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Indian student count finally being updated for the modern era
Indian student count finally being updated for the modern era (November 4, 2019)

Funding for the popular Johnson O'Malley Program might actually increase thanks to a new count of Indian students.


A Whistleblower 'tweets' loud and clear
A Whistleblower 'tweets' loud and clear (October 2, 2019)

This is no longer a case of being a Democrat or a Republican: It is a case of being an American.


Cherokee Nation’s historic delegate to Congress
Cherokee Nation’s historic delegate to Congress (September 30, 2019)

The Cherokee people have spent generations surviving and persevering through a series of federal policies that conspire to destroy our government, break up our families and relegate our people to the pages of history.


'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee descendants want massacre medals revoked
'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee descendants want massacre medals revoked (June 24, 2019)

The U.S. called the December 29, 1890, attack on Wounded Knee a 'battle' but the Lakota people know it as a massacre of a peaceful encampment.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office
Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office (May 13, 2019)

A story that journalism should report often: Our election framework needs a serious fix.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country's needs continue to go unaddressed
Mark Trahant: Indian Country's needs continue to go unaddressed (May 1, 2019)

Indian Country's list of infrastructure needs tops $50 billion for roads, hospitals, schools, water systems. So where's the money?


Rep. Tom Cole: America can continue to rely on our many allies
Rep. Tom Cole: America can continue to rely on our many allies (April 29, 2019)

NATO remains a vital component to defending freedom and ultimately ensuring a safer and more peaceful world.


Mark Trahant: Native Republicans defend Donald Trump after release of report
Mark Trahant: Native Republicans defend Donald Trump after release of report (April 22, 2019)

The president repeatedly lied to the country. He lied to Congress.


Mark Trahant: American 'democracy' should include more Native voices
Mark Trahant: American 'democracy' should include more Native voices (March 25, 2019)

Proportional representation ought to come next -- one that counts Native voices.


Cronkite News: Indian Country's needs ignored in State of the Union
Cronkite News: Indian Country's needs ignored in State of the Union (February 6, 2019)

'There was just no depth in regard to assisting us in Indian Country,' the vice president of the Navajo Nation said of Donald Trump's address to Congress.


Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate
Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate (February 1, 2019)

A divided Congress and an unpredictable president spell trouble for tribes and their advocates.


Bill John Baker: Indian students will finally be counted thanks to new law
Bill John Baker: Indian students will finally be counted thanks to new law (January 18, 2019)

With the passage of the Johnson-O’Malley Modernization Act, we are poised to build a stronger future for the Cherokee Nation and for all of Indian Country.


Rep. Haaland and Rep. Davids land first committee assignments in 116th Congress
Rep. Haaland and Rep. Davids land first committee assignments in 116th Congress (January 17, 2019)

Committee assignments are slowly trickling in for new members of Congress and the first Native women have landed key spots.


Indian Country organizations unite by calling for an end to #TrumpShutdown
Indian Country organizations unite by calling for an end to #TrumpShutdown (January 10, 2019)

Eight inter-tribal organizations are calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to reopen the federal government.


Another Native woman -- a Republican -- launches bid for Congress
Another Native woman -- a Republican -- launches bid for Congress (January 9, 2019)

Two Native women are making history by serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Could a third be on the way?


Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law
Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law (January 7, 2019)

A new federal law is a remedy for a huge injustice that has led to a devastating loss of land for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.


Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C.
Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C. (December 10, 2018)

Will the Washington NFL team and its racist mascot be returning to the nation's capital with the help of the Trump administration and Congress?


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (December 7, 2018)

The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their communities.


Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump
Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump (November 28, 2018)

The Republican-controlled Congress continues to play catch-up when it comes to Indian Country's agenda in the Trump era.


Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era
Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era (November 19, 2018)

Two years of Republican control in the nation's capital have resulted in few concrete gains for Indian Country.


Native Republican candidate refuses to concede race for Congress
Native Republican candidate refuses to concede race for Congress (November 12, 2018)

Two candidates. Two victory speeches. But only one of them will end up going to Congress.


Terri Hansen and Jacqueline Keeler: Yes, Native people are still here
Terri Hansen and Jacqueline Keeler: Yes, Native people are still here (November 12, 2018)

It’s an excellent time to refocus our attention on the Indigenous origins of democracy in this country.


Democracy Now: Deb Haaland promises action on missing and murdered sisters
Democracy Now: Deb Haaland promises action on missing and murdered sisters (November 9, 2018)

One of the first Native women elected to Congress is calling for a national probe into missing and murdered indigenous women.


Mary Annette Pember: Native vote firsts in the land of the Ojibwe
Mary Annette Pember: Native vote firsts in the land of the Ojibwe (October 31, 2018)

Minnesota voters are considering three Native candidates from three different political parties in this election.


Hearing addresses high rates of violence against Native women
Hearing addresses high rates of violence against Native women (October 4, 2018)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will be taking a closer look at violence against Native women.


'A family defends its honor': Siblings target Republican incumbent in Congress
'A family defends its honor': Siblings target Republican incumbent in Congress (October 3, 2018)

Paul Gosar is running for re-election in Arizona but six of his brothers and sisters are endorsing his rival.


Twenty congressional districts where #NativeVote18 could make all the difference
Twenty congressional districts where #NativeVote18 could make all the difference (October 2, 2018)

There are at least 20 congressional districts where the Native Vote tops one percent of potential voters.


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.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


'We need action': Native women seek solutions on Capitol Hill
'We need action': Native women seek solutions on Capitol Hill (September 20, 2018)

Native advocates are keeping an eye on efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.


Deleana OtherBull: Native women deserve to be safe
Deleana OtherBull: Native women deserve to be safe (September 18, 2018)

Native women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than any other ethnicity, and Native women face domestic and sexual violence at disproportionately high levels.


'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.


Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk
Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk (September 11, 2018)

President Donald Trump's reputation in Indian Country is often in the dumps even as Congress keeps giving him pro-tribal bills to sign.


Washoe Tribe again asks Congress for help with homelands
Washoe Tribe again asks Congress for help with homelands (September 5, 2018)

The Washoe Tribe is working to recover ancestral lands in northern Nevada.


'There's really no trust': Hopes for immigration reform fade away
'There's really no trust': Hopes for immigration reform fade away (August 7, 2018)

Just days after President Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, Congress went on recess.


'Shut down' the government: Trump doubles down on border wall threat
'Shut down' the government: Trump doubles down on border wall threat (July 31, 2018)

President Donald Trump repeated a threat to shut down the government if Congress does not approve the immigration reforms he wants, including funding for a border wall.


Chris Winters: The Supreme Court's disastrous term shows why elections matter
Chris Winters: The Supreme Court's disastrous term shows why elections matter (June 28, 2018)

With Republicans in control of the Supreme Court, only voter pushback can restore balance to Congress.


Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee
Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee (June 12, 2018)

Bills to address blood quantum in Oklahoma, tribal recognition and the Indian Health Service are taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.


Controversial Republican candidate loses primary after slamming tribal treaties
Controversial Republican candidate loses primary after slamming tribal treaties (June 6, 2018)

With his campaign flailing, a Republican candidate for Congress dropped a 'bombshell' about tribes and treaties. The gamble didn't pay off.


'A victory for Indian Country': Deb Haaland secures primary win in historic run for Congress
'A victory for Indian Country': Deb Haaland secures primary win in historic run for Congress (June 6, 2018)

Indian Country witnessed history as Deb Haaland secured a commanding victory in her bid to become the first Native woman in the U.S. House.


High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress
High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress (June 1, 2018)

Tribal nations are currently asserting water rights as a way to ensure economic vitality, affirm sovereignty and provide basic services that some communities lack.


Farmers and Ranchers: Long-delayed tribal water compact deserves our support
Farmers and Ranchers: Long-delayed tribal water compact deserves our support (May 25, 2018)

Without action on a compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the consequences for water users, farmers, and ranchers will be dire.


House committee set to advance Republican-sponsored Indian bills
House committee set to advance Republican-sponsored Indian bills (May 22, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is due to advance three Indian bills at a markup session on Capitol Hill.


Washoe Tribe asks Congress for help with restoring homelands
Washoe Tribe asks Congress for help with restoring homelands (May 8, 2018)

'If federal land is going to be transferred, it should be returned to its original owners,' said Washoe Tribe Chairman Neil Mortimer.


Native students selected for prestigious internships in nation's capital
Native students selected for prestigious internships in nation's capital (April 5, 2018)

A dozen students representing 9 tribes and 11 universities have been selected for a prestigious internship program in Washington, D.C.


Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic
Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic (February 13, 2018)

Among the few bright spots for Indian Country within President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is a $413 million increase for the Indian Health Service.


National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C.
National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C. (February 8, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians is finalizing the schedule for its big meeting in Washington, D.C., next week.


Cronkite News: Another shutdown deadline approaches in Washington
Cronkite News: Another shutdown deadline approaches in Washington (February 2, 2018)

With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or DACA bills that could head off the next government shutdown.


Mark Trahant: Eleven disturbing words from the State of the Union
Mark Trahant: Eleven disturbing words from the State of the Union (February 1, 2018)

The danger to our democracy is not the electoral college. Not gerrymandering. It’s a power imbalance that is old and structural.


National Congress of American Indians lines up speakers for big meeting in D.C.
National Congress of American Indians lines up speakers for big meeting in D.C. (January 24, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians is preparing for a big meeting in Washington, D.C., as tribes continue to deal with ongoing political challenges.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country will be hit hard by government shutdown
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.


Mark Trahant: Battle over the budget grows as deficit spending explodes
Mark Trahant: Battle over the budget grows as deficit spending explodes (January 17, 2018)

The first year of the Trump era has been challenging.


Mark Trahant: Republicans target health care and education to pay for tax cuts
Mark Trahant: Republicans target health care and education to pay for tax cuts (November 15, 2017)

Here we go again. The Congress is hell bent on wrecking the Affordable Care Act.


Tim Giago: Clones in Congress refuse to stand up to the Clown in the White House
Tim Giago: Clones in Congress refuse to stand up to the Clown in the White House (October 16, 2017)

We are walking a deadly path with an unbalanced world leader guiding the way and with a Congress lacking the backbone to stand up to prevent this prospective holocaust.


Mark Trahant: Congress finds ways to complicate health care for Indian children
Mark Trahant: Congress finds ways to complicate health care for Indian children (October 4, 2017)

American Indian and Alaska Native children rely on Medicaid and CHIP at higher levels than the general population yet Congress is finding ways to complicate the issue.


Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress
Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress (September 25, 2017)

There are now seven #NativeVote18 candidates for U.S. Congress -- three Republicans and four Democrats.


Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers
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.


Tim Giago: The future of tribal sovereignty depends on who we send into office
Tim Giago: The future of tribal sovereignty depends on who we send into office (August 21, 2017)

We have a man-child pretending to be the President of the United States and a Republican Congress filled with shrinking violets too terrified of this madman to show any spine.


Mark Trahant: It's time for a Native woman to serve in U.S. Congress
Mark Trahant: It's time for a Native woman to serve in U.S. Congress (May 3, 2017)

There’s no reason why there won’t be several more Native American women, and men, running as a challenge to the Trump White House.


Cronkite News: Shutdown deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day in office
Cronkite News: Shutdown deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day in office (April 25, 2017)

Unless Congress acts to replace or extend the budget, nonessential government services would stop at 12:01 a.m. Saturday – Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.