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.
Sen. Udall: Indian health care at risk with Supreme Court nominee (October 13, 2020)Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, is taking aim at Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Sen. Hoeven praises signing of Savanna’s Act into law (October 12, 2020)“This legislation addresses a tragic issue in Indian Country and will help to establish better law enforcement practices,” said Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
White House statement on #MMIW legislation (October 12, 2020)President Donald Trump signed two bills to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native people, especially women and girls, into law on October 10, 2020.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) #MMIW #NotInvisible (October 12, 2020)Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) speaks about #MMIW legislation on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Haaland welcomes official signing of #MMIW legislation (October 12, 2020)“Everyone in this country deserves to feel safe in their communities, but a long history of violence against native people has led to the disappearance and murder of Native Americans at alarming rates,” said Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico).
Sen. Cortez Masto and Sen. Murkowski celebrate #MMIW bills becoming law (October 12, 2020)“For too long, the epidemic of missing, murdered and trafficked Native women and girls has gone unaddressed,” said Sen. Catherine Cortez (D-Nevada), a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Indian Country Today: Fate of Indian Child Welfare Act up to federal courts (October 12, 2020)Indian Child Welfare Act advocates are raising questions about President Trump’s pick to the nation’s highest court, whose religious background and adoptions are at issue.
Native Sun News Today: MMIW advocate continues efforts (October 9, 2020)Lily Mendoza, Cheyenne River Sioux, is reopening her store and community space as she continues to advocate for missing and murdered women, girls and Two Spirit relatives.
Cronkite News: Tribes denied access to public health data (October 8, 2020)The Tribal Health Data Improvement Act aims to remove barriers that Native Americans face in accessing public health data – something even more critical in the COVID-19 era.
Bill recognizes efforts of Native veterans group (October 7, 2020)To date, no Native veterans’ organization has received a charter from Congress. A new bill changes that.
Supreme Court opens new session amid COVID-19 and controversy (October 6, 2020)Amid growing uncertainty due to COVID-19, the U.S. Supreme Court opened its latest term as Republicans remain intent on confirming a conservative judge with virtually no experience in Indian law to the nation’s highest judicial body.
House hearing focuses on COVID-19 royalty breaks to energy companies (October 6, 2020)Thanks to the Trump administration, oil and gas drillers, as well as mining companies, are getting a break on royalties during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Melting Arctic: Climate Change Impacts on People and Wildlife (October 6, 2020)Alaska Natives explained how climate change impacts their people in a forum hosted by Democrats on the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Rebuilding America’s economy (October 6, 2020)By helping small businesses through tough times with forgivable loans, offering tax credits in Opportunity Zones to lift up distressed communities, and investing in our infrastructure, we can get America back to work and rebuild our economy.
NAFOA: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week (October 5, 2020)Welcome to #NAFOAFall2020 Conference Week (and other important policy updates for Indian Country).
Native Sun News Today: Rep. Haaland seeks Broadband for All (October 2, 2020)“Everyone in this country deserves access to reliable high-speed internet, especially during a pandemic,” said Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna.
Native Sun News Today: Congress approves bills to address MMIW crisis (October 1, 2020)Countless hours of tribal official and grassroots advocacy for missing and murdered Indigenous women and their families paid off when Congress gave final approval to Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act.
Rep. Haaland (D-New Mexico) celebrates passage of MMIW legislation (September 30, 2020)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed Congresswoman Deb Haaland’s (NM-01) Not Invisible Act and Congresswoman Norma Torres’ (CA-35) Savanna’s Act. The two bills work to address the missing and murdered indigenous women’s crisis.
Lessons Lost: Indian Country students still waiting on internet (September 29, 2020)Students at Bureau of Indian Education operated schools started classes without adequate technology, sometimes sharing a single computer among siblings, because the agency disbursed funding late and failed to purchase equipment in time.
Montana American Indian Caucus: Don’t vote on U.S. Supreme Court nominee (September 28, 2020)Indian lawmakers in Montana are asking Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) to “stand by your word” when it comes to voting on the next U.S. Supreme Court nominee.
House Committee on Natural Resources schedules markup on Indian Country bills (September 28, 2020)Bills to return land to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, extend federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe, address bison management and improve tribal economic development programs are on the agenda.
House panel sets hearing on COVID-19 in Indian Country (September 28, 2020)The National Congress of American Indians, the National Indian Health Board and the National Council of Urban Indian Health will provide COVID-19 updates at an appropriations hearing.
Tribal Health Data Improvement Act up for passage in House (September 28, 2020)A bipartisan bill to ensure that tribal authorities have access to the same public health data as states is moving forward on Capitol Hill.
Cronkite News: Congress takes action for missing and murdered in Indian Country (September 28, 2020)Native American advocates and victim’s families have worked for years to draw attention to Indian Country’s epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States Legislative Hearing (September 24, 2020)The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States took testimony on bills benefiting the Seminole Tribe and the Catawba Nation.
S.294 | Native American Business Incubators Program Act | 116th Congress (September 24, 2020)S.294, the Native American Business Incubators Program Act, is close to becoming law. The bill aims to boost entrepreneurship and economic development in Indian Country.
S.982 | Not Invisible Act | 116th Congress #MMIW #MMIP #NotInvisible (September 24, 2020)S.982, the Not Invisible Act, is the first bill to be introduced and passed by all four tribal citizens who serve in the U.S. Congress.
Savanna’s Act | S.227 | 116th Congress #MMIW (September 24, 2020)Congress has finally approved S.227, Savanna’s Act. The bill is named in honor of Savanna Greywind, a 22-year-old citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who went missing and was murdered.
Cronkite News: Trump nominee defends work on border wall (September 24, 2020)Construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico continues to affect sacred and sensitive tribal sites in southern Arizona.
Tribal Coronavirus Relief Data Breach | Trump administration #COVID19 (September 24, 2020)Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin had trouble addressing the tribal coronavirus relief fund data breach during a hearing on September 24, 2020.
PROGRESS Act | PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act | 116th Congress (September 24, 2020)The U.S. House of Representatives considers S.209, the Practical Reforms and Other Goals To Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act, also known as the PROGRESS Act, on September 21, 2020.
Rep. Tom Cole: Racing at warp speed (September 24, 2020)Over the last several months, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked unprecedented havoc on the world.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: #IAmVanessaGuillén (September 24, 2020)Vanessa Guillén’s disappearance and horrific murder earlier this year shined a light on the systemic issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault within our military.
Lawmakers call for investigation into deaths of Navajo citizens at Army base (September 23, 2020)Sen. Martha McSally (R-Arizona) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) are requesting a thorough investigation into multiple deaths at Fort Hood, including those of two citizens of the Navajo Nation.
Indian Country bills crawl to final approval in busy election cycle (September 22, 2020)Five Indian Country bills are finally over their last hurdle on Capitol Hill, giving Republicans, Democrats and maybe even Donald Trump a chance to declare victory ahead of the presidential election.
Rep. Deb Haaland leads passage of legislation for missing and murdered loved ones (September 22, 2020)If signed into law, the Not Invisible Act will be the first bill in history to be introduced and passed by four citizens of federally recognized tribe.
Sen. John Hoeven hails passage of Indian Country legislation (September 22, 2020)Five Indian Country bills are on their way to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Witness list for House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples hearing (September 22, 2020)Leaders from the Seminole Tribe, the Catawba Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are testifying before the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States.
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (September 22, 2020)Three tribal leaders and one federal official will testify at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs legislative hearing (September 21, 2020)The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on bills address Indian health, diabetes, tribal broadband and tribal lands.
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States legislative hearing (September 21, 2020)Bills benefiting the Seminole Tribe and the Catawba Nation are getting their first hearing on Capitol Hill.
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation weighs spending plans for COVID-19 funds (September 21, 2020)Spending $177 million may not seem like a problem, but it is a challenge for Navajo Nation leaders who could lose those funds if they don’t find projects that can be completed by the end of this year.
Indian bills on House schedule for week of September 21, 2020 (September 20, 2020)It’s a busy week for Indian Country’s legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.
‘All out war’: Republican lawmaker slams National Congress of American Indians (September 18, 2020)A powerful Republican lawmaker is accusing the National Congress of American Indians of engaging in “divisiveness” in connection with a bitter dispute over billions of dollars in COVID-19 relief.
Tribes push for passage of PROGRESS Act in Congress (September 16, 2020)It’s been difficult to get Indian legislation through Congress but tribes are hoping to get a win with passage of a self-governance bill.
Catawba Nation welcomes land affirmation bill in Congress (September 16, 2020)A bipartisan bill ensures the Catawba Nation can move forward with a gaming development on ancestral territory in North Carolina.
National Congress of American Indians kicks off Tribal Unity Impact Days (September 16, 2020)The 2020 Tribal Unity Impact Days, a two-day event hosted by the National Congress of American Indians and partners, is going virtual this year due to COVID-19.
Bipartisan bill restores Census 2020 deadline (September 15, 2020)Democrats and Republicans are coming together to ensure Native and rural communities get counted in the 2020 Census.
Cronkite News: Census count coming to an end amid COVID-19 (September 15, 2020)An accurate Census count is a ‘matter of life and death’ for Indian Country, a prominent tribal leader said.
Indian Country Today: Navajo Nation schools go online due to COVID-19 (September 14, 2020)Schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education on the Navajo Nation will be opening under a distance-learning plan, a stunning reversal of the agency’s plans to hold classes in person.
Cronkite News: Trump administration faulted for lack of consultation (September 14, 2020)The Bureau of Indian Education failed to send a witness to a hearing on reopening Indian schools in the age of COVID-19.
Appeals court hears arguments in COVID-19 funding dispute (September 11, 2020)Tribal governments remain united as a federal appeals court determines the fate of more than a half-billion dollars in COVID-19 funding that’s been at the center of one of the most bitter Indian law and policy disputes in decades.
Examining the Bureau of Indian Education’s School Reopening Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic (September 9, 2020)
The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will hold a remote oversight hearing entitled ‘Examining the Bureau of Indian Education’s School Reopening Guidance During the COVID-19 Pandemic.’
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