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Navajo Nation signs contract to implement AMBER Alert system on reservation
National | Politics | Technology
Navajo Nation signs contract to implement AMBER Alert system on reservation (December 14, 2017)
The Navajo Nation is finally close to implementing an AMBER Alert system on the reservation.

Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat
Politics
Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat (December 13, 2017)
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) passed over a historic opportunity to name a Native woman to a Senate seat being vacated by a disgraced lawmaker.

Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium (December 13, 2017)
The Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups saw a mixed victory as they seek to protect the Grand Canyon in Arizona from uranium mining.

Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal
National | Politics
Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal (December 13, 2017)
Democrat Doug Jones claimed victory in a closely-watched race in Alabama but Republican Roy Moore has not conceded after being repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct.

Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics | Trust
Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 12, 2017)
A years-long effort by tribes is coming to fruition as the Trump administration prepares to return the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to its familiar roots.

Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma
Law | National | Politics
Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma (December 12, 2017)
A ceremonial swearing-in is taking place for R. Trent Shores, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who serves as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Oklahoma.

Cronkite News: Republican lawmaker resigns immediately after details of misconduct surface
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Republican lawmaker resigns immediately after details of misconduct surface (December 11, 2017)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), abruptly announced his immediate resignation from Congress Friday, just hours after he said he would step down in the face of a House Ethics inquiry.

House committee schedules markup on Alaska Native health and Oregon tribal bills
Health | National | Politics
House committee schedules markup on Alaska Native health and Oregon tribal bills (December 11, 2017)
Two Indian bills, one helping Alaska Natives with a health facility and the other benefiting tribes in Oregon, are taking another big step forward on Capitol Hill.

Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress (December 11, 2017)
Since 1789 there have been 12,244 people serving in Congress. Never has there been a Native woman.

Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment
National | Politics
Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment (December 8, 2017)
Two lawmakers, one Democrat and one Republican and both with ties to Indian Country, announced their resignations due to sexual harassment allegations.

Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks
Politics
Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks (December 8, 2017)
Congress cleared a bill to keep the federal government up and running until Christmas but there are no increases for Indian programs for now.

Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements
Environment | National | Politics
Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements (December 7, 2017)
The Trump administration is expressing major concerns about the first new tribal water rights settlements being considered in Congress.

Tribal employment measure officially presented to President Trump for his signature
National | Politics
Tribal employment measure officially presented to President Trump for his signature (December 7, 2017)
Tribes are watching the White House as President Donald Trump is presented with his first stand-alone Indian bill.

Senate committee approves bill to fund victim services programs in Indian Country
Law | National | Politics
Senate committee approves bill to fund victim services programs in Indian Country (December 7, 2017)
A bill to provide victim services funding directly to tribes for the first time is making its way through Congress.

Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration
Law | National | Politics
Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration (December 5, 2017)
Thanks to bipartisan support from lawmakers, bills to improve public safety in Indian Country are advancing in Congress despite limited commitments from the Trump administration.

Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill
National | Politics
Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill (November 30, 2017)
President Donald Trump is getting a much-needed opportunity to move past his 'Pocahontas' controversy and sign his first stand-alone Indian bill into law.

David Ganje: Army Corps can't be trusted to manage water in the Missouri River
Opinion
David Ganje: Army Corps can't be trusted to manage water in the Missouri River (November 30, 2017)
Tribes and several states are opposing plans by the Army Corps to deal with 'surplus water' in the Missouri River.

Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change
National | Politics | Trust
Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change (November 28, 2017)
Another tribal homelands bill is taking a major step forward on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration considers changes widely opposed in Indian Country.

Mark Trahant: Indian children lose health coverage as GOP focuses on tax cuts
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian children lose health coverage as GOP focuses on tax cuts (November 27, 2017)
Thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native children will lose their health insurance unless Congress reenacts the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program
Law
Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program (November 21, 2017)
The Navajo Nation has joined the small but growing list of tribes with access to national criminal databases.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country isn't valued as lawmakers move on tax reform bill
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country isn't valued as lawmakers move on tax reform bill (November 20, 2017)
There is no better way for any legislature — be it a tribal council, a state assembly, or a Congress — to telegraph what’s most important to a society than through tax policy.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds tribal water rights hearing to schedule
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds tribal water rights hearing to schedule (November 16, 2017)
Two more water rights settlements, one for the Navajo Nation and the other for the Hualapai Tribe, are on the radar in the 115th Congress.

Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development
Environment | National | Politics
Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development (November 15, 2017)
Alaska Native corporations and their shareholders stand to gain from energy development of their own lands within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Mark Trahant: Republicans target health care and education to pay for tax cuts
Education | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republicans target health care and education to pay for tax cuts (November 15, 2017)
Here we go again. The Congress is hell bent on wrecking the Affordable Care Act.

Winnebago Tribe asserts self-determination in hopes of fixing troubled hospital
Health | National | Politics
Winnebago Tribe asserts self-determination in hopes of fixing troubled hospital (November 15, 2017)
The Winnebago Tribe is moving to take over management of the hospital on its reservation in Nebraska, more than two years after federal officials cut off key funding sources for the troubled facility.

House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations
National | Politics
House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations (November 13, 2017)
Lawmaker are moving forward with a bill to replace the words 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' in regulations at the Department of the Interior.

President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary
Health | National | Politics
President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary (November 13, 2017)
Alex Azar, a pharmaceutical executive, served in top leadership posts at the department in George W. Bush administration, an era of resistance to Indian health care.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills
National | Politics | Trust
House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills (November 9, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will take testimony on three tribal self-determination and land bills on November 15.

Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails to live up to its trust responsibilities
Health | Opinion | Politics
Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails to live up to its trust responsibilities (November 9, 2017)
The health care crisis at the Indian Health Service is just one example of how the government has failed to follow through on its obligations to tribal members.

Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items
National | Politics | World
Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items (November 8, 2017)
Efforts to repatriate tribal property and even tribal ancestors are hitting roadblocks within the Trump administration.

Meskwaki Tribe praises action on bill to remove state jurisdiction on settlement
Law | National | Politics
Meskwaki Tribe praises action on bill to remove state jurisdiction on settlement (November 8, 2017)
A bill to repeal one of the vestiges of the termination era is inching forward in Congress.

Search continues for Native woman who went missing on reservation in North Dakota
National
Search continues for Native woman who went missing on reservation in North Dakota (November 6, 2017)
Tribal police, family, friends and supporters are searching for Olivia Lone Bear, a 32-year-old mother who went missing on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

Cronkite News: Health insurance coverage for children in limbo in Washington
Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Health insurance coverage for children in limbo in Washington (November 6, 2017)
A Republican bill to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program pulls funds from Obamacare programs, angering Democrats who called the cuts unnecessary.

Indian Health Service sends lower-level official to testify on outside audit bill
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service sends lower-level official to testify on outside audit bill (November 6, 2017)
A legislative hearing is usually where the executive branch gets to make its case for or against a particular bill. But things are different in the Trump era.

Another Indian Health Service hospital placed in 'immediate jeopardy' status
Health | National | Politics
Another Indian Health Service hospital placed in 'immediate jeopardy' status (November 6, 2017)
A hospital on the Pine Ridge Reservation is losing a key source of funding after a review found that patients were being place in danger.

Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again
Environment | National | Politics
Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again (November 2, 2017)
Alaska Natives remain as divided as ever as Republicans revive one of the most controversial policy debates in history: drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Cronkite News: Tribes left out of Republican push for tax reform in Washington
Business | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Tribes left out of Republican push for tax reform in Washington (November 2, 2017)
A day before Republicans were expected to unveil their plan to overhaul the tax code, tribal leaders and senators complained that Indian Country once again does not have a seat at the table.

Alaska Native leaders and executives testify on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Environment | National | Politics
Alaska Native leaders and executives testify on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (November 1, 2017)
Alaska Natives will be front and center at a hearing on energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on tax policy reform
National | Politics
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on tax policy reform (October 31, 2017)
Republicans in Congress are shifting their focus to tax reform as tribal interests wait to see whether they will be included.

House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement
Law | National | Politics
House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement (October 31, 2017)
Another termination-era law, this one affecting the Meskwaki Nation, is on the chopping block.

House subcommittee takes up water bill for White Mountain Apache Tribe
Environment | National | Politics
House subcommittee takes up water bill for White Mountain Apache Tribe (October 30, 2017)
A bill to help the White Mountain Apache Tribe with a critical water project is making its way through Congress.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up cultural patrimony and Indian Health Service bills
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up cultural patrimony and Indian Health Service bills (October 30, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will take testimony on a bill to protect tribal sacred items and on a bill to audit the Indian Health Service.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tax reform policy
Business | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tax reform policy (October 30, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up tax reform as Republicans prepare to unveil a major policy bill.

Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice
Law | National | Politics
Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice (October 26, 2017)
The last time the Department of Justice went before Congress to discuss Indian issues, the affair didn't go so well.

Tribes don't want to be left behind as Washington turns to tax policy reform
Business | National | Politics
Tribes don't want to be left behind as Washington turns to tax policy reform (October 26, 2017)
With Indian Country's standing within the Trump administration still in flux, tribal leaders are turning to Congress to include them in tax reform efforts.

Trump team pushes Senate to move on nominations at Department of the Interior
National | Politics
Trump team pushes Senate to move on nominations at Department of the Interior (October 26, 2017)
The Trump administration is sending a not-so-subtle message about the lack of confirmed officials at the Department of the Interior, including the top Indian Affairs position.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances bill to benefit Klamath Tribes
National | Politics | Trust
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances bill to benefit Klamath Tribes (October 26, 2017)
A bill to repeal one of the many remnants of the termination era is advancing in Congress.

Cronkite News: Tribal leaders call 'empowerment' bill a step in the right direction
National | Politics | Trust
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders call 'empowerment' bill a step in the right direction (October 26, 2017)
Tribal leaders backed a House bill that would give them the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for virtually any use.

Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands
Business | National | Politics | Trust
Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands (October 25, 2017)
Tribal leaders and their advocates are embracing a once-controversial Indian land bill, seeing it as a means for exercising greater control of their economic futures.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures
Law | National | Politics
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures (October 24, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on public safety with bills to address victim services, human trafficking and missing and murdered women.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds business meeting for Klamath Tribes bill
Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds business meeting for Klamath Tribes bill (October 23, 2017)
Despite being restored to federal recognition, the Klamath Tribes are still hindered by a termination-era law that limits control of their own assets.

House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act
National | Politics | Trust
House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act (October 19, 2017)
A controversial Indian lands bill that faced repeated opposition during the Obama administration is seeing new life in the Trump era.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures
Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures (October 19, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is moving quickly on legislation to address pressing public safety and justice issues in tribal communities.

Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill
Environment | National | Politics
Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill (October 13, 2017)
A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important places.

Yurok Tribe welcomes introduction of bill to add important lands to reservation
Environment | National | Politics
Yurok Tribe welcomes introduction of bill to add important lands to reservation (October 12, 2017)
Support is growing for a bipartisan bill that would restore important lands in California to the Yurok Tribe.

Cronkite News: Republicans quickly move bill to limit new national monuments
Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Republicans quickly move bill to limit new national monuments (October 12, 2017)
A House committee gave approval to a Republican bill that would sharply curtail the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to order the creation of national monuments.

Congress approves yet another short-term extension for Indian diabetes program
Health | National | Politics
Congress approves yet another short-term extension for Indian diabetes program (October 9, 2017)
Congress has renewed the Special Diabetes Program for Indians but only for three months, the shortest extension on record.

President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service (October 9, 2017)
It's taken longer than expected but President Donald Trump is finally addressing the leadership void at the beleaguered Indian Health Service.

Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
Law | National | Politics
Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.

House committee approves Native American Energy Act in near party-line split
Environment | National | Politics
House committee approves Native American Energy Act in near party-line split (October 5, 2017)
A controversial Indian energy bill is once again sparking partisan tensions on Capitol Hill.

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