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After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition.
Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced the introduction of a long-awaited bill that would settle a century-old dispute over water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state and federal governments.
Through two top cabinet officials, the Trump administration has signaled its support for a proposed settlement of the reserved water right claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Funding for the popular Johnson O'Malley Program might actually increase thanks to a new count of Indian students.
Montana Democrats got a political reality check at their rules convention.
Legislation to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe has cleared both chambers of Congress but there's still more work to be done.
Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been included in a 'must pass' bill.
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.
One U.S. Senate candidate has brought on a tribal citizen to serve as campaign treasurer.
Montana's Congressional delegation is once again seeking federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, whose status has been in limbo for more than a century.
Federal law enforcement officials have admitted a 'problem' exists in Indian Country -- too many people go missing and are murdered every year.
Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.
Despite times of tension, Native leaders and colleagues describe the late John McCain as a firm advocate for tribal rights.
A bill to recognize the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is taking an important step forward on Capitol Hill.
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.
A bipartisan bill to update the Johnson-O'Malley Program and ensure more adequate funding for Indian students is inching forward on Capitol Hill.
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.
A bill to designate a clinic for the late Joe Medicine Crow, a celebrated veteran from the Crow Tribe, is moving forward in the 115th Congress.
Today is humor day in the Senate. But at least the healthcare debate will go on and on without a conclusion
A lawyer and former lobbyist who was at the center of some high-profile controversies during the Bush administration is going back to work at the Department of the Interior.
The Montana tribe is observing National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls on May 5.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to extend the Indian Coal Production Credit to spur economic development on and near reservations.
The agreement confirms and quantifies the tribe's water rights in Montana and authorizes $471 million in investments on the reservation.
The Department of the Interior is part of a new law enforcement group aimed at increasing collaboration and coordination in Indian Country.
It's taken longer than expected but the Interior Department is slated to get a new leader.
Advocates are hoping to build on the pro-tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.
Ryan Zinke for Interior and Rick Perry for Energy saw opposition from Democrats and Independents but both are expected to win final confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has supported tribes on water rights, federal recognition, sovereignty and other matters.
Democrats have already named Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as vice chair while Republicans have not announced who will serve as chair.
Lawmakers from Montana have introduced legislation to create a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
A resolution in Congress seeks to designate May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
S.3014, the Tribal Forestry Participation and Protection Act, authorizes tribes to
The Native student population has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 20 years but the Bureau of Indian Affairs is stuck on Johnson O’Malley data from 1995.
Chairman Harry Barnes said action in the House will prove more difficult due to policies adopted by the Republican leadership.
The business meeting marked the first time that the committee has advanced a tribal water settlement in five years
Jason Small hopes his presence shows President Barack Obama why energy development is important on the Montana reservation.
Lawmakers hope to bring the bill back in January 2016 after addressing some concerns about the settlement.
The measure recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the United States and highlights their cultures and heritages.
The Lummi Nation has faced an uphill battle in our efforts to protect our fishing area at Xwe'chi'cXen, Cherry Point, from a coal terminal.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) introduced the Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act to exempt tribes from large fines.
Doctors in states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes will be able to discuss the drug with veterans.
Calling it 'historic,' Senator Steve Daines, (R-Mont.), chaired a field hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the Crow Reservation on April 8.
The Crow Tribe is just one of three in Indian Country that develops its coal resources.
Representatives of the Crow Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and the Navajo Nation will testify but no one from the other side of the debate is on the witness list.
The hearing on the Crow Reservation will focus on coal development in Indian Country.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, opposes legislative recognition.
The status of leadership at the Indian Health Service, updates from members of Congress and a tribal court jurisdiction case were some highlights from this week's session.
Tribal leaders will hear from top Obama administration officials and key members of Congress.
Dozens of amendments have been filed so it looks like consideration might take a week or two.
Sen. Jon Tester (D) and Sen. Steve Daines (R) will use their positions on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to push for the bill.
One hundred and fourteen years ago when the Northern Cheyenne Reservation was expanded. the federal government bought out non-Indian land owners, but overlooked 5,000 acres of railroad mineral rights.
While it didn’t make up for losing all of her late father’s military records and memorabilia, Kendra Brownell said receiving a replacement American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol 'helped make things better.'
The tax credit expired in 2013 and the tribe says its revenues have taken a hit.
The Montana Republican said the measure will help tribes provide general welfare services to their people without fear of audits and enforcement actions from the IRS.
John Lewis, the Democratic candidate for Montana's sole U.S. House seat, talked about his tribal heritage at a campaign stop on the Crow Reservation.
Democrats will have to find a candidate to face Rep. Steve Daines, a Republican who has been reaching out to tribes.
Rep. Steve Daines (R-Montana) discusses his Senate campaign and Indian issues.