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Governor Walker Applauds Hire of Tara Sweeney to Key Dept. of Interior Post


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October 16, 2017 ANCHORAGE – Governor Bill Walker applauded news from Washington, D.C. today that Tara Sweeney, Executive Vice President of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, has been nominated as Assistant Secretary of Interior, Indian Affairs. She will oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs, among other things, in her new role.

“Tara’s selection for this position is cause for celebration in Alaska. In each of my conversations with Secretary Zinke, I have encouraged him to include Alaskans for significant roles in his department,” said Governor Walker. “Tara’s leadership in seeking self-determination and economic development for the people of the Arctic has been exemplary. As an Inupiaq tribal and corporate leader, she has sought the necessary balance between economic development and sustaining the ways of life and cultures of Alaska’s First People. While many will be sad to see her leave ASRC, Tara’s expertise will serve our state and nation well in this new role.”

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