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Bill that hit stumbling block returns without tribal labor sovereignty provision
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Bill that hit stumbling block returns without tribal labor sovereignty provision (July 23, 2018)

A bill to help the White Mountain Apache Tribe with a water project and two Pueblo tribes with economic development efforts has been revived.

Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights
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Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights (July 19, 2018)

A tribal water rights fund is due to run out of money but the Trump administration isn't ready to support a permanent fix.

Tribes eligible for victim services funding for the first time
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Tribes eligible for victim services funding for the first time (June 26, 2018)

Thanks to bipartisan action on Capitol Hill, tribes are receiving a set-aside of the national Crime Victims Fund for the first time.

'No question at all': More Indigenous families are crossing the border
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'No question at all': More Indigenous families are crossing the border (June 25, 2018)

Language barriers mean Indigenous families may be more likely to be split up when they cross into the United States.

Graham Lee Brewer: A bipartisan meltdown over the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
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Graham Lee Brewer: A bipartisan meltdown over the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (April 24, 2018)

A bill exempting tribal nations from labor regulations fails in the Senate as union concerns trump sovereignty.

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails
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'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails (April 17, 2018)

A vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act failed in spectacular fashion evening but a key leader says the fight isn't over.

All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case
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All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case (March 29, 2018)

A closely-watched patent dispute involving the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is moving into the federal court system.

Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities
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Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities (March 26, 2018)

Indian Country still has a lot of work to do to ensure the federal government lives up to its treaty and trust responsibilities.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson slammed for spending amid budget cuts
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Housing Secretary Ben Carson slammed for spending amid budget cuts (February 28, 2018)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is under fire for spending $31,561 on new furniture while seeking more than $100 million in cuts to Indian programs.

Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
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Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

A controversial bill is a threat to tribal sovereignty, the leader of the National Congress of American Indians said.

Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes
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Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes (February 15, 2018)

The Trump administration is seeking nearly $1 million to help the newest members of the federally recognized family of Indian nations.

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.

Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down
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Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down (February 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders gave a standing ovation to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) after a surprise speech in which she promised to stand up for Native Americans and their issues.

Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic
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Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic (February 13, 2018)

Among the few bright spots for Indian Country within President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is a $413 million increase for the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: White House sends messages with its new budget
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Mark Trahant: White House sends messages with its new budget (February 13, 2018)

Rich people face tough times so they deserved a huge tax cut. Poor people are poor because of their own failures.

Cronkite News: Tribes call for respect for their sovereignty in nation's capital
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Cronkite News: Tribes call for respect for their sovereignty in nation's capital (February 13, 2018)

The federal tax overhaul passed in December is “completely unacceptable," just another example of what can happen when Indian Country isn't not included in federal decision-making, a top tribal leader said.

Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan
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Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan (February 13, 2018)

President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure appears to offer little more than a nod to tribal governments, though his new budget promises support for fixing deteriorating Indian schools.

National Congress of American Indians: State of Indian Nations
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National Congress of American Indians: State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2018)

Jefferson Keel, the president of the National Congress of American Indians, delivered the State of Indian Nations in Washington, D.C., on February 12, 2018.

Jefferson Keel and Ernie Stevens: A moral obligation to help tribes restore homelands
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Jefferson Keel and Ernie Stevens: A moral obligation to help tribes restore homelands (February 1, 2018)

The Department of the Interior has embarked upon changes to Federal Indian policy that could negatively impact our tribal nations for generations to come.

Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition
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Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition (January 30, 2018)

It's official -- there are now 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again
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National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again (January 17, 2018)

Tribal leaders will be hearing from Secretary Ryan Zinke at an upcoming National Congress of American Indians meeting in Washington, D.C.

Cronkite News: President Trump overshadows Code Talkers with 'Pocahontas' jab
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Cronkite News: President Trump overshadows Code Talkers with 'Pocahontas' jab (November 28, 2017)

Tribal groups reacted swiftly after President Donald Trump used an event honoring Native American Code Talkers to call a Democratic senator 'Pocahontas,' what critics called a slur that marred an otherwise positive event.

President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes
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President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes (November 27, 2017)

President Donald Trump sparked widespread outrage in Indian Country after marring an event featuring Navajo war heroes with a derogatory slur.

Tribal organizations take on Washington NFL team with social media campaign
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Tribal organizations take on Washington NFL team with social media campaign (November 3, 2017)

An organization representing more than 50 Northwest tribes has launched a social media campaign meant to shame the Washington NFL team.

Decision day for National Congress of American Indians with leadership changes
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Decision day for National Congress of American Indians with leadership changes (October 19, 2017)

It's decision day for the National Congress of American Indians as attendees elect a slate of new leaders.

Tribal Leaders: The Indian Health Service can't be fixed overnight
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Tribal Leaders: The Indian Health Service can't be fixed overnight (August 12, 2016)

It took years for systemic issues in Indian Health to materialize, and it will take years to turn them around.

Former leader of BIA reflects on historic 'Never Again' apology
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Former leader of BIA reflects on historic 'Never Again' apology (November 19, 2015)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs apology is examined 15 years later at a Native American Heritage Month event in Washington, D.C.

Top Chickasaw Nation leaders faced no challengers for re-election
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Top Chickasaw Nation leaders faced no challengers for re-election (June 8, 2015)

Gov. Bill Anoatubby and Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel will serve another four years in office.

NCAI investigates conduct of treasurer at annual convention
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NCAI investigates conduct of treasurer at annual convention (October 31, 2014)

The 71st annual convention of the National Congress of American Indians was marred by allegations against Treasurer Dennis Welsh.

NCAI Presidents: Confirm Keith Harper to ambassador-rank job
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NCAI Presidents: Confirm Keith Harper to ambassador-rank job (May 29, 2014)

Six present and former NCAI presidents support confirmation of Keith Harper, Cherokee Nation citizen.

Chickasaw man wins endorsement in campaign for Senate seat
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Chickasaw man wins endorsement in campaign for Senate seat (March 27, 2014)

T.W. Shannon, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, has won a key endorsement in his campaign for the open U.S. Senate seat in Oklahoma.

Tribes hail  White House Council on  Native American Affairs
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Tribes hail White House Council on Native American Affairs (June 27, 2013)

Tribal leaders praised President Barack Obama for signing an executive order to establish the White House Council on Native American Affairs.

Obama cites 'inherent' right of tribes at VAWA signing ceremony
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Obama cites 'inherent' right of tribes at VAWA signing ceremony (March 8, 2013)

Tribes have an 'inherent' right to protect their people, President Barack Obama said as he signed the Violence Against Women Act into law.

Tribes praise  passage of VAWA with tribal jurisdiction provision
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Tribes praise passage of VAWA with tribal jurisdiction provision (March 1, 2013)

Tribal leaders from across the country hailed the passage of S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, on Thursday. For the first time, Congress has enacted a...

Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Not all   nations  are in position of strength
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Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Not all nations are in position of strength (February 19, 2013)

" To be in a position of leadership—at least for NCAI’s president Jefferson Keel—is to be in the role of a politician, and that means taking predictably centrist positions (at...

NPR: NCAI identifies  goals with  State of Indian Nations speech
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NPR: NCAI identifies goals with State of Indian Nations speech (February 18, 2013)

"PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger. MARTIN: But if you...

Charles Kader: Diving into the  State of Indian Nations address
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Charles Kader: Diving into the State of Indian Nations address (February 18, 2013)

"In reading over the 2013 State of Indian Nations address by outgoing President Jefferson Keel of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), a number of talking points of emphasis...

Ruth Hopkins: NCAI speech omits some more pressing issues
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Ruth Hopkins: NCAI speech omits some more pressing issues (February 18, 2013)

"This past Thursday, Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians, delivered the 11th Annual State of the Indian Nations Address. Mr. Keel gave a standard political speech....

NCAI President Keel calls on Congress to protect Indian women
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NCAI President Keel calls on Congress to protect Indian women (February 15, 2013)

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel called on Congress to protect American Indian and Alaska Native women from violence. In the State of Indian Nations speech, Keel praised...

APRN: NCAI president worried about sequester and IHS budget
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APRN: NCAI president worried about sequester and IHS budget (February 15, 2013)

"The state of Indian Country is strong, according to the president of the National Congress of American Indians. Today Jefferson Keel presented the State of Indian Nations Address in Washington...

Mark Trahant: State of Indian Nations offers a 'real possibility'
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Mark Trahant: State of Indian Nations offers a 'real possibility' (February 14, 2013)

"National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel began his annual report, State of Indian Nations, with a simple exclamation. “Indian Country is strong!” That statement, he added, is something...

NCAI President Jefferson Keel: State of Indian Nations speech
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NCAI President Jefferson Keel: State of Indian Nations speech (February 14, 2013)

The following is the text of the State of Indian Nations, as delivered by National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel. Securing Our Futures 11th Annual State of Indian...

NCAI President Jefferson Keel    to give State of Indian Nations
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NCAI President Jefferson Keel to give State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2013)

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel will deliver the annual State of Indian Nations address on Thursday. Among other issues, Keel is expected to discuss the impact of...

Tribes hail nomination of Sally Jewell for  Interior Department
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Tribes hail nomination of Sally Jewell for Interior Department (February 7, 2013)

Tribal leaders welcomed the nomination of Sally Jewell, the chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment Inc., as the next Secretary of the the Interior Department. Jewell doesn't have much...

NCAI calling attention to voting rights as election approaches
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NCAI calling attention to voting rights as election approaches (September 21, 2012)

The first Americans were the last to secure the right to vote and still face problems at the ballot box, the National Congress of American Indians says. A number of...

NCAI endorses Kevin Washburn as Assistant Secretary at BIA
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NCAI endorses Kevin Washburn as Assistant Secretary at BIA (August 6, 2012)

The National Congress of American Indians, the largest inter-tribal organization, added its support to the nomination of Kevin Washburn as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Washburn, who serves as dean...

Jefferson Keel: Tribal jurisdiction doesn't violate Constitution
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Jefferson Keel: Tribal jurisdiction doesn't violate Constitution (May 14, 2012)

"There is a group of criminals, on Native American lands, who assault, rape, and abuse Native women and they can’t be arrested. These criminals are non-Native men. They don’t have...

Jefferson Keel: Student loan proposal good for Indian Country
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Jefferson Keel: Student loan proposal good for Indian Country (May 11, 2012)

"Over the last week President Obama, in public events at high schools and speeches throughout the country, has led the charge to ensure that higher education for all students from...

NCAI thanks Larry Echo Hawk for 'new standard' of leadership
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NCAI thanks Larry Echo Hawk for 'new standard' of leadership (April 2, 2012)

The National Congress of American Indians said tribal leaders will miss Larry Echo Hawk, who is resigning from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Echo Hawk, a member of the Pawnee...

Remarks by NCAI President Jefferson Keel at winter session
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Remarks by NCAI President Jefferson Keel at winter session (March 6, 2012)

The National Congress of American Indians opened its 2012 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C., this morning. NCAI President Jefferson Keel, who also serves as Lt. Gov. of the...

Peter d'Errico: NCAI president is  singing  songs for the miner
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Peter d'Errico: NCAI president is singing songs for the miner (February 10, 2012)

"The problem seems to be that the canary is still singing, but not its own song. For example, an NCAI staff attorney was recently quoted on whether Native leaders will...

Mark Trahant: NCAI president delivers State of Indian Nations
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Mark Trahant: NCAI president delivers State of Indian Nations (January 27, 2012)

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel and Executive Director Jacqueline Johnson Pata at the annual State of Indian Nations event at the Newseum. (NCAI photo) The National...

NCAI President Keel offers preview of State of Indian Nations
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NCAI President Keel offers preview of State of Indian Nations (January 25, 2012)

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel plans to offer solutions to make Indian Country stronger in his 2012 State of Indian Nations on Thursday. Keel, who serves as...

NCAI President Keel to deliver 2012 State of Indian Nations
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NCAI President Keel to deliver 2012 State of Indian Nations (January 23, 2012)

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel will deliver the 2012 State of Indian Nations on Thursday. The address takes place at 10:30am at the Newseum in Washington, D.C....

FEMA supports bill for tribes to request disaster declarations
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FEMA supports bill for tribes to request disaster declarations (December 7, 2011)

The Obama administration is supporting legislation that allows tribes to request disaster declarations from the federal government. Under the the Stafford Act, only states can request declarations. So the Federal...

Jefferson Keel, Chickasaw, re-elected as president of NCAI
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Jefferson Keel, Chickasaw, re-elected as president of NCAI (November 3, 2011)

Jefferson Keel, the lieutenant governor of the Chickasaw Nation, has been re-elected president of the National Congress of American Indians. Keel ran unopposed. He will serve a second two-year...

NCAI President Keel statement on the passing of Elouise Cobell
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NCAI President Keel statement on the passing of Elouise Cobell (October 18, 2011)

The following is a statement from Jefferson Keel, the president of the National Congress of American Indians. Elouise Cobell represented the indelible will and strength of Indian Country and her...

Jefferson Keel: Tribes at the table for White House rural council
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Jefferson Keel: Tribes at the table for White House rural council (August 23, 2011)

"Like so many of our rural neighbors, American Indian and Alaska Native communities have felt the burden of our nation’s economic challenges. In fact tribal nations have known hardship like...

Chickasaw Nation  leaders to get big pay raises under new plan
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Chickasaw Nation leaders to get big pay raises under new plan (August 18, 2011)

The two top leaders of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma will receive a big boost in their salaries under a resolution that's being considered tomorrow. Gov. Bill Anoatubby's annual salary...

NCAI president inducted into  Military Museum's Hall of Honor
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NCAI president inducted into Military Museum's Hall of Honor (June 14, 2011)

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel was inducted into the Military Memorial Museum Hall of Fame in Oklahoma on Monday. Keel, the Lt. Gov. of the Chickasaw Nation,...