The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up the first new tribal water rights settlements of the Trump era this week.
The Trump team's views on the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities will get a public airing this week as lawmakers take testimony on a controversial tribal lands bill.
The agreement confirms and quantifies the tribe's water rights in Montana and authorizes $471 million in investments on the reservation.
Members of the panel are hoping bipartisanship wins the day even as Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on Capitol Hill.
The committee is set to advance a slew of bills that address economic development, employment, Native languages, water rights and other issues.
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is getting a reboot after going through a rough patch in the last session of Congress.
Having Republicans in control of Congress hasn't resulted in much progress for Indian Country's legislative agenda, at least on the House side of Capitol Hill.
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) are taking control of the key panel.
As a Republican, I truly believe that tribes and their members are better off when Washington stays out of the way.
The legislation makes it easier for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to restore their homelands.
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has supported tribes on water rights, federal recognition, sovereignty and other matters.
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes one repatriation provision, two major infrastructure packages, three land-into-trust acquisitions and four water settlements.
Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.
The Kennewick Man will finally be coming home once President Barack Obama signs a national water bill into law.
Democrats have already named Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as vice chair while Republicans have not announced who will serve as chair.
The bills help the Siletz Tribes and the Grand Ronde Tribes restore their homelands.
A panel of tribal and federal witnesses will discuss the $1.9 billion land consolidation effort at the December 7 hearing.
The 114th Congress is drawing to a close and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has added a hearing to its agenda.
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will take on a new leadership role during the next session of Congress.
Tribes will be required to increase overtime wages for employees but some say it will hurt programs and services.
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association has passed a resolution against a proposed land transfer in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
'Over the past two years, the House has failed to fulfill one of its most fundamental responsibilities to Indian country: approving and funding Indian water rights settlements.'
The Utah tribe is hoping to defeat Republican Congressman Rob Bishop at the polls next month.
Tribal leaders sat in shock as a non-Indian witnesses brought out cardboard boxes containing what he said were sacred items.
An August 2015 spill at the abandoned mine in Colorado sent at estimated 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the waters of three reservations.
More so than any other president, Barack Obama has maintained a strong connection with Native youth.
More than 500,000 acres has been placed in trust but the figure includes properties that weren't the subject of land-into-trust applications.
Six tribes in Nevada will be regaining some of their ancestral territory under H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act.
The Ute Tribe, a leader in energy development, is curiously absent from the witness list amid a dispute with a powerful Republican.
The tribe secured about 9,000 acres of sacred sites and other important areas near its reservation.
Four Indian Country bills cleared the Senate as lawmakers head into an extended break before the November election.
A settlement for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation is close to becoming law even though it has never been put to a hearing.
Lawmakers again failed to approve funding for Indian Country programs but averted a shutdown of the federal government.
Lawmakers worked late into the night to address a water crisis but not the one being followed by Indian Country.
The House Committee on Natural Resources will be meeting in New Mexico to discuss barriers to development on tribal lands.
Chairman Shaun Chapoose attended the White House Tribal Nations Conference and met with the White House Council on Native American Affairs amid the controversy.
The NATIVE Act makes a simple change that supporters hope will send more tourism dollars to Native communities.
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-New Mexico) is working closely with tribes to help them recover their sacred and spiritual items.
Imagine a scenario today in which the federal government, with no due process, forcibly removes children of a specific race from their homes and places them into a boarding school more than a thousand miles away from their family and friends.
Tribes and Democrats have branded the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act as a 'modern day Indian land grab' but Republicans are pushing it through anyway.
'It is time for the government to put this issue to rest and acknowledge the legitimacy of the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes.'
With Republican lawmakers continuing to ignore the growing #NoDAPL movement, Democrats on Capitol Hill are taking matters into their own hands.
With a new president on the horizon, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has just four more months to reach its goal of placing 500,000 acres in trust.
H.Con.Res.122, the PROTECT Patrimony Resolution, condemns the sale, transfer and export of tribal property.
Allotments for Alaska Native veterans, water rights for the Pechanga Band and the controversial Utah Public Lands are on the agenda.
H.R.5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, has already been scheduled for a markup, barely a week after an emotional hearing in Washington, D.C.
Bills to reform the Indian Health Service and improve economic development opportunities in Indian Country are on the agenda.
Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe since 2000 but six tribes in Virginia and another in Montana think they have a shot this year.
The Water Resources Development Act includes a slew of pro-tribal provisions but doesn't address the current crisis at Standing Rock.
The bill repeals a series of outdated federal laws, including one that allows Indian children to be removed from their homes without parental consent.
A tribally-supported bill to reform the troubled agency is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-California) have visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to see the struggle first-hand.
In the next few weeks Congressman Rob Bishop will attempt to push through the U.S. House of Representatives the first Indian land grab in over 100 years.
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has issued a statement opposing the federal transfer of land located in the Black Hills to the state of South Dakota.
Mistrust runs deep in Indian Country and key members of Congress can't agree on reforms at the troubled agency.
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act and the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act are non-controversial although neither comes with federal funds.
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition continues to seek stronger protections for sacred lands, burial grounds, ancestral sites and other important places in Utah.