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Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised
Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised (January 17, 2020)

Access to health care has been a challenge for Native American veterans for decades, and they suffer some of the worst health outcomes


Arizona inched up among states on rates of women murdered by men
Arizona inched up among states on rates of women murdered by men (January 15, 2020)

Native American women are more likely to be murdered by men than white women, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: General Soleimani was a threat to the American people
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: General Soleimani was a threat to the American people (January 13, 2020)

Qasem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of more than 600 U.S. service members in Iraq.


Trump administration's push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon
Trump administration's push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon (January 9, 2020)

The Hopi Tribe is among the opponents of uranium mining on sacred lands in Arizona.


Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats waste an entire year in Congress
Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats waste an entire year in Congress (January 8, 2020)

While a new year often ushers in hopeful anticipation about what can be achieved over the next 12 months, it’s important to remember that the divided government which shaped 2019 will continue to influence 2020.


Arizona lawmakers split, as House takes historic vote to impeach Trump
Arizona lawmakers split, as House takes historic vote to impeach Trump (December 19, 2019)

Lawmakers split along party lines on a historic vote to impeach Donald Trump, making him just the third president to be impeached and the first while facing re-election.


'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition
'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition (December 18, 2019)

After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Playing politics wth America's health care
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Playing politics wth America's health care (December 16, 2019)

The cost of prescription drugs has gotten out of control and Americans are paying way too much for life-saving treatments.


Rep. Tom Cole: A bipartisan commitment to America's defense
Rep. Tom Cole: A bipartisan commitment to America's defense (December 16, 2019)

For nearly 60 years, lawmakers in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle have affirmed their bipartisan commitment to providing for our common defense.


More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama
More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama (December 16, 2019)

With Democrats prepared to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers continue to advance legislation to benefit Indian Country's interests.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: America's economy remains as strong as ever
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: America's economy remains as strong as ever (December 11, 2019)

Two years ago, tax reform was a great Christmas gift to Oklahomans and it’s a gift that keeps on giving.


Rep. Tom Cole: I will be voting to keep the government open
Rep. Tom Cole: I will be voting to keep the government open (December 11, 2019)

When the government has a full or even partial lapse in funding, it can needlessly cause billions of dollars of damage to the economy.


Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate
Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate (December 10, 2019)

It took awhile in this era of divided government but the first stand-alone Indian bill of the 116th Congress is one step closer to becoming law.


Navajos express mixed opinions on Trump impeachment probe
Navajos express mixed opinions on Trump impeachment probe (December 10, 2019)

Cronkite News recently went to Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation, to see what Navajos are saying about impeachment.


Arizona lawmakers follow party line in impeachment hearing questioning
Arizona lawmakers follow party line in impeachment hearing questioning (December 5, 2019)

The House Judiciary Committee ended a daylong hearing into possible articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump with bitter partisan sparring.


'Sovereignty is nonpartisan'
'Sovereignty is nonpartisan' (December 4, 2019)

Tribal leaders have practical reasons for not siding for or against President Trump's impeachment.


Witness list for hearing on Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill
Witness list for hearing on Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill (December 4, 2019)

The Lumbee Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will air out their federal recognition differences at a hearing on Capitol Hill.


'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles
'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles (December 3, 2019)

Legislation to revoke the Medals of Honor awarded to those who participated in the massacre of the Lakota people is gaining steam.


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.


Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing
Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing (December 2, 2019)

The Lumbee Tribe, the largest Indian nation in the eastern United States, lacks full federal recognition due to a law passed during the disastrous termination era.


Rep. Tom Cole: Reflecting on all of our blessings
Rep. Tom Cole: Reflecting on all of our blessings (December 2, 2019)

Especially during a time of great division and polarization, it is important for Americans to join in collective gratitude this year.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Celebrating Native Americans all year round
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Celebrating Native Americans all year round (December 2, 2019)

I am proud to embrace my Cherokee heritage and I believe that our heritage and traditions should be celebrated not only in November, but year-round.


Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women
Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women (December 2, 2019)

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.


Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony (November 27, 2019)

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?


Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump
Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump (November 26, 2019)

Slade Gorton, a former U.S. Senator who was ousted from office after tribal leaders slammed his anti-sovereignty record, is still alive. Surprised?


Impeachment impasse: Few minds appear changed by weeks of testimony
Impeachment impasse: Few minds appear changed by weeks of testimony (November 25, 2019)

Two months of investigation and two weeks of televised hearings do not appear to have changed any minds about the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump.


House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona
House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona (November 22, 2019)

A House committee gave approval to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back decades.


'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate
'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate (November 21, 2019)

Efforts to protect Native women and children from violence and to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans are being thrust into fresh partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.


‘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.


Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House
Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House (November 20, 2019)

American Indians and Alaska Natives serve in the U.S. military at the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group but their needs often go ignored or are overshadowed by other developments.


Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women
Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women (November 19, 2019)

With expanded protections for Native women and children still in doubt on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are advancing legislation to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in tribal communities.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: My family is what it is today because of adoption
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: My family is what it is today because of adoption (November 19, 2019)

People sometimes say our kids are blessed to have us as parents. But Christie and I are the ones who feel so blessed that the Lord has given us the opportunity to expand our family.


Rep. Tom Cole: Making Alzheimer’s a priority on Capitol Hill
Rep. Tom Cole: Making Alzheimer’s a priority on Capitol Hill (November 19, 2019)

Like many others across the nation, my family knows all too well the heartbreaking decline that takes place in those suffering with Alzheimer’s.


Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act advances on Capitol Hill
Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act advances on Capitol Hill (November 18, 2019)

A bipartisan bill that would help tribes address homelessness in their communities is due for passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Grijalva, House Democrats demand probe of troops deployed to border
Grijalva, House Democrats demand probe of troops deployed to border (November 18, 2019)

'You have that racist Stephen Miller in the White House, he has the ear of the president, then the president spews the racism that comes from Miller,' one Democratic member of Congress said.


'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.


Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress
Trailblazing Pueblo woman leader delivers opening prayer in Congress (November 13, 2019)

Native women leaders continue to make history in the halls of Congress.


Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing
Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing (November 13, 2019)

A bipartisan bill to address child abuse and neglect in tribal communities has the support of Indian Country organizations.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Honor our veterans every day
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Honor our veterans every day (November 12, 2019)

One day is not enough to thank the brave men and women who defend our freedoms every day.


Rep. Tom Cole: Honoring our nation's veterans
Rep. Tom Cole: Honoring our nation's veterans (November 12, 2019)

Without question, we owe a constant debt of gratitude to generations of veterans, including many of our own family members, who made sacrifices to ensure the safety of our homeland and who faithfully fought to promote and preserve America’s precious freedoms.


Civil war a bad idea for Trump supporters
Civil war a bad idea for Trump supporters (November 8, 2019)

We have had bad presidents, but they didn’t have the Reverend Jim Jones cult like following this president seems to attract.


Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era
Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era (November 6, 2019)

Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.


The election is today (and national races are just a year away)
The election is today (and national races are just a year away) (November 5, 2019)

At least 10 Native candidates are running for U.S. Congress in 2020.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Democrats continue to play politics on Capitol Hill
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Democrats continue to play politics on Capitol Hill (November 4, 2019)

Playing political games only distracts us from improving the lives of everyday Americans.


Rep. Tom Cole: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Rep. Tom Cole: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month (November 4, 2019)

As Americans, it is indeed important to remember the role tribes and their leaders have played in our collective history.


Arizona lawmakers split by party, as House OKs next impeachment steps
Arizona lawmakers split by party, as House OKs next impeachment steps (November 4, 2019)

Lawmakers split along party lines as the House passed a resolution that lays out the framework for the next public phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.


Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development
Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development (October 31, 2019)

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.


House OKs permanent ban on mining 1 million acres around Grand Canyon
House OKs permanent ban on mining 1 million acres around Grand Canyon (October 31, 2019)

'In 2019, our Havasupai voices were heard after 30 years,' Carletta Tilousi of the Havasupai Tribe said of a bill to ban uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Protecting tribal sovereignty and tribal communities
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Protecting tribal sovereignty and tribal communities (October 31, 2019)

Combatting the opioid crisis in Indian Country has been an uphill battle.


Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children
Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children (October 31, 2019)

A disproportionate number of sexual predators have preyed on Indian Country and Native women.


Hearing focuses on sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior
Hearing focuses on sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior (October 30, 2019)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians suffer from the highest rates of all forms of harassment, according to an employee study.


Prairie Island Indian Community welcomes homelands legislation
Prairie Island Indian Community welcomes homelands legislation (October 29, 2019)

A bill to provide a safe and stable homeland for the Prairie Island Indian Community has been introduced in the 116th Congress.


House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry
House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry (October 28, 2019)

The Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act protects national parks and tribal areas from being leased for mining, increases mining royalties and creates a fund to clean abandoned mines.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up two bills at hearing
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up two bills at hearing (October 16, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on two tribal bills.


Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies
Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies (October 9, 2019)

The Trump administration is being pressed to remove protections for the grizzly bear, an animal held sacred by numerous tribes.


Rep. Tom Cole: Addressing the high cost of prescription drugs
Rep. Tom Cole: Addressing the high cost of prescription drugs (October 7, 2019)

Especially for those Americans who rely on regular prescriptions, the high cost of purchasing their vital medicine is an all too familiar burden.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country (October 7, 2019)

Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.


Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland
Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland (October 7, 2019)

The Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.


Trump sees treason in whistleblower; to ASU prof it’s not so clear-cut
Trump sees treason in whistleblower; to ASU prof it’s not so clear-cut (October 3, 2019)

To President Donald Trump, the White House whistleblower who reported concerns about his call with the Ukrainian president is comparable to a spy and a traitor.