Native American Issues

South Dakota is home to nine Native American reservations and I am honored to be an advocate in the federal government for our tribes.

Upon arriving in Congress, I joined the Native American Caucus which aims to improve the government-to-government relationship between the tribes and the federal government.

I also introduced Tribal Sovereignty legislation to clarify that the National Labor Relations Board does not have jurisdiction over tribally owned businesses on reservation land. Some of South Dakota’s reservations have some of the highest unemployment rates throughout the state. We need to encourage business and innovation, rather than burden their economies with additional government red tape.

In April of 2011, I introduced bipartisan Impact Aid legislation to strengthen the Impact Aid program for rural schools without increasing government spending. Many of South Dakota’s school districts rely on the supplemental funding they receive through the Impact Aid program.