On Tuesday, the Democrats of the House Committee on Natural Resources voted to name U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.
"I am proud to have earned the confidence of my colleagues and to have this opportunity to better serve Hawaii," Hanabusa said. "Serving as the subcommittee's ranking member is not just a personal achievement, but one for our state as well. It will give me a chance to continue advocating on behalf our nation's indigenous peoples."
The Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native affairs has exclusive jurisdiction over Native American and Alaska Native issues in the U.S. House of Representatives and oversees all matters regarding the federal trust relationship between the U.S. and tribal governments, measures relating to the welfare of tribes, and the management of lands.
Hanabusa is also now a member of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, which handles issues related to the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.
With the House Armed Services Committee, Hanabusa retains her seniority on the Subcommittee on Readiness which has jurisdiction over military readiness, military construction, training, and logistics; and deployment preparation and processes. The subcommittee is also responsible for depot policy, installations and family housing issues, including the base closure process, and energy policy and programs of the Department of Defense.
Hanabusa was also named to serve on the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, which has jurisdiction over Navy and Marine Corps acquisition programs, maritime programs, and Naval Reserve equipment and systems.
"Serving on the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces will give me a role in important decisions about Navy Acquisition programs, which are the future of our state. As the U.S. military transitions to a maritime environment during the strategic rebalance, more of our naval assets will come to the Pacific, where Hawaii serves as the centerpiece. Preserving funding for these assets is critical to providing our forward deployed forces with the tools they need, and ensuring that we can project power throughout the world when necessary."