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Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump
Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump (November 26, 2019)

Slade Gorton, a former U.S. Senator who was ousted from office after tribal leaders slammed his anti-sovereignty record, is still alive. Surprised?


Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court
Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court (February 26, 2019)

Democrats are sounding the alarm after Republicans confirmed a Trump nominee for a lifetime spot on a key federal appeals court despite Indian Country's objections.


AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty
AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty (February 26, 2019)

A Trump nominee who has repeatedly advocated against tribal interests is up for a lifetime appointment to a key federal appeals court.


'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country
'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country (December 11, 2018)

Federal law enforcement officials and Native women will be discussing the missing and murdered in Indian Country at a hearing in Washington, D.C.


Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump
Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump (November 28, 2018)

The Republican-controlled Congress continues to play catch-up when it comes to Indian Country's agenda in the Trump era.


Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk
Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk (September 11, 2018)

President Donald Trump's reputation in Indian Country is often in the dumps even as Congress keeps giving him pro-tribal bills to sign.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (July 17, 2018)

Two bills addressing water rights and a third to repeal an outdated ban on alcohol distilleries are on the agenda.


Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam
Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam (June 18, 2018)

Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.


Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.


Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again
Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again (November 2, 2017)

Alaska Natives remain as divided as ever as Republicans revive one of the most controversial policy debates in history: drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.


Secretary Zinke under investigation for travel on government and private planes
Secretary Zinke under investigation for travel on government and private planes (October 3, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is defending his travel expenses amid an internal investigation.


Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire
Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire (September 27, 2017)

Democrats and conservation groups are slamming Secretary Ryan Zinke after he said 30 percent of employees at the Department of the Interior aren't loyal to 'the flag.'


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici (September 13, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs took a moment of silence to honor of one of its former members, the late Pete Domenici.


Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior
Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior (July 25, 2017)

A lawyer and former lobbyist who was at the center of some high-profile controversies during the Bush administration is going back to work at the Department of the Interior.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Answers sought on Dakota Access Pipeline
Native Sun News Today: Answers sought on Dakota Access Pipeline (April 12, 2017)

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) launched the initiative with an official letter a top U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official.


Lawmakers ask Army Corps to explain decision on Dakota Access Pipeline
Lawmakers ask Army Corps to explain decision on Dakota Access Pipeline (April 6, 2017)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe continue to fight the project in federal court.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructure
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructure (March 6, 2017)

Lawmakers want to make sure tribes are at the table as President Donald Trump proposes new investments.


Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure (February 1, 2017)

As President Trump pushes unwanted projects on tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to improve aging dams and outdated irrigation systems.


Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices
Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices (January 31, 2017)

Ryan Zinke for Interior and Rick Perry for Energy saw opposition from Democrats and Independents but both are expected to win final confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate.


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.


Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands
Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands (April 21, 2016)

The Energy Policy Modernization Act addresses red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and includes Alaska Native corporations in more programs.


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.


Senate committee approves bill to reform land-into-trust process
Senate committee approves bill to reform land-into-trust process (December 2, 2015)

The normally bipartisan spirit on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee was broken as lawmakers took action on a long-awaited Carcieri fix.


President Obama to award Medal of Freedom to Billy Frank Jr.
President Obama to award Medal of Freedom to Billy Frank Jr. (November 24, 2015)

The late treaty rights activist, who passed away in May 2014 at the age of 83, is receiving the nation's highest civilian honor.


Obama takes aim at racist mascots and harmful stereotypes
Obama takes aim at racist mascots and harmful stereotypes (November 6, 2015)

'If you’re living in a society that devalues your culture, or perpetuates stereotypes, you may be devaluing yourself,' the president said at the White House Tribal Nations Conference.


Sen. Cantwell to introduce bill to end NFL's tax-exempt status
Sen. Cantwell to introduce bill to end NFL's tax-exempt status (September 16, 2014)

The lawmaker said she was taking action because the NFL has done little to address the racist name of the Washington franchise.


Senate Democrats urge NFL to take action against racist mascot
Senate Democrats urge NFL to take action against racist mascot (May 22, 2014)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) took the lead on the issue.


Nation mourns passing of treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr.
Nation mourns passing of treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr. (May 6, 2014)

Tribal, federal and state officials across the country are mourning the passing of treaty rights advocate Billy Frank Jr.


Opinion: Democrats celebrate Andrew Jackson's Indian removal
Opinion: Democrats celebrate Andrew Jackson's Indian removal (May 2, 2014)

Writer says Democrats should stop celebrating the legacy of former president Andrew Jackson, who ordered the removal of Indian nations from their homelands.


DaShanne Stokes: Racist Americans cling to football mascot
DaShanne Stokes: Racist Americans cling to football mascot (March 17, 2014)

DaShanne Stokes discusses the controversy behind the Washington professional football team's racist mascot.


ThinkProgress: Sen. Cantwell hosted meeting on racist mascot
ThinkProgress: Sen. Cantwell hosted meeting on racist mascot (March 11, 2014)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, held a meeting with tribal organizations, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and representatives of the Washington football team:


Sen. Cantwell and Rep. Cole blast racist DC football mascot
Sen. Cantwell and Rep. Cole blast racist DC football mascot (February 10, 2014)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) are urging the NFL to take a position against the racist Washington mascot.


Sen. Cantwell won't confirm new committee chair position
Sen. Cantwell won't confirm new committee chair position (January 31, 2014)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) won't say which leadership post she is taking now that she's giving up control of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.


Sen. Tester slated to lead Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Sen. Tester slated to lead Senate Indian Affairs Committee (January 29, 2014)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is slated to chair the Senate Indian Affairs Committee for the remainder of the 113th Congress.


Sen. Cantwell might exit top Indian Affairs Committee job
Sen. Cantwell might exit top Indian Affairs Committee job (January 7, 2014)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) might leave her post as chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee if she's offered the gavel on the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.


Senate committee approves reauthorization of NAHASDA
Senate committee approves reauthorization of NAHASDA (January 6, 2014)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee voted last month to pass S.1352, the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2013.


Senate committee advances Vince Logan nomination at OST
Senate committee advances Vince Logan nomination at OST (January 6, 2014)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee voted last month to advance the nomination of Vince Logan to serve as the Special Trustee for American Indians.


Audio from SCIA hearing for Cobell land consolidation program
Audio from SCIA hearing for Cobell land consolidation program (December 11, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing this afternoon to discuss the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.


Audio from SCIA hearing for nomination of Vince Logan at OST
Audio from SCIA hearing for nomination of Vince Logan at OST (December 11, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing this afternoon for Vince Logan to serve as the Special Trustee for American Indians.


NCAI brings on David Mullon, Cherokee citizen, as top counsel
NCAI brings on David Mullon, Cherokee citizen, as top counsel (October 31, 2013)

The National Congress of American Indians has hired David Mullon, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, as its chief counsel.


Secretary Jewell to testify at Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Secretary Jewell to testify at Senate Indian Affairs Committee (April 29, 2013)

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will testify before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday, May 15. Jewell took over the Interior Department on April 12. She comes from Washington, the...


Senate Indian Affairs Committee   takes input from tribal leaders
Senate Indian Affairs Committee takes input from tribal leaders (March 4, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a listening session on Thursday to take input from tribal leaders. The session takes place from 9am to 12pm in Room 628 of...


Sen. Cantwell takes control of Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Sen. Cantwell takes control of Senate Indian Affairs Committee (February 27, 2013)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) made history on Tuesday as the first woman to lead the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Cantwell has been a member of the committee since she...


Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds first business meeting
Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds first business meeting (February 25, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold its first business meeting of the 113th Congress on Tuesday. Among other business, the committee will officially elect Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) as...


Senate Indian Affairs Committee postpones business meeting
Senate Indian Affairs Committee postpones business meeting (February 14, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has postponed its first business meeting of the 113th Congress. The meeting was due to take place this afternoon. A new date hasn't been confirmed....


NCAI President Jefferson Keel    to give State of Indian Nations
NCAI President Jefferson Keel to give State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2013)

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel will deliver the annual State of Indian Nations address on Thursday. Among other issues, Keel is expected to discuss the impact of...


Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets first business meeting
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets first business meeting (February 12, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds its first business meeting of the 113th Congress on Thursday. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) is the new chair. A total of eight Democrats serve...


Senate rejects alternative to VAWA without tribal jurisdiction
Senate rejects alternative to VAWA without tribal jurisdiction (February 8, 2013)

[YouTube: Cantwell Urges Swift Passage of Violence Against Women Act with Strong Tribal Provisions] The Senate voted down an alternative to S.47, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against...


Mary Pavel, Skokomish, announced as staff director for SCIA
Mary Pavel, Skokomish, announced as staff director for SCIA (January 11, 2013)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), the incoming chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, named a new staff director. Mary Pavel is a member of the Skokomish Tribe of Washington....


Sen. Maria Cantwell to chair Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Sen. Maria Cantwell to chair Senate Indian Affairs Committee (December 13, 2012)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is being led by a woman for the first time in its history.


Bill  introduced to take Quileute  Tribe away from  tsunami zone
Bill introduced to take Quileute Tribe away from tsunami zone (March 18, 2011)

The Quileute Tribe of Washington will be able to move out of a tsunami zone under legislation introduced in the 112th Congress. S.636 and H.R.1162 will transfer a total of...


BIA urged to get involved in dispute over ferry on Lummi Nation
BIA urged to get involved in dispute over ferry on Lummi Nation (March 4, 2011)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is being urged to get involved in a dispute over a ferry on the Lummi Nation in Washington. The tribe owns the land where the...


Quileute Tribe asks Sen. Cantwell to support federal land swap
Quileute Tribe asks Sen. Cantwell to support federal land swap (February 24, 2011)

The Quileute Tribe of Washington wants Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) to support a land swap with Olympic National Park. Chairwoman Bonita Cleveland and other tribal leaders met with Cantwell in...