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Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push
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Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push (May 22, 2018)

Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.

Indian Health Service back in the hot seat with budget hearing
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Indian Health Service back in the hot seat with budget hearing (May 22, 2018)

It's almost been a year since the Indian Health Service came under heavy fire before lawmakers who control the agency's funding.

House committee set to advance Republican-sponsored Indian bills
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House committee set to advance Republican-sponsored Indian bills (May 22, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is due to advance three Indian bills at a markup session on Capitol Hill.

Cronkite News: Republican version of Farm Bill defeated in House
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Cronkite News: Republican version of Farm Bill defeated in House (May 21, 2018)

Two Arizona lawmakers were among the 30 Republicans who crossed the aisle and joined all Democrats to send the $868 billion farm bill to defeat.

Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization
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Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization (May 17, 2018)

A funding bill advancing on Capitol Hill is a win overall for Indian Country except for one big issue: a reorganization that tribes have been told little to nothing about.

Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act
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Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act (May 17, 2018)

A bipartisan bill aimed at stopping the trafficking of tribal items is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill amid ongoing concern over the sale of cultural property.

'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada
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'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada (May 16, 2018)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Walker River Paiute Tribe are slamming a land transfer bill that was drafted without their input.

Tribes continue to rely on key lawmakers for help with funding
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Tribes continue to rely on key lawmakers for help with funding (May 15, 2018)

With few people in their corner in the Trump administration, tribes are once again relying on Congress to fulfill the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities.

Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security
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Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security (May 15, 2018)

Are Bureau of Indian Education schools safe and secure? That's a question being posed on Capitol Hill.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill (May 15, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is working to ensure the Farm Bill doesn't leave tribal communities behind.

Congress set to clear economic development bill for tribes in Oregon
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Congress set to clear economic development bill for tribes in Oregon (May 15, 2018)

President Donald Trump will soon be getting another Indian bill to sign thanks to bipartisan action on Capitol Hill.

Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill
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Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2018)

Tara Sweeney’s confirmation hearing for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs was almost a celebration.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment (May 10, 2018)

President Trump's pick to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs is promising to take on harassment in a place where it seems all too common.

Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
National | Politics

Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (May 9, 2018)

After a long wait, Tara Sweeney finally went to Capitol Hill to share her vision for Indian Country.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing
National | Politics

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing (May 8, 2018)

Clear your calendar: Tara Sweeney's confirmation hearing takes place on Wednesday at 4pm Eastern, or noon if you're in Alaska.

Tahj Gomes: Ruffey Rancheria seeks to correct 'historical injustice'
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Tahj Gomes: Ruffey Rancheria seeks to correct 'historical injustice' (May 8, 2018)

With lawmakers set to advance a bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria, Chairman Tahj Gomes explains why his tribe needs help.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on school safety
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on school safety (May 7, 2018)

With shootings, walkouts and calls for reform at public schools dominating the news, attention is finally turning to the Bureau of Indian Education.

Dozens of Indian Country leaders present their budget priorities
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Dozens of Indian Country leaders present their budget priorities (May 7, 2018)

Lawmakers have lined up an impressive slate of witnesses to help them write the funding bill for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills
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House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills (May 7, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to advance four bills, including a controversial federal recognition measure.

Tribes seek another hearing on controversial federal recognition bill
National | Politics | Federal Recognition

Tribes seek another hearing on controversial federal recognition bill (May 3, 2018)

Even more tribes are raising questions about a bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria in California.

Bill John Baker: Johnson-O'Malley education program needs full funding
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Bill John Baker: Johnson-O'Malley education program needs full funding (May 2, 2018)

At Cherokee Nation, we strive to ensure every Indian child in our 14-county service area receives the educational opportunities they deserve.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing (May 1, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is finally getting her day on Capitol Hill.

Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters
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Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters (April 26, 2018)

Efforts continue in the nation's capital to raise awareness of the large numbers of Native women and girls who go missing and murdered every year.

Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era
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Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era (April 25, 2018)

Newly disclosed figures show Indian Country is losing ground when into comes to land-into-trust in the Trump era.

House panel in charge of Indian legislation goes through some changes again
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House panel in charge of Indian legislation goes through some changes again (April 25, 2018)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs has a new Democratic leader and a new Democratic member.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation (April 25, 2018)

After years of work in California and on Capitol Hill, two tribes are finally getting another chance to present their homelands bills.

Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to include tribes in jobs for every American program
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Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to include tribes in jobs for every American program (April 24, 2018)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is drafting legislation to guarantee a job to every willing American.

Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington
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Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington (April 24, 2018)

Labor unions and Indian water rights aren’t usually associated with one another. But to the White Mountain Apache Tribe they’re currently tightly entwined.

Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
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Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital (April 23, 2018)

Citing chronic underfunding and inaction at the federal level, tribes in the Great Plains are planning to take over a troubled Indian Health Service hospital.

Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing
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Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing (April 23, 2018)

A bill that repeals a remnant of a more paternalistic era in federal Indian policy is getting its first airing on Capitol Hill.

Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS'
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Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS' (April 18, 2018)

The tribal self-governance program, a key development in the self-determination era, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with some achievements.

Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill
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Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill (April 18, 2018)

When it comes to tribal homelands, the Senate has some catching up to do with the House.

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails
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'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails (April 17, 2018)

A vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act failed in spectacular fashion evening but a key leader says the fight isn't over.

Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty
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Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty (April 17, 2018)

'Democrats show, once again, that they are no allies, accomplices, friends or champions of tribal sovereignty.'

Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote
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Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote (April 17, 2018)

Tribes lost a battle in Congress when Democrats tanked a bill giving tribes authority over labor relations.

Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill
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Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill (April 17, 2018)

A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law is fueling an all-out partisan war on Capitol Hill, the likes of which one top Democrat is calling unprecedented.

House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists
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House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists (April 16, 2018)

A bill to protect Alaska Native artists from being punished for practicing their traditions is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill
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Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill (April 16, 2018)

With land-into-trust in limbo under the Trump administration, tribes continue to turn to allies on Capitol Hill for assistance.

Cronkite News: Hearing grapples with fate of troubled coal power plant in Indian Country
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Cronkite News: Hearing grapples with fate of troubled coal power plant in Indian Country (April 13, 2018)

Solutions were hard to come by at a hearing focused on saving a troubled coal-fired power in Indian Country.

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
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Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill (April 12, 2018)

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.

House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility
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House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility (April 12, 2018)

President Donald Trump famously ended the so-called war on coal when he took office more than a year ago but that hasn't improved the outlook for a troubled coal-fired power plant in Indian Country.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break (April 9, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work this week by catching up with some unfinished business.

Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide
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Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide (April 9, 2018)

As the nomination of Tara Sweeney to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs sits in limbo, her husband has entered into a new deal.

White House office in charge of Trump nominees run by inexperienced staffers
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White House office in charge of Trump nominees run by inexperienced staffers (March 30, 2018)

An office responsible for reviewing thousands of Trump nominees has been run by inexperienced staffers who hosted happy hours, played drinking games and smoked electronic cigarettes while on the job.

Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill
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Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill (March 26, 2018)

Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts, victims of crime and other key initiatives are now law thanks to bipartisan action in Congress.

Bureau of Indian Affairs strips blood quantum from proposed Johnson O'Malley rule
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Bureau of Indian Affairs strips blood quantum from proposed Johnson O'Malley rule (March 23, 2018)

Depending how you look at it, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is either catching up with old business or making things more complicated for the popular Johnson O'Malley education program.

Cronkite News: House panel tackles big backlog at national parks
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Cronkite News: House panel tackles big backlog at national parks (March 22, 2018)

Witnesses and panelists at a House hearing agreed that something needs to be done to close an $11.6 billion maintenance backlog in the national parks, but differed on how to pay for it.

Mark Trahant: Congress faces deadline to pass big spending bill
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Mark Trahant: Congress faces deadline to pass big spending bill (March 22, 2018)

Indian programs are not a part of the policy disputes in Congress, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service would have operations suspended during a government shutdown

Lawmakers reject Trump cuts with increases for Indian programs in massive spending bill
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Lawmakers reject Trump cuts with increases for Indian programs in massive spending bill (March 22, 2018)

Lawmakers from both parties are rebuking the Trump administration's budget cuts with the release of a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes increases for Indian Country.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs postpones activity due to snow
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs postpones activity due to snow (March 21, 2018)

It's a snow day in the nation's capital, with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs taking a break due to inclement weather.

'Acting' Trump administration officials present Indian budget plans
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'Acting' Trump administration officials present Indian budget plans (March 20, 2018)

The leadership void within the Trump administration is again on display as lawmakers consider the budgets for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

New bill repeals old prohibition on distilleries in Indian Country
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New bill repeals old prohibition on distilleries in Indian Country (March 19, 2018)

A vestige of a paternalistic era might finally be coming down, leading to more economic development in Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke criticized for offering Japanese greeting at hearing
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Secretary Zinke criticized for offering Japanese greeting at hearing (March 16, 2018)

The leader of the Department of the Interior is coming under fire for offering n incorrect Japanese greeting when asked about funding for Japanese internment camps.

Indian students demand action to prevent violence at their schools
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Indian students demand action to prevent violence at their schools (March 15, 2018)

Students across the nation, including many in Indian Country, are demanding action on gun reform in hopes of preventing violence at their places of learning.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs convenes hearing on opioids
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs convenes hearing on opioids (March 14, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is once again tackling the opioid crisis in tribal communities

Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes (March 13, 2018)

With jokes about powwows and questions about DNA tests, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is still facing doubts about her Indian heritage.

Republican bill blunts Native efforts to change name at sacred site
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Republican bill blunts Native efforts to change name at sacred site (March 9, 2018)

Republican lawmakers are once again trying to protect the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument even though tribal leaders and advocates have called for change.

Republican investigation links Russian trolls to #NoDAPL movement
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Republican investigation links Russian trolls to #NoDAPL movement (March 1, 2018)

The movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline originated in Indian Country but some on Capitol Hill are seeing links from somewhere far, far away.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson slammed for spending amid budget cuts
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Housing Secretary Ben Carson slammed for spending amid budget cuts (February 28, 2018)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is under fire for spending $31,561 on new furniture while seeking more than $100 million in cuts to Indian programs.

Navajo mother hails action on bill named in memory of Ashlynne Mike
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Navajo mother hails action on bill named in memory of Ashlynne Mike (February 27, 2018)

The mother of Ashlynne Mike, an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered on the Navajo Nation, is hailing action on a bill to protect children across Indian Country.