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'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation (May 10, 2019)

The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.


AUDIO/VIDEO: Democrats call for action to address #MMIW crisis
AUDIO/VIDEO: Democrats call for action to address #MMIW crisis (May 7, 2019)

Bills to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women are pending in Congress.


Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour (April 11, 2019)

A hearing on community development in Indian Country turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of officials were forced to explain why they turned in their testimony late.


Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies
Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies (April 8, 2019)

The Indian Health Service is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration struggles with old and emerging controversies.


House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control
House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (March 22, 2019)

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing (March 20, 2019)

Tribal, federal and state officials are testifying about public safety and drug enforcement at a field hearing in North Dakota.


Little Shell Chippewa Tribe seeks another shot at federal recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe seeks another shot at federal recognition (January 22, 2019)

Montana's Congressional delegation is once again seeking federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, whose status has been in limbo for more than a century.


Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country
Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country (December 5, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be confronting the 'silent crisis' of the missing and the murdered at a hearing on December 12.


Mark Trahant: Native voters play key role in historic election
Mark Trahant: Native voters play key role in historic election (November 20, 2018)

Now that the election is over, let’s take a tour through Indian Country’s data landscape.


Native vote once again propels Jon Tester to victory in close Senate race
Native vote once again propels Jon Tester to victory in close Senate race (November 7, 2018)

The power of the Native vote is on display as Democrat Jon Tester survived a near-fatal blow in the heart of Trump country.


Native women headed to Congress for first time after historic election
Native women headed to Congress for first time after historic election (November 7, 2018)

Sharice Davids in Kansas and Deb Haaland in New Mexico became the first Native women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.


Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation
Election Day: #NativeVote18 races to watch across the nation (November 6, 2018)

Election Day is finally here and Native candidates across the nation are hoping to secure victory at the polls in what has become a landmark year for the Native vote.


Crow citizens upset after chairman aligns tribe with Republicans
Crow citizens upset after chairman aligns tribe with Republicans (November 1, 2018)

Citizens of the Crow Tribe are mobilizing after their leader endorsed Republican Matt Rosendale in a closely-watched Senate race.


Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump
Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump (October 15, 2018)

Congress went on break last week but not before sending another pro-tribal bill to President Donald Trump.


'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.


Another tribal recognition bill advances with Republican support
Another tribal recognition bill advances with Republican support (July 12, 2018)

With little fanfare, another tribal recognition bill is advancing as a top Republican asserts authority over the politically-complex process.


'Who do you think you are?': Lakota veteran encounters resistance at the VA
'Who do you think you are?': Lakota veteran encounters resistance at the VA (May 14, 2018)

With the Department of Veterans Affairs still lacking leadership, one Native veteran is glad Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) helped derail the man who was supposed to lead the agency.


Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward
Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward (September 13, 2017)

It's been more than two decades since Congress passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill but six tribes in Virginia are hoping to turn the tide in their favor.


Blackfeet Nation secures $100K federal grant to enhance border security efforts
Blackfeet Nation secures $100K federal grant to enhance border security efforts (September 7, 2017)

The Blackfeet Nation has secured a $100,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to assist with border protection efforts.


Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow
Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow (August 8, 2017)

A bill to designate a clinic for the late Joe Medicine Crow, a celebrated veteran from the Crow Tribe, is moving forward in the 115th Congress.


Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing
Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing (July 12, 2017)

Lawmakers from both parties expressed anger and frustration at the Indian Health Service as they vowed to seek more resources to fulfill the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.


Crow Tribe supports legislation to make coal tax credit permanent
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.


Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal support
Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal support (April 6, 2017)

Tribal leaders and advocates are embracing Neil Gorsuch but it wasn't enough to affect a showdown between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.


Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)

The stars seem to be aligning for the Montana-based tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century.


Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service
Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service (March 8, 2017)

Secretary David Shulkin says veterans deserve to receive care as close to home as possible.


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.


Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (January 23, 2017)

The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership
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.


Mark Trahant: Ryan Zinke is a much better pick for Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Ryan Zinke is a much better pick for Indian Country (December 15, 2016)

This is a much better appointment for Indian Country.


Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (December 13, 2016)

Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.


Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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.


Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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.


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.


Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill
Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill (September 16, 2016)

Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe since 2000 but six tribes in Virginia and another in Montana think they have a shot this year.


Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment
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.


Scandal continues to hinder Bureau of Indian Education efforts
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.


Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line vote
Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line vote (September 8, 2016)

Sen. McCain (R-Arizona) blew up when faced with opposition to his bill to take funds from Bureau of Indian Education schools for a voucher program.


Lakota Country Times: Bill honors memory of young Northern Cheyenne woman
Lakota Country Times: Bill honors memory of young Northern Cheyenne woman (August 25, 2016)

Lawmakers from Montana have introduced legislation to create a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.


Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice bill
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice bill (July 6, 2016)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a bill that could strengthen the ability of tribal courts to hold offenders accountable.


Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes press for water deal
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes press for water deal (June 30, 2016)

The Obama administration is balking at the high cost -- $2.3 billion to settle the Montana tribe's water rights.


Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls
Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls (June 29, 2016)

A resolution in Congress seeks to designate May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.


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.


Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men
Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men (June 14, 2016)

A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting (June 9, 2016)

An Indian veterans health bill and an economic development bill for two New Mexico tribes can now be considered by the full Senate.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on wildfires
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on wildfires (May 23, 2016)

Tribes have long complained that they are being ignored when it comes to federal agency forest management plans.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues
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.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs taking quick action on bills
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
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.


Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men
Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men (May 5, 2016)

The Department of Justice is making the case for restoring tribal jurisdiction with data that confirms Native women and Native men are more likely to be victimized by non-Natives.


Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of Freedom
Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of Freedom (May 5, 2016)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is pushing President Barack Obama to award the medal to the Blackfeet Nation woman who was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves eight bills at meeting
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.


Bureau of Indian Affairs official admits no progress on dam backlog
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.


Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders
Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders (April 14, 2016)

The Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act recognizes the 'inherent authority' of tribes to arrest and prosecute any person for drug related crimes, domestic violence against children and crimes committed against tribal law enforcement officers.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sends subpoena to leader of EPA
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.


Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform efforts
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.


Sen. Tester eyes Presidential Medal of Freedom for Elouise Cobell
Sen. Tester eyes Presidential Medal of Freedom for Elouise Cobell (March 22, 2016)

The late Blackfeet Nation citizen secured a $3.4 billion settlement after fighting for the rights of individual Indians through 15 years of litigation.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education bills
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.


Blackfeet Nation wants all energy leases canceled at sacred site
Blackfeet Nation wants all energy leases canceled at sacred site (March 18, 2016)

The battle to protect the Badger-Two Medicine Area in Montana isn't over as 17 oil and gas leases remain.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting
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


SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges
SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges (January 27, 2016)

The bill brings tribes into the school construction process and also addresses tribal colleges and housing for teachers at Indian schools.