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.
July 1, 2020| View More
Tester Presses Indian Health Service Director to Strengthen the COVID-19 Response in Indian Country as Administration Works to Dismantle Health Care System
As part of his fight to ensure that Native American communities across Montana have the tools they need to address the rising rate of COVID-19 cases, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today grilled the top Indian Health Service (IHS) official on the agency’s efforts to tackle the disproportionate impacts of the …
June 26, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $150,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ (CSKT) pandemic response efforts.
June 24, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester continued his years-long push to ratify the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ (CSKT) Water Compact today at a historic Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on the bill, calling it a moment decades in the making and urging Congress to support the legislation.
June 22, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced more than $4.1 million for Montana Head Start programs. This funding includes $3,588,989 for Head Start in Billings and $541,211 in Early Head Start funding for AWARE in Butte.
June 18, 2020| View More
Amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured nearly $300,000 to help Fort Peck bolster its public health services.