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House committee passes Native American Children's Safety Act (03/27)
The bill requires background checks of all adults in a home where foster children are placed.

Bill to benefit Miami Nation moves forward in House and Senate (03/27)
The tribe's governing charter is outdated but changing it is nearly impossible so Congressional action is the simplest option.

Mark Trahant: Alaska Natives look 10,000 years into the future (03/27)
What will Alaska look like in 10,000 years? Who will be here? What will they do?

Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee's field hearing (03/26)
Tribal, federal and state representatives will share what they are doing to address the harmful effects of drugs in Indian Country.

Racist emails of former Montana federal judge to be preserved (03/26)
Richard Cebull sent 'hundreds' of racist messages, including some about Native Americans, but their contents haven't been publicly disclosed.

Native Sun News: Mayor of Rapid City addresses race relations (03/26)
Native Sun News sat down with Kooiker to discuss race relations, his management of recent racial incidents and the future of the city regarding Native American citizens.

Sen. Barrasso to chair field hearing on drugs in Indian Country (03/25)
Leaders of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are expected to testify.

Bill for tribal marijuana compacts up for hearing in Washington (03/25)
Marijuana is legal for medicinal and recreational purposes in the state.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee ready for discussion on Carcieri (03/24)
Congress has failed to enact a land-into-trust fix in the past six years.

Storied 'Chief Ike' bar to close after 23 years in nation's capitol (03/24)
The owner of Chief Ike's Mambo Room grew up thinking the president of the United States was Indian.

House moves quickly on bill to renew Indian housing programs (03/24)
Supporters are hoping the Senate moves quickly because the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act expired in September 2013.

Bill in Colorado restricts use of Indian mascots in public schools (03/24)
At least 10 schools in the state continue to use Indian mascots, nicknames and imagery.

Navajo Nation Supreme Court orders April 21 presidential vote (03/23)
Candidates Joe Shirley Jr. and Russell Begaye have been waiting for the election for months.

Rhianan Curley: Navajo Nation leaders destroy trust of people (03/20)
Since the primary election the Navajo Nation has been torn in two. Not by the people themselves either.

Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee NAHASDA hearing (03/18)
Tribal representatives expressed strong support for S.710 but no one from the Department of Housing and Urban Development testified.

Suquamish Tribe reports results of election for council members (03/18)
Rich Purser, Sammy Mabe and Luther 'Jay' Mills won their election bids.

Alaska requests more time to consider position in ICWA dispute (03/18)
The state's new leaders are still studying the case, which is being closely watched by tribes and the Department of Justice.

Mark Trahant: House budget plan isn't good for Indian Country (03/18)
Most of the cuts fall into 'domestic' spending and that’s the source of most of the federal dollars for Indian Country.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes sue two former leaders for funds (03/17)
Former lieutenant governor Leslie Wandrie-Harjo said the money is sitting untouched in a bank.

Vincent Armenta elected to 9th term as chair of Chumash Tribe (03/17)
Also elected were Kenneth Kahn, who will serve as vice chair; Gary Pace, secretary/treasurer; and board members Maxine Littlejohn and Mike Lopez.

Alaska Native corporation leads push for a regional government (03/17)
Not enough representatives showed up to a meeting but that didn't stop debate on the idea.

Warm Springs Tribes suspend treasurer amid financial concerns (03/17)
Former treasurer-secretary Jake Suppah claims the tribe is about to run out of money for key programs and for per capita payments.

Another tribal amendment offered for anti-trafficking measure (03/17)
Partisan bickering over the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act has left the Senate at a virtual standstill.

Witnesses: Senate Indian Affairs Committee NAHASDA hearing (03/17)
The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act expired in September 2013 but Congress has failed to update it.

Opinion: History lesson in foreign relations from Indian nations (03/16)
It became quickly clear that, as a new nation, America needed one voice in negotiations with both Indian nations and European empires in matters of war, peace and trade.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold field hearing on drugs (03/16)
The field hearing will take place on March 31 at the Chiefs Technical Center on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Bill introduced in Senate to fix Carcieri land-into-trust decision (03/16)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is the lead sponsor of S.732 to ensure all tribes can follow the land-into-trust process.

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community weighs marijuana referendum (03/16)
President Warren 'Chris' Swartz said he has already seen resistance from the state attorney general.

Mark Trahant: Battle over federal spending is about to get ugly (03/16)
The money spent on American Indians and Alaska Natives is a tiny fraction, far less than one percent of the overall budget.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to host roundtable on Carcieri (03/13)
Congress has been unable to enact a fix to the decision to ensure that all tribes can follow the land-into-trust process.

Navajo Nation Council considers funding for presidential election (03/13)
Tribal members are supposed to go to the polls on April 21 to choose a new leader.

Bill seeks to make Indian Coal Production Tax Credit permanent (03/13)
The Crow Tribe supports the tax credit, which expired in December 2014 without action from Congress.

Bill to reauthorize NAHASDA gets first hearing in 114th Congress (03/12)
The Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act expired in September 2013 and tribes have been pushing hard to renew it.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (03/12)
Two federal recognition bills, the IRRIGATE Act and the nomination of Jonodev Chaudhuri for the National Indian Gaming Commission are on the agenda.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes reclaim $6.5M in dispute with bank (03/12)
The funds were in limbo due to a leadership dispute that was resolved more than a year ago.

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