Statement of Senator John McCain

Mr. Chairman: I am pleased this morning to introduce you and your colleagues to Mr. Terrence Bracy, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Foundation, for the purpose of your approval of his nomination for reappointment to the board of the Udall Foundation.

I have known Terry since my election to the House in 1982. He was a key aide and adviser to my good friend and former colleague Mo Udall, a man who is so respected and admired by the Congress that when he had to retire because of the ravages of Parkinson's disease, we established an educational foundation in his name to carry on a legacy of wise environmental policy and opportunities for Native American leadership training and education.

Terry was elected Chair of the Foundation's board in 1994, and he has done such an exceptional job that when we developed legislation creating the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, we placed the Institute within the Udall Foundation because we knew it would succeed with Terry's leadership.

The Morris K. Udall Foundation is a success story. The Udall Foundation operates on a shoestring, with a staff of only three, but in only three years has awarded 200 college scholarships; four graduate fellowships; created the first ever Native American Congressional Internship Program, which has served thirty-two Native Americans, some of whom are now in key leadership positions in their tribes; sponsored three major national meetings on the environment and Indian health issues; and has helped to create the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution from scratch. This could only have been done with a very active and dedicated Board of Trustees under keen leadership.

Terry Bracy has put his heart and soul into the Udall Foundation, offering his considerable expertise and resources at, of course, no cost to the taxpayers. I can't give a more meaningful tribute to Terry than to say that I'm sure if So Udall were sitting here now, he would tell you he is proud of the work Terry has done on his behalf and would urge you to make this reappointment. And I agree.