Luján named ranking member of subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs | News
Representative Ben Ray Luján has been appointed ranking member of the House Natural Resource Committee’s Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. Luján is replacing Representative Congressman Dan Boren of Oklahoma.
“It is an honor to be named to this important position that is critical for the many states that are home to native communities,” Congressman Luján said. “As ranking member, I look forward to building on my efforts to strengthen an effective government-to-government relationship that respects the sovereignty of Native American tribes. From protecting sacred sites to improving the health and educational opportunities for Indian Country, it is important that we work with tribes and pueblos across the country to build a stronger future for Native Americans.”
Congressman Ed Markey, fellow ranking member, said Luján will be a great addition to the subcommittee.
“Congressman Luján has been a strong advocate for tribal communities during his time in the House,” said Congressman Markey. “As a member of the Subcommittee, he has been a powerful voice, not only for the needs of Native Americans in his district, but for all native communities, and I know that the will continue these important efforts in this new role.”
Luján is a representative of New Mexico's 1st Congressional District that includes 17 tribes, 15 Pueblos, the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation. Luján is also a member of the Native American Caucus.