"Our condolences go out to the family and close friends of Senator Inouye. This is a sad time for everyone in Indian Country. Senator Inouye was a true servant leader and a powerful advocate for Indian people. His service has truly made a difference in the lives of American Indians as he changed the course of federal Indian policy for the better. He will be sorely missed and long remembered."

Bill Anoatubby, Governor, The Chickasaw Nation