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Trump administration finally informs tribes about dramatic reorganization
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Trump administration finally informs tribes about dramatic reorganization (May 23, 2018)

After keeping Indian Country in the dark for more than a year, the Trump administration is ready to consult with tribes about a dramatic reorganization.

Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push
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Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push (May 22, 2018)

Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.

Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization
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Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization (May 17, 2018)

A funding bill advancing on Capitol Hill is a win overall for Indian Country except for one big issue: a reorganization that tribes have been told little to nothing about.

Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act
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Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act (May 17, 2018)

A bipartisan bill aimed at stopping the trafficking of tribal items is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill amid ongoing concern over the sale of cultural property.

Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case
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Supreme Court turns away utility company in closely-watched sovereignty case (April 30, 2018)

Indian Country is breathing a sigh of relief as the nation's highest court has refused to hear a closely-watched tribal sovereignty dispute.

Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization
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Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization (April 19, 2018)

Despite claims by the Trump administration that it won't move forward with a reorganization without Indian Country's input, tribes continue to be excluded.

Family of Navajo war hero finally presented with Congressional medal
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Family of Navajo war hero finally presented with Congressional medal (April 3, 2018)

It took a lot longer than expected but Adolph Nagurski, a Code Talker from the Navajo Nation, has finally been recognized for his military service.

Navajo Nation claims victory over Trump in federal funding fight
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Navajo Nation claims victory over Trump in federal funding fight (March 28, 2018)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are rejoicing after a federal judge rebuked the Trump administration for reducing the tribe's Head Start funds.

Navajo mother hails action on bill named in memory of Ashlynne Mike
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Navajo mother hails action on bill named in memory of Ashlynne Mike (February 27, 2018)

The mother of Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered on the Navajo Nation, is hailing action on a bill to protect children across Indian Country.

Failed Indian Health Service nominee lashes out after being abandoned
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Failed Indian Health Service nominee lashes out after being abandoned (February 22, 2018)

Robert Weaver, President Donald Trump’s failed pick to lead the Indian Health Service, is lashing out after the White House abandoned his nomination without so much as an explanation.

Funding for Indian diabetes program in limbo as shutdown looms in Washington
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Funding for Indian diabetes program in limbo as shutdown looms in Washington (February 2, 2018)

Tribal advocates continue to lobby Congress in hopes of securing long-term funding for a key diabetes program.

Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
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Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (February 1, 2018)

Leaders of five tribes accused Republican lawmakers of 'cherry-picking' tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears National Monument.

Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements
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Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements (December 7, 2017)

The Trump administration is expressing major concerns about the first new tribal water rights settlements being considered in Congress.

Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences after two students die in school shooting
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Navajo Nation leaders offer condolences after two students die in school shooting (December 7, 2017)

A fatal shooting took place at a public school near the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Nation.

GOP lawmakers side with Indian Country amid President Trump's 'Pocahontas' controversy
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GOP lawmakers side with Indian Country amid President Trump's 'Pocahontas' controversy (November 28, 2017)

Key Republican lawmakers are siding with Indian Country as controversy over President Donald Trump and his 'Pocahontas' comment continues to generate headlines.

Cronkite News: President Trump overshadows Code Talkers with 'Pocahontas' jab
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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.

Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans
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Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans (November 3, 2017)

Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to obtain documents about plans for several national monuments, including those supported by tribes.

Cronkite News: Tribes left out of Republican push for tax reform in Washington
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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.

Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico
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Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico (September 27, 2017)

Pueblo tribes are calling on the Trump administration to impose a temporary ban on energy development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici (September 13, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs took a moment of silence to honor of one of its former members, the late Pete Domenici.

Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl
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Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl (August 2, 2017)

A citizen of the Navajo Nation was sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty for the murder of an 11-year-old girl.

Navajo Nation moves ahead with purchase of ranch near sacred mountain
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Navajo Nation moves ahead with purchase of ranch near sacred mountain (July 27, 2017)

The Navajo Nation is moving forward with the $23 million purchase of a property in Colorado that sits near one of the tribe's four sacred mountains.

Lawsuits expected after President Trump changes Bears Ears boundary
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Lawsuits expected after President Trump changes Bears Ears boundary (June 28, 2017)

The Navajo Nation and environmental groups are expected to file lawsuits to protect the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

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.

Navajo Nation welcomes victory for 'sovereignty' in land dispute
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Navajo Nation welcomes victory for 'sovereignty' in land dispute (May 30, 2017)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are hailing a federal appeals court ruling that protects the tribe's sovereignty.

Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
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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.

Russell Begaye: Washington must help secure jobs on reservation
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Russell Begaye: Washington must help secure jobs on reservation (March 17, 2017)

Our nation is faced with an impending economic disaster after the owners of a power plant on Navajo land, have threatened to shut down the facility by 2019.

Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of duty
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Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of duty (March 13, 2017)

Houston James Largo, 27, was shot while responding to a domestic violence call on the New Mexico portion of the reservation.

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.

Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land
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Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land (February 27, 2017)

The so-called 'war on coal' is coming to an end thanks to the new Republican occupant of the White House.

Cronkite News: Power plant closure impacts Hopi and Navajo workers
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Cronkite News: Power plant closure impacts Hopi and Navajo workers (February 23, 2017)

In short, there are no easy answers, and the clock is ticking for the workers, most of whom are Navajo and Hopi.

Cronkite News: Navajo leader pleads to President Trump to help coal power plant
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Cronkite News: Navajo leader pleads to President Trump to help coal power plant (February 20, 2017)

The owners of the Navajo Generating Station voted to keep the plant operating until its lease ends in December 2019, pending agreement with the Navajo Nation on reclamation of the site.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance
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Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance (February 9, 2017)

Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel.

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.

Cronkite News: Indian Country cautious with a Republican in the White House
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Cronkite News: Indian Country cautious with a Republican in the White House (January 24, 2017)

Tribal officials are taking a wait-and-see approach to the Trump administration, recognizing potential positives but also raising concerns about sovereignty and other issues.

Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears
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Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears (January 9, 2017)

The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition successfully lobbied President Barack Obama to protect 1.35 million acres of sacred sites and ancestral lands in Utah.

Navajo Nation lawmakers pass bill to remove top financial officer
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Navajo Nation lawmakers pass bill to remove top financial officer (January 6, 2017)

The tribe's leader is warning of wide-ranging impacts after lawmakers ousted their controller, a certified public accountant.

Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an end
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Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an end (January 5, 2017)

The Obama administration has helped tribes restore more than 2 million acres of land since January 2009.

Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker George Paul James
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Navajo Nation mourns passing of Code Talker George Paul James (November 10, 2016)

George Paul James was only 17 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Navajo Nation leaders congratulate Donald Trump on big victory
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Navajo Nation leaders congratulate Donald Trump on big victory (November 9, 2016)

President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez endorsed Hillary Clinton but they are ready to move forward with a Republican in the White House.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary Clinton
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye endorses Hillary Clinton (October 21, 2016)

The tribe's leader also took a big shot at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Tribes seek greater protections for sacred and cultural property
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Tribes seek greater protections for sacred and cultural property (October 18, 2016)

Tribes have become increasingly alarmed as auction houses around the world have put hundreds of items up for sale to the highest bidder.

Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster
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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.

Key House Democrats call for hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline
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Key House Democrats call for hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline (September 14, 2016)

Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-California) have visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to see the struggle first-hand.

President of Navajo Nation opposes Grand Canyon Escalade project
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President of Navajo Nation opposes Grand Canyon Escalade project (September 1, 2016)

The $1 billion Grand Canyon Escalade has been pitched as a tourism and economic boost but it's extremely controversial on and off the reservation.

Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spill
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Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spill (August 17, 2016)

Key members of Congress are supporting the tribe's call for accountability one year after the Gold King Mine disaster.

Navajo Nation lawmaker praises action on sexual harassment policy
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Navajo Nation lawmaker praises action on sexual harassment policy (August 2, 2016)

Amber Kanazbah Crotty is the only woman on the Navajo Nation Council and has gone public with a sexual harassment incident.

Navajo Nation fills chief of police position after eight-year vacancy
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Navajo Nation fills chief of police position after eight-year vacancy (July 6, 2016)

Phillip Francisco, 40, a tribal member, will start his new job in early August.

Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12
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Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12 (June 15, 2016)

Tribes and tribal organizations say the new regulations will help prevent the breakup of families in their communities.

Navajo Nation lawmakers debate position on hydraulic fracking
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Navajo Nation lawmakers debate position on hydraulic fracking (May 17, 2016)

A bill advancing in the Navajo Nation Council would not outlaw the practice but would put the the tribe's opposition on record.

Navajo Nation in shock after arrest made in 11-year-old girl's death
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Navajo Nation in shock after arrest made in 11-year-old girl's death (May 4, 2016)

The tribe observed a moment of silence as prayer vigils were held in honor of Ashlynne Mike, who went missing on the New Mexico portion of the reservation.

Navajo Nation leaders to testify at Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing
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Navajo Nation leaders to testify at Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing (April 21, 2016)

President Russell Begaye and Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates will discuss the impacts of the Gold King Mine disaster on the reservation.

Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation strive for unity in water rights talks
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Hopi Tribe and Navajo Nation strive for unity in water rights talks (April 13, 2016)

The tribes have been unable to reach a settlement since the late 1970s but they are pledging to work out their differences on the Little Colorado River in Arizona.

Bureau of Indian Affairs inches forward with school construction
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Bureau of Indian Affairs inches forward with school construction (April 11, 2016)

It's taken more than a decade but the Obama administration finally cleared the way for 10 new school campuses along with another deserving facility.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs weighs subpoena of EPA leader
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs weighs subpoena of EPA leader (April 11, 2016)

The committee has rarely exercised its subpoena powers but lawmakers are upset that the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't want to send a representative to an upcoming field hearing.

Navajo Nation leaders press DOJ to investigate fatal police shooting
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Navajo Nation leaders press DOJ to investigate fatal police shooting (April 8, 2016)

Tribal leaders and members see the death of Loreal Tsingine as a sign of the discrimination hey encounter in a border town near the reservation.

President of Navajo Nation calls on EPA to testify at field hearing
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President of Navajo Nation calls on EPA to testify at field hearing (April 7, 2016)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is looking into the Gold King Mine disaster but one key official is refusing to appear.

Native push for Bernie Sanders fails to translate into more votes
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Native push for Bernie Sanders fails to translate into more votes (March 24, 2016)

The visit by the Democratic presidential candidate to the Navajo Nation, though, helped focus attention to issues facing Indian Country.

Leader of Navajo Nation pushes for action on Supreme Court pick
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Leader of Navajo Nation pushes for action on Supreme Court pick (March 22, 2016)

President Russell Begaye said Indian Country deserves to see a full slate of justices on the highest court in the United States.