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Trump administration continues to back Indian Health Service pick
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Trump administration continues to back Indian Health Service pick (February 15, 2018)
The nomination of Robert Weaver, a citizen of the Quapaw Tribe, to lead the Indian Health Service remains in limbo amid questions about his qualifications and his past.

Ex-Indian education official pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism
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Ex-Indian education official pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism (February 12, 2018)
William Mendoza left his post as executive director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education because he was under investigation for voyeurism.

Cronkite News: Marchers rally for power plant on Navajo Nation
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Cronkite News: Marchers rally for power plant on Navajo Nation (February 7, 2018)
Shutting down the Navajo Generating Station not only would displace hundreds of workers, it also could raise rates for consumers, according to protesters who marched on the Arizona State Capitol.

Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion
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Former employee of Ute Tribe charged with nine counts of extortion (January 25, 2018)
A former employee of the Ute Tribe is accused of extorting $110,000 from companies and individuals doing business on the reservation in Utah.

Strip club that bore name of Crazy Horse rebuked by federal court
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Strip club that bore name of Crazy Horse rebuked by federal court (January 24, 2018)
A strip club once named for the revered Lakota leader Crazy Horse was rebuked last week for abusing the court system as part of an employment lawsuit.

Native Sun News Today: Native 'undesirables' look for a home in Rapid City
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Native Sun News Today: Native 'undesirables' look for a home in Rapid City (January 24, 2018)
As Rapid City continues to put the clamp down on the homeless and addicted population, many being Native American, dislocation and relocation seems to be the roundabout solution.

House subcommittee takes up bill aimed at improving tribal economies
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House subcommittee takes up bill aimed at improving tribal economies (January 17, 2018)
H.R.4506, the Jobs for Tribes Act, promotes entrepreneurship and economic development in Indian Country.

Cronkite News: Economic recovery moves at a glacial pace in Indian Country
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Cronkite News: Economic recovery moves at a glacial pace in Indian Country (January 8, 2018)
Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow in much of Arizona, but in Indian Country the pace has been glacial.

Tribal jobs program becomes permanent with President Trump's signature
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Tribal jobs program becomes permanent with President Trump's signature (December 19, 2017)
It's official -- President Donald Trump can claim his first Indian legislative achievement.

Tribal employment measure officially presented to President Trump for his signature
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Tribal employment measure officially presented to President Trump for his signature (December 7, 2017)
Tribes are watching the White House as President Donald Trump is presented with his first stand-alone Indian bill.

Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill
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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.

Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program
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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.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation committed to improving economic opportunities
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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation committed to improving economic opportunities (October 31, 2017)
Last year, the Cherokee Nation had a financial impact of more than $2 billion in our great state of Oklahoma.

Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations
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Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations (October 4, 2017)
The Trump administration is dropping a bomb on Indian Country by proposing dramatic changes to the land-into-trust process.

Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
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Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.

Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments
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Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments (September 28, 2017)
Is Secretary Ryan Zinke about to unleash another round of employee reassignments at the pirate ship better known as the Department of the Interior?

Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire
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Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire (September 27, 2017)
Democrats and conservation groups are slamming Secretary Ryan Zinke after he said 30 percent of employees at the Department of the Interior aren't loyal to 'the flag.'

Secretary Zinke claims 30 percent of Interior employees aren't loyal to 'the flag'
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Secretary Zinke claims 30 percent of Interior employees aren't loyal to 'the flag' (September 26, 2017)
Some employees at the Department of the Interior aren't loyal to 'the flag,' Secretary Ryan Zinke told an industry group

Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation
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Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation (September 13, 2017)
The top three Indian Affairs officials at the Department of the Interior Interior were among the dozens told to change jobs by the Trump administration.

KCUR: Tribal citizen gets paid for two high-level jobs in Kansas government
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KCUR: Tribal citizen gets paid for two high-level jobs in Kansas government (August 3, 2017)
Two Democrats in the Kansas Legislature want to know more about why Gov. Sam Brownback appointed the same individual to two high-level positions, allowing him to collect two paychecks since 2014.

Mark Trahant: Let's provide Medicaid health care coverage for everyone
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Mark Trahant: Let's provide Medicaid health care coverage for everyone (August 1, 2017)
Employer-based insurance must go away. It’s not sustainable, Mark Trahant writes for YES! Magazine.

United Auburn Indian Community denies pregnancy motivated worker's firing
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United Auburn Indian Community denies pregnancy motivated worker's firing (July 27, 2017)
The United Auburn Indian Community fired an administrative assistant two days after she told her bosses she was expecting.

Comanche Nation hails indictment against former tax commission worker
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Comanche Nation hails indictment against former tax commission worker (July 26, 2017)
A former employee of the Comanche Nation is being accused of stealing from the Oklahoma-based tribe.

Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department
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Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department (July 26, 2017)
Jim Cason continues to wield significant power at the Department of the Interior even though he's never been confirmed by the Senate.

Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives
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Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives (July 20, 2017)
A scientist at the Department of the Interior says the Trump administration retaliated against him for speaking out in defense of Alaska Native communities.

Former Indian Health Service executive indicted for accepting cash gift
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Former Indian Health Service executive indicted for accepting cash gift (July 13, 2017)
A sex abuse scandal at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota appears to be expanding.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana
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Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana (July 12, 2017)
A non-Indian woman who contested the jurisdiction of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has lost another lawsuit.

Mark Trahant: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country (July 7, 2017)
The Indian Health Service is the largest single employer in Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke announces senior position at Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Secretary Zinke announces senior position at Bureau of Indian Affairs (July 6, 2017)
It took nearly a month to announce but the Trump administration has filled a senior position at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Native hire at university in Oklahoma won't discuss Native background
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Native hire at university in Oklahoma won't discuss Native background (July 5, 2017)
A new professor at the University of Oklahoma's Native American Studies Department claims to be Choctaw but key documents indicate that isn't the case.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is the most diverse on Capitol Hill
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is the most diverse on Capitol Hill (July 5, 2017)
The Democratic staff on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs are the most diverse on Capitol Hill, according to a first-ever report.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation welcomes decision in school jurisdiction case
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Cronkite News: Navajo Nation welcomes decision in school jurisdiction case (June 29, 2017)
A federal appeals court ruled that the Navajo Nation Labor Commission can decide a labor dispute between school districts and their employees on Navajo land.

Onondaga Nation protests lack of input in decisions at public school
Education
Onondaga Nation protests lack of input in decisions at public school (June 29, 2017)
Parents from the Onondaga Nation pulled their children out of a public school in New York after officials refused to hire one of their own as principal.

Appeals court ruling opens door for tribal jurisdiction over public schools
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Appeals court ruling opens door for tribal jurisdiction over public schools (June 28, 2017)
Two public school districts in Arizona have lost their challenge to the Navajo Nation's sovereignty.

Opinion: Economic development for Indian Country in upcoming farm bill
Opinion
Opinion: Economic development for Indian Country in upcoming farm bill (June 26, 2017)
President Trump has an opportunity to establish a new Indian policy based on jobs and economic development, write attorneys Marshall Matz and Gary Baise in Indian Country Media Network.

Bryan Newland: President Trump's budget threatens tribal treaties
Opinion | Politics
Bryan Newland: President Trump's budget threatens tribal treaties (June 21, 2017)
Tribal treaty rights protect more than cultural and spiritual values, they protect the ability of tribal members to earn a living, attorney Bryan Newland writes on the influential Turtle Talk blog.

Secretary Zinke shuffles top Indian Affairs officials at Interior Department
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Secretary Zinke shuffles top Indian Affairs officials at Interior Department (June 19, 2017)
Tribal leaders have been complaining about the lack of information about the Trump administration's reorganization plans.

Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again
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Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again (June 14, 2017)
One of the worst-performing hospitals in Indian Country remains hobbled after losing certification nearly two years ago.

Indian Health Service names a permanent chief medical officer
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Indian Health Service names a permanent chief medical officer (June 5, 2017)
Michael Toedt is new new chief medical officer for the Indian Health Service.

Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school
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Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school (May 11, 2017)
Attorneys for the Bureau of Indian Affairs admitted the student suffered burns while making fry bread but a judge said the federal government can't be held liable.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation still working to save coal power plant
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Cronkite News: Navajo Nation still working to save coal power plant (May 8, 2017)
Solar power advocates say a 250-megawatt renewable-energy facility could be in place in time for the late-2019 closure of the Navajo Generating Station/

Poarch Band of Creek Indians start hiring for big amusement park
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Poarch Band of Creek Indians start hiring for big amusement park (May 4, 2017)
The Park at OWA is set to debut in mid-July with 21 rides along the Alabama coast.

Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes $2B impact on economy
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Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation makes $2B impact on economy (May 1, 2017)
Today, more than ever, the Cherokee Nation is an essential part of the economic fabric of our great state

Meskwaki Tribe diversifies economy with barbecue sauces and more
Business
Meskwaki Tribe diversifies economy with barbecue sauces and more (April 21, 2017)
Over the years, the tribe has expanded into real estate, information technology, tobacco, coffee, construction and food.

Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Citizen retires after 50 years in law enforcement
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Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Citizen retires after 50 years in law enforcement (April 19, 2017)
Harvey Pratt is considered one of the leading forensic artists in the United States, spending 50 years completing thousands of witness description drawings and thousands of soft tissue reconstructions.

Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme Court
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Tribes enter a new era with conservative lean at Supreme Court (April 10, 2017)
After losing case after case, tribes hope they have finally found in a friend in Neil Gorsuch, hand-picked by President Donald Trump.

Mark Trahant: Resource extraction brings few benefits for tribes
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Mark Trahant: Resource extraction brings few benefits for tribes (April 10, 2017)
A couple of years ago a tribal leader showed me an abandoned lumber mill near the village of Tyonek, Alaska.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian Country still waiting on that New Deal
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Indian Country still waiting on that New Deal (April 5, 2017)
The so-called 'New Indian Deal' emphasized tribal self-government, economic recovery, and revitalization of cultural identity.

Donald Trump boasts about approvals for Dakota Access and Keystone XL
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Donald Trump boasts about approvals for Dakota Access and Keystone XL (March 28, 2017)
The Trump administration continues to chart a new course in energy policy in hopes of spurring jobs and growing the American economy, even if it's at the expense of Indian Country's interests.

Bill John Baker: Woman play important roles in Cherokee Nation
Opinion
Bill John Baker: Woman play important roles in Cherokee Nation (March 27, 2017)
Historically, the Cherokee Nation has been a matriarchal society and has always looked to strong women for guidance and leadership

Secretary Zinke announces 'doggy days' for Interior Department
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Secretary Zinke announces 'doggy days' for Interior Department (March 23, 2017)
Employees at headquarters in D.C. will be allowed to bring their furry friends to the office on two Fridays in May and September.

Russell Begaye: Washington must help secure jobs on reservation
Opinion | Politics
Russell Begaye: Washington must help secure jobs on reservation (March 17, 2017)
Our nation is faced with an impending economic disaster after the owners of a power plant on Navajo land, have threatened to shut down the facility by 2019.

Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land
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Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land (February 27, 2017)
The so-called 'war on coal' is coming to an end thanks to the new Republican occupant of the White House.

Cronkite News: Power plant closure impacts Hopi and Navajo workers
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Cronkite News: Power plant closure impacts Hopi and Navajo workers (February 23, 2017)
In short, there are no easy answers, and the clock is ticking for the workers, most of whom are Navajo and Hopi.

Cronkite News: Navajo leader pleads to President Trump to help coal power plant
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Cronkite News: Navajo leader pleads to President Trump to help coal power plant (February 20, 2017)
The owners of the Navajo Generating Station voted to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on reclamation of the site.

Native Sun News Today: 'Haven For Hope' proposed for homeless in Rapid City
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Native Sun News Today: 'Haven For Hope' proposed for homeless in Rapid City (February 20, 2017)
Imagine a multi-acre one stop shop campus that offers food, clothing and shelter for the homeless, residential facilities, substance abuse rehabilitation, mental health services, job training, education, vision, dental and other health services.

Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is still alive and well in South Dakota
Opinion
Ivan Star Comes Out: Racism is still alive and well in South Dakota (February 10, 2017)
All my life, I have heard the old 'Get a job,' and 'Get over it' retort, especially from a specific Euro-American crowd that appear to hold a great amount of disdain for 'Indians.'

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens consultation on big economic proposal
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Bureau of Indian Affairs opens consultation on big economic proposal (February 7, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs isn't letting the change in administration slow down plans to address a big taxation issue for tribes.

Chip Colwell: Oil pipelines take economic toll on our cultural heritage
Environment | Opinion
Chip Colwell: Oil pipelines take economic toll on our cultural heritage (February 2, 2017)
A more accurate reckoning of the economic benefits of pipelines needs to consider the negative impact of pipelines on other parts of our economy.

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure
Environment | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure (February 1, 2017)
As President Donald Trump pushes unwanted projects on tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to improve aging dams and outdated irrigation systems.

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