Tara Sweeney for Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:30am

May 8, 2018

The Honorable John Hoeven 
Chairman
Committee on Indian Affairs
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Tom Udall
Vice Chairman
Committee on Indian Affairs 
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510 

Dear Chairman Hoeven and Vice Chairman Udall:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the nomination of Tara Sweeney as
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of Interior.

Ms. Sweeney would bring a wealth of experience to the position, having been engaged on
a host of policy issues important to Indian Country with two decades of leadership positions at
the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation.

She is a long-serving board member as well as past co-chair of the Alaska Federation of
Natives, whose goal is to encourage economic development consistent with the needs of Alaska
Natives.

Ms. Sweeney is also active internationally; she is a past chair of the Arctic Economic
Council, an international organization focused on growing business and economic development
in Arctic nations.

The Chamber has also had a long relationship with Ms. Sweeney. Her leadership
encouraged the Chamber to create the Native American Enterprise Initiative, which focuses on
crucial economic issues confronting tribally owned businesses and Native American-owned
enterprises.

The Chamber strongly supports Ms. Sweeney’s nomination and urges the Committee to
favorably report her nomination.

Sincerely,

Neil L. Bradley

cc: Members of the Committee on Indian Affairs