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Senators grill military chiefs over private housing ‘slumlords’ on bases
Senators grill military chiefs over private housing ‘slumlords’ on bases (December 4, 2019)

Lawmakers grilled military leaders over poor living conditions in housing complexes managed by private companies – firms that Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) compared to 'slumlords.'


Bakken cough: An oil field workers dilemma
Bakken cough: An oil field workers dilemma (December 3, 2019)

New oil-and-gas pipeline protection measures could help people like Lisa Deville and her family, who suffer from fracking industry pollution on their tribal homelands.


‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes
‘Broken promises’ report details government’s history of failing tribes (November 21, 2019)

Tribal leaders went before Congress to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time.


'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item
'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item (November 18, 2019)

The Acoma Shield is finally coming home after years in legal and political limbo.


Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average
Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average (October 2, 2019)

The number of Indian Health Service patients with insurance rose from 64 percent in 2013 to 78 percent in 2018, according to a new report.


Tribal leaders, lawmakers chide FCC for lack of progress on broadband
Tribal leaders, lawmakers chide FCC for lack of progress on broadband (September 20, 2019)

Tribal representatives told a Senate committee that the Federal Communications Commission is not doing enough to ease the regulatory burdens that keep Indian Country from getting wireless broadband access.


Tribal broadband in focus with hearing and summit in nation's capital
Tribal broadband in focus with hearing and summit in nation's capital (September 17, 2019)

The dismal state of broadband in tribal communities will be the focus of a pair of events in Washington, D.C.


Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law
Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law (September 9, 2019)

The Trump Administration violated federal law when it diverted funds for national park improvements during the recent government shutdown, the Government Accountability Office determined.


YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii
YES! Magazine: Thousands stand guard at sacred Mauna Kea in Hawaii (August 15, 2019)

Native Hawaiians and other Indigenous peoples need more authority in the federal and state project processes that affect them.


Indian Health Service faulted for closure of Rosebud Sioux emergency room
Indian Health Service faulted for closure of Rosebud Sioux emergency room (July 22, 2019)

The Indian Health Service cited 'staffing changes and limited resources' when shutting down a tribe's emergency room back in 2015. That wasn't the whole story.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at business meeting (July 16, 2019)

Legislation to support tribal water rights and repeal outdated federal Indian laws are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law
Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law (May 21, 2019)

Federal agencies spent about $6 billion on energy for their facilities in 2017 yet tribes are being passed over for contracts.


Cronkite News: Indian Country falling behind when it comes to broadband
Cronkite News: Indian Country falling behind when it comes to broadband (May 9, 2019)

Fewer than half the households on tribal lands in Arizona have access to broadband internet, and only one exceeds the state average.


Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era
Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era (April 23, 2019)

Nearly two decades after the first executive order on tribal consultation, the federal government is still struggling to meet their trust and treaty responsibilities.


Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour (April 11, 2019)

A hearing on community development in Indian Country turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of officials were forced to explain why they turned in their testimony late.


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.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs (March 11, 2019)

'Where Are They Now' sounds like an old cable television show, only this week it's about the trust and treaty responsibility.


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.


Cindy McCain apologizes after police refute claim of human trafficking
Cindy McCain apologizes after police refute claim of human trafficking (February 11, 2019)

Cindy McCain has made unsubstantiated claims about children being trafficked in Indian Country.


Indian Health Service provider vacancies a 'never-ending cycle'
Indian Health Service provider vacancies a 'never-ending cycle' (October 10, 2018)

A new report reveals that chronic understaffing at the Indian Health Service denies patients quality care.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing (October 1, 2018)

A Navajo Nation water settlement, a bill to repeal a paternalistic federal policy and broadband in Indian County are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


Witness list for Senate hearing on justice for Native youth
Witness list for Senate hearing on justice for Native youth (September 25, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking a closer look at juvenile justice issues.


'A hopeful future': Addressing Native youth in the justice system
'A hopeful future': Addressing Native youth in the justice system (September 21, 2018)

A new report is highlighting the challenges facing young Native Americans who end up in the justice system.


'Historical injustices': Bill seeks study of treaty claims
'Historical injustices': Bill seeks study of treaty claims (September 6, 2018)

A new bill in Congress is offering some hope for communities in New Mexico who land was supposed to be protected by treaty.


Report confirms big market for sale of tribal cultural property
Report confirms big market for sale of tribal cultural property (September 5, 2018)

For the first time, a new report has put a price tag on the sale of tribal cultural property on the international market.


Indian Health Service still seeing high vacancy rates
Indian Health Service still seeing high vacancy rates (August 22, 2018)

The Indian Health Service still doesn't have enough doctors or nurses to meet its trust and treaty obligations.


'No one is above the law': Bill aims to strengthen federal repatriation law
'No one is above the law': Bill aims to strengthen federal repatriation law (July 31, 2018)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to strengthen the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in response to lax enforcement of the law.


Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade
Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade (July 3, 2018)

A school on the Navajo Nation went without fire protection systems for more than a decade and the problem still hasn't been completely fixed.


'Very little progress': Lawmakers question Trump administration's Indian affairs record
'Very little progress': Lawmakers question Trump administration's Indian affairs record (June 14, 2018)

Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are not making enough progress to satisfy key members of Congress.


Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs
Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs (June 12, 2018)

Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service are back on Capitol Hill to discuss whether they are making any progress in improving the people they serve.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets another hearing on 'high risk' programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets another hearing on 'high risk' programs (June 11, 2018)

Is the Trump administration making progress in improving Indian education, health and energy programs?


Energy News Network: Tribes come together for Oceti Sakowin Power Project
Energy News Network: Tribes come together for Oceti Sakowin Power Project (May 11, 2018)

The Oceti Wind Project aims to overcome financial, cultural and bureaucratic barriers to tribal renewable development.


Few fines under Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
Few fines under Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (May 7, 2018)

In the 28 years since the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act became law, the federal government has collected less than $30,000 in fines.


Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe
Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe (April 10, 2018)

As school teachers across the nation walk out in protest of inadequate funding, some in Indian Country found a way to cope with their below-average salaries.


Cronkite News: Indian Country hit hard by changes in Lifeline telecommunications program
Cronkite News: Indian Country hit hard by changes in Lifeline telecommunications program (November 27, 2017)

The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented.


Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims
Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims (September 27, 2017)

The Department of Justice continues to resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native women and key members of Congress.


Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country
Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country (September 25, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is bringing in a high-profile witness as it looks into trafficking of Native Americans.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking (September 19, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on September 27 to focus on human trafficking of Native Americans.


Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs
Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 14, 2017)

Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country said they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits but lawmakers said much more needs to be done.


Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms
Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms (September 13, 2017)

Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office.


Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients
Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients (September 12, 2017)

More than a year after facing criticism for lacking quality of care standards, the Indian Health Service is finally promising to address wait times for patients.


'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs
'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs (September 11, 2017)

Nine months into the Trump administration and Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for tribal interests at the federal level.


Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process (September 8, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is attempting to reform the lengthy environmental review process, an initiative that could benefit Indian Country.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 6, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work by taking another look at 'high risk' programs that serve tribes and their citizens.


Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska
Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska (July 28, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Interior Department threatened Alaska's two Senators, The Alaska Dispatch News reported.


Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States
Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States (July 24, 2017)

American Indian and Alaska Native women experience one of the highest homicide rates in the nation and nearly half die at the hands of an intimate partner.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking (July 17, 2017)

According to the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies are failing to collect data on Native trafficking victims.


Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education
Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education (June 8, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.


Cronkite News: Few Native Americans are becoming physicians
Cronkite News: Few Native Americans are becoming physicians (June 1, 2017)

Of the nearly 19,000 graduates of medical school last year in the U.S., only 31 were Native American.


Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service
Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service (May 25, 2017)

The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act address long-standing management, staffing and transparency issues at the agency.


Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings
Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings (May 17, 2017)

Lawmakers who control the federal government's spending levels are continuing to focus on Indian Country.


Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team
Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team (May 15, 2017)

More than 100 days into the Trump administration, Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for their interests in the nation's capital.


More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country
More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country (April 19, 2017)

Of the four federal agencies that investigate or prosecute human trafficking, three aren't required to confirm whether a victim is Native American.


Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (March 6, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior is already living up to promises to keep Indian Country on the top of his agenda.


Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (March 1, 2017)

As the nation's politicians spar over the fate of Obamacare, tribes are still waiting on the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibilities.


Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst time
Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst time (February 20, 2017)

Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office.


Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complained
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complained (December 16, 2016)

Two employees who blew the whistle on the BIA's handling of energy leases for the Southern Ute Tribe quickly found themselves forced off the reservation in Colorado.


National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (December 13, 2016)

The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes one repatriation provision, two major infrastructure packages, three land-into-trust acquisitions and four water settlements.


Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural property
Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural property (July 6, 2016)

The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act) prohibits the the export of tribal property and punishes people who traffic in stolen items.


Sen. Rounds seeks support for audit into Indian Health Service
Sen. Rounds seeks support for audit into Indian Health Service (May 12, 2016)

'Tribal members are literally dying due to inadequate care,' the Republican lawmaker from South Dakota said.