What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Native Americans : Swimmer Nomination to be the Special Trustee for American Indians in the Interior Department/Vote on Confirmation. (2003 senate Roll Call 133)
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Swimmer Nomination to be the Special Trustee for American Indians in the Interior Department/Vote on Confirmation.
senate Roll Call 133     Apr 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The subject of this vote was the Senate's confirmation of Ross Swimmer to be the Special Trustee for American Indians in the Interior Department. The position of Special Trustee for American Indians was created by Congress in 1994 to address the historical failure of the Department of the Interior to honor the federal government's responsibility to Native Americans. The Special Trustee was intended to be an advocate on behalf of tribes and individual Native Americans. Progressives voted in opposition to Swimmer's nomination because of the nominee's involvement in mismanaging Indian trust funds. Indian trusts were established by the federal government to provide steady financial benefits to Native Americans in exchange for granting the federal government nearly ten million acres of land previously owned by sixteen tribes in the Great Plains. Republicans voted unanimously in favor of Swimmer's nomination and he was confirmed by a 72-24 margin.

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