BILLINGS, MONTANA – Beginning today, March 14, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D – Montana), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, on a three-day tour of Montana.
While there, Jewell and Tester will visit with tribal leaders. They will discuss upholding trust responsibilities to American Indians.
This will be Jewell’s first visit to the state as Secretary of the Interior.
“I look forward to getting out to Big Sky Country and having the opportunity to learn more about the issues that matter most to the people of Montana,” said Jewell. “I know that Montanans care deeply about their lands and outdoor heritage, and this state is a leading example of how public-private partnerships can produce strong outcomes for healthy lands and a healthy economy.”
Sen. Jon Tester, Chair of the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
On Friday, Jewell and Tester will meet with tribal leaders and travel to the Crow Indian Reservation, where they will tour the site where the Tribe plans to develop a hydropower project as part of the Crow Tribe Water Rights Settlement.
The Crow Tribe’s development of the hydropower project will lead to self-sufficiency and economic development for the Tribe.
On Sunday, Jewell will visit Glacier National Park. A new report shows that visitors to the park generated $172.4 million in economic activity in 2012, supporting 2,754 jobs in the community.
Jewell and Tester will end the trip at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.