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NAIHC congratulates Kevin Washburn on nomination to BIA

The National American Indian Housing Council congratulated Kevin Washburn on his nomination to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

NAIHC successfully lobbied for H.R.205, the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act (HEARTH) Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law on July 30. The bill allows tribes to submit their own regulations to the BIA in order to streamline the housing and leasing process.

"There has been much accomplished - for example the recent passage of the HEARTH Act - but there is still much to complete. NAIHC looks forward to working with Mr. Washburn and his staff on tribal housing, infrastructure development and community and economic development issues," Cheryl A. Causley, the organization's chairwoman, said in a press release.

Washburn is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. His position requires confirmation by the Senate.

"Indian Country would like to ensure there is continuity in fulfilling the goals and priorities we have developed with the federal government," Causley said. "This position is key in moving the federal government's work with Indian Country and Congress should consider the importance of filling this position expeditiously."

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Press Release: NAIHC Releases Statement on Chickasaw Native Appointment to Top Indian Affairs Position (NAIHC 8/3)

Relevant Documents:
White House Announcement | Letter to Law School | UNM Press Release | DOI Press Release | Sen. Bingaman | Sen. Tom Udall

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