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Navajo President: Government shutdown violates treaty obligations
Navajo President: Government shutdown violates treaty obligations (January 11, 2019)

As longest government shutdown continues with no solution in sight, Navajo President Russell Begaye urges U.S. President Donald Trump to end the impasse and fund tribal services.


Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump
Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump (December 11, 2018)

Indian energy, Indian education and Indian health are gaining a boost as the 115th Congress comes to a close.


George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, left lasting mark on Indian Country
George H.W. Bush, 1924-2018, left lasting mark on Indian Country (December 4, 2018)

George Herbert Walker Bush only served one term as U.S. president but it proved to be a productive one for tribal interests.


Leader of Navajo Nation demands action for 'cultural assault' at high school
Leader of Navajo Nation demands action for 'cultural assault' at high school (November 27, 2018)

A high school teacher in New Mexico was placed on leave for allegedly calling one student a 'bloody Indian' and cutting the hair of another.


Jonathan Nez wins election as president of Navajo Nation
Jonathan Nez wins election as president of Navajo Nation (November 7, 2018)

The Navajo Nation has gone through another unusual election cycle.


Small number of school safety grants make it to Indian Country
Small number of school safety grants make it to Indian Country (October 2, 2018)

The Trump administration announced more than $70 million in school safety grants but fewer than five went to Indian Country.


Complaints filed against Navajo Nation presidential candidates
Complaints filed against Navajo Nation presidential candidates (September 20, 2018)

A former Navajo Nation presidential candidate is going after the top two candidates.


'I love Indian Country': John McCain's long history in Indian policy
'I love Indian Country': John McCain's long history in Indian policy (September 7, 2018)

Despite times of tension, Native leaders and colleagues describe the late John McCain as a firm advocate for tribal rights.


Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears
Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears (August 30, 2018)

The Trump administration continues to dismantle the Bears Ears National Monument despite objections from tribes.


Navajo Nation voters oust incumbent in presidential primary
Navajo Nation voters oust incumbent in presidential primary (August 29, 2018)

Navajo Nation voters went to the polls and gave walking papers to incumbent President Russell Begaye.


Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office
Voters narrow down field for Navajo Nation's highest office (August 28, 2018)

The Navajo Nation election centers on clean water, purged voter rolls and a fading coal economy.


Navajo Nation voters head to polls to choose a new leader
Navajo Nation voters head to polls to choose a new leader (August 23, 2018)

It's election season on the Navajo Nation and a whopping 18 candidates are seeking the tribe's highest office.


Navajo Nation offered up to $525 million in cash for gun company
Navajo Nation offered up to $525 million in cash for gun company (July 17, 2018)

The Navajo Nation offered to pay up to $525 million in cash for the Remington gun company but the offer was rejected.


'You know, Andrew Jackson': Hearing scheduled into Trump reorganization
'You know, Andrew Jackson': Hearing scheduled into Trump reorganization (July 13, 2018)

Key lawmakers are looking into the Trump administration's controversial reorganization amid ongoing complaints in Indian Country.


Funding package with increases for Indian Country slated for action
Funding package with increases for Indian Country slated for action (July 9, 2018)

A bill that protects Indian Country from funding cuts but fails to stop the Trump administration's controversial reorganization is moving forward.


Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday
Navajo Nation mourns loss of Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday (June 12, 2018)

The Navajo Nation is mourning the loss of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday, who passed away at the age of 94.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek no-drill zone on ancestral territory
Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek no-drill zone on ancestral territory (June 5, 2018)

Tribal leaders are hailing legislation to protect Chaco Culture National Historical Park from new energy development.


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.


Trump administration finally informs tribes about dramatic reorganization
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelines (January 25, 2017)

Massive dams, sprawling highways, poisonous mines, radioactive nuclear facilities, dangerous military ranges and other developments have been imposed on tribes by Washington.


Cronkite News: Indian Country cautious with a Republican in the White House
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.