Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) appointed to be chairman of Committee on Indian Affairs. Oh, and he supports DAPL and Keystone and does not agree with lands being transferred back to tribes.


North Dakota Senator John Hoeven

"I am honored to serve as the chairman [of the Committee on Indian Affairs] ... and look forward to working with [newly elected] Vice Chairman [Sen. Tom] Udall [D-NM] and members of the Committee to pass legislation that helps improve the lives of people across Indian Country," Hoeven said.

Senator Hoeven also said 


The ongoing protest activities which at times have turned violent are being prolonged and intensified by the Obama Administration’s refusal to approve the final remaining easement at Lake Oahe. This inaction has inflamed tensions, strained state and local resources, and, most importantly, is needlessly putting people at risk including tribal members, protestors, law enforcement officers, construction workers, and area residents our farmers and ranchers who live and work in the area.

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His opinion on the current status of DAPL

“So it is time – it is past time – for the protestors to stand down and to recognize that the Courts – and the next Administration – will resolve the issue.

 Senator Hoeven is also is personally heavily invested in oil (from


 Sen. Hoeven — an outspoken supporter of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline — did not mention, however, is his personal investment in 68 different oil-producing wells in North Dakota under the auspices of the company Mainstream Investors, LLC according to his most recent congressional personal financial disclosure form. 

Seventeen of those wells are owned by Continental Resources, the company whose CEO Harold Hamm also serves as a campaign energy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Those wells have a value of between $11,000–$171,000, and 14 of them, named Wahpeton, are located within 18 miles of the Dakota Access Watford City terminal site. 

Heaven also advocated for the Obama administration to engage the DAPL protestors.

He has called on the Obama administration to authorize additional law enforcement resources in Morton County and also authorize the Corps to issue the necessary easement for the pipeline without further delay.

Hoeven also opposed the transfer to Interior Department in Trust for the Tribes

WASHINGTON -- Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after his office was informed that the Army Corps of Engineers has transferred lands around Lake Sakakawea to be held in trust by the Department of Interior for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation:

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