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 resources and expand jurisdiction for Tribal Law Enforcement agencies.
Jon has led the charge in the fight against the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis by pushing the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to pass bills focusing on addressing violence in Indian Country.
Jon has a long history of advocating 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 each Montana Indian Reservation, sits down with Tribal leaders and families, and brings their concerns straight back to the Senate.
Regardless of whether the debate is about health care, education, or infrastructure, Jon is always pushing to empower Native voices, and make sure they have a seat at the table.
September 17, 2021| View More
Senator: "Today is a historic day for Montana taxpayers, ranchers, farmers, and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes."
July 6, 2021| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that Head Start programs across Montana will receive a total of $5,302,892 in grant funding to help support in-person, comprehensive services this fall.
April 22, 2021| View More
Tester Statement on Implementation of His Not Invisible Act to Combat Murdered and Missing Indigenous Persons Crisis
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the Department of Interior (DOI) announced it would begin implementation of his Not Invisible Act, which was signed into law last year and will increase coordination within the federal government to identify and combat violent crime in Indian Country.
March 15, 2021| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today voted to confirm Congresswoman Deb Haaland to be the next Secretary of the Interior:
March 11, 2021| View More
Tester Statement on COVID Package with Vaccine Funding, Relief for Montana Workers and Small Businesses Becoming Law
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after President Joe Biden signed the COVID relief package …