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House passes $1.1T omnibus appropriations bill by narrow vote (12/12)
The bill provides $2.6 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $4.6 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Northern Arapaho Tribe files lawsuit over Affordable Care Act rules (12/10)
The tribe says working-class Native Americans who obtained coverage through healthcare.gov will be penalized.

Lawmakers unveil massive appropriations bill to fund government (12/09)
The 1,603-page Omnibus Appropriations bill includes $2.6 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $4.6 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Tribes warned about misspending of federal health care money (12/08)
The Office of Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services is taking a close look at tribal spending.

President Obama makes Native youth a priority in administration (12/04)
The Generation Indigenous initiative includes a Cabinet listening tour and the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering.

Sharlene Peone: IHS rations out health care to tribal members (12/02)
A member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes is fighting the Indian Health Service over an emergency room bill.

Alaska Native man hopes antismoking message reaches youth (12/02)
Michael George Patterson, who is Tlingit, is featured in a media campaigned aimed at American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Ex-employee of Passamaquoddy Tribe admits to drug charge (11/21)
A pharmacy technician stole prescription pain medicine and shredded documents to conceal the theft.

Leader of Navajo Nation signs bill for higher tax on junk food (11/21)
The bill imposes an additional 2 percent tax on sugary foods that are deemed to have little or no nutritional value.

Audio: Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on child trauma (11/19)
The hearing was the last of the 113th Congress and the last under Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), who served as chairman for less than a year.

Sen. Heitkamp to host panel on child trauma in Indian Country (11/19)
Roundtable follows Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on childhood trauma.

MTPR: Native Americans urged to sign up for healthcare plans (11/18)
Native Americans who are eligible for the Indian Health Service are being encouraged to sign up for additional coverage at HealthCare.Gov.

Witness list for SCIA hearing on child trauma in Indian Country (11/18)
The committee will hear from tribal representatives who work to prevent and combat the effects of childhood trauma on Native youth.

Navajo Nation Council approves controversial tax on junk food (11/17)
The bill imposes an additional 2 percent tax on soda and sugary foods.

Native Sun News: New food guide promotes tribal bison efforts (11/17)
Sustainable Harvest Alliance not only connects tribal bison ranchers with markets, it encourages environmental sustainability, humane livestock practices, and Native American cultural resilience.

S.E. Ruckman: Series on health care law and Indian Country (11/17)
Taking a closer look at the Affordable Care Act and its impact in Indian Country.

IHS still without a written policy on emergency contraception (11/13)
Coverage remains uneven more than a year after a verbal directive was issued.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on childhood trauma (11/06)
The committee will be changing to Republican hands after the current session of Congress.

Ruth Hopkins: Tribes need to raise awareness of breast cancer (10/28)
Ruth Hopkins shares the struggle her mother faced after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Bill John Baker: Addressing breast cancer in our communities (10/21)
Encouraging regular testing to address breast cancer among Native women.

Native Sun News: Activists take annual swim to Alcatraz Island (10/21)
Nakina Mills and Amanda Carlow of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are among American Indian health activists from South Dakota, Washington and California states, taking part in the annual PATHSTAR Alcatraz Swim Week.

Native Sun News: Governor's race in South Dakota is heating up (10/15)
It may seem that the Senate race in the state is the only game in town, but that may be changing as the South Dakota gubernatorial race heats up.

Mary Pember: Mental health system fails young Indian woman (10/15)
The struggles of Amelia Kay Looking Sabinsky, a member of the Fort Peck Tribes who died on August 19 at the age of 36.

NPR: Oglala chef Sean Sherman looks back to pre-colonial diet (10/07)
Sean Sherman, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe also known as The Sioux Chef, is making waves for his focus on Native foods.

Regina Brave: Starchy foods and alcohol are killing our people (10/07)
Alcoholism is a devastating disease unknown to our ancestors. Alcohol now pervades every nook, cranny and dimension of our society.

Mark Trahant: Indian health system is on the ballot this election (10/06)
Even in Indian Country. If you look at funding prospects for the Indian health systems, then the Affordable Care Act is the only route that leads to more funding.

Oglala Sioux chef plans to open unique restaurant in Minnesota (10/03)
Sean Sherman plans to call his Twin Cities-area restaurant The Sioux Chef.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe declares war against substance abuse (10/02)
Chief Steve Pego signed a birch bark document outlining the declaration last week.

Crystal Willcuts: A tribute to my mother who was lost to cancer (10/01)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Crystal Willcuts writes in honor of her mother.

Navajo vice president returns home after near fatal spider bite (09/30)
Rex Lee Jim spent more than four weeks in the hospital when a spider bite led to an infection.

Choctaw Nation starts work on $10M campus with four buildings (09/25)
The complex includes a Head Start, community center, food distribution center and wellness center.

IHS and IRS simplify tax exemption issue for Indian descendants (09/24)
Patients who are eligible for care through the IHS, urban Indian organizations and tribal providers will be able to be claim an exemption through the tax filing process.

Jon Tester: Bill protects Special Diabetes Program for Indians (09/22)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) explains why he introduced S.2830, a bill to provide permanent funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians:

Blog: Taos Pueblo exerts sovereignty over health care programs (09/15)
Taos Pueblo is one of six winners of the Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Mark Trahant: Affordable Care Act is worthy of debate in election (09/11)
Newsflash: Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act.

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