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Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet (May 16, 2019)

A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office
Mark Trahant: Indian Country remains underrepresented in every government office (May 13, 2019)

A story that journalism should report often: Our election framework needs a serious fix.


'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills
'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills (May 8, 2019)

A tweet about Pocahontas spooked Republicans on Capitol Hill. Indian Country was the loser.


Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats seek government takeover of health care system
Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats seek government takeover of health care system (May 7, 2019)

For current Medicare recipients, 'Medicare for All' really means 'Medicare for None.'


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Bipartisan bill protects Native women and girls
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Bipartisan bill protects Native women and girls (May 7, 2019)

The silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women is wreaking havoc on our families and our communities.


Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers divided along party lines with climate change bill
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers divided along party lines with climate change bill (May 6, 2019)

The Climate Action Now Act would require the U.S. to meet the obligations of a global climate change accord.


AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either
AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either (May 2, 2019)

The Trump administration remains silent on a key issue -- forward funding for tribal programs.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: South Dakota governor does the work of a religious fanatic (May 2, 2019)

Kristi Noem has taken it upon herself to tell us that she is the one who is in charge and she makes no bones about what she has to offer.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country's needs continue to go unaddressed
Mark Trahant: Indian Country's needs continue to go unaddressed (May 1, 2019)

Indian Country's list of infrastructure needs tops $50 billion for roads, hospitals, schools, water systems. So where's the money?


AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations
AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations (May 1, 2019)

Tribes and lawmakers support forward funding for Indian Country but the Trump administration is not on board.


Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills
Core group of Republicans vote against Indian Country bills (April 30, 2019)

A small group of Republicans are going on record as opponents of tribal legislation.


Assistant Secretary Sweeney on Capitol Hill for first Indian Country budget hearing
Assistant Secretary Sweeney on Capitol Hill for first Indian Country budget hearing (April 30, 2019)

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney is back on Capitol Hill for her second hearing as the Trump administration's face of Indian policy.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


Montana Free Press: Medicaid expansion supported by Indian Country finally passes
Montana Free Press: Medicaid expansion supported by Indian Country finally passes (April 23, 2019)

'We did it,' Western Native Voice said after a bill to extend Montana’s Medicaid expansion program cleared its final hurdle.


Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats continue to play political games in Congress
Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats continue to play political games in Congress (April 22, 2019)

It’s now been more than 100 days since Democrats have held the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Mark Trahant: Native Republicans defend Donald Trump after release of report
Mark Trahant: Native Republicans defend Donald Trump after release of report (April 22, 2019)

The president repeatedly lied to the country. He lied to Congress.


Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office
Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office (April 18, 2019)

After two losses at the polls, Gavin Clarkson is back in the race in New Mexico.


Mark Trahant: Lawmakers change course on Medicaid expansion in Montana
Mark Trahant: Lawmakers change course on Medicaid expansion in Montana (April 17, 2019)

Medicaid brings more money into the Indian health system. Why aren't more states expanding the program?


AUDIO: Native leaders testify about voting rights in the Dakotas
AUDIO: Native leaders testify about voting rights in the Dakotas (April 16, 2019)

Barriers to voting in North Dakota and South Dakota were discussed at a Congressional field hearing hosted by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


Mary Annette Pember: Native lieutenant governor makes strides in Minnesota
Mary Annette Pember: Native lieutenant governor makes strides in Minnesota (April 16, 2019)

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan of the White Earth Nation shoulders a uniquely Native responsibility when it comes to governing.


Montana Free Press: Health care bill backed by Indian lawmakers survives close vote
Montana Free Press: Health care bill backed by Indian lawmakers survives close vote (April 16, 2019)

A high-stakes bill renewing Montana’s expanded Medicaid program sputtered forward in the state Senate Monday, picking up the single vote it needed.


Mark Trahant: Republicans turn on Indian lawmaker in health care debate
Mark Trahant: Republicans turn on Indian lawmaker in health care debate (April 15, 2019)

Conservative politicians in Montana are vowing to defeat a Medicaid expansion bill sponsored by an Indian lawmaker.


Mark Trahant: Native members of Congress -- except one -- vote to renew VAWA
Mark Trahant: Native members of Congress -- except one -- vote to renew VAWA (April 8, 2019)

What difference does it make to have Native Americans in the Congress?


Cronkite News: VAWA renewal bill expands protections for women in Indian Country
Cronkite News: VAWA renewal bill expands protections for women in Indian Country (April 8, 2019)

A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act improves tribal access to crime databases in hopes of holding non-Native predators accountable.


Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats refuse to bring up Republican right to life bills
Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats refuse to bring up Republican right to life bills (April 2, 2019)

I will continue to stand with my Republican colleagues in defending life for the most vulnerable, whether those individuals are unborn or born.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix (March 29, 2019)

Will Congress finally fix one of the most destructive U.S. Supreme Court decisions?


Cronkite News: House votes largely along party lines to support transgender troops
Cronkite News: House votes largely along party lines to support transgender troops (March 29, 2019)

Amid a symbolic vote on Capitol Hill, the Trump administration's ban on transgender military service is moving forward.


Mark Trahant: Native women get another shot at making history in Congress
Mark Trahant: Native women get another shot at making history in Congress (March 28, 2019)

Could Deb Haaland or Sharice Davids make history by winning seats in the U.S. Senate?


Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's attack puts the Indian health care system at risk
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's attack puts the Indian health care system at risk (March 27, 2019)

The White House has started an all out attack on the Affordable Care Act, including the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.


Cronkite News: GOP allies agree Trump was 'completely exonerated' by Russia investigation
Cronkite News: GOP allies agree Trump was 'completely exonerated' by Russia investigation (March 26, 2019)

Republicans are welcoming the end of a two-year investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign.


Trump administration abandons the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in court case
Trump administration abandons the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in court case (March 26, 2019)

A federal law that makes key improvements at the Indian Health Service is on the chopping block in the Trump era.


'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty
'What she say, it be law': Tribes protected their women before being stripped of sovereignty (March 25, 2019)

Native women are changing the narrative as they continue to secure safety for their sisters.


House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control
House set to clear first Indian Country bills under Democratic control (March 22, 2019)

Homelands for the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians and federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


National Museum of the American Indian hosts 'Safety for Our Sisters' symposium
National Museum of the American Indian hosts 'Safety for Our Sisters' symposium (March 21, 2019)

An event in Washington, D.C., will help draw attention to efforts to protect Native women from violence.


Mark Trahant: The Native vote is at play in the 2020 election cycle
Mark Trahant: The Native vote is at play in the 2020 election cycle (March 21, 2019)

One U.S. Senate candidate has brought on a tribal citizen to serve as campaign treasurer.


'Vicious, murdering savages': Defense of Confederate symbol on state flag turns ugly
'Vicious, murdering savages': Defense of Confederate symbol on state flag turns ugly (March 21, 2019)

Efforts to redesignate a Confederate symbol on the Arkansas flag continue to go nowhere, with opponents going after tribes.


Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants
Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants (March 20, 2019)

Undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime.


'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act
'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act (March 18, 2019)

A bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act is moving forward in a more partisan era, impacting how tribes are able to protect women.


James Giago Davies: Indian Country needs equity not equality
James Giago Davies: Indian Country needs equity not equality (March 7, 2019)

It is time the Lakota people stopped demanding politicians specifically address tribal issues.


Cronkite News: Native Republicans tie tribal sovereignty to conservative agenda
Cronkite News: Native Republicans tie tribal sovereignty to conservative agenda (March 4, 2019)

The audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference had heard the message of low taxes and local control before. This time it came from Native Americans.


Cronkite News: Land deals make it over the finish line after years of work
Cronkite News: Land deals make it over the finish line after years of work (March 1, 2019)

A public lands bill hailed as a 'true bipartisan success story' has cleared its final hurdle in Congress.


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers vote along party lines for 'bipartisan' gun reform bill
Cronkite News: Lawmakers vote along party lines for 'bipartisan' gun reform bill (February 28, 2019)

Democrats pushed one of their top priorities through the House, advancing a bill to strengthen background checks on gun transfers.


Mark Trahant: Testimony confirms what we know about Trump's views of Native peoples
Mark Trahant: Testimony confirms what we know about Trump's views of Native peoples (February 28, 2019)

The testimony of Donald Trump's personal attorney represents a material change in the relationship between the president and all Americans.


Mark Trahant: Divided Congress gives President Trump a mixed victory
Mark Trahant: Divided Congress gives President Trump a mixed victory (February 27, 2019)

Congress sent a message to the White House by rebuking Donald Trump's border emergency while confirming a judge opposed by tribes.


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.


Rep. Tom Cole complained about a one-page bill and #NativeTwitter roasted him for it
Rep. Tom Cole complained about a one-page bill and #NativeTwitter roasted him for it (February 26, 2019)

Rep. Tom Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is standing by President Trump's controversial border wall emergency.


Cronkite News: Former astronaut Mark Kelly launches campaign for U.S. Senate
Cronkite News: Former astronaut Mark Kelly launches campaign for U.S. Senate (February 26, 2019)

Former astronaut Mark Kelly’s launch event for his U.S. Senate bid drew several hundred Democratic supporters, a curious Republican and even a candidate for Phoenix mayor.


Rep. Tom Cole: Government shutdown averted with compromise in Washington
Rep. Tom Cole: Government shutdown averted with compromise in Washington (February 19, 2019)

Both sides agree that government shutdowns are bad for the American people, bad for government and bad for policy making.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The #GreenNewDeal is bad for America
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The #GreenNewDeal is bad for America (February 19, 2019)

The so-called Green New Deal is here and its policy is the definition of socialism.


Native Sun News Today Editorial: Please keep religion out of lawmaking
Native Sun News Today Editorial: Please keep religion out of lawmaking (February 19, 2019)

Thousands of South Dakotan are not Christians -- most are Lakota people who practice the beliefs of their ancestors.


Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers on opposite sides as Trump declares wall emergency
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers on opposite sides as Trump declares wall emergency (February 18, 2019)

The four Native members of Congress are on opposite sides of the battle over the wall at the U.S. border.


Cronkite News: Democrats cross party lines to confirm Trump's new attorney general
Cronkite News: Democrats cross party lines to confirm Trump's new attorney general (February 18, 2019)

Critics are concerned that William Barr might interfere with probes of the Trump administration now that he's in charge of the Department of Justice.


Bill McKibben: Conservatives are really frightened by the #GreenNewDeal
Bill McKibben: Conservatives are really frightened by the #GreenNewDeal (February 18, 2019)

It’s very clear that conservatives have one plan for dealing with the popularity of the Green New Deal.


Rep. Deb Haaland chairs first hearing as leader of Congressional subcommittee
Rep. Deb Haaland chairs first hearing as leader of Congressional subcommittee (February 13, 2019)

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) is leading a climate change hearing as chair of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.


Tribal leaders gather in nation's capital amid threat of another shutdown
Tribal leaders gather in nation's capital amid threat of another shutdown (February 11, 2019)

A cloud is hanging over the State of Indian Nations and the National Congress of American Indians but it's still looking like a banner week in Washington, D.C.


Mark Trahant: The #GreenNewDeal and Indian Country
Mark Trahant: The #GreenNewDeal and Indian Country (February 11, 2019)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey unveiled the 'Green New Deal' with goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States set for first hearing
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States set for first hearing (February 11, 2019)

Tribal and Native leaders will discuss how climate change affects their communities at a hearing on Capitol Hill.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Native voices are joining our political leadership
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Native voices are joining our political leadership (February 7, 2019)

There is wide recognition that this country is in bad shape in terms of political, intellectual and social leadership, and we know that a diverse public voice is crucial to the health of any democracy.