Native American Day Highlights Zinke's Failing Record in Indian Country
(Helena, MT) – As we celebrate American Indian Heritage Day and honor the rich culture and heritage of Native American in Montana, we are reminded that not all work to strengthen and protect Indian Country.
Former super PAC chairman Ryan Zinke has a record of supporting policies in D.C. and Montana that have serious negative consequences for Indian Country. He would repeal the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and has opposed funding for Violence Against Women programs for Indian women. He also supported the 2013 government shutdown, which hurt Montana’s tribes.
See a full one-pager on Zinke’s record in Indian Country.
“Ryan Zinke has a proven track record of putting corporate special interests over what is best for Indian Country," said James Steele, Chair of the Montana Indian Democrats Council. "Democrats work with Indian Country day-in- and day-out to improve the lives of Native Americans in Montana while Ryan Zinke sees Indian Country as a box to be checked in a heated election.”
While Ryan Zinke has claimed to be an advocate for Indian Country, his public comments reflect otherwise. Speaking to a group of Republicans in Helena, Zinke summarized his solution to poverty on Montana’s reservations by suggesting if “you want to feed someone, you need to teach a person how to fish." Native Americans said Zinke’s comments “promote negative stereotypes.”