Office of Montana Governor Steve Bullock
Yesterday, the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board announced its endorsement of Governor Steve Bullock as the best candidate for the United States Senate to stand up for First Montanans’ interests in Washington.
Governor Bullock has been a stalwart ally of Native Montanans, and his nation-to-nation work in consultation with the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board, tribal leaders, and Native legislators across Montana helped deliver affordable healthcare to thousands of Native Montanans, preserve and celebrate Native cultures, boost small businesses on the Fort Peck Indian reservation, and address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) epidemic.
“Governor Bullock has always been a strong partner and friend of the Fort Peck tribal community, and of Native Montanans across the state,” said Floyd Azure, Chairman of the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board. “We know that Governor Bullock’s long record of working with tribal leaders across Montana to deliver results for Indian Country will continue when he reaches the Senate. With Governor Bullock in Washington, we’ll never have to worry whether Native Montanans will have a seat at the table on issues that affect us. The Tribal Executive Board of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Nations is proud to endorse Governor Bullock.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Nations’ Tribal Executive Board,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “We’ve worked hard to address systemic issues in Indian Country here in Montana, but there is still much work to be done to ensure every Native Montanan has access to a top-notch education, a good-paying job and quality healthcare they can afford. I look forward to continuing to work with Chairman Azure and other Native leaders around Montana to expand opportunities for everyone in Indian Country.”
Governor Bullock personally visited Fort Peck in June and has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board to ensure communities have the resources they need to continue surveillance testing and keep vulnerable populations safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As Governor, Bullock has consistently shown up for Fort Peck and all of Montana’s tribal nations — both through legislation and through his frequent trips to reservations and meetings with tribal leaders. He hosted annual Tribal Leaders Summits to listen to concerns from tribal communities, elected officials and staff and work together toward solutions.
Governor Bullock took the feedback from conversations with leaders in Indian Country and went to work with Republicans and Democrats to expand Medicaid twice, giving more than 15,000 Native Montanans access to quality, affordable healthcare. He worked with Native entrepreneurs to spur economic development in Indian Country through grants and loans for Native-owned businesses.
In consultation with Native educators, Governor Bullock boosted funding for Montana’s seven tribal colleges, including Fort Peck Community College in Poplar, and he joined members of the legislative Montana American Indian Caucus in support of five bills addressing the MMIW epidemic. Governor Bullock also spearheaded an effort to permanently display the eight flags of Montana’s Tribal Nations on the State Capitol grounds as a tribute to the contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans and Native veterans.