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Native American

Montana is home to eight sovereign nations and Rep. Zinke proudly works alongside tribal governments to advance tribal legislative priorities. In his first term, Rep. Zinke secured a historic Committee vote to federally recognize the Little Shell Tribe. He also authored legislation to give tribal governments a greater say in energy development on their land and he authored and passed legislation to provide three years of tax relief for tribes that choose to mine their coal. 

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December 13, 2016 Press Release

Zinke & Daines Hail Passage of Blackfeet Water Compact

December 8, 2016 Press Release

Zinke-led U.S. House Passes Blackfeet Water Compact,  Calls on Daines & Tester to whip Senate Democrats

November 16, 2016 Press Release

In Historic Vote, House Committee Passes Blackfeet Water Compact


(CONGRESS) November 16, 2016 – Today the House Natural Resources Committee passed Congressman Zinke’s bill, H.R. 5633 the "Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act." The bill would authorize and implement the water rights compact among the Blackfeet Tribe of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, the State of Montana, and the United States. The compact passed by a unanimous vote.

September 26, 2016 Press Release

Zinke Announces $1.1 million in Funding for Tribal Law Enforcement

September 26, 2016 Press Release

Rep. Zinke Announces More Than $520,000 in Grants for Montana Tribes

(CONGRESS) September 26, 2016 – Today Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke announced more than $520,000 in federal grants for the Chippewa Cree (Elder), Confederated Salish and Kootenai (Flathead Reservation), and the Northern Cheyenne (Lame Deer) Tribes. The Department of Transportation grants were part of the FY2016 Tribal Transit Program.

September 8, 2016 Press Release

In Historic Vote, House Committee Passes Two Zinke Bills:Recognition of Little Shell and Certainty for States and Tribes Act

(CONGRESS) September 8, 2016 – Today the House Committee on Natural Resources advanced two of Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke’s bills, the Certainty for States and Tribes Act and legislation to federally recognize the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe. Both pieces of legislation were offered by Senator Steve Daines in the U.S. Senate. 

Regarding the Recognition of the Little Shell

July 14, 2016 Press Release

Zinke Applauds Passage of Department of Interior Appropriations

Bill includes Zinke’s provisions to end Obama’s federal coal  moratorium and blocks new coal, gas and oil regulations


June 30, 2016 Press Release

Zinke & Daines Defend Montana Coal Country, Blast DOI Regulations

(CONGRESS) June 30, 2016 – Today, the Department of the Interior (Interior) released its final rule to unjustly overhaul the royalty and valuation process for coal, oil, and gas production on federal and tribal lands. Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke and U.S. Senator Steve Daines blasted Interior for the regulation, which will make the process even more expensive for the Crow Tribe to mine their coal and make a living. The final rule becomes effective on January 1, 2017.

June 14, 2016 Press Release

Video: Rep. Zinke & Billing’s Union Leader, Mike Johnson, hold hearing fighting for Montana coal jobs

Johnson: “I lost a darn good-paying job…These coal miners don’t have anyplace to go.”