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Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights
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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
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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
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'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
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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Two bills addressing water rights and a third to repeal an outdated ban on alcohol distilleries are on the agenda.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
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'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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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'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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
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Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital (April 23, 2018)

Citing chronic underfunding and inaction at the federal level, tribes in the Great Plains are planning to take over a troubled Indian Health Service hospital.

Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS'
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Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS' (April 18, 2018)

The tribal self-governance program, a key development in the self-determination era, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with some achievements.

Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill
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Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill (April 18, 2018)

When it comes to tribal homelands, the Senate has some catching up to do with the House.

Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill
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Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill (April 17, 2018)

A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law is fueling an all-out partisan war on Capitol Hill, the likes of which one top Democrat is calling unprecedented.

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
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Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill (April 12, 2018)

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break (April 9, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work this week by catching up with some unfinished business.

Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide
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Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide (April 9, 2018)

As the nomination of Tara Sweeney to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs sits in limbo, her husband has entered into a new deal.

White House office in charge of Trump nominees run by inexperienced staffers
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White House office in charge of Trump nominees run by inexperienced staffers (March 30, 2018)

An office responsible for reviewing thousands of Trump nominees has been run by inexperienced staffers who hosted happy hours, played drinking games and smoked electronic cigarettes while on the job.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs postpones activity due to snow
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs postpones activity due to snow (March 21, 2018)

It's a snow day in the nation's capital, with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs taking a break due to inclement weather.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs convenes hearing on opioids
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs convenes hearing on opioids (March 14, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is once again tackling the opioid crisis in tribal communities

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.

Trump nominee for Indian Health Service drops out amid doubts about record
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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
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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
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Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

A controversial bill is a threat to tribal sovereignty, the leader of the National Congress of American Indians said.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.