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Indian Health Service reform bill up for first hearing on Capitol Hill
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Indian Health Service reform bill up for first hearing on Capitol Hill (June 12, 2017)
The 'broken' Indian Health Service is once again under scrutiny.

Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service
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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.

Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule
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Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule (May 12, 2017)
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, support a federal regulation that carries environmental and economic benefits in Indian Country.

Crow Tribe supports legislation to make coal tax credit permanent
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Crow Tribe supports legislation to make coal tax credit permanent (May 2, 2017)
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to extend the Indian Coal Production Credit to spur economic development on and near reservations.

Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet
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Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet (February 2, 2017)
As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership (January 6, 2017)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) are taking control of the key panel.

John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country
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John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country (December 29, 2016)
As a Republican, I truly believe that tribes and their members are better off when Washington stays out of the way.

National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country
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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.

Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (December 7, 2016)
Democrats have already named Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as vice chair while Republicans have not announced who will serve as chair.

Congress passes long-awaited land bills for two tribes in Oregon
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Congress passes long-awaited land bills for two tribes in Oregon (December 6, 2016)
The bills help the Siletz Tribes and the Grand Ronde Tribes restore their homelands.

Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald Trump
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Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald Trump (November 21, 2016)
During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, but said there would be a replacement insurance program of some kind.

Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (November 16, 2016)
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will take on a new leadership role during the next session of Congress.

Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster
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Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster (October 17, 2016)
An August 2015 spill at the abandoned mine in Colorado sent at estimated 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the waters of three reservations.

Lawmakers take action on Native youth and Indian Country bills
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Lawmakers take action on Native youth and Indian Country bills (September 29, 2016)
Four Indian Country bills cleared the Senate as lawmakers head into an extended break before the November election.

Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close
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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 passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment
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Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment (September 15, 2016)
The Water Resources Development Act includes a slew of pro-tribal provisions but doesn't address the current crisis at Standing Rock.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances the RESPECT Act
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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.

Scandal continues to hinder Bureau of Indian Education efforts
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Scandal continues to hinder Bureau of Indian Education efforts (September 13, 2016)
Mistrust runs deep in Indian Country and key members of Congress can't agree on reforms at the troubled agency.

Federal criminal investigation ongoing into Gold King Mine disaster
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Federal criminal investigation ongoing into Gold King Mine disaster (August 1, 2016)
A spill at an abandoned mine in Colorado polluted the waters on three reservations in August 2015.

Senate passes bill to update tribal employment grant program
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Senate passes bill to update tribal employment grant program (July 15, 2016)
S.1443 updates the 477 Program that helps tribes consolidate employment, education and training-related grants.

Senate passes land-into-trust measures for two Oregon tribes
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Senate passes land-into-trust measures for two Oregon tribes (July 15, 2016)
The bills benefit the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Indian Country tourism bill clears another hurdle on Capitol Hill
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Indian Country tourism bill clears another hurdle on Capitol Hill (July 14, 2016)
The NATIVE Act does something simple but lawmakers say it will help draw more people, and their dollars, to Native communities.

John Barrasso and John Thune: Reform the Indian Health Service
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John Barrasso and John Thune: Reform the Indian Health Service (July 5, 2016)
We have heard accounts of nurses unable to administer basic drugs, broken emergency-resuscitation equipment, unsanitary medical facilities, and seriously ill children being misdiagnosed.

Native Sun News: Senate committee takes on Indian Health Service
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Native Sun News: Senate committee takes on Indian Health Service (June 23, 2016)
What started out as a meeting to improve accountability and the quality of healthcare to Great Plains Indians serviced by the Indian Health Service, quickly turned to focus on the awarding of emergency room contracts to AB Staffing Solutions.

Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
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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.

Local station to broadcast field hearing on Indian Health Service
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Local station to broadcast field hearing on Indian Health Service (June 16, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is in South Dakota to hear concerns about the troubled agency.

Hearing on Indian Health Service draws South Dakota delegation
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Hearing on Indian Health Service draws South Dakota delegation (June 14, 2016)
Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe welcomes the attention being paid to the Indian Health Service.

Congress passes first comprehensive Indian trust bill in decades
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Congress passes first comprehensive Indian trust bill in decades (June 10, 2016)
Tribes and tribal organizations support H.R.812, theIndian Trust Asset Reform Act, but the Obama administration does not.

Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill
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Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill (May 25, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a field hearing on S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, in June.

Sen. Barrasso to chair platform committee for GOP convention
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Sen. Barrasso to chair platform committee for GOP convention (May 25, 2016)
A face familiar to Indian Country has landed a key role in developing the platform for the Republican Party.

Native American Children's Safety Act clears last hurdle on Capitol Hill
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Native American Children's Safety Act clears last hurdle on Capitol Hill (May 24, 2016)
The bill requires background checks of all adults in a tribal foster home.

Another Indian Health Service facility in Great Plains threatened
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Another Indian Health Service facility in Great Plains threatened (May 23, 2016)
The Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, poses an 'mmediate threat to the health and safety' of tribal members, a warning letter stated.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues (May 17, 2016)
Two landmark tribal justice laws have made a significant impact in Indian Country in the last six years and key members of Congress are looking to build on those gains.

Indian Health Service faces questions for efforts in troubled region
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Indian Health Service faces questions for efforts in troubled region (May 16, 2016)
The leader of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and South Dakota's Congressional delegation aren't convinced of the agency's new improvement agreements.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs taking quick action on bills
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs taking quick action on bills (May 12, 2016)
In the last two months alone, the committee has sent 11 bills to the Senate floor.

Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fire
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Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fire (May 11, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to reform the Bureau of Indian Education amid objections about funding levels.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves eight bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves eight bills at meeting (April 28, 2016)
The bills address Indian education, dam safety, Dine College on the Navajo Nation, Alaska Native health care and a New Mexico tribe.

Senate passes measure to include Indian Country in tourism plans
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Senate passes measure to include Indian Country in tourism plans (April 27, 2016)
The Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act (NATIVE Act) does something simple but it could lead to big economic development gains for Native communities across the nation.

Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands
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Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands (April 21, 2016)
S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, addresses red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and includes Alaska Native corporations in more programs.

Bureau of Indian Affairs official admits no progress on dam backlog
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Bureau of Indian Affairs official admits no progress on dam backlog (April 15, 2016)
Director Mike Black admits latest budget request will not resolve a long-standing maintenance backlog of dams in Indian Country.

Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing in Arizona
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Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing in Arizona (April 15, 2016)
The hearing in Phoenix focuses on the Environmental Protection Agency and its dealings with tribes..

Senate approves bill to transfer federal lands to six Nevada tribes
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Senate approves bill to transfer federal lands to six Nevada tribes (April 14, 2016)
The Nevada Native Nations Land Act now awaits action in the House.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sends subpoena to leader of EPA
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sends subpoena to leader of EPA (April 13, 2016)
A business meeting to consider the subpoena was canceled after the chairman and vice chairman of the panel exercised their authority to issue the request.

Sen. Barrasso calls on EPA leader to attend hearing on Gold King Mine spill
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Sen. Barrasso calls on EPA leader to attend hearing on Gold King Mine spill (April 12, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is meeting to consider issuing a subpoena to Administrator Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs weighs subpoena of EPA leader
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs weighs subpoena of EPA leader (April 11, 2016)
The committee has rarely exercised its subpoena powers but lawmakers are upset that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't want to send a representative to an upcoming field hearing.

President of Navajo Nation calls on EPA to testify at field hearing
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President of Navajo Nation calls on EPA to testify at field hearing (April 7, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is looking into the Gold King Mine disaster but one key official is refusing to appear.

Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform efforts
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Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform efforts (April 7, 2016)
The lack of inspections at Indian schools and the demotion of the top Indian education official drew focus at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Bureau of Indian Education racked by another top-level scandal
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Bureau of Indian Education racked by another top-level scandal (March 31, 2016)
Director Charles “Monty” Roessel admitted he hired a romantic partner and intervened to help a relative land a job at the beleaguered agency.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education bills
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education bills (March 21, 2016)
A dramatic proposal to create a new Indian education agency within the Interior Department is on the agenda for an April 6 hearing.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold hearing on tribal budget
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold hearing on tribal budget (March 7, 2016)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the chairman of the committee, supports funding increases for self-determination, economic development, education, health care, housing and public safety.

President Barack Obama signs another Miami Nation bill into law
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President Barack Obama signs another Miami Nation bill into law (February 29, 2016)
H.R.487 allows the tribe to sell, transfer or lease non-trust lands without running afoul of the Non-Intercourse Act.

Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C.
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Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. (February 23, 2016)
Some highlights from the opening day of the National Congress of American Indians 2016 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.

Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants
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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.

Miami Nation scores another legislative win with land measure
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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.

Senate designates National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week
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Senate designates National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week (February 8, 2016)
Nearly 150 leaders, faculty, staff and students are in the nation's capitol to advocate for the needs of the 37 tribal colleges and universities across the nation.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting (February 3, 2016)
The business meeting marked the first time that the committee has advanced a tribal water settlement in five years

John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country
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John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country (January 25, 2016)
Last January, as the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I outlined an aggressive set of priorities.

NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill
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NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill (January 14, 2016)
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes beyond a clean fix of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to look at 'substandard' care at IHS in Great Plains
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee to look at 'substandard' care at IHS in Great Plains (January 12, 2016)
The Great Plains Area of the Indian Health Service has been under intense scrutiny for several years due to management failures and cutbacks in care.

More transportation funds head to Indian Country in new law
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More transportation funds head to Indian Country in new law (December 18, 2015)
The Tribal Transportation Program will see an immediate boost to $465 million in the current fiscal year and the amount will grow by $10 million through fiscal year 2020.

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