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Legislation to honor Stewart Udall

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., has introduced legislation to name the U.S. Department of the Interior building after the late Stewart Udall, who was often a strong advocate for Indian issues.

Udall was the Interior secretary from 1961 – 1969, serving in the cabinets of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He died last month.

Bingaman’s bill would name the building that houses the Interior Department in Washington, D.C. the “Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building.”

“In the 161-year history of the Department of the Interior, there have been many exceptional individuals who have served as secretary of the Interior,” Bingaman said.

“Stewart Udall certainly ranks among the best of them. In recognition of his lifetime of work pursuing the common good and protecting our nation’s public lands and waters, and in particular his achievements as secretary of the Interior, I am proud to have introduced this legislation in the Senate.”