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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.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country isn't valued as lawmakers move on tax reform bill
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country isn't valued as lawmakers move on tax reform bill (November 20, 2017)
There is no better way for any legislature — be it a tribal council, a state assembly, or a Congress — to telegraph what’s most important to a society than through tax policy.

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.

Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development
Environment | National | Politics
Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development (November 15, 2017)
Alaska Native corporations and their shareholders stand to gain from energy development of their own lands within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations
National | Politics
House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations (November 13, 2017)
Lawmaker are moving forward with a bill to replace the words 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' in regulations at the Department of the Interior.

President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary
Health | National | Politics
President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary (November 13, 2017)
Alex Azar, a pharmaceutical executive, served in top leadership posts at the department in George W. Bush administration, an era of resistance to Indian health care.

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.

Meskwaki Tribe praises action on bill to remove state jurisdiction on settlement
Law | National | Politics
Meskwaki Tribe praises action on bill to remove state jurisdiction on settlement (November 8, 2017)
A bill to repeal one of the vestiges of the termination era is inching forward in Congress.

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.

Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again
Environment | National | Politics
Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again (November 2, 2017)
Alaska Natives remain as divided as ever as Republicans revive one of the most controversial policy debates in history: drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Cronkite News: Tribes left out of Republican push for tax reform in Washington
Business | National | Politics
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.

Alaska Native leaders and executives testify on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Environment | National | Politics
Alaska Native leaders and executives testify on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (November 1, 2017)
Alaska Natives will be front and center at a hearing on energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement
Law | National | Politics
House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement (October 31, 2017)
Another termination-era law, this one affecting the Meskwaki Nation, is on the chopping block.

House subcommittee takes up water bill for White Mountain Apache Tribe
Environment | National | Politics
House subcommittee takes up water bill for White Mountain Apache Tribe (October 30, 2017)
A bill to help the White Mountain Apache Tribe with a critical water project is making its way through Congress.

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
Law | National | Politics
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
Business | National | Politics
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.

Cronkite News: Arizona's junior senator ends campaign in protest of political climate
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Arizona's junior senator ends campaign in protest of political climate (October 25, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) walked away from a 2018 re-election bid, saying he 'will not be complicit or silent' about America's political climate.

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
Law | National | Politics
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 narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions
National | Politics | Trust
Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions (October 20, 2017)
Congress is moving forward with an overdue budget plan that fails to take some of Indian Country's key interests into account.

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.

Congress approves yet another short-term extension for Indian diabetes program
Health | National | Politics
Congress approves yet another short-term extension for Indian diabetes program (October 9, 2017)
Congress has renewed the Special Diabetes Program for Indians but only for three months, the shortest extension on record.

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
Law | National | Politics
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.

Sen. McCaskill unveils unprecedented bill to abrogate tribal sovereign immunity
Business | Health | National | Politics
Sen. McCaskill unveils unprecedented bill to abrogate tribal sovereign immunity (October 5, 2017)
A member of Congress who generated controversy by going after tribal businesses is wading into hot-button territory with a new bill aimed at abrogating tribal sovereign immunity.

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
Law | National | Politics
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
Education | National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics
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.

Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes
Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes (September 27, 2017)
Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal.

Lytton Band questions poll that shows opposition to land-into-trust legislation
Politics | Trust
Lytton Band questions poll that shows opposition to land-into-trust legislation (September 25, 2017)
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is questioning a poll that uncovered significant opposition to the tribe's land-into-trust bill, which passed the House with no objections.

Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country
Law | National | Politics
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.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain delivers blow to latest Republican health care bill
Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Sen. McCain delivers blow to latest Republican health care bill (September 25, 2017)
Sen. John McCain cannot 'in good conscience' vote for the latest plan to replace Obamacare, a surprise announcement that may have killed the bill for Republican leaders.

President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent
Law | Politics | Trust
President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent (September 22, 2017)
President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.

Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care (September 22, 2017)
Wouldn’t it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people?

Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement
Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement (September 21, 2017)
Sen. John McCain, a key vote in the failure of the last Obamacare repeal attempt, refused to say how he will vote on a new Republican bill to overhaul the nation's health care system.

Cronkite News: Senate committee takes up bill to combat online sex trafficking
Law | National | Politics | Technology
Cronkite News: Senate committee takes up bill to combat online sex trafficking (September 20, 2017)
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act has bipartisan support but is facing opposition from free speech advocates and the tech industry.

Mark Trahant: Another Republican health care bill fails to help Indian Country
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Another Republican health care bill fails to help Indian Country (September 19, 2017)
Let’s be clear about the latest Republican plan: It would drain resources away from the Indian health system.

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.

Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs
Health | National | Politics
Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs (September 14, 2017)
Just a few months after calling for drastic cuts to health, education, social service and other programs in Indian Country, the Trump administration has changed course.

Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs
Education | Health | National | Politics
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.

Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation (September 13, 2017)
The top three Indian Affairs officials at the Department of the Interior Interior were among the dozens told to change jobs by the Trump administration.

Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service
Health | Politics
Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service (September 13, 2017)
Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his version of health care reform, a plan he calls 'Medicare for all.'

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.

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