Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today issued the following statement on the passing of President George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States:
“President Bush lived his life in service to the country he loved,” Hoeven said. “With his passing, America, and the world, have lost a dedicated public servant and diplomat.”
“President Bush ushered in a new era of collaboration and understanding of the Native peoples in this nation. He signed many pieces of legislation into law which recognized tribal sovereignty, promoted tribal cultures and languages, reformed public safety, enhanced natural resources, including land restoration, and facilitated job creation. President Bush’s legacy will live on through these laws and we thank him for his service and leadership in promoting an enduring and meaningful government-to-government relationship between the United States and Indian tribes,” Hoeven concluded.