Recent Press Releases

Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune will join Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) at a field hearing to receive testimony on the progress of "Operation Dakota Peacekeeper," the increased policing effort on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. The hearing will be held at the Science and Technology building at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota at 9:30 AM Central on Monday, August 4th.

"I believe that Operation Dakota Peacekeeper is having a significant impact on public safety on Standing Rock," said Thune. "I look forward to receiving testimony from both Tribal and Justice Department officials, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs, on the gains the surge has made and what can be done to make those gains permanent."

In early July, Senator Thune visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where he toured the BIA command center in McLaughlin with Chairman Ron His Horse Is Thunder.

On July 30th, President Bush signed Senator Thune's legislation authorizing $1 billion for law enforcement and health care in Indian Country, as well as $1 billion for water projects on reservations. This is the largest specific dollar amount authorized specifically for Indian Country in any authorization bill in recent memory.

Senator Thune is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan Tribal Law and Order Act, which aims to strengthen tribal justice systems and improve community policing efforts such as Operation Dakota Peacekeeper.