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Failed Indian Health Service nominee lashes out after being abandoned
Health | Politics
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.

Trump nominee for Indian Health Service drops out amid doubts about record
Health | National | Politics
Trump nominee for Indian Health Service drops out amid doubts about record (February 21, 2018)
Robert Weaver, President Donald Trump’s embattled nominee to lead the Indian Health Service, is no longer under consideration for the job.

Top Indian positions in Trump administration remain without leaders
Education | Health | National | Politics
Top Indian positions in Trump administration remain without leaders (February 20, 2018)
Tribal leaders are complaining about a lack of leadership in key Indian policy posts but one of them might soon be filled.

Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
Law | National | Politics
Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)
The leader of the National Congress of American Indians singled out a controversial bill as a threat to tribal sovereignty as he called on lawmakers to work on more productive ways to improve public safety in tribal communities.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Census count
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Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Census count (February 13, 2018)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues its busy schedule with an oversight hearing on the upcoming 2020 Census.

Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations
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Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2018)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered the Congressional response to the State of Indian Nations in Washington, D.C.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week (February 12, 2018)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will advance a bill to compensate the Spokane Tribe and another to update the Tribal Law and Order Act at a business meeting.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets schedule for a busy week
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets schedule for a busy week (February 8, 2018)
Hundreds of tribal leaders and advocates are heading to nation's capital and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is preparing to host them during a particularly busy week.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on agribusiness opportunities
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on agribusiness opportunities (January 16, 2018)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding its first hearing of 2018.

Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country
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Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country (December 18, 2017)
The Department of Justice isn't doing enough to improve public safety in Indian Country, seven years after the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.

Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat
Politics
Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat (December 13, 2017)
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) passed over a historic opportunity to name a Native woman to a Senate seat being vacated by a disgraced lawmaker.

Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics | Trust
Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 12, 2017)
A years-long effort by tribes is coming to fruition as the Trump administration prepares to return the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to its familiar roots.

Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma
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Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma (December 12, 2017)
A ceremonial swearing-in is taking place for R. Trent Shores, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who serves as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Oklahoma.

Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment
National | Politics
Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment (December 8, 2017)
Two lawmakers, one Democrat and one Republican and both with ties to Indian Country, announced their resignations due to sexual harassment allegations.

Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements
Environment | National | Politics
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.

Senate committee approves bill to fund victim services programs in Indian Country
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Senate committee approves bill to fund victim services programs in Indian Country (December 7, 2017)
A bill to provide victim services funding directly to tribes for the first time is making its way through Congress.

Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration
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Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration (December 5, 2017)
Thanks to bipartisan support from lawmakers, bills to improve public safety in Indian Country are advancing in Congress despite limited commitments from the Trump administration.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up two tribal water rights settlements
Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up two tribal water rights settlements (December 5, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up the first new tribal water rights settlements of the Trump era this week.

Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill
National | Politics
Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill (November 30, 2017)
President Donald Trump is getting a much-needed opportunity to move past his 'Pocahontas' controversy and sign his first stand-alone Indian bill into law.

Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program
Law
Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program (November 21, 2017)
The Navajo Nation has joined the small but growing list of tribes with access to national criminal databases.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds tribal water rights hearing to schedule
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds tribal water rights hearing to schedule (November 16, 2017)
Two more water rights settlements, one for the Navajo Nation and the other for the Hualapai Tribe, are on the radar in the 115th Congress.

Winnebago Tribe asserts self-determination in hopes of fixing troubled hospital
Health | National | Politics
Winnebago Tribe asserts self-determination in hopes of fixing troubled hospital (November 15, 2017)
The Winnebago Tribe is moving to take over management of the hospital on its reservation in Nebraska, more than two years after federal officials cut off key funding sources for the troubled facility.

Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails to live up to its trust responsibilities
Health | Opinion | Politics
Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails to live up to its trust responsibilities (November 9, 2017)
The health care crisis at the Indian Health Service is just one example of how the government has failed to follow through on its obligations to tribal members.

Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items
National | Politics | World
Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items (November 8, 2017)
Efforts to repatriate tribal property and even tribal ancestors are hitting roadblocks within the Trump administration.

Search continues for Native woman who went missing on reservation in North Dakota
National
Search continues for Native woman who went missing on reservation in North Dakota (November 6, 2017)
Tribal police, family, friends and supporters are searching for Olivia Lone Bear, a 32-year-old mother who went missing on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

Indian Health Service sends lower-level official to testify on outside audit bill
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service sends lower-level official to testify on outside audit bill (November 6, 2017)
A legislative hearing is usually where the executive branch gets to make its case for or against a particular bill. But things are different in the Trump era.

Another Indian Health Service hospital placed in 'immediate jeopardy' status
Health | National | Politics
Another Indian Health Service hospital placed in 'immediate jeopardy' status (November 6, 2017)
A hospital on the Pine Ridge Reservation is losing a key source of funding after a review found that patients were being place in danger.

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.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on tax policy reform
National | Politics
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on tax policy reform (October 31, 2017)
Republicans in Congress are shifting their focus to tax reform as tribal interests wait to see whether they will be included.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up cultural patrimony and Indian Health Service bills
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up cultural patrimony and Indian Health Service bills (October 30, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will take testimony on a bill to protect tribal sacred items and on a bill to audit the Indian Health Service.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tax reform policy
Business | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tax reform policy (October 30, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up tax reform as Republicans prepare to unveil a major policy bill.

Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice
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Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice (October 26, 2017)
The last time the Department of Justice went before Congress to discuss Indian issues, the affair didn't go so well.

Tribes don't want to be left behind as Washington turns to tax policy reform
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Tribes don't want to be left behind as Washington turns to tax policy reform (October 26, 2017)
With Indian Country's standing within the Trump administration still in flux, tribal leaders are turning to Congress to include them in tax reform efforts.

Trump team pushes Senate to move on nominations at Department of the Interior
National | Politics
Trump team pushes Senate to move on nominations at Department of the Interior (October 26, 2017)
The Trump administration is sending a not-so-subtle message about the lack of confirmed officials at the Department of the Interior, including the top Indian Affairs position.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances bill to benefit Klamath Tribes
National | Politics | Trust
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances bill to benefit Klamath Tribes (October 26, 2017)
A bill to repeal one of the many remnants of the termination era is advancing in Congress.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures
Law | National | Politics
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures (October 24, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on public safety with bills to address victim services, human trafficking and missing and murdered women.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds business meeting for Klamath Tribes bill
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds business meeting for Klamath Tribes bill (October 23, 2017)
Despite being restored to federal recognition, the Klamath Tribes are still hindered by a termination-era law that limits control of their own assets.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures
Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures (October 19, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is moving quickly on legislation to address pressing public safety and justice issues in tribal communities.

President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service (October 9, 2017)
It's taken longer than expected but President Donald Trump is finally addressing the leadership void at the beleaguered Indian Health Service.

Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
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Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.

Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations
National | Politics | Trust
Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations (October 4, 2017)
The Trump administration is dropping a bomb on Indian Country by proposing dramatic changes to the land-into-trust process.

Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program
Education | National | Politics
Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program (October 4, 2017)
A bipartisan bill to update the Johnson-O'Malley Program and ensure more adequate funding for Indian students is inching forward on Capitol Hill.

Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism
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Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism (October 3, 2017)
The Trump administration announced another round of Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism on Capitol Hill about its commitments to the first Americans.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance Johnson O'Malley reform bill
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance Johnson O'Malley reform bill (October 2, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be taking up a bill to modernize the Johnson O'Malley Program at a business meeting.

Lawmakers seek to reauthorize Indian housing programs questioned by Trump
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Lawmakers seek to reauthorize Indian housing programs questioned by Trump (September 29, 2017)
Lawmakers are launching a second attempt to reauthorize a critical Indian housing law that expired four years ago.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts session on consultation and infrastructure
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts session on consultation and infrastructure (September 27, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is hosting a session on a tough topic that has taken on added significance due to the #NoDAPL movement, the Trump administration's push for more infrastructure and some high-profile legal disputes.

Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims
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Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims (September 27, 2017)
The Department of Justice continues to resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native women and key members of Congress.

Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country
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Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country (September 25, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is bringing in a high-profile witness as it looks into trafficking of Native Americans.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking
Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking (September 19, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on September 27 to focus on human trafficking of Native Americans.

Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs
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Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 14, 2017)
Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country said they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits but lawmakers said much more needs to be done.

Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward (September 13, 2017)
It's been more than two decades since Congress passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill but six tribes in Virginia are hoping to turn the tide in their favor.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici
National | Politics
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.

Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms
Education | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms (September 13, 2017)
Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office.

Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients (September 12, 2017)
More than a year after facing criticism for lacking quality of care standards, the Indian Health Service is finally promising to address wait times for patients.

Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office
Environment | National | Politics
Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office (September 11, 2017)
A controversial Indian energy bill that faced intense opposition during the Obama era is on the agenda again only this time it might get a friendlier reception from the White House.

'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs
Education | Health | National | Politics
'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs (September 11, 2017)
Nine months into the Trump administration and Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for tribal interests at the federal level.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting
Business | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting (September 11, 2017)
Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia, economic development for tribes in Oregon and housing for Native veterans are on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 6, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work by taking another look at 'high risk' programs that serve tribes and their citizens.

Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl
Law | National
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 citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl
Law | National | Politics
Navajo citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl (July 31, 2017)
A Navajo Nation citizen who is accused of murdering an 11-year-old girl is due for a change of plea hearing in federal court.

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