Rep Young to lead subcommittee on tribal affairs

Juneau, Alaska (AP) January 2011

U.S. Rep. Don Young will chair the newly formed subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.

The appointment was announced last week by the incoming-chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, Washington state Rep. Doc Hastings.

He said a subcommittee will focus on such things as developing tribal economies and reducing federal obstacles to tribal job creation.

Hastings says Young brings considerable knowledge to the job and will ensure tribal issues receive proper attention.

Young, a Republican elected to his 20th term this fall, says he considers the assignment a great position for him to be in to help Alaska and the country.

The new term of Congress begins next week.