New secretary lays out agenda on Native Americans

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is prepared to detail how she will move forward on issues affecting Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Jewell is scheduled to testify Wednesday afternoon before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee chaired by Washington Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell.

Jewell's experience with Native American affairs is limited and she's not as well known among tribes as her predecessor, former Secretary Ken Salazar. But she has had a relationship with tribes in the committee chairwoman's home state.

Her appearance at the hearing comes as tribes have been watching for the effects of budget cuts on their programs, many that are very dependent on federal money. The Obama administration has won praise from tribes for work it has done on their behalf.

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