ASRC Congratulates Tara Sweeney for Successful Nomination Hearing

More than six months after being nominated by President Trump to become the new assistant secretary for Indian Affairs (AS-IA), Tara Mac Lean Sweeney faced questions from a Senate committee tasked to look not only into her qualifications, but also the vision for her departments moving forward. If confirmed by the full Senate, Sweeney would oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as well as the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), among other offices.
Members of the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs asked for Sweeney’s thoughts on a variety of topics, ranging from the opioid epidemic in Indian Country, to harassment problems within the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Yesterday’s hearing lasted a little under two hours.
"The nomination and eventual confirmation process is designed to be very thorough," said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. "I believe after this nomination hearing, committee members and their staff have a better understanding of Tara’s desire and ability to work with the current administration as well as Congress to strengthen federal consultation practices and further the self determination of Alaska Natives and Lower 48 tribes. I look forward to her confirmation in the near future."
President Trump made the nomination announcement in mid-October of last year. If confirmed, it would be the first and only presidential nomination and U.S. Senate-confirmed position for any Alaska Native woman in state history. The nomination now moves to the full Senate for final confirmation.

About ASRC

Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is owned by and represents the business interests of the Arctic Slope Iñupiat. Since opening enrollment in 1989 to Alaska Natives born after 1971, the corporation’s shareholder base has nearly tripled, growing from the 3,700 original enrollees to around 13,000 today. Corporate headquarters are based in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska, with administrative and subsidiary offices located in Anchorage and throughout the United States. ASRC, along with its family of companies, is the largest Alaskan-owned company, employing approximately 12,000 people worldwide. The company has six major business segments: petroleum refining and marketing, energy support services, industrial services, construction, government services and resource development.

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