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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.
To the list of issues affecting education, Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis would add a new problem: deteriorating roads.
The 'broken' Indian Health Service is once again under scrutiny.
The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act address long-standing management, staffing and transparency issues at the agency.
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.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to extend the Indian Coal Production Credit to spur economic development on and near reservations.
As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation.
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) are taking control of the key panel.
As a Republican, I truly believe that tribes and their members are better off when Washington stays out of the way.
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.
Democrats have already named Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as vice chair while Republicans have not announced who will serve as chair.
The bills help the Siletz Tribes and the Grand Ronde Tribes restore their homelands.
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.
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will take on a new leadership role during the next session of Congress.
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.
Four Indian Country bills cleared the Senate as lawmakers head into an extended break before the November election.
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.
The Water Resources Development Act includes a slew of pro-tribal provisions but doesn't address the current crisis at Standing Rock.
The bill repeals a series of outdated federal laws, including one that allows Indian children to be removed from their homes without parental consent.
Mistrust runs deep in Indian Country and key members of Congress can't agree on reforms at the troubled agency.
A spill at an abandoned mine in Colorado polluted the waters on three reservations in August 2015.
S.1443 updates the 477 Program that helps tribes consolidate employment, education and training-related grants.
The bills benefit the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
The NATIVE Act does something simple but lawmakers say it will help draw more people, and their dollars, to Native communities.
We have heard accounts of nurses unable to administer basic drugs, broken emergency-resuscitation equipment, unsanitary medical facilities, and seriously ill children being misdiagnosed.
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.
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.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is in South Dakota to hear concerns about the troubled agency.
Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe welcomes the attention being paid to the Indian Health Service.
Tribes and tribal organizations support H.R.812, theIndian Trust Asset Reform Act, but the Obama administration does not.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a field hearing on S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, in June.
A face familiar to Indian Country has landed a key role in developing the platform for the Republican Party.
The bill requires background checks of all adults in a tribal foster home.
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.
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.
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.
In the last two months alone, the committee has sent 11 bills to the Senate floor.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to reform the Bureau of Indian Education amid objections about funding levels.
The bills address Indian education, dam safety, Dine College on the Navajo Nation, Alaska Native health care and a New Mexico tribe.
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.
The Energy Policy Modernization Act addresses red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and includes Alaska Native corporations in more programs.
Director Mike Black admits latest budget request will not resolve a long-standing maintenance backlog of dams in Indian Country.
The hearing in Phoenix focuses on the Environmental Protection Agency and its dealings with tribes..
The Nevada Native Nations Land Act now awaits action in the House.
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.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is meeting to consider issuing a subpoena to Administrator Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is looking into the Gold King Mine disaster but one key official is refusing to appear.
The lack of inspections at Indian schools and the demotion of the top Indian education official drew focus at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Director Charles “Monty” Roessel admitted he hired a romantic partner and intervened to help a relative land a job at the beleaguered agency.
A dramatic proposal to create a new Indian education agency within the Interior Department is on the agenda for an April 6 hearing.
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.
H.R.487 allows the tribe to sell, transfer or lease non-trust lands without running afoul of the Non-Intercourse Act.
Some of the newest members of the family of Indian nations received funds to address housing conditions and economic development in their communities.
H.R.487 allows the Oklahoma-based tribe to sell or transfer non-trust lands without running afoul of the Non-Intercourse Act.
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.
The business meeting marked the first time that the committee has advanced a tribal water settlement in five years
Last January, as the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I outlined an aggressive set of priorities.
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes beyond a clean fix of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.