Rubén Gallego Wants Native American Affairs Expert at the Congressional Research Service
The Library of Congress currently employs around 600 policy experts, attorneys, librarians, and support personnel who specialize in various disciplines, but none of them are experts in the field of Federal Indian law and policy. Congressmen Rubén Gallego (D-AZ), the Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Subcommittee, and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee, want to change that. On Monday, the pair led 27 of their House colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Director of the Congressional Research Service requesting the immediate appointment of a Native American Affairs expert. “It is critical that Members of Congress have access to readily available experts who can monitor legislative developments and quickly provide information and analysis on the unique challenges and opportunities of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples,” the lawmakers wrote. “Tribal Affairs expertise is vital for enabling Members to understand and assess the complex dynamics shaping the unique relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes and make informed policy decisions.” Read the full letter here.