Last updated on 2012.09.18
This is Congresswoman Kristi Noem, literally phoning it in at the July 24 hearing of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs.
The subcommittee was hearing testimony on three bills affecting Native American tribes in Oregon and Arizona. Bureau of Indian Affairs Director Michael Black, member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota and former Aberdonian, offered his testimony. Subcommittee chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) invited questions from three other members, then turned to South Dakota's lone Congresswoman (see timestamp 13:13 in the full video from the House Natural Resources Committee). Rep. Noem was apparently so engrossed in whatever e-mail or text or blog post she had on her screen that she missed the Chairman's cue. She waved off the opportunity to ask any questions of her fellow South Dakotan or to acknowledge his testimony on Native American interests.
Boy, even when Kristi manages to sit in one of her committee chairs, it's still empty.