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A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition
A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition (September 9, 2019)

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?


Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House
Mark Trahant: Taking the Red Road to the White House (August 15, 2019)

I imagine how much Frank LaMere would enjoy participating in his own presidential forum next week in Iowa.


Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing
Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing (April 8, 2019)

It's taken nearly nine months, but Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney is finally ready to testify before Congress.


AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing
AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing (April 3, 2019)

Legislation to correct a disastrous Supreme Court ruling affecting tribal homelands and to improve tribal consultation were aired on Capitol Hill.


Chickasaw citizen Kevin Washburn named dean of law school in Iowa
Chickasaw citizen Kevin Washburn named dean of law school in Iowa (March 20, 2018)

Kevin Washburn, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is making history once again in academic circles.


Kevin Washburn: A 'victory' as tribes in Virginia secure federal recognition
Kevin Washburn: A 'victory' as tribes in Virginia secure federal recognition (January 31, 2018)

Three years ago, no federally-recognized tribes existed in Virginia, one of the thirteen original American states.


Kevin Washburn: Indian Country feels the pain with Donald Trump
Kevin Washburn: Indian Country feels the pain with Donald Trump (May 25, 2017)

Indian country will feel ‘tremendous fiscal pain’ if the Trump budget is passed.


Kevin Washburn: Advice for the next leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Kevin Washburn: Advice for the next leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (March 7, 2017)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs: ‘must run a thousand miles to move policy by an inch.’


Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complained
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complained (December 16, 2016)

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.


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.


Kevin Washburn: Empower tribes to prosecute reservation crime
Kevin Washburn: Empower tribes to prosecute reservation crime (May 11, 2016)

The remnants of colonization are strong. It will take years to undo. But the solution to this problem is tribal self-governance.


Kevin Washburn: Land buy-back program benefits Indian Country
Kevin Washburn: Land buy-back program benefits Indian Country (May 2, 2016)

The Land Buy-Back Program returns tribal lands to tribes and furthers tribal self-governance.


Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country
Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country (March 2, 2016)

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.


Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C.
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.


Obama weighs tribal request for Bears Ears National Monument
Obama weighs tribal request for Bears Ears National Monument (February 12, 2016)

A coalition of tribes in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are seeking to protect ancestral lands in Utah.


Kevin Washburn: Republicans punish tribe with public lands initiative
Kevin Washburn: Republicans punish tribe with public lands initiative (February 8, 2016)

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


Navajo Nation starts planning for use of $554M trust settlement
Navajo Nation starts planning for use of $554M trust settlement (January 13, 2016)

Lawmakers plan to invest $101 million in improving water infrastructure on a reservation where one-third of the households lack access to clean water.


BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (January 7, 2016)

Kevin Washburn made the historic decision on his second to last day as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.


9th Circuit hears arguments in Timbisha Shoshone Tribe dispute
9th Circuit hears arguments in Timbisha Shoshone Tribe dispute (January 5, 2016)

Several former leaders of the tribe have accused the Bureau of Indian Affairs of repeatedly interfering with their self-governance.


Senate approves bill to streamline Indian energy development
Senate approves bill to streamline Indian energy development (December 11, 2015)

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.


Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues
Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues (December 11, 2015)

The outgoing head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been sparring with Republicans on Capitol Hill for much of the past year.


Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post
Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post (December 10, 2015)

As expected, the Chickasaw Nation citizen will return to University of New Mexico School of Law, where he previously served as dean.


Omnibus appropriations bill could block BIA recognition reforms
Omnibus appropriations bill could block BIA recognition reforms (December 10, 2015)

Republicans in Congress have been trying to stop the Part 83 reforms that were finalized in June after more than two years of work.


Mark Trahant: Climate change will be costly for tribal communities
Mark Trahant: Climate change will be costly for tribal communities (December 9, 2015)

What if we could vote on the choices ahead? What if climate change (and the alternative courses) could be presented on a ballot?


BIA officers take children from Northern Cheyenne Reservation
BIA officers take children from Northern Cheyenne Reservation (December 2, 2015)

The boys were taken to the border of the reservation and given to their non-Indian father, who has custody rights.


Former leader of BIA reflects on historic 'Never Again' apology
Former leader of BIA reflects on historic 'Never Again' apology (November 19, 2015)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs apology is examined 15 years later at a Native American Heritage Month event in Washington, D.C.


Disenrollment from Pala Band affects children in ICWA case
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Disenrollment from Pala Band affects children in ICWA case (November 12, 2015)

The tribe objected when two children were put up for adoption but later removed them from the rolls.


Native youth panel for Native American Heritage Month event
Native youth panel for Native American Heritage Month event (November 10, 2015)

Three young tribal members who are making a difference in their communities will speak at the Center for Native American Youth.


DOI hosts opening event for Native American Heritage Month
DOI hosts opening event for Native American Heritage Month (November 10, 2015)

Raina Thiele, an Alaska Native woman who works at the White House, will deliver remarks.


Center for Native American Youth hosts panel discussion in DC
Center for Native American Youth hosts panel discussion in DC (November 2, 2015)

The event will feature three Native youth leaders who will discuss how they have overcome obstacles and made a difference in their communities.


Republicans push for federal recognition bill despite opposition
Republicans push for federal recognition bill despite opposition (October 29, 2015)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) accused unnamed lobbyists of generating opposition in Indian Country to H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act.


Top GOP lawmaker takes aim at BIA's Washburn ahead of hearing
Top GOP lawmaker takes aim at BIA's Washburn ahead of hearing (October 28, 2015)

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.


Assistant Secretary Washburn to testify on federal recognition bill
Assistant Secretary Washburn to testify on federal recognition bill (October 27, 2015)

H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act, strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.


Republican Jeb Bush wants to move DOI headquarters out West
Republican Jeb Bush wants to move DOI headquarters out West (October 22, 2015)

The majority of Bureau of Indian Affairs and Office of Special Trustee employees are already in and near Indian Country.


Groups challenging Indian Child Welfare Act lose round in court
Groups challenging Indian Child Welfare Act lose round in court (October 22, 2015)

Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to prevent the removal of Indian children from Indian homes but compliance remains uneven.


Tribes urge Obama administration to take a stand on taxation
Tribes urge Obama administration to take a stand on taxation (October 21, 2015)

Encroachments by state and local governments are seen as a major hindrance to economic development in Indian Country.


Yakama Nation reasserts authority after decades under PL280
Yakama Nation reasserts authority after decades under PL280 (October 20, 2015)

Tribal leaders presented Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn with an eagle feather during the National Congress of American Indians annual convention in San Diego, California.


BIA encourages tribes to assert more control over internal affairs
BIA encourages tribes to assert more control over internal affairs (October 19, 2015)

A final rule governing Secretarial elections calls for tribes to remove the Bureau of Indian Affairs from the process.


White House blasts Native American Energy Act ahead of vote
White House blasts Native American Energy Act ahead of vote (October 8, 2015)

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.


House subcommittee embraces two tribal federal recognition bills
House subcommittee embraces two tribal federal recognition bills (September 30, 2015)

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.


Oklahoma tribes settle trust mismanagement lawsuit for $186M
Oklahoma tribes settle trust mismanagement lawsuit for $186M (September 28, 2015)

The Choctaw Nation will receive $139.5 million and the Chickasaw Nation will receive $46.5 million to resolve a lawsuit filed in 2005.


Press Release: Bureau of Indian Affairs approves land-into-trust application for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Press Release: Bureau of Indian Affairs approves land-into-trust application for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 18, 2015)

Assistant Secretary Washburn Issues Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts’s First Land-Into-Trust Decision.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe celebrates land-into-trust decision
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe celebrates land-into-trust decision (September 18, 2015)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is placing 321 acres in trust for the tribe in Massachusetts.


Assistant Secretary Washburn plans to return to New Mexico
Assistant Secretary Washburn plans to return to New Mexico (September 18, 2015)

The Chickasaw Nation citizen is on leave as dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law.


BIA declares Hope for Life Day to raise awareness about suicide
BIA declares Hope for Life Day to raise awareness about suicide (September 10, 2015)

The suicide rate among American Indians ages 15 to 34 is 2.5 times higher than the national average.


BIA announces $1.75M in grants for tribal education programs
BIA announces $1.75M in grants for tribal education programs (August 31, 2015)

Applications for he Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancement Program and the Tribal Education Department Grant Program are due September 21.


BIA to help tribes with background checks for child placements
BIA to help tribes with background checks for child placements (August 20, 2015)

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.


DOJ moves to implement key part of Tribal Law and Order Act
DOJ moves to implement key part of Tribal Law and Order Act (August 20, 2015)

Tribes have been seeking access to national criminal information databases for years.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee delays action on land-into-trust
Senate Indian Affairs Committee delays action on land-into-trust (July 30, 2015)

Indian Country is being urged to look at a new bill that would fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.


Sen. Barrasso introduces another version of land-into-trust fix
Sen. Barrasso introduces another version of land-into-trust fix (July 29, 2015)

S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, includes some incentives for tribes that work with local and state governments.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee to take up land-into-trust fix
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to take up land-into-trust fix (July 27, 2015)

The 114th Congress is finally seeing some movementon a long-pressing issue in Indian Country.


House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fix
House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fix (July 24, 2015)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) are sponsoring H.R.3137.


Special Trustee Vince Logan reaches out to Indian Country
Special Trustee Vince Logan reaches out to Indian Country (July 24, 2015)

Tribes have been calling for a 'sunset' to the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians at the Interior Department.


More Native youth arrive in nation's capital for UNITY conference
More Native youth arrive in nation's capital for UNITY conference (July 10, 2015)

The excitement from the historic White House Tribal Youth Gathering is carrying over to another big event.


Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing
Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing (July 9, 2015)

Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn defended the Office of the Special Trustee in his colleague's absence.


Conservative group disputes legality of Indian Child Welfare Act
Conservative group disputes legality of Indian Child Welfare Act (July 8, 2015)

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.


Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee trust reform hearing
Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee trust reform hearing (July 6, 2015)

Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn and Special Trustee Vince Logan are scheduled to testify.


BIA adopts new policy regarding federal recognition process
BIA adopts new policy regarding federal recognition process (June 30, 2015)

All groups seeking recognition, clarification or affirmation of their status must follow the same rules.


Lobbyists met at White House to discuss federal recognition
Lobbyists met at White House to discuss federal recognition (June 30, 2015)

Lobbyists for the Morongo Band of California and aides to Sen. Patrick Murphy (D-Connecticut) argued against a prior version of the rule.


National Congress of American Indians gathers in Minnesota
National Congress of American Indians gathers in Minnesota (June 29, 2015)

Tribal leaders will hear from members of Congress and federal officials and participate in the first NDN Talks.