Rep. Paul Cook Named Republican Leader on Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) announced today that he has been appointed as the Republican Leader for the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States. Cook has served as a member of this subcommittee since his first term of office in 2013.
The subcommittee oversees all matters related to the Federal trust responsibility to Native Americans and their sovereignty. It also has purview over measures relating to the welfare of Native Americans, including management of Indian lands in general. It also has jurisdiction over all matters regarding Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians.
Rep. Cook said, “I’m honored to assume this leadership role on the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States. I’ve worked on Native American and tribal issues for well over a decade, dating back to my time in the California State Assembly, and I know there’s much work to be done. This subcommittee presents the opportunity for bipartisan work, and I intend on being a problem solver whenever possible. I’ll also focus on being a liaison between the subcommittee and the federal administration, as we can only benefit from greater communication on complicated issues involving tribal rights, local priorities, and Congressional preferences.”
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Cook is a member of the Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees. He served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.