Ute Indian Tribe Calls on Speaker Paul Ryan to Discipline Rep. Rob Bishop for Bringing Discredit to House of Representatives

Rep. Rob Bishop

Published October 5, 2018

DUCHESNE, UTAH — In a letter issued Thursday, the Ute Indian Tribal Business Committee called upon United States House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan to refer Congressman Rob Bishop to the House Ethics Committee for bullying his Congressional colleagues at the expense of the Ute Indian Tribe and its Uintah and Ouray Reservation homelands. Since becoming Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, the Tribe noted that Bishop’s sense of entitlement and disregard for those with differing views has gone overboard. The Business Committee’s letter is attached to this release.

“Bishop has gone too far,” the Business Committee commented. “All Utahans should expect their Congressional representatives to act with respect and fairness. Instead, Bishop is acting like a school yard bully stomping on others to get what he wants.”

At a Committee Meeting on September 26, 2018, Bishop sarcastically dismissed statements by Congresswoman Hanabusa and Congressman Grijalva as “misinformation.” Bishop bullied Hanabusa and Grijalva as they spoke in support of an amendment to Hanabusa’s own bill that would protect the Ute Indian Tribe’s Reservation homelands that were set apart for the Tribe’s benefit in solemn treaties and agreements between the United States and the Tribe. Rather than honor these treaties and agreements, Bishop attempted to plow forward with his own version of incorrect and revisionist history.

Bishop’s biased sarcasm and bullying brought discredit to the House in violation of the Code of Conduct in House Rule XXIII, clause 1. Instead of acting out like a bully, Bishop should fairly and equally represent the interests of all residents of his District. As Utah’s oldest residents, the Ute Indian Tribe recognizes that we are all Utahans and we all benefit by moving forward together.

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