Tester Statement on Little Shell Recognition Bill

(U.S. Senate)-Vice Chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Jon Tester released the following statement after a bill to federally recognize the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indian was passed by the House Natural Resources Committee:

“Federally recognizing the Little Shell Tribe will help correct years of injustice and confirm what we all know to be true. It is critical that the Little Shell have access to the same resources as other tribes throughout Indian Country, and I am pleased that the House has finally got around to making this bill a priority.”

Tester first introduced legislation granting the Little Shell Tribe federal recognition in 2007, it was the first bill he ever introduced in Congress.

Tester’s bill granting the Little Shell federal recognition was passed by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in March of 2015.