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Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program
Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program (September 2, 2019)

Time is running out for landowners on the Navajo Nation who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program.


House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country
House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country (June 18, 2019)

Democrats are hoping to avoid another shutdown of the federal government, like the one that crippled tribal and urban Indian communities earlier in the year.


Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era
Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era (May 31, 2019)

In the first two years of the Trump presidency, complaints of wrongdoing, corruption, fraud and misuse of funds increased 16 percent at the agency with the most responsibilities in Indian Country.


AUDIO: House hearing on reorganization at Department of the Interior
AUDIO: House hearing on reorganization at Department of the Interior (May 1, 2019)

Lawmakers heard competing views about the controversial initiative. One from a tribal leader. The other from the Trump administration.


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.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


President Trump releases new budget with cuts for Indian Country programs
President Trump releases new budget with cuts for Indian Country programs (March 11, 2019)

The Trump administration finally released its fiscal year 2020 budget and the numbers aren't looking good for Indian Country.


House Committee on Appropriations welcomes Indian Country leaders to Washington
House Committee on Appropriations welcomes Indian Country leaders to Washington (March 1, 2019)

Representatives of tribal nations, Indian organizations and urban Indian providers from across the U.S. are presenting their funding priorities to Congress.


Navajo Nation resorts to food drive as longest government shutdown continues
Navajo Nation resorts to food drive as longest government shutdown continues (January 24, 2019)

Tribes are growing increasingly alarmed by the never-ending government shutdown that has no solution in sight.


Shutdown isn't slowing down Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
Shutdown isn't slowing down Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (January 17, 2019)

The partial closure of the federal government isn't preventing the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations from carrying out its mission.


Solutions elusive for Indian Country as impasse in Washington drags on
Solutions elusive for Indian Country as impasse in Washington drags on (January 15, 2019)

With efforts to resolve the record-breaking government shutdown at a standstill, tribal leaders and advocates are scrambling for ways out of the crisis.


'Recipe for disaster': The #TrumpShutdown and Indian Country
'Recipe for disaster': The #TrumpShutdown and Indian Country (January 9, 2019)

With tribal communities feeling the pinch of the #TrumpShutdown, Democrats in Congress are working to restore federal funding to Indian Country.


Indian Country energy revenues are on the rise after slump
Indian Country energy revenues are on the rise after slump (November 1, 2018)

Energy development revenues in Indian Country topped $1 billion for the first time in four years.


Navajo Nation objects as Trump team seeks to 'close out' relocation office
Navajo Nation objects as Trump team seeks to 'close out' relocation office (May 31, 2018)

The Navajo Nation is calling on its citizens to help prevent the Trump administration from shutting down a federal agency linked to a once-bitter land dispute.


Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide'
Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide' (May 8, 2018)

The tribe whose ancestors welcomed Lewis and Clark to the Northwest more than 200 years ago is still fighting for federal recognition.


Tribal citizens disproportionately affected by Trump reorganization
Tribal citizens disproportionately affected by Trump reorganization (April 3, 2018)

Of the 33 senior career officials who were reassigned by the Trump administration at the Department of the Interior last year, a third are Native Americans.


Secretary Zinke tells Interior employees 'diversity isn't important'
Secretary Zinke tells Interior employees 'diversity isn't important' (March 27, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke values diversity in the workplace, a spokesperson said as CNN reported questionable comments from the leader of the Department of the Interior.


High Country News: Harassment pervades Bureau of Indian Affairs
High Country News: Harassment pervades Bureau of Indian Affairs (March 16, 2018)

One of the oldest agencies in the Department of Interior appears to have some of its worst harassment problems.


Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight
Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight (December 22, 2017)

The cultural assault on sexual misconduct in America is moving beyond the halls of Capitol Hill and Hollywood and into Indian Country.


Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 14, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is taking action to improve working conditions at the Department of the Interior after a landmark study showed a higher rate of harassment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 12, 2017)

A years-long effort by tribes is coming to fruition as the Trump administration prepares to return the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to its familiar roots.


Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments
Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments (September 28, 2017)

Is Secretary Ryan Zinke about to unleash another round of employee reassignments at the pirate ship better known as the Department of the Interior?


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.'


Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives
Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives (July 20, 2017)

A scientist at the Department of the Interior says the Trump administration retaliated against him for speaking out in defense of Alaska Native communities.


Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law
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.


Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings
Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings (May 23, 2017)

The agency is one the few in federal government whose responsibilities solely affect Indian Country.


Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department
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.


Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in Senate
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in Senate (February 28, 2017)

It's taken longer than expected but the Interior Department is slated to get a new leader.


Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures
Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures (February 21, 2017)

More than 15 years after a computer shutdown sent Indian Country into turmoil, the agency is still struggling to protect its information technology systems.


Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts (February 13, 2017)

With each passing generation new problems arise in Indian country that threaten tribal sovereignty.


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.


Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (January 23, 2017)

The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.


Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues (December 12, 2016)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.


Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump
Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump (November 23, 2016)

Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is under consideration to run the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in Washington
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.


Special Trustee Vince Logan joins financial education committee
Special Trustee Vince Logan joins financial education committee (November 3, 2016)

The Financial Literacy and Education Commission was created by Congress to focus on money matters for Americans.


Interior Department updates information about trust reform talks
Interior Department updates information about trust reform talks (August 3, 2016)

A new law known as the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act promises dramatic changes to the agency's trust management structure.


Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law
Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law (July 22, 2016)

Tribes supported H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, because it promises dramatic changes to the federal government's trust management structure.


Jay Daniels: New law takes us backward in serving Indian Country
Jay Daniels: New law takes us backward in serving Indian Country (July 18, 2016)

It is going to be a terrible thing for Indian Country if the Office of Special Trustee is dissolved.


Major trust reform bill supported by Indian Country signed into law
Major trust reform bill supported by Indian Country signed into law (June 22, 2016)

President Barack Obama signed H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, despite concerns within his administration.


Tribes pressure President Obama to sign trust reform legislation
Tribes pressure President Obama to sign trust reform legislation (June 15, 2016)

H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, is the first comprehensive trust reform package to clear Congress in more than two decades.


Congress passes first comprehensive Indian trust bill in decades
Congress passes first comprehensive Indian trust bill in decades (June 10, 2016)

Tribes and tribal organizations support H.R.812, theIndian Trust Asset Reform Act, but the Obama administration does not.


House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget
House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget (March 21, 2016)

Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and the Indian Health Service will discuss their priorities amid concerns from some lawmakers that the budget invests in programs that may not be seeing results.


Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday
Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday (March 16, 2016)

The agency that was charged with overseeing trust reform efforts at the Interior Department is welcoming beneficiaries from the Washington, D.C., and Mid-Atlantic area.


House subcommittee to hear from tribes and tribal organizations
House subcommittee to hear from tribes and tribal organizations (March 14, 2016)

Dozens of tribal leaders and representatives of tribal organizations will present their funding priorities at four sessions this week.


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.


Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearing
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearing (February 29, 2016)

The budget includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $140.4 million for the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and $217 million for Indian Country water programs at the Bureau of Reclamation.


House approves bill to reform trust duties at Interior Department
House approves bill to reform trust duties at Interior Department (February 25, 2016)

H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, lays the groundwork to return the functions of Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


House set for debate and vote on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act
House set for debate and vote on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (February 23, 2016)

H.R.812, the first major trust reform bill in decades, is supported by Indian Country but opposed by the Obama administration.


Office of Special Trustee budget request remains steady at $140M
Office of Special Trustee budget request remains steady at $140M (February 9, 2016)

The agency, which is part of the Interior Department, holds nearly $4.9 billion in trust for more than 250 tribes and about 400,000 individual Indians.


House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup
House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup (February 4, 2016)

Except for a land-into-trust measure affecting the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, the bills were non-controversial and didn't receive much discussion.


House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills
House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills (January 29, 2016)

Four bills on the agenda address trust reform, water rights and land-into-trust issues.


Government shutdown looms as Congress nears budget deadline
Government shutdown looms as Congress nears budget deadline (December 9, 2015)

A shutdown would put 71 percent of employees at the Interior Department -- home to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Special Trustee -- on furlough.


Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with advisory board in DC
Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with advisory board in DC (November 2, 2015)

Special Trustee Vince Logan brought the board back to life after years of inaction under the Bush administration.


Republican Jeb Bush wants to move DOI headquarters out West
Republican Jeb Bush wants to move DOI headquarters out West (October 22, 2015)

The majority of Bureau of Indian Affairs and Office of Special Trustee employees are already in and near Indian Country.


Special Trustee Vince Logan to address tribal tax conference
Special Trustee Vince Logan to address tribal tax conference (September 14, 2015)

The 17th annual National Intertribal Tax Alliance conference is being hosted by the Seneca Nation of New York.


Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with tribes in Upper Midwest
Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with tribes in Upper Midwest (August 24, 2015)

The three-day trip in September includes visits with tribal leaders and agency officials in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Special Trustee Vince Logan reaches out to Indian Country
Special Trustee Vince Logan reaches out to Indian Country (July 24, 2015)

Tribes have been calling for a 'sunset' to the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians at the Interior Department.


Special Trustee Advisory Board to hold first meeting in August
Special Trustee Advisory Board to hold first meeting in August (July 15, 2015)

Special Trustee Vince Logan has selected nine people to advise him on trust reform efforts at the Interior Department.


Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing
Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing (July 9, 2015)

Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn defended the Office of the Special Trustee in his colleague's absence.