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House subcommittee looks at poor conditions at Indian schools (04/24)
According to one study, the Bureau of Indian Education needs more than $2 billion to fix multiple problems and replace aging schools.

Eastern Cherokee group plans lawsuit over tribal council raises (04/24)
The council approved a budget that includes a $10,000 raise that was made retroactive to 2010 so all current and former leaders are eligible for the increase.

Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as next attorney general (04/24)
The federal prosecutor from New York is the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.

Incoming leader of Navajo Nation stresses importance of youth (04/23)
Russell Begaye, who easily won the presidential election, hopes to lure young tribal members back to the reservation.

BIA faces fire over latest reforms to federal recognition process (04/23)
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn faced criticism from tribal leaders and lawmakers at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes bill to renew NAHASDA (04/23)
The bill is now ready for consideration on the Senate floor, a significant step for a law that expired in September 2013.

Senate approves anti-trafficking measure with tribal provisions (04/23)
Tribes are eligible for grants from a new fund created by the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. The bill awaits action in the House.

Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee on transportation (04/22)
More than 80 percent of the roads in Indian Country are considered poor or unacceptable.

Senate to vote on long-delayed Attorney General nomination (04/22)
If confirmed, Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.

Navajo Nation voters choose Russell Begaye as next president (04/22)
The former Navajo Nation Council delegate defeated former two-term president Joe Shirley Jr., according to unofficial results.

Colville Tribes schedule June 13 referendum on legal marijuana (04/21)
Although the outcome won't be binding, the result will help tribal leaders determine whether to move forward with legalization efforts.

BIA submits federal recognition rule to White House for review (04/21)
The Part 83 reforms could be published in the Federal Register any day now.

Navajo Nation voters finally head to the polls after last hiccup (04/21)
A tribal judge threw a hiccup in the process but the Navajo Nation Supreme Court once again stepped in and ordered the election to go forward.

Harlan McKosato: Unprecedented Navajo Nation election cycle (04/21)
The Navajo Nation is in a tug-of-war that goes beyond just politics. The struggle is about more than just language fluency.

Guilty pleas and sentences for Chippewa Cree Tribe corruption (04/20)
The former president of Stone Child College and her husband pleaded guilty to federal income tax fraud.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules meeting and hearing (04/20)
The committee will take up S.710 to reauthorize the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act. The hearing focuses on road safety in Indian Country.

St. Croix Band debate over marijuana leads to restraining order (04/20)
Aimee Awonohopay said a fellow council member yelled and put his hand on her at a tribal meeting.

House subcommittee to hold hearing on BIA recognition reform (04/20)
The title of the hearing appears to point to a sinister motive for the reforms being considered by the Obama administration.

Mohegan Tribe supports re-election of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (04/20)
The Democrat garnered a reputation as an Indian fighter during his tenure as attorney general in Connecticut.

Navajo Nation candidates enter final stretch of bumpy campaign (04/17)
The winner of the April 21 vote -- either Joe Shirley Jr. or Russell Begaye -- will be sworn into office next month, putting an end to an unusual election season.

Colorado lawmaker continues tradition of bolo ties on Capitol Hill (04/17)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) joins former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R) and former Sen. Ken Salazar (D) in bringing Native fashion to the nation's capital.

Lakota Country Times: Sen. Tester pushes for tribal college funds (04/17)
At time when Indian Country’s allies are few and far between, Senator John Tester (D-Montana) is going to bat for tribes and asking congress to provide more funding for tribal colleges.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe council meeting ends in shouting match (04/16)
The meeting was the first since the passing of Chairman Michael Jandreau, who died on April 3 after leading the tribe for 36 years.

President of Rosebud Sioux Tribe removed after ethics hearing (04/16)
The council voted unanimously to remove Cyril Scott and barred him from running for office in the future.

Alaska to make changes to Indian Child Welfare Act procedures (04/16)
The state issued emergency regulations to make it easier for Native families and tribes to join child welfare cases.

Colorado House approves bill to restrict use of Indian mascots (04/16)
The bill faces an uncertain future in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Sen. Barrasso highlights 100 days of work on Indian legislation (04/16)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has held nine hearings, including two on reservations, and has advanced nearly a dozen bills since the start of the 114th Congress.

Congress passes renewal of Indian Country diabetes program (04/16)
The Special Diabetes Program for Indians will be extended for two years under a bill that is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes up tribal labor measure (04/16)
The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act treats tribes and their enterprises in the same manner as states and local governments when it comes to federal labor law.

Native Sun News: Senate field hearing focuses on tribes and coal (04/16)
Calling it 'historic,' Senator Steve Daines, (R-Mont.), chaired a field hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the Crow Reservation on April 8.

Bill introduced in Senate to support placing a woman on $20 bill (04/15)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) said she was inspired by the Women on 20s campaign, which has named Cherokee Nation Wilma Mankiller as a potential candidate for the paper bill.

Mark Trahant: Millions of Native Americans wait on health care (04/15)
The best case for Medicaid expansion in Alaska is being delivered by Valerie Davidson.

Obama to visit city near Sisseton Wahpeton Reservation in May (04/15)
The trip to South Dakota means the president will have visited all 50 states during his time in the Oval Office.

Native Sun News: Former police chief runs for mayor in Rapid City (04/15)
Mayor Sam Kooiker has a new opponent in the mayoral race; he is the former Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender.

Native Sun News: Candidates to debate on tribal college campus (04/15)
Mayor Sam Kooiker and Candidate Steve Allender, have agreed to a Native Sun News mayoral debate and Oglala Lakota College has been chosen as the sight to host the event.

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