Zinke Touts Tribal Sovereignty As Key At Committee Hearing

Law360, New York (March 8, 2017, 7:40 PM EST) -- U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke repeatedly stressed his commitment to respecting tribal sovereignty Wednesday when testifying at his first U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing since being confirmed for the role earlier this month.

Zinke, a former Montana representative, was confirmed as secretary by the U.S. Senate in a 68-31 vote on March 1. His duties will include overseeing such agencies as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which serves more than 560 federally recognized tribes.

At a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs oversight hearing, which was billed as a meeting to identify Indian Affairs priorities for the Trump...

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