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Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of ObamacareFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare (01/16)
Congress has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Kinda, sorta.
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust rulingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (01/09)
The Oklahoma lawmaker, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is once again offering fixes to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v .Salazar.
Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C.Filed Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C. (12/16)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) invited tribal leaders and others to share their views with the incoming Republican administration.
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in CongressFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (12/13)
Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.
Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald TrumpFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald Trump (11/21)
During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, but said there would be a replacement insurance program of some kind.
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (11/18)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.
Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritageFiled Under: Opinion
Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage (11/14)
The life and culture of our nation’s Native American tribes are written in nearly every chapter of America’s story.
Native candidates fare poorly in three Congressional challengesFiled Under: National | Politics
Native candidates fare poorly in three Congressional challenges (11/09)
Native candidates for U.S. Congress fared poorly on Election Day, with all three easily losing to Republican incumbents at the ballot boxes.
Mark Trahant: Native candidates stand to benefit from a Hillary Clinton landslideFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates stand to benefit from a Hillary Clinton landslide (10/25)
What does a landslide look like? And, more important, what would that mean for Native American candidates?
Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald Trump (10/14)
When the issues involve tribes, and especially, tribal sovereignty, Tom Cole has been one of the most important members in the history of Congress.
Top GOP lawmaker abandons Donald Trump ahead of electionFiled Under: National | Politics
Top GOP lawmaker abandons Donald Trump ahead of election (10/11)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), the Speaker of the House, became the highest-ranking Republican leader to abandon presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump is disqualified from the presidencyFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump is disqualified from the presidency (10/10)
Donald Trump’s recorded revelation of felony intent — and yes, it’s that serious — ought to disqualify him from the presidency.
Native Republicans in Congress silent as GOP abandons Donald TrumpFiled Under: National | Politics
Native Republicans in Congress silent as GOP abandons Donald Trump (10/10)
Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin haven't said anything in the days since an explosive report in The Washington Post documented Donald Trump's comments about women.
Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights dealFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal (09/29)
A settlement for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation is close to becoming law even though it has never been put to a hearing.
Mark Trahant: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country?Filed Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country? (08/15)
If you look at history, there are a lot more American Indians and Alaska Natives who have won office under the Republican banner.
Second Native American in Congress backs Republican Donald TrumpFiled Under: National | Politics
Second Native American in Congress backs Republican Donald Trump (08/12)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, is joining Rep. Tom Cole, Chickasaw, in supporting their party's controversial presidential nominee.
Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in HouseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House (07/13)
Fellow Republicans did little to help the Chickasaw Nation citizen advance a key legislative priority.
Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill (07/12)
Indian Country's best shot at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is officially dead.
Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill (07/11)
Republicans are leading efforts to kill what might be Indian Country's best hope at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation slams Donald Trump for 'bigoted' attacksFiled Under: National | Politics
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation slams Donald Trump for 'bigoted' attacks (07/07)
The real estate mogul's incendiary comments are extremely personal to members of the Connecticut tribe, whose ancestors survived wars, massacres and slavery.
Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust landsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands (06/20)
H.R.5486, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act, protects the Alabama tribe from ongoing litigation.
Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (06/17)
Key members of Congress vowed to support an expansion of tribal jurisdiction after a new report exposed the extent of the crisis.
A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill (06/16)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, acknowledged that his amendment isn't what Indian Country wants.
Mark Trahant: Indian Republican Tom Cole backs Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Republican Tom Cole backs Donald Trump (05/18)
So what is a Republican candidate for Congress to do? Support Donald Trump and some of his nonsensical policies?
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump brings good news to Native candidatesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump brings good news to Native candidates (05/09)
Let’s start with an understatement: Donald Trump is not the usual Republican Party nominee for president.
Mark Trahant: Investing in our Native candidates for US CongressFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Investing in our Native candidates for US Congress (04/19)
Let’s measure how American Indians and Alaska Natives are investing in our our candidates, in our future, in ourselves.
Mark Trahant: GOP isn't getting much attention in Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: GOP isn't getting much attention in Indian Country (03/28)
Who’s winning Indian Country this presidential election season?
Mark Trahant: Native candidate drops out of race for CongressFiled Under: Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidate drops out of race for Congress (03/22)
There have been a lot of developments this week in the story of Native candidates running for Congress: A Democrat-turned-Republican is running in Arizona; Tom Cole has a challenger from the right; and a Nevada congressional bid ends.
Mark Trahant: Native candidates fall behind in the big money warsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates fall behind in the big money wars (02/09)
Native Americans make up .37 percent of Congress (that’s about one-third of one percent) compared to about 2 percent of the country’s population as a whole.
Tom Cole and Betty McCollum: Doing what's best for Indian childrenFiled Under: Opinion
Tom Cole and Betty McCollum: Doing what's best for Indian children (12/01)
In recent years and especially in the past months, there has been sensationalized news coverage about the controversial adoptions of Native American children into non-tribal families or their placement into foster care.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin endorses Sen. Marco Rubio for presidentFiled Under: Politics
Rep. Markwayne Mullin endorses Sen. Marco Rubio for president (11/23)
The Republican from Florida has one big mark against him -- he voted against the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.
Congress yet to take action on Carcieri land-into-trust decisionFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Congress yet to take action on Carcieri land-into-trust decision (10/28)
Six versions of a land-into-trust fix have been introduced in the 114th Congress but none have advanced very far.
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law casesFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases (10/05)
Hopes for the reburial of the legendary athlete Jim Thorpe, who was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, have been dashed by the high court.
Montana tribe takes control of dam within reservation boundaryFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics | World
Montana tribe takes control of dam within reservation boundary (09/09)
Republicans in Montana tried to scuttle the deal by making wild allegations about Turkey's involvement with Indian Country.
AmeriCorps awards grants to tribes in New Mexico and OklahomaFiled Under: Environment | National
AmeriCorps awards grants to tribes in New Mexico and Oklahoma (09/08)
Tribes will use the money for environmental, heath, veterans and elder-youth programs.
Opinion: Islamic extremists are making inroads on reservationsFiled Under: Opinion | World
Opinion: Islamic extremists are making inroads on reservations (08/31)
In recent years, Muslims have made inroads onto Indian reservations.
House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fixFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fix (07/24)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) are sponsoring H.R.3137.
Indian Country rallies to return Jim Thorpe back home to OklahomaFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
Indian Country rallies to return Jim Thorpe back home to Oklahoma (07/06)
The National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Rights Fund and current and former members of Congress are supporting repatriation of the legendary athlete.
Bill repeals land swap for mine on sacred Apache site in ArizonaFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Bill repeals land swap for mine on sacred Apache site in Arizona (06/19)
The Save Oak Flat Act has bipartisan support, including the Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Markwayne Mullin, both Republicans from Oklahoma.
House appropriations bill blocks fracking rule in Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
House appropriations bill blocks fracking rule in Indian Country (06/17)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) introduced the rider to stop the enforcement of a regulation that covers public and Indian lands.
Bill introduced in House to create Commission on Native ChildrenFiled Under: Education | Health | Law | National | Politics
Bill introduced in House to create Commission on Native Children (06/12)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) are sponsoring the legislation.
Mark Trahant: An ideal year for an Indian presidential candidateFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: An ideal year for an Indian presidential candidate (06/10)
The early primary campaign season is not ideal for a serious discussion about Indian Country’s issues.
Secretary Jewell leads delegation to Indian school in OklahomaFiled Under: Education | National
Secretary Jewell leads delegation to Indian school in Oklahoma (05/26)
Federal officials will be visiting Riverside Indian School to talk about issues facing Native youth.
Rep. Young stirs questions in Indian Country in two hearingsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Federal Recognition | Trust
Rep. Young stirs questions in Indian Country in two hearings (05/18)
Alaska's sole Congressional representative has managed to inject uncertainty into his legacy with a hearing on federal recognition and another on the land-into-trust process.
House subcommittee hearing on land-into-trust turns heatedFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
House subcommittee hearing on land-into-trust turns heated (05/14)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) lashed out against the National Congress of American Indians and a Democratic colleague after the motivation for the hearing was questioned.
House moves quickly on bill to renew Indian housing programsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
House moves quickly on bill to renew Indian housing programs (03/24)
Supporters are hoping the Senate moves quickly because the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act expired in September 2013.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to host roundtable on CarcieriFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to host roundtable on Carcieri (03/13)
Congress has been unable to enact a fix to the decision to ensure that all tribes can follow the land-into-trust process.
Mark Trahant: A messy Congress might actually work for tribesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: A messy Congress might actually work for tribes (03/09)
When I was a young reporter the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho went through a crisis.
Congress approves measure to authorize Keystone XL PipelineFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Congress approves measure to authorize Keystone XL Pipeline (02/12)
The only two enrolled tribal members in Congress -- Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) -- voted for the bill.
Indian school construction put back on track with latest budgetFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Indian school construction put back on track with latest budget (02/03)
Two schools on the Navajo Nation will receive replacement facilities as the Obama administration promises to come up with a new construction priority list.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe slams House vote on Keystone XL PipelineFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Rosebud Sioux Tribe slams House vote on Keystone XL Pipeline (11/17)
Rosebud President Cyril Scott said approval of the controversial project was an 'act of war against our people.'
Indian Time: Oklahoma Indian museum expected to be big drawFiled Under: Education | National
Indian Time: Oklahoma Indian museum expected to be big draw (09/29)
The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum could draw millions of tourists and generate millions for the economy in Oklahoma -- that's if it's ever finished.
House approves bill to address tribal general welfare programsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
House approves bill to address tribal general welfare programs (09/17)
Lawmakers said the bill puts tribes on the same level as state and federal governments regarding payments made through general welfare programs.
Chickasaw candidate T.W. Shannon defeated in Senate campaignFiled Under: National | Politics
Chickasaw candidate T.W. Shannon defeated in Senate campaign (06/25)
There won't be another tribal member in the halls of Congress anytime soon.
Steven Newcomb: Racism still alive and well at Supreme CourtFiled Under: Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Racism still alive and well at Supreme Court (06/06)
Justice Scalia referred to Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) as belonging to a conquered race.
DaShanne Stokes: Racist Americans cling to football mascotFiled Under: Opinion | Sports
DaShanne Stokes: Racist Americans cling to football mascot (03/17)
DaShanne Stokes discusses the controversy behind the Washington professional football team's racist mascot.
Sen. Cantwell and Rep. Cole blast racist DC football mascotFiled Under: National | Politics | Sports
Sen. Cantwell and Rep. Cole blast racist DC football mascot (02/10)
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) are urging the NFL to take a position against the racist Washington mascot.
Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby  won't run for SenateFiled Under: Politics
Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby won't run for Senate (01/21)
Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby won't be running for the Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.
Non-Indian firms concerned about tribal contracting disputeFiled Under: Business | Law | National | Politics
Non-Indian firms concerned about tribal contracting dispute (01/03)
Non-Indian companies are hoping that the federal government's refusal to fully fund tribal self-determination contracts won't affect their industry.
NCAI hosts Capitol Hill briefing on 'Indian' mascots on ThursdayFiled Under: Education | National | Sports
NCAI hosts Capitol Hill briefing on 'Indian' mascots on Thursday (12/03)
The National Congress of American Indians will host a briefing on Capitol Hill on Thursday to discuss the use of 'Indian' mascots.

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