I am honored to work with the Pueblos and Tribes of New Mexico and nationally. Indigenous peoples have lived in the land we now call New Mexico since time immemorial. And I will continue to advocate on their behalf on issues such as education, access to water, housing, infrastructure, public safety and cultural preservation, as well as the defense and protection of tribal sovereignty. .
The issues affecting Indian country are a top priority for me. While in the United States House of Representatives, I led efforts to reauthorize India’s Healthcare Improvement Act and sponsored the HEARTH (Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership) Act. ), which makes it easier to obtain a lease on trust land and helps Native families buy homes and help attract businesses and jobs to tribal communities.
In one of my first actions in the Senate, I proudly co-sponsored the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which strengthens law enforcement efforts and provides needed resources to victims of violence. home, especially to indigenous women.
I also worked with tribes and pueblos in New Mexico to introduce the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act to ban the export of Native American sacred objects and increase penalties for theft and illegal trafficking. of tribal cultural heritage. I remain committed to helping repatriate stolen objects of cultural significance to their rightful owners.