U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Recognizing Native Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution (S.Res. 597) led by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), respectively, honoring the notable achievements that Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian women have made throughout the history of the U.S.

“It is during Women’s History Month that we reflect on the many contributions women have made that pushed our country forward,” said Vice Chairman Murkowski. “Native women have helped shape our country in areas of military service, arts, science, culture, language, human rights, and sports, to name a few. Since 2018, I have had the honor to introduce a resolution recognizing the heritage, culture, and contributions of many American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, including Mary Jane Fate, Katie John, Elizabeth Peratrovich, and Laura Beltz Wright from Alaska. I am proud that my colleagues in the Senate supported this resolution as we celebrate all women.”

“Every day, American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women make countless contributions to our communities and country, and it’s critical that we recognize their impacts on American history,” said Chairman Schatz. “As we celebrate Women’s History Month, I’m proud to partner with Vice Chairman Murkowski on this resolution to honor the achievements and legacies of Native women.”

In addition to Vice Chairman Murkowski and Chairman Schatz, the following 32 Senators co-sponsored the resolution: Baldwin (D-WI), Bennet (D-CO), Blumenthal (D-CT), Booker (D-NJ), Butler (D-CA), Cantwell (D-WA), Collins (R-ME), Cortez Masto (D-NV), Cramer (R-ND), Crapo (R-ID), Daines (R-MT), Heinrich (D-NM), Hickenlooper (D-CO), Hirono (D-HI), Hoeven (R-ND), King (I-ME), Klobuchar (D-MN), Lujan (D-NM), Markey (D-MA), Merkley (D-OR), Padilla (D-CA), Risch (R-ID), Rosen (D-NV), Rounds (R-SD), Shaheen (D-NH), Sinema (I-AZ), Smith (D-MN), Sullivan (R-AK), Tester (D-MT), Warner (D-VA), Warren (D-MA), and Wyden (D-OR).