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Native American representation on Capitol Hill concerns House lawmakers
Appropriators take aim at what they call offensive art and disrespectful tours

House Appropriators are urging the Architect of the Capitol to work with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian to contextualize portrayals of Native Americans on Capitol Hill. Former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe and pictured here, spoke at the opening of the museum in 2004. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo.)

House lawmakers are raising issues about Native American representation in and around the Capitol — and they aren’t talking about the record number of Native American women in the 116th Congress.

A House Appropriations Committee report released Wednesday highlights disrespectful descriptions of Native Americans on Capitol tours and depictions in artwork around the Capitol campus, which “do not portray Native Americans as equals or Indian nations as independent sovereigns.” 

Pelosi, Deb Haaland Stump for Violence Against Women Act
Albuquerque event showcases Democratic plans for reauthorization

Deb Haaland and Nancy Pelosi touted Democrats' efforts on the Violence Against Women Act in Albuquerque. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call).

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined House candidate Deb Haaland in Albuquerque Tuesday to advocate for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, touting the bill’s provisions aimed at protecting Native American communities.

“For indigenous women, change has been slow and we are in the fight for our lives,” said Haaland, who, if elected to the Albuquerque-based 1st District seat, would make history as the first Native American woman elected to the House. She is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna.

Office Space: Tom Cole’s Native American Museum
 

Office Space: Raúl Grijalva's Little Tucson (Video)

Grijalva reads a letter from a child in his district during a tour of his office in 2010. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva gave a tour of his congressional office in 2010 for Roll Call’s “Office Space” series, which returns this fall.  

Photos, flags and masks filled the Democrat’s office, each representing parts of his Arizona district.