Paul Ryan’s Indian Affairs Votes in 111th and 112th Congresses

111th Congress

H.R. 3590, Permanent Reauthorization of Indian Health Care Improvement Act

Rep. Ryan voted against permanently reauthorizing the Indian Health Care Improvement Act,


H.R. 725, Tribal Law and Order Act

Rep. Ryan voted against Senate amendments to include the Tribal Law and Order Act in the House passed bill,


H.R. 4873, Cobell Settlement Act

Rep. Ryan voted against Senate amendments to include the Cobell settlement in the House passed bill,


H.R. 4873, Water Settlements – Crow, Aamodt, White Mountain Apache, Taos Pueblo

Rep. Ryan voted against Senate amendments include the water settlements for seven tribes in the House passed bill,


112th Congress

H.R. 4970, VAWA Reauthorization

Rep. Ryan voted to pass VAWA reauthorization that did not include tribal provision recognizing tribal authority over non-Indians on Indian lands in domestic violence cases,


H.R. 205, HEARTH Act

Ryan voted for the HEARTH Act,

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18 thoughts on “Paul Ryan’s Indian Affairs Votes in 111th and 112th Congresses

  1. Ron Andrade August 15, 2012 / 6:09 pm

    The review posted of the voting record of Representative Ryan is not entirely correct. The House passed the HEARTH act by unanimous consent without a NAY vote. There were some abstentions. The Tribal Law and Order Act passed the House by unanimous consent. The House rules require a 2/3 vote to pass by unanimous consent. On the other side, while the HEARTH act was passed on July 19 the President took nearly the mandated 10 days to sign the bill. As high schoolers know, a wait of 11 days whould have been an automatic veto. This analysis was posted on

  2. Jay Daniels August 16, 2012 / 8:10 am

    President Obama has demonstrated by action his commitment to Native American Indian Country through several initiatives, protection of treaty rights providing medical treatment, an official apology to Indian Country for the many wrongs inflicted upon us throughout history, and establishing a liaisons between his office and Indian Country. It seems we can’t go forward because we are always going backwards.

  3. Ironeyez August 20, 2012 / 12:11 pm

    these were passed but thats not the point. the point is ryan voted against these…

  4. Gary Hilburger August 22, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    Has anyone returned to the Lakota their land?
    Has anyone punished the companies that reap the sorrowed winds of the harvest of grain and hops, of selling to them the disease of alcohol?

  5. Richard schierbeck August 22, 2012 / 8:32 pm

    My mother who was born in belcourt, attended Indian schools until she graduated from Carlisle always told me the reason the Sioux were in the black hills was because the chippewas forced them there from further north. Is that not so.

  6. fay maines August 25, 2012 / 11:15 pm

    never trust white mans words they have forked tongue they dont know how to tell truth whats i say about it

  7. Ron Andrade October 16, 2012 / 9:21 am

    So much effort to make the Obama record on Indian Affairs sound great. The TLOA was introduced by Senator Dorgan and wasn’t a bill actively push by Obama. And the House version was passed by unanimous consent in the House which means a 2/3 vote for passage. Same for the HEARTH act which Obama waited for the last minute to sign the bill and then took credit. Doesn’t matter since for every TLOA and HEARTH act there is the Keystone project that he will agree to if he wins re-election. For all his environmental rhetoric there is the solar project he approved in the California desert over the objections of many tribes.

  8. Lacduflambeaushinob October 16, 2012 / 10:21 am

    President Obama, has done more for Indian country than any other President in the history of the office! He has my tribes VOTE!!!!

  9. Harold Lockwood October 16, 2012 / 11:10 am


  10. KTownGirl October 16, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    Back up your facts! Senator Dorgan did introduce tribal law and order act which went nowhere until Obama through DOJ started pushing it starting in 2009.

    Ultimately, TLOA passed the House by a vote of 326 to 92 on suspension of the rules. Point is Paul Ryan was one of 92 Representatives to vote against including TLOA as part of the bill.

    Lastly, when a President signs a bill has absolutely no correlation on his support for it. The Obama Aministration is on record in “strong support” for HEARTH Act.

  11. C.Lewis Saul October 16, 2012 / 1:25 pm

    That is not so, the Lakota/Dakota were fighting for the hills because it was sacred to many tribes NOT JUST them. The philosophy of owning the earth was not part of theirs, like warring nations of old around the world, many nations were forced to move, sure, BUT, ownership was a foreign philososophy.

  12. Kat MM October 16, 2012 / 1:32 pm

    The links don’t match up to the bills described above them. For example, when you click on the link below the Corbell act vote, you’re taken to the results from the vote for ‘”To accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Chile, and to extend the period from which such contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Haiti may be accelerated.” Interestingly, the 455 vote was for “To protect Indian arts and crafts through the improvement of applicable criminal proceedings, and for other purposes”, which Ryan voted against. I can’t find the roll call for H.R. 4783 for the Corbell Settlement Act.

  13. KTownGirl October 16, 2012 / 1:45 pm

    HR 4783, which ultimately became Cobell settlement and the water settlements, as introduced was a bill to for relief for Chile and Haiti but those provisions were gutted in the Senate and the Senate passed the Cobell and water settlements. The House vote is whether to include the Senate amendments.

    Similar for H.R. 725. As passed initially by the House it was amendments to Indian Arts and Crafts Act. Senate added TLOA to the bill. Vote 455 was whether to add TLOA to IACA.

    You can follow all of this on

  14. Ron Andrade October 17, 2012 / 9:26 pm

    One of the promises made by Obama, I thought, was to closely review the Keystone project as one of his “great” accomplishments for Indian people. This is part of a story from Indian Country Today “Obama did not mention Keystone XL per se in terms of what had been permitted and what is being built. He spoke to strengthening the economy, briefly alluding to how much pipeline already exists.“What I want to do is to create an economy that is strong, and at the same time produce energy,” he said. “And with respect to this pipeline that Governor Romney keeps on talking about, we’ve—we’ve built enough pipeline to wrap around the entire earth once.” He went on to say, “So, I’m all for pipelines. I’m all for oil production. What I’m not for is us ignoring the other half of the equation. ” The other half of the equation, Obama said, is measures such as wind energy and other renewable fuel sources.”

  15. D. Rogers November 2, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    Not true, President Richard Nixon strongly supported Tribes and the entire Self Determination polices that we function under to this day originated from his administration. BTW he was a Republican.

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