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Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders campaign starts Indian policy group Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders campaign starts Indian policy group (02/05)
Nicole Willis, a member of the Umatilla Tribes, just joined the Democratic candidate's campaign as an advisor.
Blackfeet Nation welcomes movement on water rights settlement Blackfeet Nation welcomes movement on water rights settlement (02/05)
Chairman Harry Barnes said action in the House will prove more difficult due to policies adopted by the Republican leadership.
House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup (02/04)
Except for a land-into-trust measure affecting the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, the bills were non-controversial and didn't receive much discussion.
Tribal leaders question management changes at IHS in Great Plains Tribal leaders question management changes at IHS in Great Plains (02/04)
The regional director of the Great Plains Area was removed just days before a major Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing.
IHS chief medical officer apologizes for comments about newborns IHS chief medical officer apologizes for comments about newborns (02/04)
The agency's top medical advice and guidance official admitted she told Senate staff: 'If you’ve only had two babies hit the floor in eight years that's pretty good.'
Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting (02/03)
The business meeting marked the first time that the committee has advanced a tribal water settlement in five years
Bernie Sanders won Democratic precinct on Meskwaki Reservation Bernie Sanders won Democratic precinct on Meskwaki Reservation (02/03)
The state of Iowa as a whole narrowly went for Hillary Clinton but members of the Meskwaki Tribe overwhelmingly favored Bernie Sanders.
Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign Mark Trahant: Self-determination should be on the table for presidential campaign (02/03)
My ideal? Presidential campaigns would focus on policy, not the politicians, and the first votes would be cast in states like Arizona, New Mexico, or even Montana, where issues that impact First Americans would get a full airing by all the campaigns.
Indian Health Service makes changes ahead of big Senate hearing Indian Health Service makes changes ahead of big Senate hearing (02/03)
The Great Plains Area is getting a new acting director following years of complaints by tribes in Nebraska and South Dakota.
James Giago Davies: Only one candidate can help Indian Country James Giago Davies: Only one candidate can help Indian Country (02/03)
Events happened in the 19th Century, beyond the war Lakota fought against the U.S. military, beyond even being rounded up and penned on desolate reservations, events that deeply resonate in our Lakota circumstance today.
Ted Cruz wins GOP caucus as Hillary Clinton claims victory in Iowa Ted Cruz wins GOP caucus as Hillary Clinton claims victory in Iowa (02/02)
The Republican Senator from Texas cruised past front-runner Donald Trump as the former Secretary of State claimed victory over Bernie Sanders.
Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing into IHS Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing into IHS (02/01)
Tribal representatives from the Great Plains Area will be joined by former Sen. Byron Dorgaon in discussing problems at the Indian Health Service.
Leadership of Chukchansi Tribe appears solid after IBIA decision Leadership of Chukchansi Tribe appears solid after IBIA decision (02/01)
Rival factions have been clashing for years but a decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs nearly two years ago helped lead the tribe back to stability.
Opinion: A year of opportunities for Indian Country on Capitol Hill Opinion: A year of opportunities for Indian Country on Capitol Hill (02/01)
Forecasting the 2016 legislative agenda requires the use of something like a political Rorschach Test.
House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills (01/29)
Four bills on the agenda address trust reform, water rights and land-into-trust issues.
Santa Rosa Band inaugurates Steven Estrada as new chairman Santa Rosa Band inaugurates Steven Estrada as new chairman (01/29)
Steven Estrada, 30, has served on the tribal council for nine years, most recently as secretary.
Mark Trahant: Native Congressional candidates gain some steam Mark Trahant: Native Congressional candidates gain some steam (01/29)
Montana’s Denise Juneau has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars in eight weeks in her bid to represent the state in Congress.
Inspections of IHS facilities in Great Plains turn up big problems Inspections of IHS facilities in Great Plains turn up big problems (01/28)
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare found serious problems at hospitals on the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, both in South Dakota.
Blackfeet Nation asks county to establish satellite voting office Blackfeet Nation asks county to establish satellite voting office (01/28)
An office in Heart Butte would save residents from making a two-hour round trip to the Pondera county seat.
Oglala Sioux Tribe might ask membership about legal marijuana Oglala Sioux Tribe might ask membership about legal marijuana (01/28)
A fellow South Dakota tribe ran into serious obstacles after legalizing the drug on its reservation.
SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges (01/27)
The bill brings tribes into the school construction process and also addresses tribal colleges and housing for teachers at Indian schools.
New leader of Muscogee Nation to deliver first State of the Nation New leader of Muscogee Nation to deliver first State of the Nation (01/27)
Principal Chief James Floyd has vowed to focus on improving health care and other services along with bringing more accountability to the tribal government.
Nooksack Tribe loses bid to prevent some from voting in election Nooksack Tribe loses bid to prevent some from voting in election (01/27)
The Nooksack 306 are facing removal from the rolls but a tribal court judge said they can still exercise their voting rights.
Bill in Nebraska authorizes tax revenue agreements with tribes Bill in Nebraska authorizes tax revenue agreements with tribes (01/26)
The bill also includes tax breaks for businesses on reservations and directs a portion of the state's community college levy to tribal colleges.
Navajo Nation Council opens without usual speech by president Navajo Nation Council opens without usual speech by president (01/26)
President Russell Begaye wasn't able to deliver the State of the Nation address, which would have been the second of his administration.
Mark Trahant: A new era in energy development with low oil prices Mark Trahant: A new era in energy development with low oil prices (01/26)
So many of our people (both reservation and urban) drive pickup trucks and the price at the pump becomes a daily worry.
Crow Tribe puts some employees on furlough due to coal decline Crow Tribe puts some employees on furlough due to coal decline (01/26)
The tribe was expecting as much as $2.8 million in royalty payments but ended up receiving just $1.6 million.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee reschedules business meeting Senate Indian Affairs Committee reschedules business meeting (01/25)
Lawmakers will consider bills to settle the water rights of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in California.
Senate committee reschedules IHS hearing and listening session Senate committee reschedules IHS hearing and listening session (01/25)
A blizzard that battered the East Coast continues to impact activities on Capitol Hill.
John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country (01/25)
Last January, as the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I outlined an aggressive set of priorities.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee expands look into 'substandard' care at Indian Health Service Senate Indian Affairs Committee expands look into 'substandard' care at Indian Health Service (01/22)
Lawmakers and staff are convening a listening session to hear from tribal members across Indian Country in addition to looking at the Great Plains Area of the IHS.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules business meeting for two water rights bills Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules business meeting for two water rights bills (01/22)
The water rights of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in California are on the agenda.
Tribes reiterate bid for national monument at Bears Ears in Utah Tribes reiterate bid for national monument at Bears Ears in Utah (01/22)
Republicans finally unveiled a draft bill that addresses federal land issues in Utah but tribes say their concerns are being ignored.
Fort Belknap Tribes ask county for voting offices on reservation Fort Belknap Tribes ask county for voting offices on reservation (01/22)
As part of the Wandering Medicine case, three counties in Montana are supposed to provide services to tribal members so they can exercise their voting rights in their own communities.
Stephanie Woodard: Native voters turned away in North Dakota Stephanie Woodard: Native voters turned away in North Dakota (01/22)
The Native plaintiffs say the restrictions, passed by the North Dakota legislature in 2013 and tightened further in 2015, disproportionately burden and even disenfranchise Native American voters.

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