More: 115th

Rep. Tom Cole: A bipartisan commitment to America's defense
Rep. Tom Cole: A bipartisan commitment to America's defense (December 16, 2019)

For nearly 60 years, lawmakers in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle have affirmed their bipartisan commitment to providing for our common defense.


More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama
More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama (December 16, 2019)

With Democrats prepared to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers continue to advance legislation to benefit Indian Country's interests.


Indian student count finally being updated for the modern era
Indian student count finally being updated for the modern era (November 4, 2019)

Funding for the popular Johnson O'Malley Program might actually increase thanks to a new count of Indian students.


Trump administration finally lands a leader for Indian housing programs
Trump administration finally lands a leader for Indian housing programs (October 16, 2019)

Year three of the Donald Trump presidency is almost over but his administration now has someone in charge of Indian housing.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at business meeting (July 16, 2019)

Legislation to support tribal water rights and repeal outdated federal Indian laws are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court (June 25, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is battling the Trump administration in a lawsuit that will stay in the nation's capital.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on reservation roads
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on reservation roads (April 1, 2019)

Lawmakers are exercising oversight in a tricky area of federal policy where tribes have clashed with the Trump administration.


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians vows to keep fighting for homelands (February 14, 2019)

A federal judge has dealt a setback to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, whose homelands have long been the subject of controversy.


Cindy McCain apologizes after police refute claim of human trafficking
Cindy McCain apologizes after police refute claim of human trafficking (February 11, 2019)

Cindy McCain has made unsubstantiated claims about children being trafficked in Indian Country.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate (February 6, 2019)

After a somewhat disappointing start in the Trump era, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues to hit the ground running.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting (February 4, 2019)

Native languages, Native veterans and tribal economic development are the subject of three bills being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


'Our lives don't matter': Native women demand action for missing sisters
'Our lives don't matter': Native women demand action for missing sisters (January 25, 2019)

Efforts are building across the nation to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native women.


Little Shell Chippewa Tribe seeks another shot at federal recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe seeks another shot at federal recognition (January 22, 2019)

Montana's Congressional delegation is once again seeking federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians, whose status has been in limbo for more than a century.


'Shameful': Congress fails to take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women
'Shameful': Congress fails to take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women (January 10, 2019)

A candlelight vigil will call attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and the failure to address what has been called a national crisis.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs retains bipartisan leadership
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs retains bipartisan leadership (January 9, 2019)

Tribes will see familiar faces as the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, one of the busiest in Congress, gets back to work.


Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law
Bill John Baker: Five Civilized Tribes welcome repeal of termination-era law (January 7, 2019)

A new federal law is a remedy for a huge injustice that has led to a devastating loss of land for the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Nations.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country faces a long government shutdown
Mark Trahant: Indian Country faces a long government shutdown (December 26, 2018)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the federal agencies affected by the government shutdown.


Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down
Indian Country bills face time crunch as Congress winds down (December 14, 2018)

Time is running out for tribes to see action on their legislative agenda as lawmakers prepare to wrap up the 115th session of Congress.


'It's open season': Few answers at hearing on missing and murdered
'It's open season': Few answers at hearing on missing and murdered (December 13, 2018)

Federal law enforcement officials have admitted a 'problem' exists in Indian Country -- too many people go missing and are murdered every year.


New law opens the door for distilleries in Indian Country
New law opens the door for distilleries in Indian Country (December 13, 2018)

A nearly 200-year-old ban on the manufacture of liquor on tribal lands has been repealed by Congress.


President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law
President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law (December 12, 2018)

Policies adopted during more paternalistic eras of federal Indian policy are finally coming to an end.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country impacted by a government shutdown
Mark Trahant: Indian Country impacted by a government shutdown (December 12, 2018)

President Trump said he will own a government shutdown in a theatrical meeting with Democratic leaders.


Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump
Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump (December 11, 2018)

Indian energy, Indian education and Indian health are gaining a boost as the 115th Congress comes to a close.


'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country
'Silent Crisis': The missing and murdered in Indian Country (December 11, 2018)

Federal law enforcement officials and Native women will be discussing the missing and murdered in Indian Country at a hearing in Washington, D.C.


Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C.
Secretary Ryan Zinke backs Washington NFL team's return to D.C. (December 10, 2018)

Will the Washington NFL team and its racist mascot be returning to the nation's capital with the help of the Trump administration and Congress?


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (December 7, 2018)

The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their communities.


Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country
Hearing scheduled on missing and murdered in Indian Country (December 5, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be confronting the 'silent crisis' of the missing and the murdered at a hearing on December 12.


Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 4, 2018)

Tribes will have to move quickly to save the Indian Child Welfare Act from being invalidated across the nation.


Mark Trahant: Congress still working on Indian Country funding bill
Mark Trahant: Congress still working on Indian Country funding bill (December 4, 2018)

The spending bill includes Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe continues fight for homelands (November 28, 2018)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has been dealt a major setback, nearly 400 years after helping the Pilgrims survive.


Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump
Congress sends two more Indian Country bills to Trump (November 28, 2018)

The Republican-controlled Congress continues to play catch-up when it comes to Indian Country's agenda in the Trump era.


Cronkite News: Trump defends use of tear gas at U.S. border
Cronkite News: Trump defends use of tear gas at U.S. border (November 27, 2018)

Republicans are supporting President Donald Trump's renewed demands for a border wall after tear gas was used on migrants at a busy port of entry.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance more bills (November 26, 2018)

Three symbolic resolutions and three substantive bills are advancing as the clock winds down on the 115th Congress.


Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application
Samish Nation celebrates approval of land-into-trust application (November 20, 2018)

It took more than eight years but the Samish Nation has finally secured approval of a land-into-trust application in Washington state.


Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era
Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era (November 19, 2018)

Two years of Republican control in the nation's capital have resulted in few concrete gains for Indian Country.


Cronkite News: Report looks at missing and murdered sisters
Cronkite News: Report looks at missing and murdered sisters (November 15, 2018)

On November 14, 1992, a Native American woman was found murdered in Tucson, and 26 years later her name is still not known.


'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration
'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration (November 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government's trust relationship.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing (November 13, 2018)

Tribal leaders from Arizona, North Dakota and Oklahoma are testifying in support of bills that affect their communities.


Lakota woman remains in critical condition after brutal attack
Lakota woman remains in critical condition after brutal attack (November 13, 2018)

Sheena Between Lodges, 32, came out of a coma after being severely beaten. She remains under close watch in South Dakota.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up three bills at hearing (November 12, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work after the historic mid-term election.


Bill to address missing and murdered sisters scheduled for action
Bill to address missing and murdered sisters scheduled for action (November 12, 2018)

Savanna's Act represents a first step to address what Native women are calling an epidemic.


Lakota woman fighting for her life after brutal beating
Lakota woman fighting for her life after brutal beating (November 9, 2018)

A 32-year-old Lakota woman suffered a traumatic brain injury after being beaten in South Dakota.


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (November 2, 2018)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is the latest to comply with the Violence Against Women Act, which recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes.


Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative names new director
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative names new director (November 1, 2018)

Food sovereignty efforts continue to advance in Indian Country.


National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat
National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat (October 24, 2018)

Indian Country continues to stand behind the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose homelands are slated to be taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump
Congress sends bill with pro-tribal provisions to President Trump (October 15, 2018)

Congress went on break last week but not before sending another pro-tribal bill to President Donald Trump.


Bill planned to address missing and murdered Native women
Bill planned to address missing and murdered Native women (October 11, 2018)

Two lawmakers in Nebraska are working to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native women.


Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases
Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases (October 9, 2018)

Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.


Indian law professors join campaign against Brett Kavanaugh
Indian law professors join campaign against Brett Kavanaugh (October 4, 2018)

Republicans in the Senate are moving forward with a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh after receiving the results of an FBI investigation.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing (October 1, 2018)

A Navajo Nation water settlement, a bill to repeal a paternalistic federal policy and broadband in Indian County are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court opens new term with major Indian law cases on docket (October 1, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session as Indian Country awaits the fate of controversial nominee Brett Kavanaugh.


'This is worse than I thought': Brett Kavanaugh hearing draws protests
'This is worse than I thought': Brett Kavanaugh hearing draws protests (September 28, 2018)

Protesters outside of a heated Senate hearing seemed to have already made up their minds about Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee accused of sexual assault.


Mike Rounds: Celebrating the culture and contributions of Native Americans
Mike Rounds: Celebrating the culture and contributions of Native Americans (September 28, 2018)

When state, federal and tribal governments work together, we have the opportunity to make real changes that will improve the lives of tribal members in our state.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


Interior secretary's Grand Canyon visit highlights need for funds to fix infrastructure
Interior secretary's Grand Canyon visit highlights need for funds to fix infrastructure (September 26, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Grand Canyon’s windswept roadways, sunbaked cabins and aging wastewater treatment facility to bring attention to the National Park Service’s $11.6 billion backlog in maintenance projects.


Witness list for Senate hearing on justice for Native youth
Witness list for Senate hearing on justice for Native youth (September 25, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking a closer look at juvenile justice issues.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills (September 24, 2018)

An audit of the Indian Health Service, a water rights settlement for the Kickapoo Tribe and land for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe are on the agenda on Capitol Hill.


'A hopeful future': Addressing Native youth in the justice system
'A hopeful future': Addressing Native youth in the justice system (September 21, 2018)

A new report is highlighting the challenges facing young Native Americans who end up in the justice system.


Bipartisan bill includes Indian Country in suicide prevention efforts
Bipartisan bill includes Indian Country in suicide prevention efforts (September 19, 2018)

A simple change in federal law will help tribes address suicide in their communities, according to a bipartisan group of lawmakers.


'Lack of understanding of tribes': Brett Kavanaugh deemed unfriendly to Indian Country
'Lack of understanding of tribes': Brett Kavanaugh deemed unfriendly to Indian Country (September 19, 2018)

Add Native Americans to the list of groups concerned about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.