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Lytton Band questions poll that shows opposition to land-into-trust legislation
Politics | Trust
Lytton Band questions poll that shows opposition to land-into-trust legislation (September 25, 2017)
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is questioning a poll that uncovered significant opposition to the tribe's land-into-trust bill, which passed the House with no objections.

Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country
Law | National | Politics
Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country (September 25, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is bringing in a high-profile witness as it looks into trafficking of Native Americans.

New Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes first appearance on Capitol Hill
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
New Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes first appearance on Capitol Hill (September 25, 2017)
The Trump administration's new hire at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is making his first appearance on Capitol Hill and it's on a touchy subject.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain delivers blow to latest Republican health care bill
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain delivers blow to latest Republican health care bill (September 25, 2017)
Sen. John McCain cannot 'in good conscience' vote for the latest plan to replace Obamacare, a surprise announcement that may have killed the bill for Republican leaders.

Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care (September 22, 2017)
Wouldn’t it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people?

Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers (September 21, 2017)
A key Republican lawmaker is once again pushing a bill that requires all tribes seeking federal recognition to go through Congress.

Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement
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Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement (September 21, 2017)
Sen. John McCain, a key vote in the failure of the last Obamacare repeal attempt, refused to say how he will vote on a new Republican bill to overhaul the nation's health care system.

Cronkite News: Senate committee takes up bill to combat online sex trafficking
Law | National | Politics | Technology
Cronkite News: Senate committee takes up bill to combat online sex trafficking (September 20, 2017)
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act has bipartisan support but is facing opposition from free speech advocates and the tech industry.

Mark Trahant: Another Republican health care bill fails to help Indian Country
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Another Republican health care bill fails to help Indian Country (September 19, 2017)
Let’s be clear about the latest Republican plan: It would drain resources away from the Indian health system.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking (September 19, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on September 27 to focus on human trafficking of Native Americans.

Cronkite News: Plans move forward to reduce bison in Grand Canyon National Park
Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Plans move forward to reduce bison in Grand Canyon National Park (September 18, 2017)
Lawmakers in the U.S. House are advancing a bill to reduce the number of bison at the Grand Canyon, just weeks after the National Park Service approved its own plan.

Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs
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Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs (September 14, 2017)
Just a few months after calling for drastic cuts to health, education, social service and other programs in Indian Country, the Trump administration has changed course.

Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs
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Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 14, 2017)
Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country said they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits but lawmakers said much more needs to be done.

Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward (September 13, 2017)
It's been more than two decades since Congress passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill but six tribes in Virginia are hoping to turn the tide in their favor.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici (September 13, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs took a moment of silence to honor of one of its former members, the late Pete Domenici.

Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms
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Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms (September 13, 2017)
Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office.

Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service
Health | Politics
Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service (September 13, 2017)
Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his version of health care reform, a plan he calls 'Medicare for all.'

Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients (September 12, 2017)
More than a year after facing criticism for lacking quality of care standards, the Indian Health Service is finally promising to address wait times for patients.

Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office
Environment | National | Politics
Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office (September 11, 2017)
A controversial Indian energy bill that faced intense opposition during the Obama era is on the agenda again only this time it might get a friendlier reception from the White House.

'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs
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'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs (September 11, 2017)
Nine months into the Trump administration and Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for tribal interests at the federal level.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting
Business | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting (September 11, 2017)
Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia, economic development for tribes in Oregon and housing for Native veterans are on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 6, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work by taking another look at 'high risk' programs that serve tribes and their citizens.

Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September
National | Politics
Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September (August 10, 2017)
September is going to be a mess -- Congress must sort out some really complicated issues.

Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow
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Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow (August 8, 2017)
A bill to designate a clinic for the late Joe Medicine Crow, a celebrated veteran from the Crow Tribe, is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county
National | Politics | Trust
Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county (August 8, 2017)
A bill to place about 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens
Law | National
Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens (August 8, 2017)
Federal authorities continue to investigate a shooting that left three citizens of the Crow Tribe dead and two others injured.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain sees big drop in popularity among voters in own state
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Sen. McCain sees big drop in popularity among voters in own state (August 8, 2017)
A poll by Morning Consult looked at the popularity of each senator in his or her home state and put Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake in the bottom three – trailing only Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country sees incremental progress on obesity among youth
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Mark Trahant: Indian Country sees incremental progress on obesity among youth (August 7, 2017)
A new study, one that is built on a massive amount of data, reports that obesity among Native American youth is staying mostly the same.

Cronkite News: Congress goes home for a month with big list of unfinished bills
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Congress goes home for a month with big list of unfinished bills (August 7, 2017)
Congress has gone home for its regular monthly August recess -- after talking about a delay -- but faces a long list of work when it comes back after Labor Day.

Cronkite News: President Trump backs bill to impose limits on immigration
National | Politics | World
Cronkite News: President Trump backs bill to impose limits on immigration (August 3, 2017)
President Donald Trump threw his support behind a bill that would slash immigration and create a merit-based system favoring those who speak English, have higher education and high-paying job offers.

Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition
Federal Recognition
Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition (August 2, 2017)
The leader of the Lumbee Tribe is meeting with the White House to make the case for federal recognition.

Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl
Law | National
Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl (August 2, 2017)
A citizen of the Navajo Nation was sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty for the murder of an 11-year-old girl.

Navajo citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl
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Navajo citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl (July 31, 2017)
A Navajo Nation citizen who is accused of murdering an 11-year-old girl is due for a change of plea hearing in federal court.

Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska
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Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska (July 28, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Interior Department threatened Alaska's two Senators, The Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Cronkite News: House passes bill with $1.6 billion to start wall along border
National | Politics | World
Cronkite News: House passes bill with $1.6 billion to start wall along border (July 28, 2017)
The House passed a $713.4 billion defense spending bill that includes almost $1.6 billion to begin construction of a wall along the United States border with Mexico.

Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote
Health | National | Politics
Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote (July 28, 2017)
Key Democrats in the Senate were prepared to fight for Indian health care but it turns out they didn't need to, thanks to three Republicans.

Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress?
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress? (July 28, 2017)
Congress has never even considered, let alone acted, to fully fund Indian health programs.

Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care (July 27, 2017)
Today is humor day in the Senate. But at least the healthcare debate will go on and on without a conclusion

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs cancels business meeting and hearing
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs cancels business meeting and hearing (July 26, 2017)
Partisan bickering has once again derailed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform (July 26, 2017)
As the debate unfolds, the Senate is in a way making the case for why we need Native Americans in the legislative process.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise as Senate opens health debate
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise as Senate opens health debate (July 26, 2017)
Sen. John McCain had 16 minutes of floor time and he used every minute of it, capping an already emotional return to the Senate with a call to action for his fellow lawmakers that hit every emotion on the scale.

Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior
National | Politics
Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior (July 25, 2017)
A lawyer and former lobbyist who was at the center of some high-profile controversies during the Bush administration is going back to work at the Department of the Interior.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain returns to Washington amid health care debate
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain returns to Washington amid health care debate (July 25, 2017)
Less than a week after he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) is returning to work in the nation's capital.

Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States
National | Politics
Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States (July 24, 2017)
American Indian and Alaska Native women experience one of the highest homicide rates in the nation and nearly half die at the hands of an intimate partner.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
National | Politics | Trust
House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)
Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska
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House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska (July 21, 2017)
A bill to authorize a life-saving road for a Native village in Alaska has cleared a big hurdle on Capitol Hill but not without considerable debate.

Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo
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Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo (July 21, 2017)
A new report confirms that American Indians and Alaska Natives are disproportionately impacted by diabetes but Congress has been slow to renew a program helps fight the disease.

Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications
National | Politics | Trust
Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications (July 20, 2017)
For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain vows to return to Capitol Hill after brain cancer diagnosis
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain vows to return to Capitol Hill after brain cancer diagnosis (July 20, 2017)
Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former two-term chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet
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Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet (July 19, 2017)
Since the start of the 115th Congress in January, lawmakers have yet to send a stand-alone Indian bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise on health care reform amid health crisis
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise on health care reform amid health crisis (July 19, 2017)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) is weighing in on the health care debate as he recovers from an unexpected surgery.

Key House committee moves forward with funding bill for tribal programs
Health | National | Politics
Key House committee moves forward with funding bill for tribal programs (July 18, 2017)
Lawmakers are resisting President Donald Trump's budget cuts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act (July 18, 2017)
So plan B, supported by President Donald J. Trump, is a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, without a plan to figure out the what’s next?

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking (July 17, 2017)
According to the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies are failing to collect data on Native trafficking victims.

Mark Trahant: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill (July 17, 2017)
The Republican healthcare bill looked like it was going to pass but then Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) announced his own health crisis.

House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process
National | Politics | Trust
House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process (July 14, 2017)
Despite a rocky couple of days on Capitol Hill for tribal interests, it wasn't all bad news this week for Indian Country.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)
Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing (July 12, 2017)
Lawmakers from both parties expressed anger and frustration at the Indian Health Service as they vowed to seek more resources to fulfill the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Leaders of Indian Health Service testify on Trump's new budget request
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Leaders of Indian Health Service testify on Trump's new budget request (July 12, 2017)
Lawmakers from both parties say President Trump's proposed budget does not meet the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes testimony on three bills at hearing
Education | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes testimony on three bills at hearing (July 12, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on bills affecting the Johnson O'Malley education program and several tribes in Oregon.

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