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Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process
National | Politics | Trust
Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process (October 17, 2017)
Tribal leaders are lashing out at the Trump administration again, this time over rule changes they said will make it all but impossible to restore their homelands.

Alaska Native executive Tara Sweeney named to top Bureau of Indian Affairs job
National | Politics
Alaska Native executive Tara Sweeney named to top Bureau of Indian Affairs job (October 17, 2017)
President Donald Trump is making history with the nomination of an Alaska Native to serve as the leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bureau of Indian Affairs supports change for name of 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah
National
Bureau of Indian Affairs supports change for name of 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah (October 13, 2017)
The United States Board on Geographic Names has adopted a new name for 'Negro Bill Canyon' in Utah.

President of Northern Cheyenne Tribe remains in office after disputed removal
Politics
President of Northern Cheyenne Tribe remains in office after disputed removal (October 13, 2017)
The relatively new leader of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has been ousted by the council but he is refusing to leave office.

Lawsuit seeks damages for death of girl at Bureau of Indian Education school
Education | Law | National
Lawsuit seeks damages for death of girl at Bureau of Indian Education school (October 13, 2017)
The grandfather of a 14-year-old girl who died at a Bureau of Indian Education boarding school in South Dakota has filed a lawsuit against the federal government.

Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands
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Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands (October 12, 2017)
Where Congress has failed to take action on one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases, tribes are seeing successes elsewhere as they seek to restore their homelands.

Crow Tribe declares emergency after vandalism at water treatment facility
Environment | National
Crow Tribe declares emergency after vandalism at water treatment facility (October 6, 2017)
The Crow Tribe is dealing with another crisis after vandals caused significant damage to a key water system on the reservation in Montana.

Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations
National | Politics | Trust
Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations (October 4, 2017)
The Trump administration is dropping a bomb on Indian Country by proposing dramatic changes to the land-into-trust process.

Chukchansi Tribe announces open enrollment period after years of mass purges
National
Chukchansi Tribe announces open enrollment period after years of mass purges (October 3, 2017)
The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians is holding an open enrollment period after removing hundreds of people from its rolls.

Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars from federal contracts
National
Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars from federal contracts (October 3, 2017)
The Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars in federal spending and the Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn't appear to be helping matters.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance Johnson O'Malley reform bill
Education | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance Johnson O'Malley reform bill (October 2, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be taking up a bill to modernize the Johnson O'Malley Program at a business meeting.

Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments
National | Politics
Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments (September 28, 2017)
Is Secretary Ryan Zinke about to unleash another round of employee reassignments at the pirate ship better known as the Department of the Interior?

Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims
Law | National | Politics
Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims (September 27, 2017)
The Department of Justice continues to resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native women and key members of Congress.

Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico
Environment | National | Politics
Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico (September 27, 2017)
Pueblo tribes are calling on the Trump administration to impose a temporary ban on energy development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.

Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire (September 27, 2017)
Democrats and conservation groups are slamming Secretary Ryan Zinke after he said 30 percent of employees at the Department of the Interior aren't loyal to 'the flag.'

Trump administration willing to defer to Congress in federal recognition matters
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Trump administration willing to defer to Congress in federal recognition matters (September 26, 2017)
Change is in the air as the Trump administration opens the door to a controversial bill that would strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers.

Fort Belknap Tribes return control of detention center to Bureau of Indian Affairs
Law
Fort Belknap Tribes return control of detention center to Bureau of Indian Affairs (September 26, 2017)
The Fort Belknap Indian Community can't afford to keep its detention center up and running so the Bureau of Indian Affairs has taken over.

Chumash Tribe reaches tentative agreement in long-running land-into-trust fight
National | Trust
Chumash Tribe reaches tentative agreement in long-running land-into-trust fight (September 26, 2017)
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is close to a deal to end a long-running dispute over its land-into-trust application in California.

Colorado River Indian Tribes look to water rights as potential boost for economy
Environment | National
Colorado River Indian Tribes look to water rights as potential boost for economy (September 26, 2017)
The Colorado River Indian Tribes are interested in leasing their water rights to entities throughout Arizona.

Secretary Zinke claims 30 percent of Interior employees aren't loyal to 'the flag'
Politics
Secretary Zinke claims 30 percent of Interior employees aren't loyal to 'the flag' (September 26, 2017)
Some employees at the Department of the Interior aren't loyal to 'the flag,' Secretary Ryan Zinke told an industry group

New Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes first appearance on Capitol Hill
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
New Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes first appearance on Capitol Hill (September 25, 2017)
The Trump administration's new hire at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is making his first appearance on Capitol Hill and it's on a touchy subject.

Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 145-acre island at Lake Superior
Environment | Trust
Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 145-acre island at Lake Superior (September 21, 2017)
The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is celebrating a historic achievement by reclaiming its ancestral lands in Minnesota.

Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers (September 21, 2017)
A key Republican lawmaker is once again pushing a bill that requires all tribes seeking federal recognition to go through Congress.

Osage Nation secures landmark decision in dispute over construction of wind farm
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Osage Nation secures landmark decision in dispute over construction of wind farm (September 18, 2017)
A landmark decision from a federal appeals court clears the way for the Osage Nation to recover damages from the operators of a contested wind farm in Oklahoma.

Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs
Health | National | Politics
Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs (September 14, 2017)
Just a few months after calling for drastic cuts to health, education, social service and other programs in Indian Country, the Trump administration has changed course.

Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs
Education | Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 14, 2017)
Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country said they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits but lawmakers said much more needs to be done.

Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward (September 13, 2017)
It's been more than two decades since Congress passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill but six tribes in Virginia are hoping to turn the tide in their favor.

Secretary Zinke announces another senior hire for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke announces another senior hire for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (September 13, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke has filled another leadership position at the Bureau of Indian Affairs though it's not the top job at the agency.

Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation (September 13, 2017)
The top three Indian Affairs officials at the Department of the Interior Interior were among the dozens told to change jobs by the Trump administration.

Cayuga Nation leaders win control of tribal assets as internal fight continues
National | Politics
Cayuga Nation leaders win control of tribal assets as internal fight continues (September 11, 2017)
A leadership dispute within the Cayuga Nation appears to be far from settled despite intervention by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs
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'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs (September 11, 2017)
Nine months into the Trump administration and Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for tribal interests at the federal level.

Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
Environment | National | Politics | Trust
Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process (September 8, 2017)
The Department of the Interior is attempting to reform the lengthy environmental review process, an initiative that could benefit Indian Country.

Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis
Law | National | Politics
Nooksack Tribe clears path for new election in hopes of resolving leadership crisis (September 7, 2017)
The Nooksack Tribe has reached an agreement with the Trump administration that could resolve a long-running governance crisis on the reservation.

Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era
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Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era (September 6, 2017)
Two more tribes are taking advantage of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act, a self-determination law that has proven popular in Indian Country.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 6, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work by taking another look at 'high risk' programs that serve tribes and their citizens.

President Trump visits North Dakota after approving controversial Dakota Access Pipeline
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President Trump visits North Dakota after approving controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (September 6, 2017)
President Donald Trump is focusing on tax reform in a speech at an oil refinery in North Dakota.

Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship
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Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship (August 30, 2017)
The descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation are entitled to tribal citizenship, a federal judge has ruled.

Tribe raises taxes on oil developers as money continues to flow to North Dakota
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Tribe raises taxes on oil developers as money continues to flow to North Dakota (August 30, 2017)
A dual system of taxation has resulted in the state of North Dakota earning more money on oil development than the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the owner of the resources.

Tim Giago: Fall always meant it was time to return to Indian boarding schools
Education | Opinion
Tim Giago: Fall always meant it was time to return to Indian boarding schools (August 28, 2017)
In days gone by the most terrible time of the year for Indian boys and girls across the West came at the end of August.

Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team
National | Politics
Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team (August 24, 2017)
It's seven months into the Trump administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs still lacks a permanent leader but the agency will be seeing a new face with John Tahsuda coming on board in a top position.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country faces another threat of a government shutdown
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country faces another threat of a government shutdown (August 24, 2017)
Indian Country is always hit hard by government shutdowns.

News21: Tribes fight for clean water and more funds from federal government
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News21: Tribes fight for clean water and more funds from federal government (August 17, 2017)
Tribes are struggling to get the attention and funding necessary to clean the water their people rely on. News21 investigates.

Mark Trahant: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over (August 16, 2017)
The question now is how fast will the Trump administration crumble? When will people resign in good conscience?

Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September
National | Politics
Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September (August 10, 2017)
September is going to be a mess -- Congress must sort out some really complicated issues.

Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on
Health | National
Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on (August 9, 2017)
A clinic operated by the Nooksack Tribe is losing $2.5 million in federal health care funds amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.

Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county
National | Politics | Trust
Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county (August 8, 2017)
A bill to place about 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens
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Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens (August 8, 2017)
Federal authorities continue to investigate a shooting that left three citizens of the Crow Tribe dead and two others injured.

Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal
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Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal (August 7, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is poised to help tribes resolve a long-standing taxation issue even as a powerful lawmaker from President Trump's own party expresses resistance.

Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition
Federal Recognition
Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition (August 2, 2017)
The leader of the Lumbee Tribe is meeting with the White House to make the case for federal recognition.

Court upholds conviction in Northern Cheyenne domestic violence case
Law
Court upholds conviction in Northern Cheyenne domestic violence case (August 1, 2017)
A citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was convicted of assaulting his common-law wife has lost an attempt to silence his victim.

Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications
National | Politics | Trust
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.

Pamunkey Tribe secures designation of Indian Health Service delivery area
Health | National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe secures designation of Indian Health Service delivery area (July 27, 2017)
The Pamunkey Tribe, the newest member of the federally-recognized family of Indian nations, continues to make gains in Virginia.

Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation
Law | National
Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation (July 27, 2017)
Tribal, local and federal authorities raided a marijuana operation on the Sherwood Valley Rancheria in northern California.

Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes big promise on tribal taxation
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Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes big promise on tribal taxation (July 26, 2017)
A senior Bureau of Indian Affairs official who was hired by the Trump administration to work on energy, economic development and related issues is making a seemingly big promise to tribes.

Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department
National | Politics
Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department (July 26, 2017)
Jim Cason continues to wield significant power at the Department of the Interior even though he's never been confirmed by the Senate.

Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion
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Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion (July 25, 2017)
Another pro-tribal legal opinion is on the chopping block as the Trump administration struggles with the land-into-trust process.

Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process
Opinion | Trust
Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process (July 24, 2017)
Changes to the land-into-trust process will never satisfy critics, attorney Bryan Newland writes on Turtle Talk.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
National | Politics | Trust
House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)
Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications
National | Politics | Trust
Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications (July 20, 2017)
For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
National | Politics | Trust
Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)
In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

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