Jon grew up just down the road from Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in northcentral Montana, and he believes that the U.S. Government must uphold its treaty and trust responsibilities to Indian Country.
As a senior member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Jon has worked closely with tribal nations to expand resources at the Indian Health Service, increase investments in tribal schools, and secure additional funds for Tribal Law Enforcement.
Jon has also advocated for strengthening tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and he is making sure that tribal leaders have the tools they need to increase opportunity and boost local economies.
Jon regularly visits every Montana Indian Reservation, sits down with tribal leaders and families, and brings their concerns straight back to Washington.
Regardless of whether the debate is about health care, education, or infrastructure, Jon is always pushing to ensure Native Americans have a seat at the table.
November 6, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that the National Science Foundation has awarded $3.5 million in grants to Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer to help establish a fully equipped, industry-standard environmental protection center for water quality research and landscape monitoring on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and surrounding areas.
November 4, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester, along with Alabama Senator Doug Jones, is leading a group of 36 colleagues in a new push to fund Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs). In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators called …
October 17, 2019| View More
At Hearing on Housing Challenges in Indian Country, Tester Presses BIA & HUD to Cut Burdensome Red Tape
After hearing testimony from Fort Belknap Indian Community Councilman Nate Mount at a Senate hearing today on housing …
October 7, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester is announcing nearly $8 million in Department of Justice (DOJ) grant funding for Montana Tribes, as part of his ongoing effort to provide resources to Indian Country to bolster Tribal courts, support victims, and combat violence against Native American women.
October 1, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement regarding the news that Moncrief Oil and The Wilderness Society reached an agreement to permanently retire Moncrief’s federal oil and gas lease in the Badger-Two Medicine: