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House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska (July 21, 2017)

A bill to authorize a life-saving road for a Native village in Alaska has cleared a big hurdle on Capitol Hill but not without considerable debate.

Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo (July 21, 2017)

A new report confirms that American Indians and Alaska Natives are disproportionately impacted by diabetes but Congress has been slow to renew a program helps fight the disease.

Former U.S. Attorney urges energy industry to consult tribes in advance (July 20, 2017)

A former U.S. Attorney and advocate for tribes spoke about the Dakota Access Pipeline at an energy development conference in North Dakota.

Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications (July 20, 2017)

For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)

In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives (July 20, 2017)

A scientist at the Department of the Interior says the Trump administration retaliated against him for speaking out in defense of Alaska Native communities.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain vows to return to Capitol Hill after brain cancer diagnosis (July 20, 2017)

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former two-term chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county (July 19, 2017)

The Bishop Paiute Tribe is returning to federal court to face off against a longtime nemesis in California.

Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Tribes make history with dental therapist (July 19, 2017)

The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians are the first Indian nation in Oregon to hire a dental therapist.

Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet (July 19, 2017)

Since the start of the 115th Congress in January, lawmakers have yet to send a stand-alone Indian bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise on health care reform amid health crisis (July 19, 2017)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) is weighing in on the health care debate as he recovers from an unexpected surgery.

Trump administration officially rescinds pro-treaty rights legal opinion (July 18, 2017)

The Trump administration has quietly killed a legal opinion that tribes were using to fight the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Key House committee moves forward with funding bill for tribal programs (July 18, 2017)

Lawmakers are resisting President Donald Trump's budget cuts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

Democrats host session on impacts of GOP health bill in Indian Country (July 18, 2017)

With the Republican health care reform bill in dire straits, Democrats are hosting a forum to discuss the "devastating impacts" of the other party's proposal in Indian Country.

Mary Annette Pember: Oglala Sioux Tribe works on law enforcement pact (July 17, 2017)

High rates of violent crime -- including 17 homicides last year -- have prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to enter into talks with local law enforcement.

Rosebud Sioux man dies after being tased and struck by police officers (July 17, 2017)

Zachary Bearheels, 29, was tased 12 times and hit and punched at least 15 times by officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Cayuga Nation leadership finally recognized by Bureau of Indian Affairs (July 17, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has finally resolved a long-running leadership dispute within the Cayuga Nation but one faction still isn't satisfied.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking (July 17, 2017)

According to the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies are failing to collect data on Native trafficking victims.

YES! Magazine: Decolonize your diet with indigenous and healthy foods (July 17, 2017)

Traditional indigenous food from Mexico is misunderstood in the U.S.—and is actually among the world’s healthiest.

Authorities seek information about fatal hit-and-run of Otoe-Missouria citizen (July 14, 2017)

Randall Whitehorn, 64, was killed on July 9 after being struck by a driver, who fled the scene in Red Rock, Oklahoma.

House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process (July 14, 2017)

Despite a rocky couple of days on Capitol Hill for tribal interests, it wasn't all bad news this week for Indian Country.

President Trump doesn't seem to know where Dakota Access Pipeline goes (July 14, 2017)

President Donald Trump thinks the Dakota Access Pipeline has something to do with Russia. And Hillary Clinton.

North Dakota still hoping to secure taxpayer funds for #NoDAPL response (July 14, 2017)

North Dakota is flush with billion of dollars in energy tax revenues but the money apparently isn't enough to cover the costs of the state's response to the #NoDAPL movement.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)

Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Bad River Band benefits from Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (July 13, 2017)

Through the acquisition of fractional interests, the Bad River Band regained ownership of 3,492 acres on its reservation in northern Wisconsin.

Trump administration set to advance copper mine on sacred Apache site (July 13, 2017)

Before Indian Country's attention turned to the #NoDAPL movement, there was the fight to save Oak Flat, a sacred Apache site in Arizona, from a huge mine.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe helps other nations with enhanced travel documents (July 13, 2017)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe was the first with an approved enhanced tribal card and is now helping other Indians join the program.

Former Indian Health Service executive indicted for accepting cash gift (July 13, 2017)

A sex abuse scandal at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota appears to be expanding.

Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing (July 12, 2017)

Lawmakers from both parties expressed anger and frustration at the Indian Health Service as they vowed to seek more resources to fulfill the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation (July 12, 2017)

Thanks to a federal court ruling, the Ute Tribe is finally hoping to secure some justice for the death of one of its young citizens.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana (July 12, 2017)

A non-Indian woman who contested the jurisdiction of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has lost another lawsuit.

Trump administration receives 1.4M comments on national monuments (July 12, 2017)

The Department of the Interior has closed an unprecedented public comment period on a number of national monuments, including one of great interest in Indian Country.

Environmental Protection Agency opens door to mine on Native territory (July 12, 2017)

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will consult with tribes and Alaska Native corporations about a controversial gold mine that many of them oppose.

Leaders of Indian Health Service testify on Trump's new budget request (July 12, 2017)

Lawmakers from both parties say President Trump's proposed budget does not meet the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes testimony on three bills at hearing (July 12, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on bills affecting the Johnson O'Malley education program and several tribes in Oregon.

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