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Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty
Aaron Payment: Candidates must understand and respect tribal sovereignty (July 31, 2019)

For too long, partisan politics have taken the Native Vote and needs of Indian Country for granted.


AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations
AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations (May 1, 2019)

Tribes and lawmakers support forward funding for Indian Country but the Trump administration is not on board.


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe becomes second to legalize marijuana in Michigan (April 18, 2019)

Adult citizens of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians can use marijuana and grow small amounts under a new law.


Timeline: National Congress of American Indians in turmoil and transition
Timeline: National Congress of American Indians in turmoil and transition (February 22, 2019)

It's been a rocky few months for the National Congress of American Indians.


National Congress of American Indians attempts to move past turmoil
National Congress of American Indians attempts to move past turmoil (February 20, 2019)

The longest serving executive director in the history of the National Congress of American Indians is heading out the door after turmoil and turbulence.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown's impact hits hardest in tribal areas
Cronkite News: Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown's impact hits hardest in tribal areas (January 17, 2019)

Even though she saw six opioid overdoses in recent months, two fatal, Kerry Hawk Lessard closed the medical and behavioral health clinic she runs for Native Americans.


Solutions elusive for Indian Country as impasse in Washington drags on
Solutions elusive for Indian Country as impasse in Washington drags on (January 15, 2019)

With efforts to resolve the record-breaking government shutdown at a standstill, tribal leaders and advocates are scrambling for ways out of the crisis.


Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown (January 15, 2019)

The Trump administration wants tribes to know that Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney has not been furloughed.


Recap: Indian Country shares #ShutdownStories as government impasse continues
Recap: Indian Country shares #ShutdownStories as government impasse continues (January 15, 2019)

Democrats in Congress heard from Indian Country witnesses on the 25th day of the federal government shutdown.


Tribal leader tapped for legal transition team in Michigan
Tribal leader tapped for legal transition team in Michigan (November 15, 2018)

Chairperson Aaron Payment of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe will be helping Dana Nessel prepare to serve as Michigan's Attorney General.


'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration
'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration (November 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government's trust relationship.


'Two weeks away from making history': Tribes ready to welcome Native women to Congress
'Two weeks away from making history': Tribes ready to welcome Native women to Congress (October 25, 2018)

Indian Country leaders and advocates continue to express optimism that not one but two Native women will soon be walking the halls of Congress.


'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights
'We were here first': Tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel ignores treaty rights (October 15, 2018)

Tribes want a seat at the table in talks over a pipeline that runs through their treaty territory.


Aaron Payment: Innocent children victmized again by our government
Aaron Payment: Innocent children victmized again by our government (June 20, 2018)

There are so many parallels to the current crisis of internment of innocent immigrant children with Indian boarding schools and forced reservation policy.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.


Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization
Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization (April 19, 2018)

Despite claims by the Trump administration that it won't move forward with a reorganization without Indian Country's input, tribes continue to be excluded.


Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill (April 12, 2018)

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.


Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down
Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down (February 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders gave a standing ovation to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) after a surprise speech in which she promised to stand up for Native Americans and their issues.


Top Trump administration official casts doubt on tribal economic development rule
Top Trump administration official casts doubt on tribal economic development rule (October 24, 2017)

Tribes are eager to end dual taxation on their reservations. Is the Trump administration listening?


Decision day for National Congress of American Indians with leadership changes
Decision day for National Congress of American Indians with leadership changes (October 19, 2017)

It's decision day for the National Congress of American Indians as attendees elect new leaders.


Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications
Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications (July 27, 2017)

The Trump administration has made its first major land-into-trust decision and it doesn't look good for Indian Country.


Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)

Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.


Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (February 17, 2017)

It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.


Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe
Aaron Payment re-elected as chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe (June 24, 2016)

Chairman Aaron Payment was among a slew of incumbents who were re-elected by voters of the Michigan tribe.


Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health
Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health (March 21, 2016)

American Indians and Alaskan Natives, long recognized as having the highest poverty rates of any ethnic group, have better access to medical care more than ever before. We can thank the Affordable Care Act.


Chair of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe calls for action on court nominee
Chair of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe calls for action on court nominee (March 17, 2016)

Senate Republicans are refusing to consider Merrick Garland as Indian Country awaits decisions in cases that affect tribal courts, tribal jurisdiction and protections for Native women.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold hearing on tribal budget
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold hearing on tribal budget (March 7, 2016)

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the chairman of the committee, supports funding increases for self-determination, economic development, education, health care, housing and public safety.


Aaron Payment: Tribal sovereignty hangs in the balance at Supreme Court
Aaron Payment: Tribal sovereignty hangs in the balance at Supreme Court (February 29, 2016)

Today, some U.S. Senators are threatening to turn their backs on Constitutional requirements to hold hearings to consider the President’s nominee for U.S. Supreme Court.


Sault Tribe approves bonuses and pay raises for all employees
Sault Tribe approves bonuses and pay raises for all employees (December 11, 2015)

The bonuses will be paid before Christmas and the 3 percent raise takes effect in January 2016.


Little election activity at National Congress of American Indians
Little election activity at National Congress of American Indians (October 22, 2015)

Brian Cladoosby secured another term as the president of the nation's largest inter-tribal organization after no one ran against him.


Obama picks two for National Advisory Council on Indian Education
Obama picks two for National Advisory Council on Indian Education (August 26, 2015)

Doreen Brown, who is Alaska Native, and Aaron Payment, the chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan, will serve on the council.


Just Joking: Humor from National Congress of American Indians
Just Joking: Humor from National Congress of American Indians (March 2, 2015)

Deflategate, hot flashes and Grandpa Senator drew laughs at NCAI's winter session in Washington, D.C., last week.


Aaron Payment: Soo Tribe faces cuts if shutdown continues
Aaron Payment: Soo Tribe faces cuts if shutdown continues (October 7, 2013)

Aaron Payment, the chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan, discusses the shutdown of the federal government.


Darwin McCoy unexpectedly resigns from chair of Soo Tribe
Darwin McCoy unexpectedly resigns from chair of Soo Tribe (May 11, 2011)

Darwin "Joe" McCoy unexpectedly resigned as chairman of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians on Tuesday night. McCoy didn't give a reason for his resignation, the tribe said...