Sweeney Inches away from Being First Alaska Native to Lead the Indian Affairs

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - ALASKA NATIVE TARA SWEENEY IS ONE STEP CLOSER TO A NEW ROLE AFTER A VOTE IN THE U-S SENATE WEDNESDAY.
THE SENATE INDIAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE - VOTING ON SWEENEY'S NOMINATION - UNANIMOUSLY DECIDED TO RECOMMEND HER TO THE FULL SENATE.
Sweeney is inching toward becoming the first Alaska Native to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Department of the Interior.
Her nomination has been on hold for months because of questions over a possible conflict of interest.
Sweeney is a birthright shareholder of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, but says she will recuse herself if matters involving the corporation come to her desk.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says this delay has been unnecessary and wrong.