Senate Indian Affairs Committe Finally to Host Hearing on DOI Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs

Tara Mac Lean Sweeney

Published May 9, 2018 

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 9 at 4:00 PM EDT the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing to consider the nomination of Tara Mac Lean Sweeney, of Alaska, to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior.

Sweeney grew up in rural Alaska and has spent a lifetime actively engaged in state and national policy arenas focused on advocating for responsible Indian energy policy, rural broadband connectivity, Arctic growth and Native American self-determination. She has served her Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and its subsidiaries in a variety of capacities for nearly two decades. The $2.6 billion corporation is the largest locally-owned and operated business in Alaska, with about 13,000 Iñupiat Eskimo members and 12,000 employees worldwide. It is diversified in six major business sectors, including energy support services, industrial services, construction, petroleum refining and marketing, government services, and resource development.

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Sweeney, a member of the Native Village of Barrow and the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope, would be the first Native Alaskan and only the second woman in history to hold the position.


WHAT:          A hearing on the nomination of Tara Mac Lean Sweeney to be Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior

WHEN:         4:00 PM EDT, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WHERE:       628 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Live video and written witness testimony will be provided here.



Ms. Tara Mac Lean Sweeney

Executive Vice President, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska

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