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Cronkite News: Tribes face challenges in securing broadband grants
Many tribal nations did not have the broadband access needed to apply for the funding that would let them improve broadband access, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs was told.
Blanket from Lumbee Tribe gifted during Capitol Hill hearing
A supporter of federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe made a special presentation during a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Underscore.news: National Park Service gains Native director for first time in history
In a sit-down conversation with Underscore.news, Chuck Sams, the country’s first Native American parks director, discusses the role his agency can play in better representing Indigenous people and their stories.
Ben Barnes: Shawnee Tribe stands up for its sovereignty
Groups claiming to be tribal sovereigns has reached a new level of concern for the Shawnee Tribe.
Gaylord News: Indian boarding school investigation continues
Indian boarding schools were established in the 19th and 20th centuries with the primary objective of assimilating Native youth by denying the use of their languages, dress and other cultural aspects.
Bureau of Indian Education unveils first official logo
The Bureau of Indian Education has unveiled its first official logo, based on a design from a student.
Native America Calling: Fixing Passamaquoddy’s drinking water problem
Some residents of the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation have either hauled water or used bottled water for years, even decades.
Gaylord News: Indian Child Welfare Act in limbo amid high-stakes challenge
Tribes and their advocates are studying ways to strengthen state laws as the Indian Child Welfare Act remains in limbo in the courts.
Native America Calling: The complicated path to sovereignty in Oklahoma
The U.S. Supreme Court decision in the McGirt case is forcing significant changes in Oklahoma.
Tribal consultations announced for infrastructure programs
The Department of the Interior will hold tribal consultations to discuss the infrastructure bill that was recently signed into law by President Joe Biden.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe thanks Biden administration for honoring victory in treaty rights case
“We thank President Biden for standing behind his policy to honor our Nation-to-Nation Relations,” said President Scott Herman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Biden administration won’t appeal victory in treaty rights case
The Biden administration won’t be appealing a treaty rights victory secured by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, attorneys involved in the closely-watched case said.
Great Plains Tribes: Indian health care is a treaty right
With all due respect, we call upon the Biden administration to honor the U.S. Court of Appeals decision in Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. United States.
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes new probate rule
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has finalized changes to federal probate regulations that are aimed at streamlining the process.
Tribal leaders hail historic nomination of Native woman to federal bench
Tribal leaders are welcoming the historic nomination of Sunshine Suzanne Sykes, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, to the federal bench.
‘No one else needs to die’: Biden administration faces another test of commitment to Indian Country
A deadline is fast approaching for the Biden administration to live up to its promise to improve the federal government’s relationship with tribes and their citizens.
President Biden nominates another Native woman to federal bench
President Joe Biden continues to make history with his judicial nominations, announcing another Native woman to serve on the federal bench.
Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities through VAWA Title IX Special Jurisdiction
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds an oversight hearing titled “Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities through VAWA Title IX Special Jurisdiction” on December 8, 2021.
Draft version of ‘Safety for Indian Women’ released by Senate committee leaders
A draft discussion of legislation to help tribes protect Native women has been released by the leaders of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Indian Country continues push to strengthen Violence Against Women Act
Indian Country is making another push to restore tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit violence in their communities.
Indian Country Legislation in U.S. House of Representatives
The U.S. House of Representatives meets on December 1, 2021, to consider Indian Country legislation.
Secretary Haaland: The Power of Indigenous Representation on 52nd Anniversary of Alcatraz
Secretary Deb Haaland visits Alcatraz Island to mark the 52nd anniversary of its occupation by Native activists.
Native America Calling: Taking control of the Food Distribution Program
The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation is taking a big step toward tribal food sovereignty.
H.R.2074 – Indian Buffalo Management Act
The U.S. House of Representatives considers H.R.2074, the Indian Buffalo Management Act, on December 1, 2021.
H.R.897 – Agua Caliente Land Exchange Fee to Trust Confirmation Act
The U.S. House of Representatives considers H.R.897, the Agua Caliente Land Exchange Fee to Trust Confirmation Act, on December 1, 2021.
H.R.4352 – Legislative Fix to U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Carcieri v. Salazar
The U.S. House of Representatives considers H.R.4352, a legislative fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, on December 1, 2021.
H.R.2930 – Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act)
The U.S. House of Representatives considers H.R.2930, the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act, on December 1, 2021.
Freedom Socialist: Conservative attack on Indian Child Welfare Act continues
Determined right-wing forces have piled onto a critical court case in order to overturn the hard-won Indian Child Welfare Act.
Tribal homelands bill back on agenda in ‘new era’ of Indian Country relations
Lawmakers are set to approve another round of Indian Country bills, including a long-anticipated yet controversial measure that will help tribes restore their homelands.
Native America Calling: Uncovering the history of U.S. boarding schools
Native America Calling will hear more about efforts to uncover the truth about the 300 Indian boarding schools aimed at forced assimilation of Native children.
Fraudulent Native artist charged with violating Indian Arts and Crafts Act
A Washington man who claims to be a Native artist has been charged with violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act and for illegally possessing eagle feathers and other bird parts.
President Biden signs pro-tribal bill into law as Native American Heritage Month winds down
A bipartisan bill to enable the Seminole Tribe to exercise greater control over its lands has finally become law.
Native America Calling: What do tribes get from the massive federal infrastructure bill?
The $1 trillion infrastructure bill just signed by President Biden is an unprecedented infusion of federal funds for thousands of projects across the country, including those in tribal communities.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing to receive testimony on S.1364, H.R.1975, H.R.2088 & H.R.4881
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for a legislative hearing on November 17, 2021.
Secretary Haaland takes action against racist and derogatory place names
“Racist terms have no place in our vernacular or on our federal lands,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland.
Tribal nations welcome formal consultation policy in Virginia
A new consultation policy in Virginia requires free, prior and informed consent of tribal nations before any state permits are approved.
Virginia governor adopts formal tribal consultation policy
“The Commonwealth has an important and unique government-to-government relationship with Virginia’s Tribal Nations,” said Gov. Ralph Northam (D).
Harold Frazier: Indian Country demands action, not words, from White House
I have just finished sitting through the White House Tribal Nations Summit and I am not impressed.
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders welcome return of White House meeting
Tribal leaders said the White House Tribal Nations Summit “shows promise” for the federal commitment to solving problems in Indian Country and to giving Native people a voice in the process.
White House Tribal Nations Summit – Day Two – November 16, 2021
The Joe Biden administration concludes the White House Tribal Nations Summit on November 16, 2021.
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