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March 1st, 2017

Bipartisan Group of Senators Approve Zinke Nomination

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the U.S. Senate by a 68-31 vote, approved President Trump’s nomination of Ryan Zinke to serve as Secretary of the Interior. Fifteen Democrats and one Independent joined 52 Republicans to support the nomination.

Secretary Zinke will now begin forming his team at the Interior Department. Indian Country will closely watch the appointments for the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and the Interior Solicitor (top attorney for DOI), both of which require U.S. Senate confirmation.

The Interior Secretary will also play a role in President Trump’s nominations to serve on the National Indian Gaming Commission (the NIGC Chair requires Senate approval, the two Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary without approval) as well as the Special Trustee for American Indians.

Tribes will also monitor other Interior positions that require Senate confirmation, including the Interior Department’s Deputy Secretary; Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Asst. Sec. for Land & Minerals Management; Asst. Sec. for Policy Management & Budget; Asst. Sec. for Water & Science; Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation; Director of the Bureau of Land Management; Director of the National Park Service; Director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement; Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Director of the U.S. Geological Survey; and Inspector General.

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