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Mary Annette Pember: Indian Country Today set for relaunch on June 4
National

Mary Annette Pember: Indian Country Today set for relaunch on June 4 (May 23, 2018)

Mark your calendars: the new Indian Country Today debuts at the mid-year session of the National Congress of American Indians.

Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case
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Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case (May 16, 2018)

After seven months, the Trump administration has finally provided its views in a closely-watched treaty rights case and it's not looking good for Indian Country.

'Who do you think you are?': Lakota veteran encounters resistance at the VA
Health | National | Politics

'Who do you think you are?': Lakota veteran encounters resistance at the VA (May 14, 2018)

With the Department of Veterans Affairs still lacking leadership, one Native veteran is glad Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) helped derail the man who was supposed to lead the agency.

Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill
National | Politics

Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2018)

Tara Sweeney’s confirmation hearing for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs was almost a celebration.

Trump's pick to lead Department of Veterans Affairs withdraws amid doubts
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Trump's pick to lead Department of Veterans Affairs withdraws amid doubts (April 26, 2018)

Another one of President Donald Trump's nominees has dropped out of the confirmation process after questions were raised by key lawmakers.

HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands
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HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands (April 24, 2018)

Tribes are making the federal government get out of the way when it comes to leasing on their homelands.

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails
National | Politics

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails (April 17, 2018)

A vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act failed in spectacular fashion evening but a key leader says the fight isn't over.

Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote
Politics

Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote (April 17, 2018)

Tribes lost a battle in Congress when Democrats tanked a bill giving tribes authority over labor relations.

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
National | Politics | Trust

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill (April 12, 2018)

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.

Cronkite News: Tribes assert authority in domestic violence cases
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Cronkite News: Tribes assert authority in domestic violence cases (March 30, 2018)

A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases 'has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era,' according to a new report.

All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case
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All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case (March 29, 2018)

A closely-watched patent dispute involving the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is moving into the federal court system.

Spending bill includes large infusion of funds for Indian housing
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Spending bill includes large infusion of funds for Indian housing (March 27, 2018)

The $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress and signed into law last week includes the largest infusion of funds for Indian housing in nearly a decade.

Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities
National | Politics

Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities (March 26, 2018)

Indian Country still has a lot of work to do to ensure the federal government lives up to its treaty and trust responsibilities.

Mark Trahant: Business as usual in D.C. is good for Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Business as usual in D.C. is good for Indian Country (March 26, 2018)

Federal Indian programs, some of which had been slated for either elimination or deep cuts by the Trump administration, continue on course.

Mark Trahant: Congress faces deadline to pass big spending bill
Politics

Mark Trahant: Congress faces deadline to pass big spending bill (March 22, 2018)

Indian programs are not a part of the policy disputes in Congress, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service would have operations suspended during a government shutdown

Tribes cite progress since passage of Violence Against Women Act
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Tribes cite progress since passage of Violence Against Women Act (March 20, 2018)

Prior to enactment of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013, tribes lacked authority to prosecute non-Indians who abused their partners.

Cronkite News: Tribes hit hard by opioid crisis but federal support remains elusive
Health | National | Politics

Cronkite News: Tribes hit hard by opioid crisis but federal support remains elusive (March 20, 2018)

The opioid crisis has hit rural Native Americans significantly harder than any group in the nation, and the problem may be even worse because of racial misclassification on death certificates.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes
National | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes (March 13, 2018)

With jokes about powwows and questions about DNA tests, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is still facing doubts about her Indian heritage.

Tim Giago: Indian newspapers and Indian journalists are alive and well
Opinion

Tim Giago: Indian newspapers and Indian journalists are alive and well (March 6, 2018)

It seems that the newspaper I founded on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1981 has been kicked from pillar to post since I sold it to the Oneida Nation in 1998.

Mark Trahant: To a new kind of news organization for Indian Country
Opinion

Mark Trahant: To a new kind of news organization for Indian Country (March 6, 2018)

I have been teaching journalism for the past seven years and I am always telling students that this is a time of great opportunity

Tribes weigh in on taxation case ahead of Supreme Court arguments
Business | Law | National

Tribes weigh in on taxation case ahead of Supreme Court arguments (March 5, 2018)

An online taxation case could hinder economic growth in Indian Country unless the U.S. Supreme Court addresses tribal sovereignty.

Indian Country Today revived with a veteran Native journalist at helm
National

Indian Country Today revived with a veteran Native journalist at helm (February 28, 2018)

Mark Trahant, a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, is the new editor of Indian Country Today.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson slammed for spending amid budget cuts
National | Politics

Housing Secretary Ben Carson slammed for spending amid budget cuts (February 28, 2018)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is under fire for spending $31,561 on new furniture while seeking more than $100 million in cuts to Indian programs.

Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council welcomes First Nation to group
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Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council welcomes First Nation to group (February 26, 2018)

The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council has welcomed a new member from the north.

Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
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Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

The leader of the National Congress of American Indians singled out a controversial bill as a threat to tribal sovereignty as he called on lawmakers to work on more productive ways to improve public safety in tribal communities.

Trump administration continues to back Indian Health Service pick
Health | National | Politics

Trump administration continues to back Indian Health Service pick (February 15, 2018)

The nomination of Robert Weaver, a citizen of the Quapaw Tribe, to lead the Indian Health Service remains in limbo amid questions about his qualifications and his past.

National Congress of American Indians wraps up big winter session
National | Politics

National Congress of American Indians wraps up big winter session (February 15, 2018)

Hundreds of tribal leaders and Native youth are in Washington, D.C., all week for the winter session of the National Congress of American Indians.

Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down
National | Politics

Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down (February 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders gave a standing ovation to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) after a surprise speech in which she promised to stand up for Native Americans and their issues.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the National Congress of American Indians
National | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the National Congress of American Indians (February 14, 2018)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) made her first-ever appearance before the National Congress of American Indians on February 14, 2018.

National Congress of American Indians kicks off big winter session
National | Politics

National Congress of American Indians kicks off big winter session (February 13, 2018)

Hundreds of tribal leaders and Native youth are in Washington, D.C., all week for the winter session of the National Congress of American Indians and Indianz.Com is tweeting so you can relive all of the greatest hits.

Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic
Health | National | Politics

Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic (February 13, 2018)

Among the few bright spots for Indian Country within President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is a $413 million increase for the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: White House sends messages with its new budget
National | Politics

Mark Trahant: White House sends messages with its new budget (February 13, 2018)

Rich people face tough times so they deserved a huge tax cut. Poor people are poor because of their own failures.

Cronkite News: Tribes call for respect for their sovereignty in nation's capital
National | Politics

Cronkite News: Tribes call for respect for their sovereignty in nation's capital (February 13, 2018)

The federal tax overhaul passed in December is “completely unacceptable," just another example of what can happen when Indian Country isn't not included in federal decision-making, a top tribal leader said.

Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan
Education | National | Politics

Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan (February 13, 2018)

President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure appears to offer little more than a nod to tribal governments, though his new budget promises support for fixing deteriorating Indian schools.

National Congress of American Indians: State of Indian Nations
National | Politics

National Congress of American Indians: State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2018)

Jefferson Keel, the president of the National Congress of American Indians, delivered the State of Indian Nations in Washington, D.C., on February 12, 2018.

Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations
National | Politics

Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2018)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered the Congressional response to the State of Indian Nations in Washington, D.C.

Yurok Tribe hosts screening of film focused on traditional justice
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Yurok Tribe hosts screening of film focused on traditional justice (February 12, 2018)

Attendees of the National Congress of American Indians winter meeting will learn more about traditional forms of justice as part of an event hosted by the Yurok Tribe.

National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C.
National | Politics

National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C. (February 8, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians is finalizing the schedule for its big meeting in Washington, D.C., next week.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets schedule for a busy week
National | Politics

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets schedule for a busy week (February 8, 2018)

Hundreds of tribal leaders and advocates are heading to nation's capital and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is preparing to host them during a particularly busy week.

Jefferson Keel and Ernie Stevens: A moral obligation to help tribes restore homelands
Opinion | Politics | Trust

Jefferson Keel and Ernie Stevens: A moral obligation to help tribes restore homelands (February 1, 2018)

The Department of the Interior has embarked upon changes to Federal Indian policy that could negatively impact our tribal nations for generations to come.

Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition
Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition

Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition (January 30, 2018)

It's official -- there are now 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

Cleveland baseball team removes 'Chief Wahoo' logo from uniforms
Sports

Cleveland baseball team removes 'Chief Wahoo' logo from uniforms (January 29, 2018)

The Cleveland professional baseball team will remove the stereotypical 'Chief Wahoo' logo from its uniforms but won't be getting rid of its race-based name or the logo itself.

San Manuel Band awards large grant to Tribal Supreme Court Project
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San Manuel Band awards large grant to Tribal Supreme Court Project (January 24, 2018)

A $600,000 grant will enable the Tribal Supreme Court Project to advocate for Indian Country at the highest court in the land.

National Congress of American Indians lines up speakers for big meeting in D.C.
National | Politics

National Congress of American Indians lines up speakers for big meeting in D.C. (January 24, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians is preparing for a big meeting in Washington, D.C., as tribes continue to deal with ongoing political challenges.

Border wall opposed by Tohono O'odham Nation 'off the table' in D.C.
National | Politics

Border wall opposed by Tohono O'odham Nation 'off the table' in D.C. (January 24, 2018)

An offer to fund a wall along the United States border with Mexico is 'off the table,' according to the top Democrat in the Senate.

Trump administration signals major changes for tribal lending industry
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Trump administration signals major changes for tribal lending industry (January 19, 2018)

Indian Country advocates are praising the Trump administration for dropping a case that targeted the tribal lending industry.

National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again
National | Politics

National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again (January 17, 2018)

Tribal leaders will be hearing from Secretary Ryan Zinke at an upcoming National Congress of American Indians meeting in Washington, D.C.

Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket
Environment | Law | National

Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket (January 16, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court could soon be delivering another jolt to Indian Country, as another treaty rights case is looming on the horizon.

Albert Bender: Hundreds march to protest climate change policies in the Trump era
Environment | National | Politics | World

Albert Bender: Hundreds march to protest climate change policies in the Trump era (December 19, 2017)

On a cold wintry day, hundreds of concerned Tennesseans protested the U.S. government’s decision, spearheaded by President Trump, to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change
National | Politics | Trust

Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change (November 28, 2017)

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a major step forward on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration considers changes widely opposed in Indian Country.

Cronkite News: President Trump overshadows Code Talkers with 'Pocahontas' jab
National | Politics

Cronkite News: President Trump overshadows Code Talkers with 'Pocahontas' jab (November 28, 2017)

Tribal groups reacted swiftly after President Donald Trump used an event honoring Native American Code Talkers to call a Democratic senator 'Pocahontas,' what critics called a slur that marred an otherwise positive event.

President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes
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President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes (November 27, 2017)

President Donald Trump sparked widespread outrage in Indian Country after marring an event featuring Navajo war heroes with a derogatory slur.

Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case
Law | National

Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case (November 9, 2017)

A closely-watched reservation boundary case could be headed to the nation's highest court, setting up a clash between tribes, states and the Trump administration.

Tribal organizations take on Washington NFL team with social media campaign
National | Sports

Tribal organizations take on Washington NFL team with social media campaign (November 3, 2017)

An organization representing more than 50 Northwest tribes has launched a social media campaign meant to shame the Washington NFL team.

Cronkite News: Tribes left out of Republican push for tax reform in Washington
Business | National | Politics

Cronkite News: Tribes left out of Republican push for tax reform in Washington (November 2, 2017)

A day before Republicans were expected to unveil their plan to overhaul the tax code, tribal leaders and senators complained that Indian Country once again does not have a seat at the table.

Cronkite News: Tribal advocates welcome action on Indian Child Welfare Act case
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Cronkite News: Tribal advocates welcome action on Indian Child Welfare Act case (November 1, 2017)

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody of their children.

Tribes don't want to be left behind as Washington turns to tax policy reform
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Tribes don't want to be left behind as Washington turns to tax policy reform (October 26, 2017)

With Indian Country's standing within the Trump administration still in flux, tribal leaders are turning to Congress to include them in tax reform efforts.

Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands
Business | National | Politics | Trust

Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands (October 25, 2017)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are embracing a once-controversial Indian land bill, seeing it as a means for exercising greater control of their economic futures.

National Congress of American Indians backs Native component for trade agreement
Business | Canada | National

National Congress of American Indians backs Native component for trade agreement (October 24, 2017)

The National Congress of American Indians is joining its sister organization across the northern border in seeking a Native component for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Top Trump administration official casts doubt on tribal economic development rule
Business | National | Politics

Top Trump administration official casts doubt on tribal economic development rule (October 24, 2017)

Tribes are eager to end dual taxation on their reservations. Is the Trump administration listening?