Rep. Paul Cook Named Republican Leader on Subcommittee for United States Indigenous Peoples
Rep. Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley), who has been a member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States since 2013, was recently named as the Republican Leader for the Committee.
Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States oversees all matters related to the Federal trust responsibility to Native Americans and their sovereignty. The committee also has responsibilities for the welfare of Native Americans, including management of Indian lands in general. The committee also has jurisdiction over all matters regarding Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians.
“I’m honored to assume this leadership role on the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States,” said Rep. Cook. “I’ve worked on Native American and tribal issues for well over a decade, dating back to my time in the California State Assembly, and I know there’s much work to be done. This subcommittee presents the opportunity for bipartisan work, and I intend on being a problem solver whenever possible. I’ll also focus on being a liaison between the subcommittee and the federal administration, as we can only benefit from greater communication on complicated issues involving tribal rights, local priorities, and Congressional preferences.”
Rep. Cook represents the people of Yucaipa which is part of the 8th Congressional District. In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Cook is a member of the Armed Services and Natural Resources Committees. He served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years with the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.