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Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

The leader of the National Congress of American Indians singled out a controversial bill as a threat to tribal sovereignty as he called on lawmakers to work on more productive ways to improve public safety in tribal communities.

Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes (February 15, 2018)

The Trump administration is seeking nearly $1 million to help the newest members of the federally recognized family of Indian nations.

Lac du Flambeau Band ties recent murder to gangs and drug dealers (February 15, 2018)

Five people have been charged in connection with the murder of a citizen of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Trump administration continues to back Indian Health Service pick (February 15, 2018)

The nomination of Robert Weaver, a citizen of the Quapaw Tribe, to lead the Indian Health Service remains in limbo amid questions about his qualifications and his past.

National Congress of American Indians wraps up big winter session (February 15, 2018)

Hundreds of tribal leaders and Native youth are in Washington, D.C., all week for the winter session of the National Congress of American Indians.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers question management of Indian schools (February 15, 2018)

A Bureau of Indian Education official told lawmakers that his agency is making 'strong improvements' in the oversight of tribal schools, despite a long history of problems and proposed cuts to the bureau’s budget.

Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down (February 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders gave a standing ovation to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) after a surprise speech in which she promised to stand up for Native Americans and their issues.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the National Congress of American Indians (February 14, 2018)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) made her first-ever appearance before the National Congress of American Indians on February 14, 2018.

National Congress of American Indians kicks off big winter session (February 13, 2018)

Hundreds of tribal leaders and Native youth are in Washington, D.C., all week for the winter session of the National Congress of American Indians and Indianz.Com is tweeting so you can relive all of the greatest hits.

Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic (February 13, 2018)

Among the few bright spots for Indian Country within President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is a $413 million increase for the Indian Health Service.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Census count (February 13, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues its busy schedule with an oversight hearing on the upcoming 2020 Census.

Mark Trahant: White House sends messages with its new budget (February 13, 2018)

Rich people face tough times so they deserved a huge tax cut. Poor people are poor because of their own failures.

Cronkite News: Tribes call for respect for their sovereignty in nation's capital (February 13, 2018)

The federal tax overhaul passed in December is “completely unacceptable," just another example of what can happen when Indian Country isn't not included in federal decision-making, a top tribal leader said.

Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan (February 13, 2018)

President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure appears to offer little more than a nod to tribal governments, though his new budget promises support for fixing deteriorating Indian schools.

National Congress of American Indians: State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2018)

Jefferson Keel, the president of the National Congress of American Indians, delivered the State of Indian Nations in Washington, D.C., on February 12, 2018.

Cronkite News: Finalists share visions for Native veterans memorial (February 12, 2018)

The charge from National Native American Veterans Memorial officials was daunting: Design a memorial that honors the contributions of every tribe to every war fought for the U.S.

Ex-Indian education official pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism (February 12, 2018)

William Mendoza left his post as executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education because he was under investigation for voyeurism.

Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2018)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered the Congressional response to the State of Indian Nations in Washington, D.C.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week (February 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will advance a bill to compensate the Spokane Tribe and another to update the Tribal Law and Order Act at a business meeting.

Yurok Tribe hosts screening of film focused on traditional justice (February 12, 2018)

Attendees of the National Congress of American Indians winter meeting will learn more about traditional forms of justice as part of an event hosted by the Yurok Tribe.

Lakota students released after being arrested and handcuffed by tribal police (February 12, 2018)

Most of a group of 13 students from the Pine Ridge Reservation returned home after being arrested and taken to a hospital in handcuffs following allegations of drug trafficking.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe demands consultation on DAPL study (February 9, 2018)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been ignoring the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe despite requests for consultation, according to a new court filing.

Cronkite News: Congress passes bill to end another short shutdown (February 9, 2018)

A brief government shutdown ended amid opposition from an unusual coalition of budget hawks and immigration advocates.

Lakota grandmother shocked after students are arrested and handcuffed by tribal police (February 8, 2018)

An Oglala Sioux woman said her grandson was among 13 middle school students who were arrested by tribal police and later taken to a juvenile detention center.

Colville Tribes won't be changing name after landslide in referendum (February 8, 2018)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation won't be changing their name even though some have said it doesn't adequately represent their people.

Choctaw citizen leads Native committee at Department of Justice (February 8, 2018)

R. Trent Shores, a Choctaw Nation citizen who serves as a top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma, has taken on a new leadership role within the Trump administration.

Settlement helps Native Americans who travel with sacred objects (February 8, 2018)

A member of the Native American Church whose sacred items were mistreated by federal agents has reached a settlement that helps fellow Native travelers.

National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C. (February 8, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians is finalizing the schedule for its big meeting in Washington, D.C., next week.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets schedule for a busy week (February 8, 2018)

Hundreds of tribal leaders and advocates are heading to nation's capital and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is preparing to host them during a particularly busy week.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates make strides in Minnesota and Idaho (February 8, 2018)

Peggy Flanagan of Minnesota and Paulette Jordan of Idaho are on the move as their historic campaigns advance.

Cronkite News: Marathon speech serves as rallying cry for Dreamers (February 8, 2018)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented, all-day floor speech demanding a vote on #Dreamers legislation became a rallying cry for advocates, as Congress prepares to vote on another budget extension to keep the government open.

Indian diabetes program included in bill to keep government running (February 7, 2018)

The Special Diabetes Program for Indians is poised to see another day thanks to new developments on Capitol Hill.

High Country News: Private firm brings housing to Indian Country (February 7, 2018)

Decreased federal assistance has caused a dearth in affordable housing. But one company is working to improve opportunities in Indian Country.

Activists seek action on unsolved deaths in Pine Ridge Reservation border town (February 7, 2018)

Activists in Nebraska are continuing the fight for justice in Whiteclay, calling on law enforcement to investigate several unsolved deaths and murders in the reservation border town.

Mark Trahant: Stop Disenrollment campaign returns for third year (February 7, 2018)

Great nations don’t kick out their relations.

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