Bill recognizes tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders (March 9, 2021)Democrats are moving quickly to update the Violence Against Women Act with added protections for women in tribal communities.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) | Native American Contractors Association (February 18, 2021)Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) discusses economic development in Indian Country and self-governance for tribal nations in a video message to the Native American Contractors Association.
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States gains new leader (February 17, 2021)The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States has a new chair in Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (D-New Mexico).
House Committee on Natural Resources sets first meeting (February 15, 2021)The legislative panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues is meeting for the first time of the 117th Congress.
Native women land prominent roles on key Congressional committee (February 1, 2021)With the 117th Congress underway, two citizens of the Tohono O’odham Nation are taking prominent roles on a legislative committee that handles Indian Country issues.
Indian Country finally sees action on diabetes program (December 28, 2020)A program that has reduced diabetes in Indian Country has been extended for another three years, resulting in a lifetime in the age of COVID-19.
Congress reaches agreement on COVID-19 relief and federal funding (December 21, 2020)A bill to provide COVID-19 relief and fund the federal government, including Indian Country programs, has been released.
Deb Haaland: Legislation introduced in 116th Congress (December 21, 2020)Since the start of the 116th Congress, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) has introduced 51 pieces of legislation.
Deb Haaland tapped for Cabinet by President-elect Joe Biden (December 17, 2020)In a historic first, Deb Haaland, one of the first two Native women to serve in the U.S. Congress, has been tapped to serve in the incoming Joe Biden administration.
Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) discusses Indian issues in farewell speech (December 9, 2020)Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) discusses Indian issues as he delivers his final speech on the U.S. Senate floor on December 8, 2020.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules oversight hearing (December 7, 2020)The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will focus on tribal self-governance and cultural sovereignty as the 116th Congress winds down.
Cronkite News: Democrat Mark Kelly formally joins U.S. Senate (December 3, 2020)Democrat Mark Kelly can drop “Senator-elect” from his title after being sworn in as the new U.S. Senator from Arizona.
Cronkite News: Democrat Mark Kelly heads to Capitol Hill after Senate victory (November 30, 2020)Democrat Mark Kelly will be sworn in as the U.S. Senator from Arizona on December 2, 2020.
Tribes await action on priorities as Congress returns to work (November 18, 2020)Lawmakers are getting back to work after a long recess and a divisive election as time runs out to advance Indian Country’s legislative agenda.
Senate resolution recognizes Native American Heritage Month (November 18, 2020)“From their distinguished service in the Armed Forces, to their contributions as teachers, doctors, lawyers, artists, and entrepreneurs, Native Americans continue to play a crucial role in the growth and success of the United States,” said Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota).
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds post-election business meeting (November 18, 2020)The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is convening for the first time since the 2020 election and for the first time in nearly two months.
H.R.1964, Lumbee Recognition Act (November 17, 2020)A bill to extend federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe is making progress on Capitol Hill.
Officials criticize reduction of services at Indian Health Service facility (November 16, 2020)Officials from New Mexico are upset about the reduction in services at a hospital serving Pueblo and Navajo citizens.
Lumbee Tribe sees progress on federal recognition bill (November 16, 2020)The U.S. House of Representatives is slated to approve a bipartisan bill to extend federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe.
Rep. Tom Cole: Paying tribute to our Native veterans (November 10, 2020)Since the Revolutionary War, Native Americans have served our country in higher numbers than any other racial or ethnic minority in the United States.
COVID-19 funding dispute heads to Trump’s Supreme Court (November 3, 2020)With the nation’s highest court stacked with even more conservative justices, tribes are once again paying close attention to a COVID-19 funding dispute they thought was over.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: A historic pick for the Supreme Court (November 2, 2020)Amy Coney Barrett is exceptionally well-qualified and a great choice to serve on the highest court in the land.
Rep. Tom Cole: The right person for the Supreme Court (November 2, 2020)American history was made when Amy Coney Barrett was officially confirmed to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Rep. Haaland statement on Native American Heritage Month (November 2, 2020)“Native Americans have overcome many hardships since the onset of colonization — genocide, forced relocation and assimilation — but we’re still here,” said Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico).
Montana Free Press: Senate race is just too close to call (October 29, 2020)Voter turnout in Indian Country has steadily increased in Montana. Will it make a difference in one of the most closely watched races in the nation?
Congressional Native American Caucus features Pueblo symbol in new logo (October 26, 2020)The Zia Sun Symbol is vital to the religion, traditions and culture of Zia Pueblo.
Rep. Tom Cole: Moving forward from 2020 (October 22, 2020)Looking back on the unprecedented events, hardships, challenges and losses we’ve navigated this year, certainly everyone would agree that 2020 has been a roller coaster experience none of us asked for or wanted.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The silent crisis of the missing and murdered (October 22, 2020)The silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women is wreaking havoc on our families and communities.
Forgotten no more?: Trump team puts Native people last on ‘important’ call (October 21, 2020)Just days after their boss bashed Indigenous Peoples Day, members of the Donald Trump administration tried their best to portray the president as someone who cares about the interests of America’s “first” inhabitants.
Cronkite News: Push continues for national indigenous holiday (October 14, 2020)Native people finally celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an official holiday in Arizona – but it was a win with an asterisk.
Indian Country organizations fear undercount as 2020 Census comes to end (October 14, 2020)The National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Rights Fund, and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition condemn the Trump administration’s pursuit of an incomplete 2020 Census.
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