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Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


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.


Mark Trahant: Native members of Congress -- except one -- vote to renew VAWA
Mark Trahant: Native members of Congress -- except one -- vote to renew VAWA (April 8, 2019)

What difference does it make to have Native Americans in the Congress?


House adds more Indian Country provisions to Violence Against Women Act
House adds more Indian Country provisions to Violence Against Women Act (April 3, 2019)

Debate opened on the Violence Against Women Act amid doubts about its future in a Congress divided along party lines.


Mark Trahant: The Trump budget has no chance of becoming law
Mark Trahant: The Trump budget has no chance of becoming law (March 12, 2019)

But there is growing support for the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to receive advance funding.


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump
Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump (December 11, 2018)

Indian energy, Indian education and Indian health are gaining a boost as the 115th Congress comes to a close.


Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation
Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation (November 6, 2018)

Election Day is finally here and Native candidates across the nation are hoping to secure victory at the polls in what has become a landmark year for the Native vote.


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.


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.


Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam
Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam (June 18, 2018)

Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.


Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.


Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing
Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing (April 23, 2018)

A bill that repeals a remnant of a more paternalistic era in federal Indian policy is getting its first airing on Capitol Hill.


Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill
Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill (April 18, 2018)

When it comes to tribal homelands, the Senate has some catching up to do with the House.


House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists
House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists (April 16, 2018)

A bill to protect Alaska Native artists from being punished for practicing their traditions is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.


Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities
Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities (March 26, 2018)

Indian Country still has a lot of work to do to ensure the federal government lives up to its treaty and trust responsibilities.


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.


House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills
House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills (February 1, 2018)

Two tribal land bills are getting their first hearing in the 115th Congress.


Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill
Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill (November 30, 2017)

President Donald Trump is getting a much-needed opportunity to move past his 'Pocahontas' controversy and sign his first stand-alone Indian bill into law.


House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations
House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations (November 13, 2017)

Lawmaker are moving forward with a bill to replace the words 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' in regulations at the Department of the Interior.


Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands
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.


House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act
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.


Alaska Native executive Tara Sweeney named to top Bureau of Indian Affairs job
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.


House committee approves Native American Energy Act in near party-line split
House committee approves Native American Energy Act in near party-line split (October 5, 2017)

A controversial Indian energy bill is once again sparking partisan tensions on Capitol Hill.


Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office
Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office (September 11, 2017)

A controversial Indian energy bill that faced intense opposition during the Obama era is on the agenda again only this time it might get a friendlier reception from the White House.


House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska
House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska (July 21, 2017)

A bill to authorize a life-saving road for a Native village in Alaska has cleared a big hurdle on Capitol Hill but not without considerable debate.


Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet
Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet (July 19, 2017)

Since the start of the 115th Congress in January, lawmakers have yet to send a stand-alone Indian bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.


Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C.
Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C. (June 27, 2017)

A life-saving road that will connect an Alaska Native village to a nearby airport is seeing some progress.


Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda
Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda (June 21, 2017)

A Congressional committee with jurisdiction over tribal issues continues to move slowly on Indian Country's agenda, raising concerns about its intentions.


Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress
Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress (May 10, 2017)

Provisions of S.245, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act, are aimed at reducing bureaucratic hurdles that have cost tribes time and money.


Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands
Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (May 9, 2017)

A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.


Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill
Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill (May 8, 2017)

Every Republican who voted for this mean-spirited bill must now defend against every American who has any problem with insurance or health care.


House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village
House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village (April 4, 2017)

Residents of King Cove have been pushing for the road for decades as a way to save lives in their Aleut community.


Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate
Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate (March 23, 2017)

The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health care debate in the House. But it should be.


House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues gains a new leader
House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues gains a new leader (February 3, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is getting a reboot after going through a rough patch in the last session of Congress.


Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs
Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs (January 26, 2017)

Having Republicans in control of Congress hasn't resulted in much progress for Indian Country's legislative agenda, at least on the House side of Capitol Hill.


Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road'
Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road' (January 11, 2017)

Indian Country remains wary of Republican president-elect Donald Trump but change in the nation's capital could benefit a rural Native community in Alaska.


Indian Republicans associated with Donald Trump seek trust land changes
Indian Republicans associated with Donald Trump seek trust land changes (December 5, 2016)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R) and Ross Swimmer, a former head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, are floating some interesting ideas.


Key House Democrats call for hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline
Key House Democrats call for hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline (September 14, 2016)

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-California) have visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to see the struggle first-hand.


Indian Health Service remains on defensive as troubles continue
Indian Health Service remains on defensive as troubles continue (July 13, 2016)

Tribes and lawmakers question whether the agency is making progress in the troubled Great Plains Area.


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.


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.


Youth share spotlight as House subcommittee takes up Native bills
Youth share spotlight as House subcommittee takes up Native bills (May 19, 2016)

Indigenous youth and their colleagues got a special look at the legislative process thanks to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).


Miami Tribe credits legislative success to support from lawmakers
Miami Tribe credits legislative success to support from lawmakers (March 1, 2016)

The tribe isn't a big lobbyist or big political contributor but managed to win passage of two bills in the 114th Congress.


Rep. Don Young vows quick action on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills
Rep. Don Young vows quick action on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (February 25, 2016)

H.R.3477, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, and H.R.3599, the Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, saw strong support at a hearing on Capitol Hill.


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.


Mark Trahant: Native candidates fall behind in the big money wars
Mark Trahant: Native candidates fall behind in the big money wars (February 9, 2016)

Native Americans make up .37 percent of Congress (that’s about one-third of one percent) compared to about 2 percent of the country’s population as a whole.


USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issues
USET leader criticizes GOP lawmakers for handling of Indian issues (December 8, 2015)

United South and Eastern Tribes President Brian Patterson testified against the Tribal Recognition Act, a bill that strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.


House committee holds another hearing on federal recognition bill
House committee holds another hearing on federal recognition bill (December 8, 2015)

H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act, strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes and instead requires Congress to make a final decision on every petition.


FDA won't require special label for genetically modified salmon
FDA won't require special label for genetically modified salmon (November 20, 2015)

The AquAdvantage Salmon has been deemed safe to eat despite objections from consumer advocates and some lawmakers.


Republicans push for federal recognition bill despite opposition
Republicans push for federal recognition bill despite opposition (October 29, 2015)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) accused unnamed lobbyists of generating opposition in Indian Country to H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act.


Republicans push controversial Indian energy bill through House
Republicans push controversial Indian energy bill through House (October 9, 2015)

The lopsided vote on the Native American Energy Act came after Republicans fell into disarray due to leadership issues on Capitol Hill.


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.


Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act
Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act (October 6, 2015)

Democrats revolt after Republicans kill an amendment that would have addressed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, a long-standing tribal priority.


House subcommittee embraces two tribal federal recognition bills
House subcommittee embraces two tribal federal recognition bills (September 30, 2015)

Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe in more than a decade but that could be changing as two bills saw widespread support at a hearing.


Native Hawaiians take another step towards federal recognition
Native Hawaiians take another step towards federal recognition (September 29, 2015)

Congress has enacted more than 150 laws to address Native Hawaiian housing, land and education but the lack of a formal government-to-government relationship has posed problems


Chumash Tribe and county finally meet to discuss land issues
Chumash Tribe and county finally meet to discuss land issues (September 25, 2015)

It took some prodding from Congress, but officials in Santa Barbara County, California, sat down with the tribe for the first time in a decade.


Congress returns to work and takes action on tribal measures
Congress returns to work and takes action on tribal measures (September 21, 2015)

A bill to benefit an Alaska Native health corporation and another for the Navajo Nation are ready for President Barack Obama's signature.


Politicians in Ohio oppose use of Alaska Native name for peak
Politicians in Ohio oppose use of Alaska Native name for peak (September 1, 2015)

North America's highest peak was originally named for president William McKinley, who never set foot in Alaska.