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Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure (09/26)
From the Cobell settlement to tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice led a dramatic shift in the federal-Indian relationship.

Native Sun News: Tex Hall ousted in North Dakota tribal primary (09/26)
The incumbent President of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Tribes of North Dakota, Tex Hall, was ousted from office last Tuesday.

Navajo Nation might postpone election due to legal challenge (09/25)
A dispute over the Navajo language skills of a presidential candidate could affect the schedule.

Navajo Nation court to hear language issue affecting candidate (09/24)
Chris Deschene has made repeated Navajo-language gaffes on the campaign trail, according to a Navajo-speaking reporter.

DC Council considers bill to ban race-based mascots at schools (09/24)
A handful of public schools in the nation's capital retain 'Indians' and 'Warriors' mascots.

Mark Trahant: Take the Native Vote challenge this election cycle (09/24)
The Native Vote Challenge begins today. You already know the drill.

Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act awaits Obama's signature (09/23)
The Internal Revenue Service started auditing tribes in 2005, an attorney for the National Congress of American Indians said.

Judge issues order in Alaska Native language voting rights suit (09/23)
The Native American Rights Fund said the order will set the standard for Native language voters nationwide.

Charisse Millett: No politics with signing of Native language bill (09/23)
Rep. Charisse Millett (R) defends decision to have House Bill 216, which designates 20 Native languages as official in Alaska, signed during the upcoming Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

Native Sun News: Treaty council condemns ceremony misuse (09/23)
At a recent meeting of the Black Hills Treaty Council in Rapid City a resolution was called for from the Oglala Sioux Tribe to stem the misuse and desecration of traditional ceremonies of the Oceti Sakowin.

House subcommittee holds hearing on bill for Hualapai Tribe (09/22)
The Obama administration opposes the bill due to concerns about a waiver of sovereign immunity.

Clara Caufield: Northern Cheyenne Tribe heads into election (09/22)
Five seats on the council are up for grabs, with the primary on October 2 and the general election on November 4.

Mark Trahant: Huge crowd turns out for People's Climate March (09/22)
So if people understand the implications of global warming and climate change, do politicians?

Jon Tester: Bill protects Special Diabetes Program for Indians (09/22)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) explains why he introduced S.2830, a bill to provide permanent funding for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians:

Congress passes measure for tribal general welfare programs (09/19)
The Native American Finance Officers Association praised the bipartisan action on the bill this week.

NWIFC schedules briefing on 'Treaty Rights 101' on Capitol Hill (09/18)
The educational session comes amid a renewed focus on treaty rights in the nation's capital.

Native Sun News: US Senate candidates debate Native issues (09/18)
The only debate held in western South Dakota went off without a hitch with three candidates all vying for a crucial senate seat being left open by the retirement of longtime lawmaker Tim Johnson.

Winnebago attorney joins BIA as deputy assistant secretary (09/18)
Ann Marie Downes will oversee the Office of Self-Governance, the Office of Indian Gaming and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development.

Rep. Daines praises House action on tribal general welfare bill (09/18)
The Montana Republican said the measure will help tribes provide general welfare services to their people without fear of audits and enforcement actions from the IRS.

Sen. Walsh welcomes arrival of last Cobell settlement payout (09/18)
Walsh had co-sponsored a bill to speed up the release of the checks.

Appeal filed over Navajo language ability of presidential hopeful (09/17)
Critics say Chris Deschene does not speak fluent Navajo.

Trial delayed for leader of Muscogee Nation accused in theft case (09/17)
A plea deal for second chief Roger Dana Barnett might be in the works.

Tex Hall loses bid for another term as chair of North Dakota tribe (09/17)
The defeat came after the tribe released an investigative report that looked into Hall's dealings with energy companies on the reservation.

House subcommittee to hold hearing on bill for Hualapai Tribe (09/17)
The Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act ensures the tribe and allottees have sufficient access to water.

House Natural Resources Committee sets markup on tribal bills (09/17)
Five bills affecting taxation, tribal foster children, a land dispute, land-into-trust and an Alaska Native corporation are on the agenda.

Mark Trahant: Is independence in the future for tribal nations? (09/17)
What’s the difference in the self-rule of Scotland to that of Hawaii? Or Alaska? Or Nunavut? Or even Navajo?

House approves bill to address tribal general welfare programs (09/17)
Lawmakers said the bill puts tribes on the same level as state and federal governments regarding payments made through general welfare programs.

House backs package to transfer federal land to Te-Moak Tribe (09/16)
The bill passed by a voice vote and it awaits action in the Senate.

Sen. Cantwell to introduce bill to end NFL's tax-exempt status (09/16)
The lawmaker said she was taking action because the NFL has done little to address the racist name of the Washington franchise.

Tribal leaders headed to Capitol Hill to push legislative priorities (09/16)
A fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar and Native language programs are high on the agenda.

House takes up bill to address tribal general welfare programs (09/16)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R) said the bill promotes tribal self-determination and reliance without additional cost to the U.S. government.

Paskenta Band holds election aimed at resolving council dispute (09/15)
Tribal members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new slate of leaders in hopes of ending an internal feud.

House set to vote on bill to transfer federal land to Te-Moak Tribe (09/15)
The bill transfers 373 acres to the tribe and places the land in trust.

Bryan Brewer: Approve HR.3043 to stop IRS harassment of tribes (09/15)
Bryan Brewer, the president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, calls for passage of H.R.3043, the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act.

Mark Trahant: Ten reasons why every Native person should vote (09/15)
There are reasons to vote. Examples big and small that show how we can make a difference

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