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'A hopeful future': Addressing Native youth in the justice system
'A hopeful future': Addressing Native youth in the justice system (September 21, 2018)

A new report is highlighting the challenges facing young Native Americans who end up in the justice system.


Bipartisan bill includes Indian Country in suicide prevention efforts
Bipartisan bill includes Indian Country in suicide prevention efforts (September 19, 2018)

A simple change in federal law will help tribes address suicide in their communities, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers.


'No reason for any further delay': Key Republican on Brett Kavanaugh
'No reason for any further delay': Key Republican on Brett Kavanaugh (September 19, 2018)

With his Indian law record in doubt, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is confronting a sexual assault allegation.


Tribes consulted on first-ever count of missing Native women
Tribes consulted on first-ever count of missing Native women (September 17, 2018)

The state of Washington isn't waiting on the federal government to do something about the Native women who go missing every year.


Second defendant goes on trial for murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman
Second defendant goes on trial for murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman (September 17, 2018)

Savanna Marie Greywind has been symbolic of the epidemic of missing and murdered Native women and girls.


'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action
'We still have a lot of work to do': Tribes unite as lawmakers promise action (September 13, 2018)

Indian Country saw a busy day on Capitol Hill, with lawmakers passing four bills as tribal leaders discussed major issues and controversies.


'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 12, 2018)

Indian Country is entering uncharted territory with the Trump administration's move to take a tribe's reservation out of trust.


Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk
Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk (September 11, 2018)

President Donald Trump's reputation in Indian Country is often in the dumps even as Congress keeps giving him pro-tribal bills to sign.


Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees major progress on federal recognition bill
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees major progress on federal recognition bill (September 10, 2018)

The Little Shell Tribe is getting closer to securing justice after more than 100 years of uncertainty.


'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.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians prevails in homelands litigation
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians prevails in homelands litigation (September 5, 2018)

The cards continue to fall into place for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.


Tara Sweeney: The late John McCain never forgot the first Americans
Tara Sweeney: The late John McCain never forgot the first Americans (September 5, 2018)

John McCain worked hard to support and strengthen tribal sovereignty and tribal self-determination.


Report confirms big market for sale of tribal cultural property
Report confirms big market for sale of tribal cultural property (September 5, 2018)

For the first time, a new report has put a price tag on the sale of tribal cultural property on the international market.


An 'expert' in Indian issues tapped to replace John McCain in Senate
An 'expert' in Indian issues tapped to replace John McCain in Senate (September 5, 2018)

Jon Kyl will take the late John McCain's place on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


John Berrey: Congress can do what's right for Indian Country
John Berrey: Congress can do what's right for Indian Country (August 31, 2018)

The 2018 Farm Bill presents a rare opportunity for Congress to what is right for Indian Country.


Diane Humetewa: John McCain was a leading voice for Indian Country
Diane Humetewa: John McCain was a leading voice for Indian Country (August 29, 2018)

During the majority of his time in the House and Senate, John McCain was a leading voice for and architect of federal Indian policy.


Mark Trahant: John McCain and his legacy in Indian Country
Mark Trahant: John McCain and his legacy in Indian Country (August 27, 2018)

John McCain is remembered as a patriot and a hero by many in Indian Country.


Richard Monette: John McCain has been a genuine hero for Native America
Richard Monette: John McCain has been a genuine hero for Native America (August 27, 2018)

Senator John McCain’s passing has many of us wondering aloud whether the balance of America’s history will ever again produce such a giant spirit.


'We are still here': Advocates seek support for Native languages
'We are still here': Advocates seek support for Native languages (August 23, 2018)

Generations of government assimilation programs left Native Americans 'robbed of the ability to speak our own language,' one advocate said.


New member of Trump team makes first appearance on Capitol Hill
New member of Trump team makes first appearance on Capitol Hill (August 21, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is looking into Native language revitalization efforts and a new Trump administration official will be there.


Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change
Indian Country awaits busy season at Supreme Court amid big change (August 15, 2018)

The Supreme Court might get a new justice soon but it's not clear whether Brett Kavanaugh understands tribes and their issues.


'We do right by Indian Country': Funding bill moves closer to passage
'We do right by Indian Country': Funding bill moves closer to passage (August 9, 2018)

For the first time in nearly a decade, Congress is close to passing a bill that funds a large number of Indian Country initiatives.


Pueblo tribes welcome action on bill to boost economic development
Pueblo tribes welcome action on bill to boost economic development (July 25, 2018)

Another Indian bill will be crossing President Trump's desk and it's one that seemed doomed just a couple of months ago.


Democrats: We must build on the successes of self-determination
Democrats: We must build on the successes of self-determination (July 23, 2018)

Congress must remain committed and attentive to fulfilling the United States’ obligations to Indian Country.


Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights
Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights (July 19, 2018)

A tribal water rights fund is due to run out of money but the Trump administration isn't ready to support a permanent fix.


Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (July 18, 2018)

Due to litigation, the Trump administration might be forced to do something unprecedented -- take a tribe's trust land out of trust.


'Blatant discrimination': Native voters face barriers at ballot box
'Blatant discrimination': Native voters face barriers at ballot box (July 18, 2018)

Native Americans have been 'systematically denied access to fair representation' as a result of persistent barriers to voting.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (July 17, 2018)

Two bills addressing water rights and a third to repeal an outdated ban on alcohol distilleries are on the agenda.


'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era
'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era (July 10, 2018)

Key lawmakers have described the Bureau of Indian Affairs as lacking 'leadership' and even being 'in complete disarray.'


Witness list for hearing on bill to return land to Leech Lake Band
Witness list for hearing on bill to return land to Leech Lake Band (July 10, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Reservation Restoration Act.


Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill
Leech Lake Band gets first hearing on reservation restoration bill (July 9, 2018)

A bill to return nearly 12,000 acres to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is getting its first hearing this week.


Lytton Band moves closer to success with tribal homelands legislation
Lytton Band moves closer to success with tribal homelands legislation (July 9, 2018)

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is getting closer to securing a permanent homeland for its people.


Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade
Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade (July 3, 2018)

A school on the Navajo Nation went without fire protection systems for more than a decade and the problem still hasn't been completely fixed.


Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee
Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee (July 3, 2018)

Tara Sweeney waited a long time to be confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Who is to blame?


Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era
Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era (June 29, 2018)

More than 18 months into the Trump administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally has a new leader and it's a historic choice.


Wild ride continues as Supreme Court agrees to hear another treaty case
Wild ride continues as Supreme Court agrees to hear another treaty case (June 28, 2018)

Indian Country is preparing for another busy season at the Supreme Court amid a political firestorm.


Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing
Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing (June 21, 2018)

In what appears to be a first, one of the Trump administration's Indian policy nominees has been confirmed without so much as a confirmation hearing.


'Never Again': Trump administration revives boarding school era
'Never Again': Trump administration revives boarding school era (June 21, 2018)

The Trump administration’s actions are an attempt to write another chapter of the boarding school era, this time for immigrant families.


Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence
Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence (June 19, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on Native subsistence just as the Supreme Court takes up a case with potential impacts.


Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam
Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam (June 18, 2018)

Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence (June 18, 2018)

Key members of Congress are taking a look a subsistence, just a week after tribes scored an unusual victory in a treaty rights case.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill (June 14, 2018)

A bill to place 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is closer to becoming law.


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.


Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs
Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs (June 12, 2018)

Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service are back on Capitol Hill to discuss whether they are making any progress in improving the people they serve.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets another hearing on 'high risk' programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets another hearing on 'high risk' programs (June 11, 2018)

Is the Trump administration making progress in improving Indian education, health and energy programs?


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill (June 11, 2018)

Another tribal homelands bill is moving forward on Capitol Hill after years of bitter battles in California.


Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.


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.


Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security
Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security (May 15, 2018)

Are Bureau of Indian Education schools safe and secure? That's a question being posed on Capitol Hill.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill (May 15, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is working to ensure the Farm Bill doesn't leave tribal communities behind.


Congress set to clear economic development bill for tribes in Oregon
Congress set to clear economic development bill for tribes in Oregon (May 15, 2018)

President Donald Trump will soon be getting another Indian bill to sign thanks to bipartisan action on Capitol Hill.


Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill
Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2018)

Tara Sweeney’s confirmation hearing for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs was almost a celebration.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment (May 10, 2018)

President Trump's pick to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs is promising to take on harassment in a place where it seems all too common.


Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (May 9, 2018)

After a long wait, Tara Sweeney finally went to Capitol Hill to share her vision for Indian Country.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing (May 8, 2018)

Clear your calendar: Tara Sweeney's confirmation hearing takes place on Wednesday at 4pm Eastern, or noon if you're in Alaska.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on school safety
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on school safety (May 7, 2018)

With shootings, walkouts and calls for reform at public schools dominating the news, attention is finally turning to the Bureau of Indian Education.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing (May 1, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is finally getting her day on Capitol Hill.


Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters
Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters (April 26, 2018)

Efforts continue in the nation's capital to raise awareness of the large numbers of Native women and girls who go missing and murdered every year.


Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era
Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era (April 25, 2018)

Newly disclosed figures show Indian Country is losing ground when into comes to land-into-trust in the Trump era.