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Trump nominee for key appeals court seen as favorable to tribal interests (June 16, 2017)

President Donald Trump is slowly filling open seats on courts across the nation and one of his picks has an important link to Indian Country.

Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 16, 2017)

Efforts to reform the Indian Health Service continue to see attention on Capitol Hill.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe welcomes 'victory' in Dakota Access Pipeline case (June 16, 2017)

While oil continues to flow through the Dakota Access Pipeline, tribes remain confident they will prevail on their treaty, trust and environmental claims.

Jacqueline Keeler: Connecting the Dakota Access Pipeline to history (June 15, 2017)

Using an early photographic process, Shane Balkowitsch hopes to connect what happened to the Dakota people 155 years ago with a $3.7 billion crude oil pipeline today.

Cronkite News: Tribes win decision in water rights dispute in Arizona (June 15, 2017)

A federal appeals court agreed with two tribes who challenged plans to divert water from the Gila River in Arizona.

Indian Country celebrates as judge orders environmental review of Dakota Access Pipeline (June 15, 2017)

The fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline is entering a new phase after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to conduct an environmental review of the controversial project.

Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again (June 14, 2017)

One of the worst-performing hospitals in Indian Country remains hobbled after losing certification nearly two years ago.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting (June 14, 2017)

A bill for AMBER Alert grants in Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears (June 14, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior is rejecting tribal complaints about his controversial recommendation to change the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Cronkite News: Rare meteorite found in Arizona receives Apache name (June 13, 2017)

A meteorite that landed on tribal land in Arizona a year ago now bears an Apache name.

Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation (June 13, 2017)

The Trump administration is coming under heavy fire as the new leader of the Department of the Interior makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the nation's largest inter-tribal organization.

Trump administration gets chance to explain views on tribal housing (June 12, 2017)

President Donald Trump incorrectly described tribal housing programs as being based on 'race' and hasn't repudiated his statement despite criticism from Indian Country.

Indian Health Service reform bill up for first hearing on Capitol Hill (June 12, 2017)

The 'broken' Indian Health Service is once again under scrutiny.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting (June 12, 2017)

A bill to bring AMBER Alert grants to Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health care are due to be advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

National Congress of American Indians opens mid-year conference (June 12, 2017)

The National Congress of American Indians will be hearing from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other top Trump administration officials at its meeting in Connecticut this week.

Choctaw Nation citizen lands senior job at Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 12, 2017)

The Trump administration is finally filling out its leadership team at the Bureau of Indian Affairs with Gavin Clarkson, who has extensive experience in economic development and finance issues.

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.

Agua Caliente Band moves forward with next phase of water case (June 8, 2017)

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians already won two landmark rulings in its water rights case and will be looking for another victory in federal court.

Dakota Access faces fines for disturbing artifacts in North Dakota (June 8, 2017)

The wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline are accused of failing to inform the state about the disturbance of tribal artifacts.

President Trump put wealthy firm first in approving Dakota Access Pipeline (June 7, 2017)

When it came to approving the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, President Donald Trump said he put industry instead of Indian Country first.

Former chairman of Seminole Tribe launches marijuana venture (June 7, 2017)

'It will be bigger than bingo,' Jim Billie said of the marijuana industry in Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke testimony overshadowed by Trump's FBI controversy (June 7, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior will be talking about Indian Country's budget cuts but not many will be paying attention.

New Eastern Cherokee leader calls for unity after impeachment of chief (June 7, 2017)

Richard Sneed, the new leader of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is quickly settling into his new job on the reservation in North Carolina.

President Trump names pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation (June 7, 2017)

If confirmed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher A. Wray would run an agency that investigates crime in Indian Country.

YES! Magazine: Young Blackfeet Nation citizen promotes food sovereignty (June 7, 2017)

Forced assimilation destroyed most nations’ diets, but now Native youth are learning to integrate local foods back into their daily lives.

Cronkite News: Confederate monument in Apache land under fire (June 7, 2017)

Civil rights and faith leaders are pushing for the removal of six Confederate memorials in Arizona, calling them symbols of terrorism and bigotry.

Cobell buy-back program keeps on rolling toward eventual end (June 6, 2017)

The Trump administration has put Indian Country on notice of the eventual end of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills (June 6, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is holding its first legislative hearing of the year but the witness list isn't quite there yet.

Ben Nighthorse Campbell links racism to suicide among youth (June 6, 2017)

Native youth suffer from high rates of suicide and Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a former U.S. Senator, believes racism is one of the causes.

Ho-Chunk Nation reaches out to urban citizens and community (June 6, 2017)

The Ho-Chunk Nation is making its presence known in Chicago, Illinois.

Native architect's case against racist 'Chief Wahoo' name proceeds (June 6, 2017)

Famed Native architect Douglas Cardinal will be allowed to proceed with a complaint against the racist mascot of the Cleveland professional baseball team.

Indian Health Service names a permanent chief medical officer (June 5, 2017)

Michael Toedt is new new chief medical officer for the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: Tribes vow to protect Mother Earth despite Trump's climate change stance (June 5, 2017)

Shortly after President Trump’s announcement about climate change, four Native Nations announced their plans to support the Paris agreement.

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.

Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back (June 5, 2017)

The Interior Department has 'not accomplished much' in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund, a top official said recently.

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