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Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measuresFiled Under: National | Technology | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures (02/21)
More than 15 years after a computer shutdown sent Indian Country into turmoil, the agency is still struggling to protect its information technology systems.
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior SecretaryFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary (02/20)
It's unusual for Indian Country to wait so long for someone to be confirmed at the Interior Department, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities'Filed Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities' (02/20)
Tribes are still in the dark about the future of Indian health and the Cabinet position most important to Indian Country remains vacant.
Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst timeFiled Under: Education | Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst time (02/20)
Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office.
Bureau of Indian Affairs issues 'trespass' notice to #NoDAPL campFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs issues 'trespass' notice to #NoDAPL camp (02/17)
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is no longer willing to accept Sacred Stone, the original #NoDAPL encampment.
Standing Rock leader vows to 'forgive' but keep fighting after White House slightFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Standing Rock leader vows to 'forgive' but keep fighting after White House slight (02/15)
Mistrust of the new Trump administration is running high as Indian Country tries to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal statusFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (02/09)
The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens consultation on big economic proposalFiled Under: Business | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens consultation on big economic proposal (02/07)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs isn't letting the change in administration slow down plans to address a big taxation issue for tribes.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls to choose slate of leadersFiled Under: Politics
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe heads to polls to choose slate of leaders (02/02)
Five seats on the council, including the chair and vice chair position, are up for grabs.
Chumash Tribe celebrates approval of land-into-trust applicationFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Chumash Tribe celebrates approval of land-into-trust application (02/01)
The California tribe has faced intense local opposition at the 1,400-acre Camp 4 site.
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructureFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure (02/01)
As President Donald Trump pushes unwanted projects on tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to improve aging dams and outdated irrigation systems.
Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choicesFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices (01/31)
Ryan Zinke for Interior and Rick Perry for Energy saw opposition from Democrats and Independents but both are expected to win final confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Mark Trahant: Indian Country can survive the Donald Trump eraFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country can survive the Donald Trump era (01/30)
The new administration is only a few days old and already the chaos of the times have upset business as usual.
Gabe Galanda: The Obama administration's disenrollment legacyFiled Under: Opinion
Gabe Galanda: The Obama administration's disenrollment legacy (01/25)
'By and large President Obama got it wrong on disenrollment until the end of his presidency.'
Cronkite News: Havasupai students sue over failures in federal education systemFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Cronkite News: Havasupai students sue over failures in federal education system (01/23)
Nine students in the Havasupai Nation have filed a lawsuit claiming that agencies including the Bureau of Indian Education 'have knowingly failed to provide basic general education' to children in the remote area of Arizona.
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes one last rule from the Obama eraFiled Under: National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes one last rule from the Obama era (01/23)
President Donald Trump imposed a regulatory freeze on his first day in office but it didn't affect the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation voteFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (01/23)
The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.
Mark Trahant: Prepare for tribal budget cuts under President Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Prepare for tribal budget cuts under President Donald Trump (01/23)
If this is day one, remember there are fourteen hundred and fifty-nine to go.
Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribesFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes (01/18)
The 2017 list contains 567 tribes -- the same number as the last update.
Disenrollment epidemic affects dozens of tribes across the nationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Disenrollment epidemic affects dozens of tribes across the nation (01/18)
The disenrollment epidemic is the subject of a lengthy feature in The New York Times Magazine.
Craig Tribal Association celebrates 'historic' trust land acquisitionFiled Under: National | Trust
Craig Tribal Association celebrates 'historic' trust land acquisition (01/16)
Tribal leaders in Alaska are praising the Obama administration for helping them achieve a land-into-trust milestone.
Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land applicationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land application (01/13)
It's only 1.08 acres but the decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs marks a major milestone in state and federal history.
North Dakota tribe threatens to walk away from energy tax dealFiled Under: Environment | Politics
North Dakota tribe threatens to walk away from energy tax deal (01/12)
'We're not bluffing,' Chairman Mark Fox told lawmakers in regards to a new bill that changes oil taxation rates.
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nomineeFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nominee (01/10)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has earned praise for his work on protections for Native women, federal recognition, water rights, energy and economic development.
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (01/10)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was forced to admit that he opposed landmark provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nomineesFiled Under: National | Politics
Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nominees (01/10)
Eight of the Republican president-elect's picks are going before the Senate this week.
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust rulingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (01/09)
The Oklahoma lawmaker, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is once again offering fixes to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v .Salazar.
Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an endFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Politics | Trust
Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an end (01/05)
The Obama administration has helped tribes restore more than 2 million acres of land since January 2009.
Lumbee Tribe welcomes 'additional avenues' for seeking federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
Lumbee Tribe welcomes 'additional avenues' for seeking federal recognition (01/03)
The Obama administration has opened the door for the North Carolina tribe to seek federal recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Nooksack Tribe tries to evict family amid mass enrollment purgeFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe tries to evict family amid mass enrollment purge (12/22)
A disenrollment dispute continues to make waves in Washington.
North Dakota tribe recovers ancestral lands taken by Army CorpsFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
North Dakota tribe recovers ancestral lands taken by Army Corps (12/20)
After a decades-long quest, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is finally reclaiming a piece of its homeland.
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Gabriel Furshong: Little Shell Chippewa Tribe still waiting for federal recognition (12/20)
Federal recognition offers financial help, and those tribes without it have 'second-class status in Indian Country' and remain vulnerable to local authorities.
Alex Jacobs: Indians on Donald Trump's team speak in termination tongueFiled Under: Opinion | Politics | Trust
Alex Jacobs: Indians on Donald Trump's team speak in termination tongue (12/19)
Oh no, is termination back in vogue now that Republican Donald Trump is about to take control of the White House?
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complainedFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complained (12/16)
Two employees who blew the whistle on the BIA's handling of energy leases for the Southern Ute Tribe quickly found themselves forced off the reservation in Colorado.
Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C.Filed Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C. (12/16)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) invited tribal leaders and others to share their views with the incoming Republican administration.
Gyasi Ross: Donald Trump is coming for our lands and resourcesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Gyasi Ross: Donald Trump is coming for our lands and resources (12/16)
Trump’s line-up of cabinet nominees tells us that his Administration is coming squarely for Native land and Native natural resources.
Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior SecretaryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior Secretary (12/15)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has supported tribes on water rights, federal recognition, sovereignty and other matters.
Lakota Country Times: Bureau of Indian Affairs seizes Oglala citizen's cattle againFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Bureau of Indian Affairs seizes Oglala citizen's cattle again (12/15)
One Oglala Lakota rancher believes that his right to due process has been undermined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs' refusal to adhere to a tribal court ruling.
Swinomish Tribe seeks recognition of original treaty boundaryFiled Under: Law | Trust
Swinomish Tribe seeks recognition of original treaty boundary (12/14)
Chairman Brian Cladoosby: 'Our people have been fighting for this since 1873.'
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Trust
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (12/13)
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.
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issuesFiled Under: Business | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues (12/12)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.
Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribes (12/09)
Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to head the Department of the Interior.
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economiesFiled Under: Business | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies (12/08)
A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald Trump (12/08)
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican Indian or Democrat; the power to uplift or crush Indian Country is now in the hands of extremely conservative people.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal landFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land (12/07)
The Oklahoma Republican said a widely circulated report 'completely distorted' his views about sovereignty and self-determination.
Bureau of Indian Affairs extends comment period on probate ruleFiled Under: National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs extends comment period on probate rule (12/05)
A new January 4, 2017, deadline leaves the agency little time to finalize changes if it intends to do so before the end of the Obama administration.
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new presidentFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president (11/30)
The #NoDAPL movement, preventing suicide and promoting educational opportunities are among the top priorities of the new generation in Indian Country.
Pokagon Band breaks ground on housing project on Indiana landFiled Under: National | Trust
Pokagon Band breaks ground on housing project on Indiana land (11/30)
A total of 44 housing units are in the works on the 166-acre parcel in South Bend.
Leader of Nooksack Tribe defends purge of 'non-Indians' from rollsFiled Under: Law | National
Leader of Nooksack Tribe defends purge of 'non-Indians' from rolls (11/23)
Chairman Bob Kelly did not address warnings from two federal agencies that his tribe is acting without a valid governing body.
Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald TrumpFiled Under: National | Politics
Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump (11/23)
Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is under consideration to run the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Indian Health Service warns Nooksack Tribe about disenrolleesFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service warns Nooksack Tribe about disenrollees (11/22)
Another federal agency is stepping in as the Washington tribe removes more than a third of its people from the rolls.
Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back programFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Politics
Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back program (11/22)
The 114th Congress is drawing to a close and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has added a hearing to its agenda.
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (11/18)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.
Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribesFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribes (11/18)
A quirk in the Indian Land Consolidation Act kept tribes from restoring their homelands.
Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollmentFiled Under: National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollment (11/17)
Despite warnings from the federal agency, the tribe has started removing more than 300 people from the rolls.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Keep Sarah Palin far away from Bureau of Indian AffairsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Keep Sarah Palin far away from Bureau of Indian Affairs (11/17)
What is the most horrifying of all; there is a strong possibility that Donald Trump will appoint Sarah Palin as the Secretary of the Interior.
Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in WashingtonFiled Under: National | Politics
Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in Washington (11/10)
Indian Country is adjusting to a new political reality with Donald Trump headed to the White House.
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendumFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum (11/10)
The referendum came after the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it would not recognize any actions taken by the tribal council due to a lack of a quorum.
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land disputeFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Oneida Nation wins another decision in long-running land dispute (11/10)
The New York tribe can follow the land-into-trust process, a federal appeals court ruled in a unanimous decision.
Quinault Nation calls for tribal inclusion in Donald Trump's transition teamFiled Under: National | Politics
Quinault Nation calls for tribal inclusion in Donald Trump's transition team (11/09)
President Fawn Sharp acknowledged that Republican Donald Trump's victory on Election Day came as a 'surprise' but vowed to move forward.

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