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Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law
Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law (May 21, 2019)

Federal agencies spent about $6 billion on energy for their facilities in 2017 yet tribes are being passed over for contracts.


Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads make it harder for students to learn
Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads make it harder for students to learn (May 15, 2019)

Three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads are unpaved, leaving schools on reservations to spend money on frequent maintenance for the buses that have to travel those roads.


Budget hearing focuses on public safety funding in Indian Country
Budget hearing focuses on public safety funding in Indian Country (May 13, 2019)

It's the Department of Justice's turn to present its budget to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting (May 13, 2019)

Bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and water rights are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation (May 10, 2019)

The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.


'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting
'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting (May 9, 2019)

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney was at the White House but won't say whether tribal legislation came up before President Trump tweeted about it.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Trump budget
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Trump budget (May 6, 2019)

A panel of federal officials and tribal leaders will talk about the budgets for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.


Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget
Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget (May 6, 2019)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, and her new boss, Secretary David Bernhardt, are on Capitol Hill to talk about the Trump administration's budget.


A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse
A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse (May 1, 2019)

A former Indian Health Service pediatrician who was convicted of sexual abuse and awaits trial on more charges continues to cause headaches for the beleaguered agency.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work with hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work with hearing (April 29, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will take testimony on bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and tribal homelands.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era
Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era (April 23, 2019)

Nearly two decades after the first executive order on tribal consultation, the federal government is still struggling to meet their trust and treaty responsibilities.


Bay Mills Indian Community files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers
Bay Mills Indian Community files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers (April 23, 2019)

The opioid crisis has hit Indian Country hard, with high rates of addiction, overdoses and deaths been seen across the nation.


Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny
Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny (April 16, 2019)

Tribes, Democrats and watchdog groups are paying close attention to David Bernhardt, derided by some as a creature of Washington's swamp.


Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour (April 11, 2019)

A hearing on community development in Indian Country turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of officials were forced to explain why they turned in their testimony late.


AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development
AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development (April 10, 2019)

The Trump administration has put a loan guarantee program at the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the chopping block.


Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration
Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration (April 10, 2019)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney made her first appearance before Congress and had to apologize for being late with her testimony.


'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump (April 9, 2019)

With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on ancestral territory.


Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies
Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies (April 8, 2019)

The Indian Health Service is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration struggles with old and emerging controversies.


Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing
Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing (April 8, 2019)

It's taken nearly nine months, but Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney is finally ready to testify before Congress.


Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunites
Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunites (April 4, 2019)

To the list of issues affecting education, Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis would add a new problem: deteriorating roads.


AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on reservation roads
AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on reservation roads (April 3, 2019)

Safety of reservation roads and efforts to expand tribal self-governance were discussed by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Permanent tribal water settlement fund back on agenda on Capitol Hill
Permanent tribal water settlement fund back on agenda on Capitol Hill (April 3, 2019)

A tribal water settlement fund will run out of money in ten years unless Congress takes action.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on reservation roads
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on reservation roads (April 1, 2019)

Lawmakers are exercising oversight in a tricky area of federal policy where tribes have clashed with the Trump administration.


'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny
'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny (March 26, 2019)

An Indian Health Service pediatrician abused young patients on two reservations for years without being held accountable.


Mark Trahant: The Native vote is at play in the 2020 election cycle
Mark Trahant: The Native vote is at play in the 2020 election cycle (March 21, 2019)

One U.S. Senate candidate has brought on a tribal citizen to serve as campaign treasurer.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing (March 20, 2019)

Tribal, federal and state officials are testifying about public safety and drug enforcement at a field hearing in North Dakota.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs (March 11, 2019)

'Where Are They Now' sounds like an old cable television show, only this week it's about the trust and treaty responsibility.


Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court
Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court (February 26, 2019)

Democrats are sounding the alarm after Republicans confirmed a Trump nominee for a lifetime spot on a key federal appeals court despite Indian Country's objections.


AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty
AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty (February 26, 2019)

A Trump nominee who has repeatedly advocated against tribal interests is up for a lifetime appointment to a key federal appeals court.


Witness list for Senate hearing on Administration for Native Americans
Witness list for Senate hearing on Administration for Native Americans (February 26, 2019)

A panel of tribal leaders and one federal official will testify about the efforts of the Administration for Native Americans.


Rep. Tom Cole complained about a one-page bill and #NativeTwitter roasted him for it
Rep. Tom Cole complained about a one-page bill and #NativeTwitter roasted him for it (February 26, 2019)

Rep. Tom Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is standing by President Trump's controversial border wall emergency.


Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations
Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations (February 22, 2019)

We need an assessment of the direct-service facilities within the Indian Health Service as soon as possible.


Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters
Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters (February 21, 2019)

With one figure forced out under a cloud, the official tapped to lead the Department of the Interior is promising a new era of relations with Indian Country.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands (February 14, 2019)

A federal judge has dealt a setback to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans (February 13, 2019)

The law that established the Administration for Native Americans is marking its 45th anniversary.


Cindy McCain apologizes after police refute claim of human trafficking
Cindy McCain apologizes after police refute claim of human trafficking (February 11, 2019)

Cindy McCain has made unsubstantiated claims about children being trafficked in Indian Country.


Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up
Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up (February 7, 2019)

The Indian Child Welfare Act is under attack and tribes are pushing back after conservative and Christian groups joined the battle.


'These cases should never have been brought': Water Protector Legal Collective wraps up #NoDAPL work
'These cases should never have been brought': Water Protector Legal Collective wraps up #NoDAPL work (February 7, 2019)

The criminal cases connected to the Dakota Access Pipeline have concluded in North Dakota, two years after the Trump administration gave the final approval for the controversial project.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate (February 6, 2019)

After a somewhat disappointing start in the Trump era, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues to hit the ground running.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting (February 4, 2019)

Native languages, Native veterans and tribal economic development are the subject of three bills being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts first meeting of 116th Congress
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts first meeting of 116th Congress (January 28, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work as the 116th Congress kicks into gear.


Navajo Nation resorts to food drive as longest government shutdown continues
Navajo Nation resorts to food drive as longest government shutdown continues (January 24, 2019)

Tribes are growing increasingly alarmed by the never-ending government shutdown that has no solution in sight.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs retains bipartisan leadership
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs retains bipartisan leadership (January 9, 2019)

Tribes will see familiar faces as the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, one of the busiest in Congress, gets back to work.


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.


Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing
Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing (December 15, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is stepping down from the Trump administration following yet another report of pervasive misconduct at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


Bureau of Indian Affairs hit with another harassment scandal
Bureau of Indian Affairs hit with another harassment scandal (December 14, 2018)

Since the arrival of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, there have been at least five investigations of harassment, misconduct and other questionable behaviors.


'It's open season': Few answers at hearing on missing and murdered
'It's open season': Few answers at hearing on missing and murdered (December 13, 2018)

Federal law enforcement officials have admitted a 'problem' exists in Indian Country -- too many people go missing and are murdered every year.


President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law
President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law (December 12, 2018)

Policies adopted during more paternalistic eras of federal Indian policy are finally coming to an end.


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.


'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country
'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country (December 11, 2018)

Federal law enforcement officials and Native women will be discussing the missing and murdered in Indian Country at a hearing in Washington, D.C.


Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country
Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country (December 5, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be confronting the 'silent crisis' of the missing and the murdered at a hearing on December 12.


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.


Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 4, 2018)

Tribes will have to move quickly to save the Indian Child Welfare Act from being invalidated across the nation.


Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump
Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump (November 28, 2018)

The Republican-controlled Congress continues to play catch-up when it comes to Indian Country's agenda in the Trump era.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills (November 26, 2018)

Three symbolic resolutions and three substantive bills are advancing as the clock winds down on the 115th 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.


Cronkite News: Report looks at missing and murdered sisters
Cronkite News: Report looks at missing and murdered sisters (November 15, 2018)

On November 14, 1992, a Native American woman was found murdered in Tucson, and 26 years later her name is still not known.