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YES! Magazine: Native birthing center maintains tribal traditions (May 24, 2017)

A birthing center opening next year in New Mexico will provide a safe place for women and their traditions.

Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (May 24, 2017)

A top official at the Department of the Interior drew a rebuke for characterizing Indian Country as greedy.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender (May 24, 2017)

A non-Indian man awaits sentencing for an incident involving his wife, a tribal citizen.

Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (May 24, 2017)

Leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians say the new administration isn't listening to Indian Country.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe finds one bright spot in Trump's budget (May 24, 2017)

The Trump administration is canceling a drilling test on treaty territory in South Dakota.

Eastern Cherokee chief questions fairness of impeachment hearing (May 24, 2017)

Chief Patrick Lambert accused critics of going after him for purely political reasons.

President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request (May 23, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the many losers in the Trump world.

Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings (May 23, 2017)

The agency is one the few in federal government whose responsibilities solely affect Indian Country.

Two more spills of oil from Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota (May 23, 2017)

Both spills were relatively small but they occurred even before the controversial project has been put into full operation.

Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes (May 22, 2017)

'Sovereignty should mean something,' the new leader of the Department of the Interior has repeatedly said.

Eastern Cherokee leaders open impeachment hearing against chief (May 22, 2017)

Chief Patrick Lambert was unable to stop the proceedings and insists he cannot get a fair trial before the tribal council.

Human Rights Complaint in Montana: 'We are only letting the white people in' (May 22, 2017)

Four tribal citizens said they were denied entrance to a high school basketball game based on their race.

Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska receive Cobell buy-back offers (May 22, 2017)

Some $28.1 million went out to Winnebago Reservation and another $16.9 million was directed to he Omaha Reservation.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation school works hard to teach language (May 22, 2017)

Instilling Navajo values, culture and tradition within students can help combat the looming threat on Navajo land: the loss of the Navajo language.

Treaty tribes celebrate after court refuses to rehear salmon dispute (May 22, 2017)

The state of Washington has been ordered to remove more then 800 culverts that prevent salmon from returning to treaty fishing sites.

Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs (May 19, 2017)

With the president raising doubts about funding for Indian programs, tribal leaders are worried that his words will be used against them.

Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response (May 19, 2017)

A $15 million appropriation funds a program that is open to states, but not tribal governments.

Quapaw Tribe secures EPA grant for cleanup of contaminated lands (May 19, 2017)

Tribal territory in the northeastern part of Oklahoma bears the unfortunate distinction of being known as the worst Superfund site in the United States.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)

Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians (May 18, 2017)

The program has bipartisan support and has demonstrated success but it's due to expire before the end of the year unless Congress takes action.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe repays $54K to address federal audit (May 18, 2017)

An investigation uncovered $1.4 million in questionable costs but the tribe and the Bureau of Reclamation whittled down the number.

House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (May 18, 2017)

The tribes enjoy a long relationship with foreign nations but have yet to be acknowledged by the United States.

Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service (May 18, 2017)

The 14-member working group will look for ways to improve the delivery of health care to the first Americans.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (May 17, 2017)

Legislation to bring more teachers to Indian Country, recognize the tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers and improve economic opportunities on reservations are advancing on Capitol Hill.

Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings (May 17, 2017)

Lawmakers who control the federal government's spending levels are continuing to focus on Indian Country.

Dakota Access seeks to intervene in Oglala Sioux Tribe's lawsuit (May 17, 2017)

The filing comes as the wealthy backers of the pipeline prepare to ship oil on June 1.

Yakama Nation spars with county official over road resurfacing (May 17, 2017)

The tribe is firing back after a local official questioned why a road on the reservation in Washington is being resurfaced.

Bureau of Indian Affairs designates service area for Tejon Tribe (May 17, 2017)

The tribe still doesn't have a reservation but its service area is the entirety of Kern County in California.

Court decision supports release of $380M in Keepseagle settlement funds (May 16, 2017)

Another big chunk of funds should be headed to Indian Country as part of a historic settlement over discrimination against Indian farmers and ranchers.

Passamaquoddy Tribe wins award for addressing climate change (May 16, 2017)

The tribe's 98,000-acre forestry project in Maine was the top generator of carbon credits in 2016.

Tribes unite in signing declaration against Keystone XL Pipeline (May 16, 2017)

The ceremony takes place in the city where TransCanada, the Canadian firm behind the controversial project, is based.

Wampanoag tribes rebury remains of ancestral leader Massasoit (May 16, 2017)

Ousameequin, who was known as the great sachem of the Wampanoag people, signed a peace treaty in 1621.

Ramapough Lunaape Nation ordered to take down anti-pipeline camp (May 16, 2017)

The Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp faces legal action after neighbors in a wealthy neighborhood complained.

House panel sets hearing on future of Cobell buy-back program (May 16, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is finally getting back to work.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation homes still without running water (May 16, 2017)

About 40 percent of Navajo Nation citizens don’t have access to running water in their homes.

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2. Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation
3. Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization
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