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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.


Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens
Mark Trahant: The Indian law legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens (July 18, 2019)

John Paul Stevens often supported the rights of tribes during his time on the nation's highest court.


Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election
Leader of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe faces recall election (May 27, 2019)

A recall petition against Chairman Cedric Cromwell of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been certified.


Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet (May 16, 2019)

A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.


'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting
'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting (May 9, 2019)

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney was at the White House but won't say whether tribal legislation came up before President Trump tweeted about it.


'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills
'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills (May 8, 2019)

A tweet about Pocahontas spooked Republicans on Capitol Hill. Indian Country was the loser.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing
Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing (April 8, 2019)

It's taken nearly nine months, but Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney is finally ready to testify before Congress.


Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior (April 4, 2019)

The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky at the Department of the Interior.


AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing
AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing (April 3, 2019)

Legislation to correct a disastrous Supreme Court ruling affecting tribal homelands and to improve tribal consultation were aired on Capitol Hill.


Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and tribal consultation bills
Witness list for hearing on tribal homelands and tribal consultation bills (April 2, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony from tribal leaders and Indian law and policy experts.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix (March 29, 2019)

Will Congress finally fix one of the most destructive U.S. Supreme Court decisions?


United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era
United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era (March 4, 2019)

'This is Indian land,' tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands (November 28, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been dealt a major setback, nearly 400 years after helping the Pilgrims survive.


Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law
Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law (November 26, 2018)

Federal Indian law is a field of law designed by the United States to dominate Native Nations.


Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application
Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application (November 20, 2018)

It took more than eight years but the Samish Nation has finally secured approval of a land-into-trust application in Washington state.


'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.


National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat
National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat (October 24, 2018)

Indian Country continues to stand behind the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose homelands are slated to be taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands
Brian Lightfoot Brown: It's time to protect our tribal homelands (September 28, 2018)

The Supreme Court's Carcieri ruling has created an unfair, immoral obstacle to many tribes.


'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 12, 2018)

Indian Country is entering uncharted territory with the Trump administration's move to take a tribe's reservation out of trust.


Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era
Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era (September 10, 2018)

Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe still waiting on Trump administration (August 28, 2018)

The federal government hasn't taken an Indian nation's land out of trust since the termination era and one tribe hopes it stays that way.


'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era
'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era (July 25, 2018)

The Trump administration won't stand in the way of bipartisan legislation to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from litigation.


Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: Narragansett Tribe marks federal recognition milestone
Brian Lightfoot Brown: Narragansett Tribe marks federal recognition milestone (April 11, 2018)

If even for just a day, the Narragansett people could feel pride in knowing that they have come together in the past and gained a victory.


House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians
House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians (January 15, 2018)

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a big step forward in the 115th Congress this week.


Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands
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.


President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent
President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent (September 22, 2017)

President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.


Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion
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.


Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)

Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.


Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe
Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe (June 1, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs can't place land in trust for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians without the "written" consent of the Cherokee Nation, a federal judge has ruled.


Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)

Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.


Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sites
Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sites (April 4, 2017)

The state of Rhode Island refused to transfer the land until the tribe waived its immunity and accepted state jurisdiction.


Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case
Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case (April 3, 2017)

After waiting more than 160 years and surviving numerous challenges, the Cowlitz Tribe has a permanent homeland in Washington state.


Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (January 9, 2017)

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.


Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close
Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close (September 21, 2016)

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.


House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill
House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill (September 9, 2016)

Indian Country and the Obama administration oppose H.R.3764 because it puts Congress solely in power of determining who gets federal recognition.


Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House
Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House (July 13, 2016)

Fellow Republicans did little to help the Chickasaw Nation citizen advance a key legislative priority.


Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands
Poarch Creeks win ruling in dispute over taxation of trust lands (July 12, 2016)

For the second time, a federal appeals court has refused to undermine the status of the Alabama tribe's reservation.


Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill
Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill (July 12, 2016)

Indian Country's best shot at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is officially dead.


Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill
Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill (July 11, 2016)

Republicans are trying to kill what might be Indian Country's best hope at fixing a disastrous Supreme Court decision.


Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs
Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs (July 5, 2016)

The appropriations measure offers increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.


County might end Grand Traverse Band land-into-trust appeal
County might end Grand Traverse Band land-into-trust appeal (June 30, 2016)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs approved the tribe's application for 12 acres but the land has been in limbo for more than three years.


Partial land-into-trust fix being watched by non-Indian interests
Partial land-into-trust fix being watched by non-Indian interests (June 27, 2016)

A land-into-trust application that drew controversy long before Carcieri reached the U.S. Supreme Court is at issue.


Another land-into-trust fix reportedly being drafted in the Senate
Another land-into-trust fix reportedly being drafted in the Senate (June 24, 2016)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), whose prior attempts to link a Carcieri fix to Indian gaming, is said to be behind the effort.


Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands
Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands (June 20, 2016)

H.R.5486, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act, protects the Alabama tribe from ongoing litigation.


A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill
A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill (June 16, 2016)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, acknowledged that his amendment isn't what Indian Country wants.


Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (March 16, 2016)

Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.


Updates from Day 2 of National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C.
Updates from Day 2 of National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. (February 24, 2016)

Some highlights from the second day of the National Congress of American Indians 2016 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.


Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C.
Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. (February 23, 2016)

Some highlights from the opening day of the National Congress of American Indians 2016 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.


NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill
NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill (January 14, 2016)

S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes beyond a clean fix of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.


Navajo Nation Council opposes land-into-trust reform measure
Navajo Nation Council opposes land-into-trust reform measure (December 11, 2015)

Navajo lawmakers said S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes too far by giving state and local governments a greater stake in the process.


Senate committee approves bill to reform land-into-trust process
Senate committee approves bill to reform land-into-trust process (December 2, 2015)

The normally bipartisan spirit on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee was broken as lawmakers took action on a long-awaited Carcieri fix.


Senate committee to take up land-into-trust reform legislation
Senate committee to take up land-into-trust reform legislation (December 1, 2015)

S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, and S.1125, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act, are on the agenda.


Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix
Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix (November 24, 2015)

The Cherokee Nation citizen said lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hearing conflicting messages from tribes on a major legislative priority.


Patrick Sullivan: New Carcieri bill invites even more litigation
Patrick Sullivan: New Carcieri bill invites even more litigation (November 17, 2015)

A closer look at S.1879, a bill introduced by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.


Sen. Jon Tester: Congress must do right for Indian Country
Sen. Jon Tester: Congress must do right for Indian Country (November 13, 2015)

I am working on issues important to Native American families that will increase self-governance, promote tribal sovereignty, strengthen Indian communities, and ensure the federal government upholds its trust responsibilities.


Congress yet to take action on Carcieri land-into-trust decision
Congress yet to take action on Carcieri land-into-trust decision (October 28, 2015)

Six versions of a land-into-trust fix have been introduced in the 114th Congress but none have advanced very far.


White House blasts Native American Energy Act ahead of vote
White House blasts Native American Energy Act ahead of vote (October 8, 2015)

The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement of administration against a stand-alone Indian bill for the first time since President Barack Obama took office.