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Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced the introduction of a long-awaited bill that would settle a century-old dispute over water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state and federal governments.
What a difference a strong nominee makes when it comes to Indian Country's health and wellness.
Efforts to protect Native women and children from violence and to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans are being thrust into fresh partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.
Year three of the Donald Trump presidency is almost over but his administration now has someone in charge of Indian housing.
Legislation to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe has cleared both chambers of Congress but there's still more work to be done.
Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been included in a 'must pass' bill.
Bills to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women are pending in Congress.
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.
Tribal, federal and state officials are testifying about public safety and drug enforcement at a field hearing in North Dakota.
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.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be confronting the 'silent crisis' of the missing and the murdered at a hearing on December 12.
Now that the election is over, let’s take a tour through Indian Country’s data landscape.
The power of the Native vote is on display as Democrat Jon Tester survived a near-fatal blow in the heart of Trump country.
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 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.
Citizens of the Crow Tribe are mobilizing after their leader endorsed Republican Matt Rosendale in a closely-watched Senate race.
Congress went on break last week but not before sending another pro-tribal bill to President Donald Trump.
Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.
With little fanfare, another tribal recognition bill is advancing as a top Republican asserts authority over the politically-complex process.
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.
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.
The Blackfeet Nation has secured a $100,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to assist with border protection efforts.
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.
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.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to extend the Indian Coal Production Credit to spur economic development on and near reservations.
Tribal leaders and advocates are embracing Neil Gorsuch but it wasn't enough to affect a showdown between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.
The stars seem to be aligning for the Montana-based tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century.
Secretary David Shulkin says veterans deserve to receive care as close to home as possible.
The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.
The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) are taking control of the key panel.
This is a much better appointment for Indian Country.
Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.
Democrats have already named Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as vice chair while Republicans have not announced who will serve as chair.
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will take on a new leadership role during the next session of Congress.
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.
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.
The Water Resources Development Act includes a slew of pro-tribal provisions but doesn't address the current crisis at Standing Rock.
Mistrust runs deep in Indian Country and key members of Congress can't agree on reforms at the troubled agency.
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.
Lawmakers from Montana have introduced legislation to create a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a bill that could strengthen the ability of tribal courts to hold offenders accountable.
The Obama administration is balking at the high cost -- $2.3 billion to settle the Montana tribe's water rights.
A resolution in Congress seeks to designate May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
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.
A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.
An Indian veterans health bill and an economic development bill for two New Mexico tribes can now be considered by the full Senate.
Tribes have long complained that they are being ignored when it comes to federal agency forest management plans.
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.
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 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.
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.
The bills address Indian education, dam safety, Dine College on the Navajo Nation, Alaska Native health care and a New Mexico tribe.
Director Mike Black admits latest budget request will not resolve a long-standing maintenance backlog of dams in Indian Country.
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.