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Congressional Native American Caucus

Congressional Native American Caucus Co-Chairs Sharice Davids and Tom Cole issued the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Representative Dale Kildee:

“Dale Kildee was a true federal partner to tribal leaders and Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. As a Member of Congress, he co-founded the Congressional Native American Caucus in 1997. At its core, the Caucus’ purpose is to educate members of Congress about the issues affecting tribal nations. His leadership in the Caucus and dedication to Indian Country is a reminder to our colleagues that we all have a federal trust responsibility to federally recognized tribes.

His commitment to fortify tribal self-governance created an extraordinary impact across Indian Country. One example of many includes when he successfully led and passed the 2008 Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination (NAHASDA) Reauthorization Act along with cosponsor and now Co-Chair Cole. Throughout his career, he worked to recognize the right of Indian self-determination and tribal self-governance by making such assistance available directly to tribal nations.

Since its inception, the Congressional Native American Caucus has adhered to the bipartisan virtue Dale Kildee lived throughout his life. He was a great champion for Indian Country, and he worked tirelessly to remind his colleagues that our U.S. Constitution acknowledges tribal sovereignty. We remain dedicated to that purpose and honor his commitment to Indian Country by continuing our strong government-to-government relationship with tribal nations.

Dale Kildee was a public servant that worked to better the lives of his constituents and listened to and amplified the voices of tribal nations. He created a legacy in Congress that will continue to live on for generations to come. Our thoughts are with his family, the people of Michigan, and with his nephew and our colleague Dan Kildee.”

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