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Anticipation builds as Indian Country calls for shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline
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Anticipation builds as Indian Country calls for shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline (August 9, 2017)
A year after the #NoDAPL movement burst onto the scene, Indian County remains united in calling for the shutdown of the controversial crude oil pipeline.

Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal
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Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal (August 7, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is poised to help tribes resolve a long-standing taxation issue even as a powerful lawmaker from President Trump's own party expresses resistance.

Trump administration moves in new direction with Cobell buy-back program
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Trump administration moves in new direction with Cobell buy-back program (July 31, 2017)
With just $540 million left to spend, the Trump administration is changing course when it comes to the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department
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Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department (July 26, 2017)
Jim Cason continues to wield significant power at the Department of the Interior even though he's never been confirmed by the Senate.

Mark Trahant: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care
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Mark Trahant: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care (July 24, 2017)
Another week and the United States Senate is ready to vote on legislation to remake the entire healthcare system, including Indian health.

Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
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Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests (July 11, 2017)
If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's not going to happen this week.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
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House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)
A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.

President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources
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President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources (June 29, 2017)
President Donald Trump blamed the federal government for hindering prosperity in Indian Country in his first official event with tribal leaders.

Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law
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Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law (June 26, 2017)
Indian Country is entering a new era in trust reform amid major changes at the Department of the Interior.

Tribes in for long haul as oil continues to flow through Dakota Access Pipeline
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Tribes in for long haul as oil continues to flow through Dakota Access Pipeline (June 23, 2017)
Tribal leaders remain confident they will be able to stop oil from flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline even though a decision isn't expected until the fall.

Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda
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Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda (June 21, 2017)
A Congressional committee with jurisdiction over tribal issues continues to move slowly on Indian Country's agenda, raising concerns about its intentions.

Tribes go it alone on climate change as Trump team shifts priorities
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Tribes go it alone on climate change as Trump team shifts priorities (June 21, 2017)
Tribes are vowing to protect their communities from climate change but they will have to go it alone due to limited support from the Trump administration.

Cronkite News: Navajo activist vows fight against racist NFL mascot
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Cronkite News: Navajo activist vows fight against racist NFL mascot (June 20, 2017)
Native advocates vowed to continue their fight against the 'racist' name of the Washington Redskins, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that use of such names is protected by the First Amendment.

Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget
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Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget (June 19, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke, the new leader of the Department of the Interior, is making his third appearance before Congress this week.

Trump nominee for key appeals court seen as favorable to tribal interests
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Trump nominee for key appeals court seen as favorable to tribal interests (June 16, 2017)
President Donald Trump is slowly filling open seats on courts across the nation and one of his picks has an important link to Indian Country.

Indian Country celebrates as judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access Pipeline
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Indian Country celebrates as judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access Pipeline (June 15, 2017)
The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline is entering a new phase after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to conduct an environmental review of the controversial project.

Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears
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Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears (June 14, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is rejecting tribal complaints about his controversial recommendation to change the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation
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Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation (June 13, 2017)
The Trump administration is coming under heavy fire as the new leader of the Department of the Interior makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the nation's largest inter-tribal organization.

National Congress of American Indians opens mid-year conference
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National Congress of American Indians opens mid-year conference (June 12, 2017)
The National Congress of American Indians will be hearing from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other top Trump administration officials at its meeting in Connecticut this week.

Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back
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Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back (June 5, 2017)
The Interior Department has 'not accomplished much' in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund, a top official said recently.

Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation
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Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation (May 26, 2017)
A dispute over a power line on the reservation has drawn significant interest from Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke headed to National Congress of American Indians in June
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Secretary Zinke headed to National Congress of American Indians in June (May 25, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior will speak at NCAI's mid-year conference in June.

Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs
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Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (May 24, 2017)
Leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians say the new administration isn't listening to Indian Country.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
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Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)
Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Peter d'Errico: When to collaborate and when to resist colonialism
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Peter d'Errico: When to collaborate and when to resist colonialism (May 10, 2017)
Native people's relations with colonialism requires as much clear analysis as possible—to gauge when and where to collaborate, when and where to resist.

Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands
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Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (May 9, 2017)
A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.

Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act
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Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act (May 5, 2017)
With the Indian Health Service severely underfunded, tribal advocates are worried about the impacts of the repeal and replace effort.

President Trump revives 'Pocahontas' insult in speech to gun group
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President Trump revives 'Pocahontas' insult in speech to gun group (May 3, 2017)
The nation's largest tribal advocacy group is condemning President Donald Trump for rehashing an anti-Indian slur.

Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal support
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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 groups
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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 appearance
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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 Washington
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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 reorganization
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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 Department
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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 Obamacare
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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 Pipeline
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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 opinion
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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 completion
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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 agenda
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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 Secretary
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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'
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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 nominee
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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 camp
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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 Pipeline
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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 slight
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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 Pipeline
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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 era
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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 advocates
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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 era
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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 Pipeline
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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 hand
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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 office
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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 pipelines
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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 celebration
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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.
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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 tribes
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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 Washington
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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 team
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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 Country
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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 Pipeline
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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.

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