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Top Indian positions in Trump administration remain without leaders
Education | Health | National | Politics
Top Indian positions in Trump administration remain without leaders (February 20, 2018)
Tribal leaders are complaining about a lack of leadership in key Indian policy posts but one of them might soon be filled.

Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes (February 15, 2018)
The Trump administration is seeking nearly $1 million to help the newest members of the federally recognized family of Indian nations.

Cronkite News: Lawmakers question management of Indian schools
Education | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Lawmakers question management of Indian schools (February 15, 2018)
A Bureau of Indian Education official told lawmakers that his agency is making 'strong improvements' in the oversight of tribal schools, despite a long history of problems and proposed cuts to the bureau’s budget.

Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan
Education | National | Politics
Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan (February 13, 2018)
President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure appears to offer little more than a nod to tribal governments, though his new budget promises support for fixing deteriorating Indian schools.

Accohannock Tribe faces questions about legitimacy in Maryland
Federal Recognition
Accohannock Tribe faces questions about legitimacy in Maryland (February 12, 2018)
The Accohannock Tribe has gained recognition in the state of Maryland but not everyone is happy about it.

Denise Juneau: The Bureau of Indian Education is failing our people
Education | Opinion
Denise Juneau: The Bureau of Indian Education is failing our people (February 9, 2018)
The federal government has a history of failure when it comes to Native students.

Indian diabetes program included in bill to keep government running
Health | National | Politics
Indian diabetes program included in bill to keep government running (February 7, 2018)
The Special Diabetes Program for Indians is poised to see another day thanks to new developments on Capitol Hill.

Bureau of Indian Affairs takes lead in case of missing MHA Nation woman
Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs takes lead in case of missing MHA Nation woman (February 6, 2018)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has taken the lead in the case of Olivia Lone Bear, a 33-year-old woman who went missing from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota.

Woman from Blackfeet Nation still missing after eight months
Law | National
Woman from Blackfeet Nation still missing after eight months (February 6, 2018)
A $10,000 reward is being offered in connection with the disappearance of 20-year-old Ashley Loring.

Kevin Washburn: A 'victory' as tribes in Virginia secure federal recognition
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Kevin Washburn: A 'victory' as tribes in Virginia secure federal recognition (January 31, 2018)
Three years ago, no federally-recognized tribes existed in Virginia, one of the thirteen original American states.

Judge grants reprieve against disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe
Law | National | Politics
Judge grants reprieve against disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe (January 30, 2018)
A lawsuit targeting the disputed leaders of the Nooksack Tribe has been put on hold while the Trump administration reviews the results of a recent election.

Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition
Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition (January 30, 2018)
It's official -- there are now 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

Bureau of Indian Affairs reaffirms oversight in Nooksack Tribe dispute
Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs reaffirms oversight in Nooksack Tribe dispute (January 24, 2018)
The Trump administration is continuing to assert oversight in a long-running leadership and disenrollment dispute within the Nooksack Tribe.

President Trump signs bill to end three days of government shutdown
National | Politics
President Trump signs bill to end three days of government shutdown (January 23, 2018)
The shutdown of the federal government is over after three days of confusion.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country will be hit hard by government shutdown
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country will be hit hard by government shutdown (January 22, 2018)
Of course Indian Country (and the economy) will be hit hard if this shutdown lasts very long.

White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case
Law | National | Trust
White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case (January 18, 2018)
The White Mountain Apache Tribe can sue the federal government for mismanaging its trust funds all the way back to 1946, a federal judge said in a ruling with major implications for Indian Country.

Government shutdown looms as President Trump confuses his own party
National | Politics
Government shutdown looms as President Trump confuses his own party (January 18, 2018)
The federal government, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service, is getting closer to a shutdown.

Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court
Business | Health | Law | National | Politics
Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court (January 17, 2018)
The opioid epidemic has hit Indian Country hard and tribes are looking for ways to hold drug companies accountable by going to court.

National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again
National | Politics
National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again (January 17, 2018)
Tribal leaders will be hearing from Secretary Ryan Zinke at an upcoming National Congress of American Indians meeting in Washington, D.C.

A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades (January 12, 2018)
A landmark bill to recognize six tribes in Virginia is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Mark Trahant: Trump loyalist and Choctaw citizen joins race for Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Trump loyalist and Choctaw citizen joins race for Congress (January 10, 2018)
Gavin Clarkson is clear: He supports President Donald J. Trump.

Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight
Law | National | Politics
Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight (December 22, 2017)
The cultural assault on sexual misconduct in America is moving beyond the halls of Capitol Hill and Hollywood and into Indian Country.

Accohannock Tribe gains recognition through executive order in Maryland
Federal Recognition
Accohannock Tribe gains recognition through executive order in Maryland (December 21, 2017)
The Accohannock Tribe has been recognized by the state of Maryland, the third in the state's history.

Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country
Law | National | Politics
Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country (December 18, 2017)
The Department of Justice isn't doing enough to improve public safety in Indian Country, seven years after the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.

Tim Giago: Indian people have always been America's experimental guinea pigs
Opinion
Tim Giago: Indian people have always been America's experimental guinea pigs (December 18, 2017)
In the early 1950s the federal government, through its agency the Bureau of Indian Affairs, decided, in its infinite wisdom, to evacuate the Indian reservations.

Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics
Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 14, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke is taking action to improve working conditions at the Department of the Interior after a landmark study showed a higher rate of harassment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics | Trust
Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 12, 2017)
A years-long effort by tribes is coming to fruition as the Trump administration prepares to return the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to its familiar roots.

Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
National | Politics | Trust
Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes (December 12, 2017)
The Trump administration has quietly reinstated a waiting period for land-into-trust applications, reversing an Obama-era policy without consulting tribes about the change.

Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks
Politics
Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks (December 8, 2017)
Congress cleared a bill to keep the federal government up and running until Christmas but there are no increases for Indian programs for now.

Nooksack Tribe plans to revive disenrollment campaign despite many warnings
Law | National | Politics
Nooksack Tribe plans to revive disenrollment campaign despite many warnings (December 6, 2017)
The Nooksack Tribe finally held an election for four council seats but the results are being challenged by citizens who might be kicked out.

Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change
National | Politics | Trust
Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change (November 28, 2017)
Another tribal homelands bill is taking a major step forward on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration considers changes widely opposed in Indian Country.

Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory
Law | National | Trust
Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory (November 27, 2017)
After delaying action for more than two months, the Supreme Court finally delivered victory to the Oneida Nation in a long-running land case. But there's some drama thanks to Justice Clarence Thomas.

Tunica-Biloxi Tribe distances film from Hollywood producer accused of assault
Arts & Entertainment | Business | National
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe distances film from Hollywood producer accused of assault (November 16, 2017)
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe and the producers of the critically-acclaimed Wind River film have cut ties with a prominent Hollywood executive who has been accused of numerous incidents of sexual assault.

ProPublica: Trump appointee resigns after report on troubled Indian loan program
National | Politics
ProPublica: Trump appointee resigns after report on troubled Indian loan program (November 15, 2017)
A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed.

Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program
National | Politics
Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program (November 14, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has seen its first casualty of the Trump era with the resignation of a senior official whose connection to a failed loan generated renewed scrutiny.

Secretary Ryan Zinke among those excited to take part in #RockYourMocs this year
National
Secretary Ryan Zinke among those excited to take part in #RockYourMocs this year (November 14, 2017)
It's #RockYourMocs week and thousands across the nation are expressing Native pride by wearing moccasins to work, to school and just about anywhere.

Bureau of Indian Affairs makes changes to loan guarantee program amid scrutiny
Business | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs makes changes to loan guarantee program amid scrutiny (November 14, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is making changes to a business loan program that has faced renewed scrutiny under the Trump administration.

Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items
National | Politics | World
Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items (November 8, 2017)
Efforts to repatriate tribal property and even tribal ancestors are hitting roadblocks within the Trump administration.

ProPublica: Your $20 million loan went bust? The Trump team will hire you
Business | National | Politics
ProPublica: Your $20 million loan went bust? The Trump team will hire you (November 7, 2017)
A government watchdog found irregularities in a loan guarantee arranged by Gavin Clarkson for an Indian tribe. Now Clarkson is in charge of the program that is on the hook for the mess.

Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington
Law
Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington (November 6, 2017)
The Yakama Nation is asserting authority over a disputed portion of its territory with a new lawsuit in federal court.

President Trump told tribes to 'just do it' when it comes to energy development
Environment | Law | National | Politics
President Trump told tribes to 'just do it' when it comes to energy development (November 6, 2017)
President Donald Trump so far has hosted just one public event with tribes and a new report about the meeting is raising eyebrows.

Trump administration delays roll-out of controversial trust land rule after uproar
National | Politics | Trust
Trump administration delays roll-out of controversial trust land rule after uproar (November 3, 2017)
In a temporary victory for Indian Country, the Trump administration is delaying the roll-out of controversial changes to the land-into-trust process

Quileute Tribe starts process to move village to safer ground in Washington
Environment | National
Quileute Tribe starts process to move village to safer ground in Washington (November 1, 2017)
The Quileute Tribe is moving its largest community to higher ground in Washington, with construction of a new school expected in the spring of 2018.

Northern Cheyenne Tribe schedules new election to replace ousted president
Politics
Northern Cheyenne Tribe schedules new election to replace ousted president (November 1, 2017)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe plans to elect a new president after the council ousted Jace Killsback from his post.

Chumash Tribe finally secures county approval for land-into-trust agreement
National | Politics | Trust
Chumash Tribe finally secures county approval for land-into-trust agreement (October 31, 2017)
It took years of work and prodding from Congress but the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians finally reached a land-into-trust agreement in California.

Bureau of Indian Affairs official tied to failed loan for Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
Business | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs official tied to failed loan for Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (October 31, 2017)
A Bureau of Indian Affairs official who was hired by the Trump administration to work on economic development issues is linked to a failed loan for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Supreme Court won't take up race-based challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act
Law | National
Supreme Court won't take up race-based challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act (October 30, 2017)
Another conservative attack on the Indian Child Welfare Act has been rebuffed by the nation's highest court but the fight is far from over.

Trump team pushes Senate to move on nominations at Department of the Interior
National | Politics
Trump team pushes Senate to move on nominations at Department of the Interior (October 26, 2017)
The Trump administration is sending a not-so-subtle message about the lack of confirmed officials at the Department of the Interior, including the top Indian Affairs position.

Bryan Newland: Trump administration must explain need for new tribal land rules
Opinion | Trust
Bryan Newland: Trump administration must explain need for new tribal land rules (October 26, 2017)
Why is the Trump administration trying to make it harder for tribes to restore their homelands? Attorney Byran Newland has questions.

Cronkite News: Tribal leaders call 'empowerment' bill a step in the right direction
National | Politics | Trust
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders call 'empowerment' bill a step in the right direction (October 26, 2017)
Tribal leaders backed a House bill that would give them the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for virtually any use.

Trump administration sues Guam over land trust program for indigenous residents
Law | National | World
Trump administration sues Guam over land trust program for indigenous residents (October 25, 2017)
The Trump administration is suing the government of Guam, a U.S. territory, over a land trust program that is meant to benefit the indigenous residents of the island.

Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands
Business | National | Politics | Trust
Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands (October 25, 2017)
Tribal leaders and their advocates are embracing a once-controversial Indian land bill, seeing it as a means for exercising greater control of their economic futures.

Top Trump administration official casts doubt on tribal economic development rule
Business | National | Politics
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?

Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs among witnesses for controversial tribal land bill
National | Politics | Trust
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs among witnesses for controversial tribal land bill (October 23, 2017)
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.

Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions
National | Politics | Trust
Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions (October 20, 2017)
Congress is moving forward with an overdue budget plan that fails to take some of Indian Country's key interests into account.

'Ominous shadow' of President Trump looms over annual meeting of tribal leaders
National | Politics
'Ominous shadow' of President Trump looms over annual meeting of tribal leaders (October 20, 2017)
The uncertain intentions of the Trump administration cast a shadow over the National Congress of American Indians as tribal leaders struggled to decode the sparse policies put forth since the president took office.

House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act
National | Politics | Trust
House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act (October 19, 2017)
A controversial Indian lands bill that faced repeated opposition during the Obama administration is seeing new life in the Trump era.

National Congress of American Indians looks forward to Tara Sweeney confirmation
National | Politics
National Congress of American Indians looks forward to Tara Sweeney confirmation (October 18, 2017)
The National Congress of American Indians is looking forward to the 'swift confirmation' of Tara Sweeney as the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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.

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