Senate Confirms Interior Department's Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
Tara Sweeney has been confirmed as the Interior Department's Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. She is the first Alaska Native to hold that post and only the second woman. The 1998 Cornell University graduate and member of the Native Village of Barrow and the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope is a businesswoman with the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. She was confirmed by the Senate last week. The Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs oversees Interior’s various responsibilities to enhance the quality of life, promote economic opportunity, and provide quality educational opportunities for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives while protecting and improving their trust assets. The assistant secretary also has operational authority over the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education. Sweeney -- a lifetime member of the National Congress of American Indians -- was crowned Miss NCAI in 1993 and traveled the country as an Ambassador for the organization. More here from Indian Country's Mark Trahant.