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Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized TribesFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
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 programsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics | Trust
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 ruleFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
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 cutsFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics | Trust
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 ServiceFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
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 billFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
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 cutsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
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 lawFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
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 ObamacareFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
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 RepublicansFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
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 eraFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
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 ObamacareFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
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 rulingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
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.Filed Under: National | Politics
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 CongressFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
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 TrumpFiled Under: 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 tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
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 heritageFiled Under: Opinion
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 challengesFiled Under: National | Politics
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 landslideFiled Under: 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 TrumpFiled Under: 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 electionFiled Under: National | Politics
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 presidencyFiled Under: 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 TrumpFiled Under: National | Politics
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 dealFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
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?Filed Under: 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 TrumpFiled Under: National | Politics
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 HouseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
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 billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
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 billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
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' attacksFiled Under: National | Politics
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 landsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
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 CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
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 billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
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 TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
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 candidatesFiled Under: 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 CongressFiled Under: 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 CountryFiled Under: 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 CongressFiled Under: Politics
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 warsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
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 childrenFiled Under: Opinion
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 presidentFiled Under: Politics
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 decisionFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
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 casesFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
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 boundaryFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics | World
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 OklahomaFiled Under: Environment | National
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 reservationsFiled Under: Opinion | World
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 fixFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
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 OklahomaFiled Under: Law | National | Sports
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 ArizonaFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
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 CountryFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
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 ChildrenFiled Under: Education | Health | Law | National | Politics
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 candidateFiled Under: 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.
Secretary Jewell leads delegation to Indian school in OklahomaFiled Under: Education | National
Secretary Jewell leads delegation to Indian school in Oklahoma (May 26, 2015)
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 (May 18, 2015)
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 (May 14, 2015)
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 (March 24, 2015)
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 (March 13, 2015)
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 (March 9, 2015)
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 (February 12, 2015)
The only two enrolled tribal members in Congress -- Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) -- voted for the bill.

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