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Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development
Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development (October 31, 2019)

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.


House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry
House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry (October 28, 2019)

The Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act protects national parks and tribal areas from being leased for mining, increases mining royalties and creates a fund to clean abandoned mines.


Cronkite News: Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development advance
Cronkite News: Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development advance (July 18, 2019)

Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico.


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.


Cronkite News: Indian Country leaders support permanent water settlement fund
Cronkite News: Indian Country leaders support permanent water settlement fund (April 5, 2019)

Lack of water has been killing crops and livestock on the Tohono O’odham Nation and things will only get worse if federal funding is allowed to lapse.


Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable
Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable (March 14, 2019)

President Trump's decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument is harming tribal sites, members of Congress were told.


Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee
Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee (January 30, 2019)

The House Committee on Natural Resources has a new vice chair and it's a Native person for the first time in history.


Democrats object to land deal for NFL team with 'racist' name
Democrats object to land deal for NFL team with 'racist' name (December 17, 2018)

The Washington NFL team should not be rewarded for racism, according to key Democrats in Congress.


Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era
Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era (November 19, 2018)

Two years of Republican control in the nation's capital have resulted in few concrete gains for Indian Country.


Native Republican candidate refuses to concede race for Congress
Native Republican candidate refuses to concede race for Congress (November 12, 2018)

Two candidates. Two victory speeches. But only one of them will end up going to Congress.


Leader of Bureau of Indian Education was investigated for misconduct
Leader of Bureau of Indian Education was investigated for misconduct (September 6, 2018)

Two new reports detail 'unusual' and questionable behavior by the highest-ranking education official at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Bipartisan bill aims to address backlog at national parks
Bipartisan bill aims to address backlog at national parks (July 26, 2018)

Raul Grijalva and Rob Bishop agree on almost nothing, but the two lawmakers came together for a bill that could steer billions toward a national parks maintenance backlog.


Another tribal recognition bill advances with Republican support
Another tribal recognition bill advances with Republican support (July 12, 2018)

With little fanfare, another tribal recognition bill is advancing as a top Republican asserts authority over the politically-complex process.


Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.


Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee
Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee (June 12, 2018)

Bills to address blood quantum in Oklahoma, tribal recognition and the Indian Health Service are taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.


Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears
Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears (December 5, 2017)

Tribes are fighting back after President Donald Trump announced a dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.


Pechanga Band celebrates execution of first water settlement in the Trump era
Pechanga Band celebrates execution of first water settlement in the Trump era (November 29, 2017)

The first tribal water rights settlement of the Trump era, for the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, has been executed by the Department of the Interior.


Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill
Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill (October 13, 2017)

A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important places.


Cronkite News: Republicans quickly move bill to limit new national monuments
Cronkite News: Republicans quickly move bill to limit new national monuments (October 12, 2017)

A House committee gave approval to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.


Trump administration willing to defer to Congress in federal recognition matters
Trump administration willing to defer to Congress in federal recognition matters (September 26, 2017)

Change is in the air as the Trump administration opens the door to a controversial bill that would strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers.


Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers
Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers (September 21, 2017)

A key Republican lawmaker is once again pushing a bill that requires all tribes seeking federal recognition to go through Congress.


President Trump doubles down with defense of 'beautiful' Confederate monuments
President Trump doubles down with defense of 'beautiful' Confederate monuments (August 17, 2017)

A controversy that once derailed Indian Country's funding bill is rearing its head again thanks to President Donald Trump, whose handling of racial violence continues to dominate the nation's agenda.


Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal
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 hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes big promise on tribal taxation
Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes big promise on tribal taxation (July 26, 2017)

A senior Bureau of Indian Affairs official who was hired by the Trump administration to work on energy, economic development and related issues is making a seemingly big promise to tribes.


Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda
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.


Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument
Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument (April 28, 2017)

Ute leaders are taking on powerful interests as they seek to prevent the the Trump administration from undermining the new Bears Ears National Monument.


Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power (April 26, 2017)

The new monument enjoys strong support across Indian Country but the president sounded more concerned about the views of non-Indians in Utah.


Rob Bishop: Republicans aren't trying to get rid of Indian health law
Rob Bishop: Republicans aren't trying to get rid of Indian health law (February 6, 2017)

A short statement from the leader of the House Committee on Natural Resources.


House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues gains a new leader
House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues gains a new leader (February 3, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is getting a reboot after going through a rough patch in the last session of Congress.


Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs
Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs (January 26, 2017)

Having Republicans in control of Congress hasn't resulted in much progress for Indian Country's legislative agenda, at least on the House side of Capitol Hill.


Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (January 9, 2017)

The Oklahoma lawmaker, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is once again offering fixes to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v .Salazar.


Donald Trump's Interior pick slammed sale of federal lands as 'extreme'
Donald Trump's Interior pick slammed sale of federal lands as 'extreme' (December 19, 2016)

Opposition to the sale of public lands appears to have played a major role in the selection of the Montana Republican to lead the Interior Department.


Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election
Utah group aims to elevate Native issues in an unusual election (October 20, 2016)

The Utah League of Native American Voters is hosting the first-ever Native issues forum as the election quickly approaches.


Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill
Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill (October 19, 2016)

The Utah tribe is hoping to defeat Republican Congressman Rob Bishop at the polls next month.


Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster
Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster (October 17, 2016)

An August 2015 spill at the abandoned mine in Colorado sent at estimated 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the waters of three reservations.


Field hearing scheduled on energy development in Indian Country
Field hearing scheduled on energy development in Indian Country (September 28, 2016)

The House Committee on Natural Resources will be meeting in New Mexico to discuss barriers to development on tribal lands.


Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab'
Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab' (September 28, 2016)

Chairman Shaun Chapoose attended the White House Tribal Nations Conference and met with the White House Council on Native American Affairs amid the controversy.


Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward
Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward (September 22, 2016)

Tribes and Democrats have branded the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act as a 'modern day Indian land grab' but Republicans are pushing it through anyway.


Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close
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.


Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab'
Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab' (September 19, 2016)

H.R.5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, has already been scheduled for a markup, barely a week after an emotional hearing in Washington, D.C.


Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill
Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill (September 14, 2016)

Provisions in a 215-page public lands bill affect the rights of the Navajo Nation and the Ute Tribe and were included without their consent.


Ute Tribe: Utah Republican pushes modern day Indian land grab
Ute Tribe: Utah Republican pushes modern day Indian land grab (September 14, 2016)

In the next few weeks Congressman Rob Bishop will attempt to push through the U.S. House of Representatives the first Indian land grab in over 100 years.


House committee considers controversial Utah public lands bill
House committee considers controversial Utah public lands bill (September 12, 2016)

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition continues to seek stronger protections for sacred lands, burial grounds, ancestral sites and other important places in Utah.


House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill
House committee advances controversial federal recognition bill (September 9, 2016)

Indian Country and the Obama administration oppose H.R.3764 because it puts Congress solely in power of determining who gets federal recognition.


Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah
Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah (July 15, 2016)

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is battling Republican politicians over a proposed national monument.


Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House
Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House (July 13, 2016)

Fellow Republicans did little to help the Chickasaw Nation citizen advance a key legislative priority.


Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill
Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill (July 12, 2016)

Indian Country's best shot at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is officially dead.


Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill
Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill (July 11, 2016)

Republicans are trying to kill what might be Indian Country's best hope at fixing a disastrous Supreme Court decision.


A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill
A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill (June 16, 2016)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, acknowledged that his amendment isn't what Indian Country wants.


Obama weighs tribal request for Bears Ears National Monument
Obama weighs tribal request for Bears Ears National Monument (February 12, 2016)

A coalition of tribes in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are seeking to protect ancestral lands in Utah.


Kevin Washburn: Republicans punish tribe with public lands initiative
Kevin Washburn: Republicans punish tribe with public lands initiative (February 8, 2016)

If partisan members of Congress are more interested in being vindictive than developing real negotiations, then the White House may have no choice but to lead the effort to develop a sensible plan


Blackfeet Nation welcomes movement on water rights settlement
Blackfeet Nation welcomes movement on water rights settlement (February 5, 2016)

Chairman Harry Barnes said action in the House will prove more difficult due to policies adopted by the Republican leadership.


Tribes reiterate bid for national monument at Bears Ears in Utah
Tribes reiterate bid for national monument at Bears Ears in Utah (January 22, 2016)

Republicans finally unveiled a draft bill that addresses federal land issues in Utah but tribes say their concerns are being ignored.


John Yellowbird Steele: Bill tries to hijack recognition process
John Yellowbird Steele: Bill tries to hijack recognition process (November 24, 2015)

HR 3764 misreads the Constitution, overturns longstanding historical precedent, increases the bureaucracy and legislative burden on Indian tribes and politicizes the federal acknowledgement process.


Republicans push for federal recognition bill despite opposition
Republicans push for federal recognition bill despite opposition (October 29, 2015)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) accused unnamed lobbyists of generating opposition in Indian Country to H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act.


Congress yet to take action on Carcieri land-into-trust decision
Congress yet to take action on Carcieri land-into-trust decision (October 28, 2015)

Six versions of a land-into-trust fix have been introduced in the 114th Congress but none have advanced very far.


Top GOP lawmaker takes aim at BIA's Washburn ahead of hearing
Top GOP lawmaker takes aim at BIA's Washburn ahead of hearing (October 28, 2015)

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) is using the opinion pages of The Wall Street Journal to attack Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn and the Obama administration.


House subcommittee takes up federal recognition bill at hearing
House subcommittee takes up federal recognition bill at hearing (October 26, 2015)

H.R.3764, the Tribal Recognition Act, strips the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its ability to recognize tribes.


Bill strips Bureau of Indian Affairs of federal recognition powers
Bill strips Bureau of Indian Affairs of federal recognition powers (October 22, 2015)

A top Republican asserts that Congress -- and only Congress -- can recognize tribal governments.


Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act
Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act (October 6, 2015)

Democrats revolt after Republicans kill an amendment that would have addressed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, a long-standing tribal priority.