Daniel K. Inouye Congressional

Interview with Patricia Zell

Interview with Patricia Zell, former chief counsel of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a lawyer in Native Law practice. The interview was recorded at the National Museum of the American Indian on July 16, 2015 for the Daniel K. Inouye Oral History Project. Topics include her education and career leading up to becoming a staff member on the Committee on Indian Affairs, the report "Indian Tribes A Continuing Quest for Survival: A Report of the United States Commission on Civil Rights", a project concerning fishing in Washington while she was on the Commission on Civil Rights, how Senator Inouye encouraged the growth of the committee, visiting Indian Country with Senator Inouye and his ability to notice details, programs and services that were adapted to serve the Native Hawaiian community, the process of creating the National Museum of the American Indian, and encouraging native populations to take hold of their own legislation.

Languages: English


  • Public affairs

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