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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Tribal Relations

As an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, I am very proud of my heritage and the tremendous accomplishments of tribes in Oklahoma and across our country. The U.S. Constitution and the federal government recognize that Native American tribes are sovereign entities with separate governments and rights that should be honored and respected. Indeed, tribes have a unique relationship with state and local governments, as well as the federal government.

Native Americans are aggressively working toward building Native economies and governments, and I am committed to making sure they have the tools and resources to continue these efforts. Through numerous treaties, as well as legislation, the United States has promised to provide this care, and I will work to make sure these promises are kept. I support efforts to increase business opportunities and economic development in Indian Country. Specifically, I support the use of tax incentives for businesses that locate or expand on former Indian lands or hire Native Americans and their spouses.  

I believe each tribe, with its own government and rights, should be honored and respected. Tribes should work mutually with the states and the federal government to maintain the integrity of their heritage, culture and legal rights. I also believe the federal government must comply with its trust and treaty obligation. That requires Washington to appropriately fund healthcare, education, infrastructure and law enforcement in Indian Country. 

More on Tribal Relations

September 11, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Deb Haaland (NM-01), who introduced the Bridging Agency Data Gaps and Ensuring Safety (BADGES) for Native Communities Act today on the 25th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
July 23, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), U.S. Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Don Young (R-Alaska), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) announced the introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2019.
July 18, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, members in both chambers of Congress reintroduced the bipartisan Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act, a bill to prohibit the exporting of sacred Native American items and increase penalties for stealing and illegally trafficking tribal cultural patrimony.
July 11, 2019 News Stories
U.S. Sen. James Lankford and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said Wednesday they are cosponsoring legislation to repeal unenforced federal laws that serve as "a painful reminder" of discrimination against Native Americans.
July 10, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and U.S. Reps. Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today introduced the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act.
June 21, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Representative Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), and Representative Tom Cole (OK-04) made the following statements after Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer announced the newest Towing, Salvage and Rescue ship (T-ATS) would be named Cherokee Nation.
June 4, 2019 Press Release
Washington D.C. – Today, Representatives Tom Cole (OK-04) and Deb Haaland (NM-01), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus hosted Indian Country 101, a briefing for congressional staff.
May 15, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) and Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 375, To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.
April 4, 2019 Speech
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) today voted in support of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Act.
March 28, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) cosponsored legislation to break cycles of poverty in Indian Country through smart economic development. The legislation was introduced by Native American Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) and has bipartisan support from Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA).

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