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How can one branch of the federal government have a more than 100-year relationship and sign a 30-year agreement with an Indian tribe, while another denies its very existence?
I imagine how much Frank LaMere would enjoy participating in his own presidential forum next week in Iowa.
It's taken nearly nine months, but Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney is finally ready to testify before Congress.
Legislation to correct a disastrous Supreme Court ruling affecting tribal homelands and to improve tribal consultation were aired on Capitol Hill.
Kevin Washburn, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is making history once again in academic circles.
Three years ago, no federally-recognized tribes existed in Virginia, one of the thirteen original American states.
Indian country will feel ‘tremendous fiscal pain’ if the Trump budget is passed.
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs: ‘must run a thousand miles to move policy by an inch.’
Two employees who blew the whistle on the BIA's handling of energy leases for the Southern Ute Tribe quickly found themselves forced off the reservation in Colorado.
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 remnants of colonization are strong. It will take years to undo. But the solution to this problem is tribal self-governance.
The Land Buy-Back Program returns tribal lands to tribes and furthers tribal self-governance.
One of the greatest successes of President Obama in Indian country is his concerted efforts to restore lands to the tribal nations who have lost so much.
A coalition of tribes in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are seeking to protect ancestral lands in Utah.
If partisan members of Congress are more interested in being vindictive than developing real negotiations, then the White House may have no choice but to lead the effort to develop a sensible plan
Lawmakers plan to invest $101 million in improving water infrastructure on a reservation where one-third of the households lack access to clean water.
Kevin Washburn made the historic decision on his second to last day as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.
Several former leaders of the tribe have accused the Bureau of Indian Affairs of repeatedly interfering with their self-governance.
S.209, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments, aims to reduce red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and give tribes greater control over their own resources.
The outgoing head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been sparring with Republicans on Capitol Hill for much of the past year.
As expected, the Chickasaw Nation citizen will return to University of New Mexico School of Law, where he previously served as dean.
Republicans in Congress have been trying to stop the Part 83 reforms that were finalized in June after more than two years of work.
What if we could vote on the choices ahead? What if climate change (and the alternative courses) could be presented on a ballot?
The boys were taken to the border of the reservation and given to their non-Indian father, who has custody rights.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs apology is examined 15 years later at a Native American Heritage Month event in Washington, D.C.
The tribe objected when two children were put up for adoption but later removed them from the rolls.
Three young tribal members who are making a difference in their communities will speak at the Center for Native American Youth.
Raina Thiele, an Alaska Native woman who works at the White House, will deliver remarks.
The event will feature three Native youth leaders who will discuss how they have overcome obstacles and made a difference in their communities.
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) accused unnamed lobbyists of generating opposition in Indian Country to H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act.
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) is using the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal to attack Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn and the Obama administration.
H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act, strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.
The majority of Bureau of Indian Affairs and Office of Special Trustee employees are already in and near Indian Country.
Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to prevent the removal of Indian children from Indian homes but compliance remains uneven.
Encroachments by state and local governments are seen as a major hindrance to economic development in Indian Country.
Tribal leaders presented Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn with an eagle feather during the National Congress of American Indians annual convention in San Diego, California.
A final rule governing Secretarial elections calls for tribes to remove the Bureau of Indian Affairs from the process.
The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement of administration against a stand-alone Indian bill for the first time since President Barack Obama took office.
Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe in more than a decade but that could be changing as two bills saw widespread support at a hearing.
The Choctaw Nation will receive $139.5 million and the Chickasaw Nation will receive $46.5 million to resolve a lawsuit filed in 2005.
Assistant Secretary Washburn Issues Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts’s First Land-Into-Trust Decision.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is placing 321 acres in trust for the tribe in Massachusetts.
The Chickasaw Nation citizen is on leave as dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law.
The suicide rate among American Indians ages 15 to 34 is 2.5 times higher than the national average.
Applications for he Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancement Program and the Tribal Education Department Grant Program are due September 21.
Tribal social services agencies will be able to go through the BIA to conduct checks on adults before placing children in a foster or temporary home.
Tribes have been seeking access to national criminal information databases for years.
Indian Country is being urged to look at a new bill that would fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, includes some incentives for tribes that work with local and state governments.
The 114th Congress is finally seeing some movementon a long-pressing issue in Indian Country.
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) are sponsoring H.R.3137.
Tribes have been calling for a 'sunset' to the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians at the Interior Department.
The excitement from the historic White House Tribal Youth Gathering is carrying over to another big event.
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn defended the Office of the Special Trustee in his colleague's absence.
Speakers at a press conference made repeated reference to blood quantum, implying that children who may not appear to be Indian are not actually Indian.
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn and Special Trustee Vince Logan are scheduled to testify.
All groups seeking recognition, clarification or affirmation of their status must follow the same rules.
Lobbyists for the Morongo Band of California and aides to Sen. Patrick Murphy (D-Connecticut) argued against a prior version of the rule.
Tribal leaders will hear from members of Congress and federal officials and participate in the first NDN Talks.