The New Day Now (NDN) Rally set the stage for two Capitol Hill sessions for lawmakers to discuss with conference attendees the issues important to Indian Country, followed by a reception on top of the Hart Senate Office building overlooking the Washington, DC skyline. From the long list of Congressional attendees from both parties, it’s clear we have strong support on the Hill. We were also honored to have several members attend RES sessions at the Omni Shoreham, including Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) and Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Indiana), who spoke about his Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act designed to affirm sovereignty over tribal labor practices.

Those attending the Congressional sessions included:

  • Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana); Vice Chairman of Senate Indian Affairs Committee
  • Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota)
  • Senator Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico)
  • Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon)
  • Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Michigan)
  • Rep. Norma Torres (D-California)

Check out what some of these members had to say about RES DC…

Senator John Barrasso:
“There is a lot of work left to do, and today’s hearing is a good start. I intend to continue working on all of these issues as chairman – to help tribes, their economies, and all of their members achieve greater success. Thank you again for this opportunity to speak to you today. I wish you all a wonderful conference.”

Senator Jon Tester:
“It’s an honor to speak with Indian Country’s business leaders at this year’s Reservation Economic Summit. NCAIED is a strong advocate for Native American entrepreneurs, and by working together, we can increase opportunity and create jobs in Indian Country.”

Senator Martin Heinrich:
“In New Mexico and across the country tribal communities have incredible economic potential waiting to be tapped,” said Senator Martin Heinrich (New Mexico), who participated in the legislative update. “NCAIED’s summit offers Native American businesses tools they can use to expand, creating more economic opportunities in Indian Country.”

Senator Heidi Heitkamp:
“Across America we have children with limitless potential living on the periphery – but we’re quickly gaining momentum to change that. Just two weeks ago, the first bill I introduced to help improve the lives of Native children unanimously passed the U.S. Senate. Now, we’re seeing bipartisan movement in the U.S. House. As we convene today there is no better moment to help realize better opportunities and resources for our next generation of tribal leaders than the present, while we are in the midst of unprecedented support for this goal.”