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Chickasaw Nation drawn into internal dispute at National Rifle Association
Chickasaw Nation drawn into internal dispute at National Rifle Association (June 21, 2019)

A former Democratic Congressman employed by the Chickasaw Nation is being accused of taking part in a attempted coup at the largest gun lobby.


Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny
Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny (April 16, 2019)

Tribes, Democrats and watchdog groups are paying close attention to David Bernhardt, derided by some as a creature of Washington's swamp.


Top official at Department of the Interior hit with ethics complaint
Top official at Department of the Interior hit with ethics complaint (March 1, 2019)

Democrats and watchdog groups are calling for an investigation into David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Department of the Interior by President Trump.


Mark Trahant: President Trump announces new pick for Interior Department
Mark Trahant: President Trump announces new pick for Interior Department (February 5, 2019)

David Bernhardt is a familiar figure in Indian Country, having served at the Department of the Interior in the George W. Bush era.


'He's very well liked': Revolving door brings lobbyist back to Senate
'He's very well liked': Revolving door brings lobbyist back to Senate (September 11, 2018)

Government watchdogs are concerned about Jon Kyl's role as a lobbyist now that the Republican from Arizona is back in office.


Gila River Indian Community sees movement on homelands legislation
Gila River Indian Community sees movement on homelands legislation (July 16, 2018)

A bill to help the Gila River Indian Community protect its homelands is slated for action on Capitol Hill.


House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills
House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills (May 7, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to advance four bills, including a controversial federal recognition measure.


Gila River Indian Community ranks third in top lobbying contracts in DC
Gila River Indian Community ranks third in top lobbying contracts in DC (April 24, 2018)

The Gila River Indian Community spends big in the nation's capital, with a team of lobbyists working on health care, education and other key issues.


Tribal lobbyist running on pro-Trump agenda for seat in North Carolina
Tribal lobbyist running on pro-Trump agenda for seat in North Carolina (April 18, 2018)

A well-known tribal lobbyist is seeking the Republican nomination for a U.S. Congressional seat in North Carolina.


President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent
President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent (September 22, 2017)

President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.


Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team
Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team (August 24, 2017)

It's seven months into the Trump administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs still lacks a permanent leader but the agency will be seeing a new face with John Tahsuda coming on board in a top position.


Confirmation hearing scheduled for top Interior Department official
Confirmation hearing scheduled for top Interior Department official (May 12, 2017)

A lawyer and lobbyist who weathered a series of storms during the Bush administration has been nominated as Deputy Secretary of the Interior.


Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm
Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm (April 25, 2017)

Larry Roberts is the latest high-profile addition to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.


Native Sun News Today: Lawmakers in South Dakota honor legacy of Sitting Bull
Native Sun News Today: Lawmakers in South Dakota honor legacy of Sitting Bull (March 14, 2017)

Several new laws and resolutions favoring members of the South Dakota’s nine federally-recognized tribes are waiting for Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s approval.


Washington law and lobbying firm brings on two prominent partners
Washington law and lobbying firm brings on two prominent partners (February 2, 2017)

Holly Cook Macarro and Larry Rosenthal are joining Aurene Martin at Spirit Rock Consulting to make it the largest Indian-owned lobbying shop.


Donald Trump tries to impose lobbying restrictions on new team
Donald Trump tries to impose lobbying restrictions on new team (November 17, 2016)

A Washington, D.C., lobbyist had already been tapped to oversee transition efforts at the Department of the Interior.


Republican Donald Trump invested in Dakota Access Pipeline
Republican Donald Trump invested in Dakota Access Pipeline (October 27, 2016)

The Republican presidential nominee has financial ties to pipeline backers Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66.


Dakota Access ramps up spending on lobbying and politicians as battle continues
Dakota Access ramps up spending on lobbying and politicians as battle continues (October 25, 2016)

Dakota Access has Indian Country beat when it comes to the money race in the nation's capital.


Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act
Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (March 3, 2016)

The House passed H.R.812 by a voice vote on February 24 and it awaits action in the Senate.


Miami Tribe credits legislative success to support from lawmakers
Miami Tribe credits legislative success to support from lawmakers (March 1, 2016)

The tribe isn't a big lobbyist or big political contributor but managed to win passage of two bills in the 114th Congress.


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.


Donald Trump's campaign manager linked to Abramoff scandal
Donald Trump's campaign manager linked to Abramoff scandal (September 3, 2015)

Corey Lewandowski served as chief of staff to the only member of Congress who was convicted in the Capitol Hill scandal.


Suit alleges tribal leaders received kickbacks from lobbying firm
Suit alleges tribal leaders received kickbacks from lobbying firm (July 29, 2015)

A former employee claims Ernie Stevens, Brian Cladoosby and Brian Patterson were paid to help the business land more contracts.


San Carlos Apache Tribe clashes with Rep. Gosar after rally
San Carlos Apache Tribe clashes with Rep. Gosar after rally (July 23, 2015)

Republican Congressman threatens Apache Stronghold with arrest after members attempt to discuss sacred site in Arizona.


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.


Opinion: Dennis Hastert failed to respond to Abramoff scandal
Opinion: Dennis Hastert failed to respond to Abramoff scandal (June 10, 2015)

Congress today has among the lowest approval ratings that it’s ever had—down there with cockroaches and root canals.


Gabe Galanda: Abramoff's playbook still used in Indian Country
Gabe Galanda: Abramoff's playbook still used in Indian Country (October 20, 2014)

Law firms and lobbyists in Indian Country have learned a few tricks from the Jack Abramoff scandal.


County hires lobbying firm to oppose federal recognition reforms
County hires lobbying firm to oppose federal recognition reforms (August 28, 2014)

Napa County in California believes only Congress has the power to recognize tribes.


Gabe Galanda: Jack Abramoff's playbook still being deployed
Gabe Galanda: Jack Abramoff's playbook still being deployed (June 23, 2014)

Attorney Gabe Galanda says law firms and lobbyists have learned a few tricks from Jack Abramoff.


Native Sun News: Climate change group headed to DC to lobby
Native Sun News: Climate change group headed to DC to lobby (June 17, 2014)

When the Climate Change Lobby planted its flag here this spring, the local chapter of the international non-profit group took a stand in the middle of a vast space with no other outposts of the organization.


Opinion: Lobbying firm hired to defend NFL team's racist mascot
Opinion: Lobbying firm hired to defend NFL team's racist mascot (June 11, 2014)

Writer says the battle over NFL team's racist mascot gets even more political.


NCAI's 'Proud to Be' video to air during NBA finals game tonight
NCAI's 'Proud to Be' video to air during NBA finals game tonight (June 10, 2014)

The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of California has purchased ad time to reach millions of viewers.


Dave Palermo: Lobbyists battle on fix to land-into-trust ruling
Dave Palermo: Lobbyists battle on fix to land-into-trust ruling (April 30, 2014)

In the May 2014 issue of Global Gaming Magazine, Dave Palermo reports on dueling lobbying campaigns regarding a bill that would fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v....


Opinion: Federal recognition matters influenced by lobbyists
Opinion: Federal recognition matters influenced by lobbyists (March 14, 2014)

Writer links opposition to federal recognition for the Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe of Connecticut to lobbyists and groups funded by wealthy, unidentified backers.


Dina Gilio Whitaker: Indians find way into 'House of Cards' story
Dina Gilio Whitaker: Indians find way into 'House of Cards' story (February 28, 2014)

Dina Gilio Whitaker looks at the Indian storyline in the award-winning Netflix series, House of Cards.


Former Rep. Dale   Kildee joining two firms in Washington, DC
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Former Rep. Dale Kildee joining two firms in Washington, DC (March 22, 2013)

Former Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan), one of the founders of the Congressional Native American Caucus, is joining two law and lobbying firms in Washington, D.C. Kildee will be a senior...


Jack Abramoff hopes to 'reconcile' with tribes he defrauded
Jack Abramoff hopes to 'reconcile' with tribes he defrauded (January 28, 2013)

Convicted former lobbyist Jack Abramoff wants to "reconcile" with the tribes he defrauded even as he says he won't be able to repay $44 million in restitution. Abramoff and his...


Cherokee Nation to shut office in Washington  DC    at end of year
Cherokee Nation to shut office in Washington DC at end of year (October 19, 2012)

The Cherokee Nation is shutting down its Washington, D.C., office at the end of this year, the tribe's newspaper reports. The Cherokee Nation Washington Office costs about $350,000 a year,...


Navajo Nation hires lobbyists for water rights settlement
Navajo Nation hires lobbyists for water rights settlement (April 13, 2012)

The Navajo Nation has hired a lobbying firm to push for passage of a water rights settlement. The tribe hired Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, The Navajo Times reported. One of...


Alcohol industry spends big despite Whiteclay problems
Alcohol industry spends big despite Whiteclay problems (April 12, 2012)

The liquor industry has donated more than $120,000 to politicians in Nebraska over the last five years, with a good portion going to lawmakers who have refused to pass bills...


Freedmen attorney claims Abramoff influenced BIA position
Freedmen attorney claims Abramoff influenced BIA position (March 14, 2012)

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff influenced the Bush administration to reverse its stance on a Cherokee Nation election in which the Freedmen weren't allowed to vote, an attorney for the Freedmen...


Opinion: Lobbyists divert tribal money to energy initiatives
Opinion: Lobbyists divert tribal money to energy initiatives (March 12, 2012)

"Much attention has been given to Abramoff’s alleged high fees since he charged his tribal clients $150,000 a month for his team at Greenberg Traurig to represent them even though...


Jack Abramoff offers to be 'of service' to tribal governments
Jack Abramoff offers to be 'of service' to tribal governments (March 7, 2012)

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff says he wants to make amends in Indian Country for swindling tribes out of tens of millions of dollars. Abramoff, who was released from prison in...


Opinion: Jack Abramoff still trying to say sorry  for his crimes
Opinion: Jack Abramoff still trying to say sorry for his crimes (February 7, 2012)

"Fallen super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff is out of prison now but still doing penance. On Monday afternoon, he performed the Washington equivalent of donning a hair shirt: He appeared before the...


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hired lobbyist who won earmarks
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hired lobbyist who won earmarks (January 23, 2012)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts hired former Congressman William Delahunt as its lobbyist in 2011, just after he secured $400,000 in earmarks for the tribe, The New York Times...


NPR:  Jack Abramoff wants book to lead to   reforms in lobbying
NPR: Jack Abramoff wants book to lead to reforms in lobbying (November 21, 2011)

"MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. But first, to many people the career of our next guest symbolizes everything that's...


State Department   inspector general investigates Keystone XL
State Department inspector general investigates Keystone XL (November 8, 2011)

The Inspector General at the State Department will investigate the Obama administration's handling of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. According to news reports, the review focuses on two issues. The...


San Manuel Band  spent $1M on private party for politicians
San Manuel Band spent $1M on private party for politicians (November 7, 2011)

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians spent $1 million on a private party for politicians, according to news reports. The party featured a concert by country music star Carrie...


California tribes report  over $1.2M in political contributions
California tribes report over $1.2M in political contributions (November 3, 2011)

Three tribes in southern California reported more than $1.2 million in political contributions from July through September. The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians spent $703,000, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. That...


Abramoff claims Sen. Inouye forced ouster at lobbying firm
Abramoff claims Sen. Inouye forced ouster at lobbying firm (November 2, 2011)

In his forthcoming book, disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff says Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) cost him a job. Abramoff was working as a consultant for Cassidy & Associates. According to the...


Forbes: Abramoff pal sentenced to 20 months for scandal
Forbes: Abramoff pal sentenced to 20 months for scandal (October 26, 2011)

"U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle sentenced former lobbyist Kevin Ring to 20 months in federal prison followed by 30 months of probation. This ends years of litigation by...


George Skibine joins  Washington DC  firm after long BIA career
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George Skibine joins Washington DC firm after long BIA career (October 14, 2011)

After a long career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, George Skibine has joined SNR Denton, a Washington, D.C., law and lobbying firm. Skibine, a member of the Osage Nation...


Federal judge won't impose lengthy  sentence on Abramoff figure
Federal judge won't impose lengthy sentence on Abramoff figure (September 21, 2011)

A federal judge won't be imposing a lengthy sentence on Kevin Ring, an associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. After two trials, Ring was convicted of five felony counts....


Former top aide to Secretary Salazar joins law firm defending BP
Former top aide to Secretary Salazar joins law firm defending BP (September 21, 2011)

Tom Strickland, the former chief of staff to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, has joined the law firm that is defending BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the...


Prosecutors seek a  lengthy sentence for Abramoff associate
Prosecutors seek a lengthy sentence for Abramoff associate (August 31, 2011)

Federal prosecutors are seeking a lengthy sentence for Kevin Ring, an associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. After two trials, Ring was convicted of five felony counts. Prosecutors said...


Navajo Nation settlement  includes payments, scholarship funds
Navajo Nation settlement includes payments, scholarship funds (August 22, 2011)

The Navajo Nation reached a settlement with Peabody Energy that includes an immediate $50 million payment to the tribe. Peabody also promised $15 million toward infrastructure on the reservation for...


Navajo Nation announces  settlement for   Peabody lease dispute
Navajo Nation announces settlement for Peabody lease dispute (August 5, 2011)

The Navajo Nation reached a settlement in a long-running dispute over a coal lease with Peabody Energy. During the Reagan administration, the tribe sought to renew its lease with Peabody...


APTN: Escort promised millions from First Nations water deal
APTN: Escort promised millions from First Nations water deal (March 21, 2011)

"A former senior advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper was lobbying Indian Affairs to land water contracts potentially worth millions of dollars for an Ottawa-based water company that employed his...


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe enlists ex-Rep. Delahunt  as lobbyist
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe enlists ex-Rep. Delahunt as lobbyist (March 10, 2011)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts has hired former Rep. William Delahunt (D-Massachusetts) as its lobbyist. The tribe has a long relationship with Delahunt, who left Congress in January after...


County takes battle against  Mishewal Wappo Tribe  to Capitol Hill
County takes battle against Mishewal Wappo Tribe to Capitol Hill (February 10, 2011)

Two officials from Napa County, California, were in Washington, D.C., to discuss their federal recognition fight against the Mishewal Wappo Tribe. The county intervened in a lawsuit the tribe filed...