More: fy2016

Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians
Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians (May 9, 2016)

The Department of Justice is accepting applications for a program that was authorized by the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.


Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants
Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants (February 17, 2016)

Some of the newest members of the family of Indian nations received funds to address housing conditions and economic development in their communities.


Indian Country battles dental industry over dental health aides
Indian Country battles dental industry over dental health aides (February 16, 2016)

Tribes in the Pacific Northwest are leading the way for dental health aide therapists after a successful effort in Alaska.


President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian Affairs
President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian Affairs (February 9, 2016)

The request includes $278 million for contract support costs and $138.3 million for Indian school construction.


SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges
SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges (January 27, 2016)

The bill brings tribes into the school construction process and also addresses tribal colleges and housing for teachers at Indian schools.


BIE schools compete for five spots on new priority construction list
BIE schools compete for five spots on new priority construction list (January 26, 2016)

Seven of the 10 finalists are on the Navajo Nation, home to the largest number of worst condition schools.


Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case at Supreme Court
Menominee Nation loses contract support costs case at Supreme Court (January 25, 2016)

By a unanimous vote, the justices held that the tribe waited too long to pursue certain claims against the Indian Health Service.


Rep. McCollum urges tribes to 'adopt' all members of Congress
Rep. McCollum urges tribes to 'adopt' all members of Congress (January 14, 2016)

The co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus notes there are more than enough tribes to cover all 535 lawmakers on Capitol Hill.


Mark Trahant: The real business of leading in a time of chaos
Mark Trahant: The real business of leading in a time of chaos (December 16, 2015)

The debate was kind of like looking at a traffic accident. You drive by not wanting to peek, but then you do, and it’s awful, so you think, 'why did I do that?'


Appropriations bill includes modest increases for BIA and IHS
Appropriations bill includes modest increases for BIA and IHS (December 16, 2015)

A massive bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2016 was finally released and it includes only modest increases for Indian Country.


Congress passes budget agreement that raises spending levels
Congress passes budget agreement that raises spending levels (October 30, 2015)

The Bipartisan Budget Act is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature.


Republican lawmakers and White House reach budget agreement
Republican lawmakers and White House reach budget agreement (October 27, 2015)

The Bipartisan Budget Act averts a shutdown of the federal government, increases the debt limit and raises overall spending levels.


President Obama signs bill to fund government through December 11
President Obama signs bill to fund government through December 11 (October 1, 2015)

A shutdown was averted but the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service won't be seeing any significant increases for the time being.


Congress set to pass measure to avert shutdown of government
Congress set to pass measure to avert shutdown of government (September 30, 2015)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service won't be seeing any increases in funding as Congress seeks to prevent another national crisis.


Senate advances bill to prevent shutdown of federal government
Senate advances bill to prevent shutdown of federal government (September 29, 2015)

Final action is needed by Wednesday night in order to maintain funding to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the indian Health Service and other agencies.


House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fix
House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fix (July 24, 2015)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) are sponsoring H.R.3137.


Republicans pull Interior funding bill over Confederate flag debate
Republicans pull Interior funding bill over Confederate flag debate (July 9, 2015)

The withdrawal came as the White House renewed objections to funding cuts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.


House adds sacred sites amendment to Interior appropriations bill
House adds sacred sites amendment to Interior appropriations bill (July 8, 2015)

No one spoke in opposition to a provision that seeks to strengthen an executive order issued by then-president Bill Clinton in 1996.


House to resume consideration of Interior appropriations measure
House to resume consideration of Interior appropriations measure (July 7, 2015)

President Barack Obama is threatening to veto H.R.2822 due to lower funding levels and controversial policy riders.


Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 states
Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 states (July 1, 2015)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said the money will help tribes strengthen their justice systems.


BIA issues long-awaited update to federal recognition process
BIA issues long-awaited update to federal recognition process (June 29, 2015)

The final rule does not include a controversial provision that would have allowed groups to submit new petitions.


Supreme Court considers petition in contract support cost case
Supreme Court considers petition in contract support cost case (June 26, 2015)

The Menominee Nation and the Department of Justice are seeking to resolve a conflict that affects self-determination contracts nationwide.


White House threatens veto of funding bill for Indian programs
White House threatens veto of funding bill for Indian programs (June 24, 2015)

The House is scheduled to take up the fiscal year 2016 Interior appropriations bill on Thursday.


House subcommittee takes up Navajo Nation water bill next week
House subcommittee takes up Navajo Nation water bill next week (June 19, 2015)

Consideration comes as Congress reduces a funding request for tribal water rights settlements.


Appropriations report sounds alarm about land-into-trust agenda
Appropriations report sounds alarm about land-into-trust agenda (June 15, 2015)

The top Democrat on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is refusing to support the funding package.


Indian schools go without fixes while military schools see $5B
Indian schools go without fixes while military schools see $5B (May 20, 2015)

Indian school construction ground to a halt during the Bush administration but the effort appears to be back on track as lawmakers from both parties put focus on the issue.


Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul targeted BIA and IHS
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul targeted BIA and IHS (April 8, 2015)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) wanted to eliminate the Bureau of Indian Affairs altogether and cut the Indian Health Service budget in half.


Bureau of Reclamation seeks $20.3M for tribal water projects
Bureau of Reclamation seeks $20.3M for tribal water projects (March 31, 2015)

The funding requests benefit the Fort Peck Tribes and the Chippewa Cree Tribe, both in Montana, and tribes in South Dakota.


House panel holds first hearing with Indian and Insular Affairs
House panel holds first hearing with Indian and Insular Affairs (March 18, 2015)

Obama administration officials presented the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians.


Mark Trahant: House budget plan isn't good for Indian Country
Mark Trahant: House budget plan isn't good for Indian Country (March 18, 2015)

Most of the cuts fall into 'domestic' spending and that’s the source of most of the federal dollars for Indian Country.


Mark Trahant: Battle over federal spending is about to get ugly
Mark Trahant: Battle over federal spending is about to get ugly (March 16, 2015)

The money spent on American Indians and Alaska Natives is a tiny fraction, far less than one percent of the overall budget.


New House subcommittee on Indian issues to hold first hearing
New House subcommittee on Indian issues to hold first hearing (March 9, 2015)

Insular Affairs have been added to the panel's jurisdiction despite significant legal and policy differences with Indian Country.


Audio: House Appropriations Committee hearing on BIA budget
Audio: House Appropriations Committee hearing on BIA budget (February 27, 2015)

The budget includes big increases for education, including construction of new Indian schools.


Donna Ennis: Obama budget supports tribal self-determination
Donna Ennis: Obama budget supports tribal self-determination (February 26, 2015)

Contract support costs are critical to the administration of Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Witness List: Senate Indian Affairs Committee budget hearing
Witness List: Senate Indian Affairs Committee budget hearing (February 25, 2015)

Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development will testify.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting and hearing
Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting and hearing (February 23, 2015)

Three bills are on the agenda for the business meeting while the oversight hearing will focus on the fiscal year 2016 budget request for Indian programs.


Saginaw Chippewa Tribe files suit over contract support costs
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe files suit over contract support costs (February 13, 2015)

The tribe is accusing the Indian Health Service of underfunding a self-determination contract.


Robert McSwain named acting director of Indian Health Service
Robert McSwain named acting director of Indian Health Service (February 10, 2015)

Yvette Roubideaux will serve as a senior advisor while her official confirmation as director is sorted out.


SCIA to hold closed listening session on fiscal year 2016 budget
SCIA to hold closed listening session on fiscal year 2016 budget (February 10, 2015)

The United South and Eastern Tribes, the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Education Association will present their views at the session.


Mark Trahant: Our national soap opera -- the Affordable Care Act
Mark Trahant: Our national soap opera -- the Affordable Care Act (February 6, 2015)

The Affordable Care Act is like a national soap opera that should rivet any audience. Will the law survive?


Indian Health Service tops $5B mark with new budget proposal
Indian Health Service tops $5B mark with new budget proposal (February 2, 2015)

The Obama administration is asking Congress to fund contract support costs on a permanent basis.


Budget seeks small boost in funding for Office of Special Trustee
Budget seeks small boost in funding for Office of Special Trustee (February 2, 2015)

The agency would see $143 million in fiscal year 2016, a $3.9 million increase from 2015.


Obama requests big increase in Bureau of Indian Affairs budget
Obama requests big increase in Bureau of Indian Affairs budget (February 2, 2015)

The budget seeks $2.9 billion for the agency, or $323.5 million above the 2015 level.