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Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal supportFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal support (April 6, 2017)
Tribal leaders and advocates are embracing Neil Gorsuch but it wasn't enough to affect a showdown between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.
Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groupsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Indian Child Welfare Act survives attack from conservative groups (March 21, 2017)
Tribal leaders and advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge rejected a broad challenge on the historic law.
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearanceFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (March 6, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is already living up to promises to keep Indian Country on the top of his agenda.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads Native Nations Rise march in WashingtonFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads Native Nations Rise march in Washington (March 6, 2017)
The event culminates with a march from the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the White House.
New Interior Secretary Zinke confirms rumors of reorganizationFiled Under: National | Politics
New Interior Secretary Zinke confirms rumors of reorganization (March 3, 2017)
The new leader of the Interior Department is promising 'bold' changes that are slated to include the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (March 1, 2017)
The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on ObamacareFiled Under: Health | National
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (March 1, 2017)
As the nation's politicians spar over the fate of Obamacare, tribes are still waiting on the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibilities.
Indian Country joins legal push to block Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Indian Country joins legal push to block Dakota Access Pipeline (February 22, 2017)
With all hope lost in the Trump administration, more tribes and tribal advocates are joining the court fight.
Trump team puts hold on pro-tribal and pro-treaty Dakota Access legal opinionFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Trump team puts hold on pro-tribal and pro-treaty Dakota Access legal opinion (February 22, 2017)
Since January 20, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe have lost all of their allies in the federal government.
Dakota Access offers up March 6 as earliest date for completionFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Dakota Access offers up March 6 as earliest date for completion (February 22, 2017)
Construction crews have completed drilling a 'pilot hole' and are making it bigger in order to install a 30-inch pipe under the Missouri River in North Dakota.
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agendaFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda (February 20, 2017)
Scott Pruitt, as attorney general in Oklahoma, repeatedly fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation fronts.
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior SecretaryFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary (February 20, 2017)
It's unusual for Indian Country to wait so long for someone to be confirmed at the Interior Department, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities'Filed Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities' (February 20, 2017)
Tribes are still in the dark about the future of Indian health and the Cabinet position most important to Indian Country remains vacant.
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (February 17, 2017)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.
Bureau of Indian Affairs issues 'trespass' notice to #NoDAPL campFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs issues 'trespass' notice to #NoDAPL camp (February 17, 2017)
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is no longer willing to accept Sacred Stone, the original #NoDAPL encampment.
Army Department formally cancels review of Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Army Department formally cancels review of Dakota Access Pipeline (February 16, 2017)
The decision from the Donald Trump administration marks another slight to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Standing Rock leader vows to 'forgive' but keep fighting after White House slightFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Standing Rock leader vows to 'forgive' but keep fighting after White House slight (February 15, 2017)
Mistrust of the new Trump administration is running high as Indian Country tries to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access Pipeline (February 14, 2017)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California) is toeing the Republican party line when it comes to the controversial project.
Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump eraFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era (February 14, 2017)
Indian issues have always been portrayed as non-partisan but it looks like that's no longer the case, at least when it comes to health care.
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocatesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates (February 13, 2017)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't support tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians while Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price wants to dismantle Obamacare.
First State of Indian Nations address in the new Donald Trump eraFiled Under: National | Politics
First State of Indian Nations address in the new Donald Trump era (February 13, 2017)
National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby is delivering the speech in Washington, D.C.
More tribes join effort to halt completion of Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
More tribes join effort to halt completion of Dakota Access Pipeline (February 13, 2017)
The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline is entering a crucial phase as tribes and their citizens place their faith in a system of justice that hasn't always addressed their concerns.
Dakota Access pushes to finish pipeline with Army Corps easement in handFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Dakota Access pushes to finish pipeline with Army Corps easement in hand (February 9, 2017)
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is already fighting back with a request to halt all construction activities.
Delay in #NoDAPL response points to more changes with President Trump in officeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Delay in #NoDAPL response points to more changes with President Trump in office (January 27, 2017)
New leaders at the Department of Justice and the Department of the Army will get a chance to put their mark on the lawsuit.
Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelinesFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelines (January 25, 2017)
For decades, and even centuries, massive dams, sprawling highways, poisonous mines, radioactive nuclear facilities, dangerous military ranges and similar developments have been imposed on tribes by Washington.
American Indian Society returns with 13th inaugural celebrationFiled Under: National | Politics
American Indian Society returns with 13th inaugural celebration (January 9, 2017)
Indian Country is finding plenty of ways to celebrate as the nation transitions to new leadership.
Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C.Filed Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C. (December 16, 2016)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) invited tribal leaders and others to share their views with the incoming Republican administration.
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (November 18, 2016)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.
Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in WashingtonFiled Under: National | Politics
Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in Washington (November 10, 2016)
Indian Country is adjusting to a new political reality with Donald Trump headed to the White House.
Quinault Nation calls for tribal inclusion in Donald Trump's transition teamFiled Under: National | Politics
Quinault Nation calls for tribal inclusion in Donald Trump's transition team (November 9, 2016)
President Fawn Sharp acknowledged that Republican Donald Trump's victory on Election Day came as a 'surprise' but vowed to move forward.
Cronkite News: Fighting the opioid epidemic in Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | National
Cronkite News: Fighting the opioid epidemic in Indian Country (October 25, 2016)
A crowded session at the National Congress of American Indians annual convention focused on opioid addiction.
Donald Trump embraces big energy projects like Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Donald Trump embraces big energy projects like Dakota Access Pipeline (October 24, 2016)
The Republican presidential nominee's energy adviser happens to be one of the biggest defenders of the controversial pipeline.
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts ActFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Opinion | Politics | Federal Recognition
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation tries to 'Trump' federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act (October 24, 2016)
Turning Oklahoma into an isolated island in Indian Country serves no purpose for anyone.
NCAI President: A 'terrible job' at health care for the first AmericansFiled Under: Health | National
NCAI President: A 'terrible job' at health care for the first Americans (October 14, 2016)
It's no secret that the Indian Health Service is woefully inadequate.
White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girlsFiled Under: Law | National | World
White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girls (October 13, 2016)
Top officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico are working to address high levels of violence.
Indian Country united in call for full review of Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Indian Country united in call for full review of Dakota Access Pipeline (October 13, 2016)
A legal, regulatory and political push continues in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goalFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal (October 12, 2016)
More than 500,000 acres has been placed in trust but the figure includes properties that weren't the subject of land-into-trust applications.
Mary Annette Pember: Tribal leaders meet for NCAI conventionFiled Under: National
Mary Annette Pember: Tribal leaders meet for NCAI convention (October 12, 2016)
Independent journalist Mary Annette Pember is in Phoenix, Arizona, for the National Congress of American Indians 73rd annual convention.
Sen. John McCain doesn't want more 'liberal' justices on Supreme CourtFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Sen. John McCain doesn't want more 'liberal' justices on Supreme Court (October 11, 2016)
Indian Country pays close attention to the Supreme Court due to the potential for damaging rulings on sovereignty, land and other issues.
Tribal leaders and advocates slam Donald Trump as NCAI opens annual conventionFiled Under: National | Politics
Tribal leaders and advocates slam Donald Trump as NCAI opens annual convention (October 11, 2016)
The National Congress of American Indians is hosting its 73rd annual convention in Phoenix, Arizona.
Supreme Court accepts case linked to NFL team's racist mascotFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Supreme Court accepts case linked to NFL team's racist mascot (September 29, 2016)
A lower court has yet to rule on the team's trademark fight against Native youth activists.
President Barack Obama hosts final White House Tribal Nations ConferenceFiled Under: National | Politics
President Barack Obama hosts final White House Tribal Nations Conference (September 27, 2016)
The president's speech barely hit the 12-minute mark but enthusiasm was strong among the hundreds gathered in Washington, D.C.
Obama administration asks tribes about infrastructure projectsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Obama administration asks tribes about infrastructure projects (September 23, 2016)
The #NoDAPL movement is forcing federal agencies to re-examine their handling of large projects.
Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a closeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close (September 21, 2016)
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.
Judge won't grant injunction to protect sacred sites in DAPL pathFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Judge won't grant injunction to protect sacred sites in DAPL path (September 12, 2016)
The #NoDAPL fight continues on legal and political fronts even after the Obama administration put a crucial portion of the controversial project on hold.
Indian Country eagerly anticipates decision in #NoDAPL lawsuitFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Indian Country eagerly anticipates decision in #NoDAPL lawsuit (September 9, 2016)
The ruling could determine the fate of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line voteFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line vote (September 8, 2016)
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.
Tribes prepare for critical hearing in Dakota Access Pipeline lawsuitFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Tribes prepare for critical hearing in Dakota Access Pipeline lawsuit (August 22, 2016)
Support is growing across Indian Country as tribes head to court in a bid to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from crossing their sacred lands.
Brian Cladoosby: A victory for Native voting rights in North DakotaFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Brian Cladoosby: A victory for Native voting rights in North Dakota (August 11, 2016)
The president of the National Congress of American Indians calls on the federal government to do more to protect voting rights in Indian Country.
Vi Waln: Too many of our own people continue to smoke cigarettesFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Vi Waln: Too many of our own people continue to smoke cigarettes (July 27, 2016)
If the smoking chain is not broken now, our unborn generations will continue to die from disproportionately high disease rates.
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan drops proposals to address tribal rights-of-way issuesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan drops proposals to address tribal rights-of-way issues (July 13, 2016)
The amendments would have required the Bureau of Indian Affairs to update its technology and resolve a trespassing dispute.
Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural propertyFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | World
Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural property (July 6, 2016)
The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act) prohibits the the export of tribal property and punishes people who traffic in stolen items.
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice bill (July 6, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a bill that could strengthen the ability of tribal courts to hold offenders accountable.
National Congress of American Indians intern works two jobs in D.C.Filed Under: National
National Congress of American Indians intern works two jobs in D.C. (July 6, 2016)
Dominic Peacock of Acoma Pueblo is happy working 60 to 75 hours a week in the nation's capital.
Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders is right about Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders is right about Indian Health Service (July 1, 2016)
The country should redefine its relationship with its first people and fully-funding the promise of health care is an excellent place to start.
Very few Native Americans are working for technology giant GoogleFiled Under: Technology
Very few Native Americans are working for technology giant Google (July 1, 2016)
Only 56 American Indians and Alaska Natives worked for Google in 2015, up from 44 the year prior.
Bureau of Indian Affairs still hoping to reach land-into-trust goalFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs still hoping to reach land-into-trust goal (June 30, 2016)
The agency has approved applications totaling 416,000 acres and hopes to reach 500,000 acres by January 2017.
National Park Service finalizes rule for tribal gathering of plantsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
National Park Service finalizes rule for tribal gathering of plants (June 30, 2016)
Tribes will be able to enter into government-to-government agreements to gather plants from national parks and national monuments.
Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girlsFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Law | National | Politics
Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls (June 29, 2016)
A resolution in Congress seeks to designate May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising sessionFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising session (June 24, 2016)
With four Indian law case on the docket, tribes were preparing for the worst.

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