at http://bit.ly/2iofeBx. Today's report finds … Continue Reading


07.13.17

Grijalva: Republicans Should Repudiate “Jaw-Dropping” Witness Emphasis on “Assimilation” at Today’s Tribal Policy Hearing

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said following today's recently concluded hearing on Native American tribal recognition and land management policy that his Republican colleagues should repudiate the assertions of Don Mitchell - a Republican-invited witness - that the purpose of the Indian Recognition Act (IRA) of 1934 was to hasten the "assimilation" of Native American communities. Mitchell also told the Committee today that groups such as the Graton Rancheria… Continue Reading


07.13.17

Grijalva Questions False Premise, Slanted Republican Witness Panel at Today’s Hearing on Tribal Land Trust Issues

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) challenged the Republican majority's decision not to invite any Native American witnesses to today's 10:00 a.m. hearing on the federal tribal recognition process, where attorney Don Mitchell will testify at Republicans' behest despite tribal observers previously comparing him to the Ku Klux Klan. Mitchell referred sarcastically to "Alaska 'tribes'" in a July 2016 Alaska Daily News op-ed. The Native news outlet Indianz.com yeste… Continue Reading


06.28.17

Grijalva: Puerto Rico Board Right to Reject PREPA Restructuring Agreement – Priority Must be Sustainable Growth, not Bondholders

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement this morning on the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico's decision to reject the proposed restructuring of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. The restructuring proposal would have increased rates for Puerto Rico's already financially overburdened residents and prioritized bondholders - some of whom have taken an openly predatory stance toward the island's finances - and… Continue Reading


06.16.17

Velázquez, Grijalva Call for Puerto Rico Oversight Board to Reject Electric Authority Debt Agreement

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) today wrote to the Financial Oversight and Management Board of Puerto Rico, arguing that the Board should not certify the current Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's (PREPA) Restructuring Support Agreement (RSA), which the lawmakers say would benefit wealthy creditors at the expense of the Island's residents. "Higher electricity costs are detrimental to the local economy, causing businesses both large a… Continue Reading


06.15.17

Grijalva Bill Reverses Giveaway of Sacred Tribal Land to Foreign-Owned Mining Company – Sen. Sanders Offering Senate Companion

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva today introduced the Save Oak Flat Act, which repeals an unjustified congressional giveaway of sacred Native American land to a mining company called Resolution Copper co-owned by multinational mining conglomerates Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is introducing a companion bill in the upper chamber today. Section 3003 of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the transfer of 2,422 acres in Arizona'… Continue Reading


06.12.17

Ranking Member Grijalva Statement on Zinke Report on Bears Ears National Monument: “Not Worth the Paper It’s Printed On”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's report to President Trump recommending major changes to the protected status and conserved acreage of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument: "The Secretary's report is nonsense. The memo released today doesn't give any accounting of the public comments the Interior Department received as part of this review process. It doesn't reference any maps or specify legisl… Continue Reading


05.25.17

86 Democrats to Zinke: Congress, Not Trump, Controls the Future of Existing National Monuments

Washington, D.C. - In light of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's ongoing review of 27 national monuments across the country, Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter along with 85 House Democratic colleagues to Zinke today highlighting Congress' long-established legal authority over national monuments and other federally protected sites. The letter points to the executive branch's lack of authority to rescind or substantially reduce the size of any national monument - the ost… Continue Reading


05.23.17

Hearing on Native American Land Settlements Will Focus on Dem Push for Tribal Equity, GOP Push to Buy Less Valuable Property

Washington, D.C. - This afternoon's hearing of the Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee on the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations - a central feature of the federal government's attempt to correct its historical mismanagement of Native American land - will focus on the split between the Democratic push to fund the program beyond its 2022 expiration date and the Republican effort to spend existing program funds as quickly as possible, often to buy tribes pieces of property… Continue Reading


04.12.17

Ranking Member Grijalva, Center for Biological Diversity File Lawsuit Against Department of Homeland Security Over Border Programs

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today against Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly; Kevin McAleenan, acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); and CBP as a whole seeking a court order for a supplemental programmatic environmental impact statement for the U.S.-Mexico border enforcement program. If successful, the suit will force a federal assessment under the National Environmen… Continue Reading


03.29.17

Grijalva: Trump Must Explain Why Rural America, not Mexico, is Paying for His Border Wall – And Whether He’s Building it in Mexico

Note: The online version of this press release includes an extended quote from Ranking Member Grijalva. The final paragraph was not included in the originally publicized version. Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today called on President Trump to explain why his budget plan forces rural and Native American communities to pay for his border wall rather than following through on his false promise to make Mexico pay for it. Grijalva also called on Trump to provid… Continue Reading


03.28.17

Grijalva: Trump Order Ending Federal Climate Planning, Opening New Federal Coal Leases is “Major Self-Inflicted Wound”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today called the Trump administration's impending executive order canceling federal climate change planning and mitigation efforts and ending the federal coal leasing moratorium "a major self-inflicted wound" and pointed out that it would likely harm communities, in Appalachia and elsewhere, that the White House has promised to help. Today's order rolls back current rules mandating that federal agencies plan for the realities o… Continue Reading


03.24.17

Grijalva on Keystone Approval: “This Wasn’t Done to Help the Country, It Was Done to Spite Native Americans and our Environment”

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today said the Trump administration's formal approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project was a slap in the face to Native Americans and an intentional blow against our nation's environment that would not benefit the American people. "You'd think this administration would have learned by now that you can't govern just by rushing through terrible ideas," Grijalva said. "This wasn't done to help the country. It was done to spite … Continue Reading


03.22.17

Grijalva Presses Bishop to Call Interior Secretary Zinke for Hearing on Department’s Future in Light of Budget Cuts, Other Needs

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today sent a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) urging him to call a hearing for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to testify on the future of the Interior Department, in light of the Trump administration's proposed 12 percent budget cut, and on other issues Zinke has yet to address. "Given the lack of detail provided in the President's proposal," Grijalva writes, "it is critical that Secretary Zinke appear before the Committee … Continue Reading


03.01.17

Grijalva to Zinke: Succeeding as Secretary Means Protecting Interior’s Mission and Budget, Staying True to Your Word on Public Lands

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today urged newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reject the White House's threat to cut 10 percent from the Department of the Interior (DOI) budget in fiscal year 2018, to reject extreme proposals to give away millions of acres of public land to state and local entities, and to invest in the DOI mission of protecting our country's natural resources. "Happy talk about making this country great doesn't make up for gut… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Increasing Pressure on Trump, Dems Hail National Congress of American Indians Resolution Predicating Border Wall on Tribal Consent

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Norma Torres, ranking member of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, today hailed the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) for resolving, at its just-concluded Executive Council Winter Session, to oppose border wall construction on Native American land without tribal consent. The resolution increases pressure on the Trump administration and its Republican allies to explain how they inte… Continue Reading

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