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Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
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Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)
Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
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Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.

Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget
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Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget (June 19, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke, the new leader of the Department of the Interior, is making his third appearance before Congress this week.

Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education
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Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education (June 8, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)
The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.

Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program
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Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program (May 31, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is in doubt after comments made by a top Trump administration official.

Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
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Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)
Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.

Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
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Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)
Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.

Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs
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Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (May 24, 2017)
Leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians say the new administration isn't listening to Indian Country.

Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republican rule
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Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republican rule (May 22, 2017)
Medicaid is the one part of Indian health funding that’s growing.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
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Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)
Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service
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Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service (May 18, 2017)
The 14-member working group will look for ways to improve the delivery of health care to the first Americans.

Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill
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Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill (May 8, 2017)
Every Republican who voted for this mean-spirited bill must now defend against every American who has any problem with insurance or health care.

Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts
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Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts (May 2, 2017)
The 2017 omnibus appropriations package includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $5 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law
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Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law (March 13, 2017)
Instead of a repeal, the Republican leadership took the framework of the Affordable Care Act.

Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare
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Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare (March 8, 2017)
The Indian Health Care Improvement Act isn't affected by the repeal provisions of the new Republican health proposal.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native Republicans
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Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native Republicans (March 6, 2017)
Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures.

Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era
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Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era (February 14, 2017)
Indian issues have always been portrayed as non-partisan but it looks like that's no longer the case, at least when it comes to health care.

Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare
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Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare (January 16, 2017)
Congress has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Kinda, sorta.

Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling
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Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (January 9, 2017)
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.
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Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C. (December 16, 2016)
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 Congress
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Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (December 13, 2016)
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 Trump
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald Trump (November 21, 2016)
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 tribes
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Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (November 18, 2016)
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 heritage
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Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage (November 14, 2016)
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 challenges
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Native candidates fare poorly in three Congressional challenges (November 9, 2016)
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 landslide
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates stand to benefit from a Hillary Clinton landslide (October 25, 2016)
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 Trump
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald Trump (October 14, 2016)
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 election
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Top GOP lawmaker abandons Donald Trump ahead of election (October 11, 2016)
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 presidency
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump is disqualified from the presidency (October 10, 2016)
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 Trump
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Native Republicans in Congress silent as GOP abandons Donald Trump (October 10, 2016)
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 deal
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Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal (September 29, 2016)
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?
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country? (August 15, 2016)
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 Trump
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Second Native American in Congress backs Republican Donald Trump (August 12, 2016)
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 House
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Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House (July 13, 2016)
Fellow Republicans did little to help the Chickasaw Nation citizen advance a key legislative priority.

Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill
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Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill (July 12, 2016)
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 bill
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Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill (July 11, 2016)
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' attacks
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Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation slams Donald Trump for 'bigoted' attacks (July 7, 2016)
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 lands
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Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands (June 20, 2016)
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 Country
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Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (June 17, 2016)
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 bill
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A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill (June 16, 2016)
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 Trump
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Mark Trahant: Indian Republican Tom Cole backs Donald Trump (May 18, 2016)
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 candidates
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump brings good news to Native candidates (May 9, 2016)
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 Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Investing in our Native candidates for US Congress (April 19, 2016)
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 Country
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: GOP isn't getting much attention in Indian Country (March 28, 2016)
Who’s winning Indian Country this presidential election season?

Mark Trahant: Native candidate drops out of race for Congress
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Mark Trahant: Native candidate drops out of race for Congress (March 22, 2016)
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 wars
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Mark Trahant: Native candidates fall behind in the big money wars (February 9, 2016)
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 children
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Tom Cole and Betty McCollum: Doing what's best for Indian children (December 1, 2015)
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 president
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Rep. Markwayne Mullin endorses Sen. Marco Rubio for president (November 23, 2015)
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 decision
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Congress yet to take action on Carcieri land-into-trust decision (October 28, 2015)
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 cases
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Supreme Court rejects petitions in four more Indian law cases (October 5, 2015)
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 boundary
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Montana tribe takes control of dam within reservation boundary (September 9, 2015)
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 Oklahoma
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AmeriCorps awards grants to tribes in New Mexico and Oklahoma (September 8, 2015)
Tribes will use the money for environmental, heath, veterans and elder-youth programs.

Opinion: Islamic extremists are making inroads on reservations
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Opinion: Islamic extremists are making inroads on reservations (August 31, 2015)
In recent years, Muslims have made inroads onto Indian reservations.

House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fix
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House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fix (July 24, 2015)
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 Oklahoma
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Indian Country rallies to return Jim Thorpe back home to Oklahoma (July 6, 2015)
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 Arizona
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Bill repeals land swap for mine on sacred Apache site in Arizona (June 19, 2015)
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 Country
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House appropriations bill blocks fracking rule in Indian Country (June 17, 2015)
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 Children
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Bill introduced in House to create Commission on Native Children (June 12, 2015)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) are sponsoring the legislation.

Mark Trahant: An ideal year for an Indian presidential candidate
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: An ideal year for an Indian presidential candidate (June 10, 2015)
The early primary campaign season is not ideal for a serious discussion about Indian Country’s issues.

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