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.
November 19, 2021| View More
Funding to improve access to housing, Tribal Colleges, and economic development
November 12, 2021| View More
Tester Pushes for Administration to Act on Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Crisis After Release of New Report
Senator urges DOJ, Interior to immediately implement solutions outlined in groundbreaking MMIP report he requested
November 1, 2021| View More
Senator secured study as part of his ongoing effort to address MMIP crisis and improve public safety in Indian Country
October 18, 2021| View More
Senator: “He was a keeper of Tribal history, a tireless advocate, and for many, he was a national voice for Indian Country.”
October 14, 2021| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement regarding the passing of Blackfeet Tribal Chief and Chairman, Earl Old Person: