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Sen. Mike Rounds: Showing RESPECT to Native Americans
Sen. Mike Rounds: Showing RESPECT to Native Americans (July 17, 2019)

Throughout history, Native Americans have been subjected to federal laws that are offensive, immoral and outright racist.


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Legislation to support tribal water rights and repeal outdated federal Indian laws are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action
'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action (September 13, 2018)

Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.


Tribes defer to federal authorities after Oklahoma voters approve marijuana
Tribes defer to federal authorities after Oklahoma voters approve marijuana (June 28, 2018)

Voters in Oklahoma eagerly embraced marijuana for medical purposes this week but don't expect to partake in Indian Country.


Rep. Tom Cole safe after train carrying Republican lawmakers derails
Rep. Tom Cole safe after train carrying Republican lawmakers derails (January 31, 2018)

Rep. Tom Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is reported safe after a train carrying Republican lawmakers derailed in an incident that has led to one fatality and some injuries.


Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma
Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma (December 12, 2017)

A ceremonial swearing-in is taking place for R. Trent Shores, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who serves as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Oklahoma.


Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (February 9, 2017)

The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.


Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close
Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close (September 21, 2016)

With a new president on the horizon, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has just four more months to reach its goal of placing 500,000 acres in trust.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances the RESPECT Act
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances the RESPECT Act (September 14, 2016)

The bill repeals a series of outdated federal laws, including one that allows Indian children to be removed from their homes without parental consent.


Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (June 22, 2016)

Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish them by cutting off their federal funds.


Tribes and educators push for newer data for key funding program
Tribes and educators push for newer data for key funding program (May 10, 2016)

The Native student population has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 20 years but the Bureau of Indian Affairs is stuck on Johnson O’Malley data from 1995.


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.


Updates from National Congress of American Indians DC session
Updates from National Congress of American Indians DC session (February 25, 2016)

Reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act, tribes and marijuana and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign were some of the highlights on the closing day of the NCAI winter meeting.


Miami Nation scores another legislative win with land measure
Miami Nation scores another legislative win with land measure (February 16, 2016)

H.R.487 allows the Oklahoma-based tribe to sell or transfer non-trust lands without running afoul of the Non-Intercourse Act.


Sen. Lankford calls for removal of Andrew Jackson from $20 bill
Sen. Lankford calls for removal of Andrew Jackson from $20 bill (January 21, 2016)

The resolution cites the forced relocation of tribes from the southeastern United States during the tenure of the former president.


Jay Daniels: KIDS Act punishes tribes for exercising sovereignty
Jay Daniels: KIDS Act punishes tribes for exercising sovereignty (August 17, 2015)

Estimates are that tribal legalization of marijuana could be a a greater revenue source than gaming.


Opinion: Anti-marijuana bill represents attack on sovereignty
Opinion: Anti-marijuana bill represents attack on sovereignty (August 11, 2015)

Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) introduced an obviously senseless bill that attacks and destroys a tribe's sovereign right to decide whether to engage in the cultivation of cannabis.


Senate bill bars federal funds to tribes that grow marijuana
Senate bill bars federal funds to tribes that grow marijuana (August 7, 2015)

Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) doesn't think tribes should make their own decisions on the drug.


Congress clears bill to help Miami Nation with outdated charter
Congress clears bill to help Miami Nation with outdated charter (June 26, 2015)

The tribe will be able to avoid a bureaucratic mess with the revocation of a charter that was approved in 1940 and is nearly impossible to change.


Secretary Jewell leads delegation to Indian school in Oklahoma
Secretary Jewell leads delegation to Indian school in Oklahoma (May 26, 2015)

Federal officials will be visiting Riverside Indian School to talk about issues facing Native youth.


Updated witness list for SCIA hearing on economic development
Updated witness list for SCIA hearing on economic development (May 26, 2015)

The field hearing takes place at the Anadarko High School Auditorium in Anadarko, Oklahoma.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds field hearing in Oklahoma
Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds field hearing in Oklahoma (May 21, 2015)

Sen. James Lankford (R), a new member of the Senate, will chair the hearing in Anadarko.


Lawmakers introduce bill to allow Miami Nation to revoke charter
Lawmakers introduce bill to allow Miami Nation to revoke charter (January 30, 2015)

Changing the outdated document is extremely difficult.


Republican amendment could bar land-into-trust applications
Republican amendment could bar land-into-trust applications (August 3, 2011)

A Republican lawmaker has proposed a legislative rider that could bar the approval of land-into-trust applications for at least a year. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okahoma) wants to attach the rider...