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Claiming to be "part Native American," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) made a surprise appearance at the National Congress of American Indians. Tribal leaders loved it.
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Still #NotMyBudget?
President Trump's budget request is under bipartisan fire but there's at least one bright spot -- some increases for the beleagured Indian Health Service, promising $150 million to combat the opiod crisis in tribal communities.
• Earlier: Tribes fight drug industry in court

Indian Infrastructure
The Trump administration is pushing for a huge investment in Indian schools with a long-awaited plan. But what about other tribal needs? "Tribal infrastructure is American infrastructure," National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel said.
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So, About That Budget
The president's new budget is out. How did Indian Country fare?
Department of the Interior
The Bureau of Indian Affairs would lose $453 million from current levels.
Department of Health and Human Services
The Indian Health Service would see an increase of $413 million, though a big chunk of that impacts the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.
Department of Housing and Urban Development
A major blow for Indian housing with $114 million in cuts.
• More: Fiscal Year 2019 Budget | American Infrastructure Initiative

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National Congress of American Indians leader slams 'fugitives' bill
Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes
National Congress of American Indians wraps up big winter session
Cronkite News: Lawmakers question management of Indian schools
Trump administration continues to back Indian Health Service pick
Lac du Flambeau Band ties recent murder to gangs and drug dealers
Bill affirms Alabama-Coushatta Tribe and Tigua Tribe gaming rights
San Pasqual Band hears concerns about digital billboard at casino
Tribal leaders cheer surprise speaker as meeting in D.C. winds down
Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the National Congress of American Indians
Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic
National Congress of American Indians kicks off big winter session
Tribes looking for more support to pass controversial sovereignty bill
Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan
Witnesses for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Census
Mark Trahant: White House sends messages with its new budget
Cronkite News: Tribes call for respect for their sovereignty in D.C.
National Congress of American Indians: State of Indian Nations
Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations
Lakota students released after being arrested and handcuffed
Frank LaMere: Native people are still fighting for our own rights
Yurok Tribe hosts screening of film focused on traditional justice
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week
Cronkite News: Finalists share plans for Native veterans memorial
Ex-Indian education official pleaded guilty to attempted voyeurism
Accohannock Tribe faces questions about legitimacy in Maryland
Timbisha Shoshone Tribe refutes rumors of marijuana at casino
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians celebrates fifth birthday of casino
Pascua Yaqui Tribe prepares citizens for top position at casino
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Cronkite News: Congress passes bill to end another short shutdown
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Settlement helps Native Americans who travel with sacred objects
Lakota grandmother shocked after students arrested, handcuffed
National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers in DC
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Choctaw citizen leads Native committee at Department of Justice
Colville Tribes won't be changing name after landslide in referendum
Mark Trahant: Native candidates make strides in Minnesota & Idaho
The Conversation: Sorry but 'Chief Wahoo' isn't going anywhere soon
Cronkite News: Marathon speech serves as rallying cry for Dreamers
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe awaits Trump team decision on casino
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The State of Indian Nations - The new president of the National Congress of American Indians, Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw Nation) delivers the State of Indian Nations address. This is Keel’s third nonconsecutive term as NCAI president. We’ll bring you the speech as well as the congressional response from Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
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