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Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence
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Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence (June 19, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on Native subsistence just as the Supreme Court takes up a case with potential impacts.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.

Museum in Germany returns items stolen from Native graves in Alaska
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Museum in Germany returns items stolen from Native graves in Alaska (May 17, 2018)

A museum in Germany is returning items that were stolen from Native graves in Alaska to their rightful place.

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
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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
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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.

High Country News: Program helps Native victims in rural villages
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High Country News: Program helps Native victims in rural villages (May 4, 2018)

A new approach to empowering survivors in remote parts of Indian Country.

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.

Hundreds of students gear up for another Native Youth Olympics
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Hundreds of students gear up for another Native Youth Olympics (April 25, 2018)

The Cook Inlet Tribal Council is bringing together youth, elders and more for an annual showcase of traditions.

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.

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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee in limbo due to corporate connection
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee in limbo due to corporate connection (March 9, 2018)

The nomination of Tara Sweeney as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs is being held up due to her ties to a Native corporation.

Alaska Natives barred from selling traditional goods on popular website
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Alaska Natives barred from selling traditional goods on popular website (February 7, 2018)

Alaska Native artists are no longer allowed to sell certain goods on the popular website Etsy.com despite being allowed to do so under federal law.

Witness list for House hearing on Alaska and Arizona tribal bills

Witness list for House hearing on Alaska and Arizona tribal bills (February 5, 2018)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on land bills affecting tribes in Alaska and Arizona.

Nurse for Native health corporation wins big on 'The Price is Right'
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Nurse for Native health corporation wins big on 'The Price is Right' (February 1, 2018)

An employee of a Native health corporation in Alaska won $63,000 in prizes on The Price is Right but has hit a snag getting them back home.

Environmental groups sue to block road for Native village in Alaska
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Environmental groups sue to block road for Native village in Alaska (February 1, 2018)

Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to prevent the construction of a life-saving road for a Native village in Alaska.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills
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House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills (February 1, 2018)

Two tribal land bills are getting their first hearing in the 115th Congress.

Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest
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Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest (January 23, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court won't be hearing a climate change dispute that drew intense interest among Alaska Natives.

Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village
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Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village (January 22, 2018)

The change in power in the nation's capital has proven beneficial for a Native community thousands of miles away.

Group defends 'shamanic' retreat despite criticism from Alaska Natives
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Group defends 'shamanic' retreat despite criticism from Alaska Natives (January 22, 2018)

A group called Dance of the Deer Foundation plans to go ahead with an expensive retreat despite complaints from the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Native Sun News Today: Indigenous 'pray-in' takes aim at drilling in Alaska refuge
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Native Sun News Today: Indigenous 'pray-in' takes aim at drilling in Alaska refuge (December 15, 2017)

Leaders of the Gwich’in Nation and the Inupiaq Tribe led a 'pray-in' at the U.S. Capitol on December 6, urging lawmakers to drop Arctic oil drilling from the federal tax bill.

House committee schedules markup on Alaska Native health and Oregon tribal bills
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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.

Chilkat Indian Village sues to protect salmon runs from mining project in Alaska
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Chilkat Indian Village sues to protect salmon runs from mining project in Alaska (December 6, 2017)

The Chilkat Indian Village and three conservation groups are in court to stop a mining project in a critical salmon habitat in southeast Alaska.

Mark Trahant: Republican tax reform bill does little to help out tribal citizens
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Mark Trahant: Republican tax reform bill does little to help out tribal citizens (December 4, 2017)

So many of our tribal citizens are the low end when it comes to earning. This bill does nothing to lighten that tax load.

Mary Annette Pember: Tlingit community finally invited to Alaska Day ceremony
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Mary Annette Pember: Tlingit community finally invited to Alaska Day ceremony (November 28, 2017)

Independent journalist Mary Annette Pember reports on the inclusion of Tlingit people in the Alaska Day ceremony in Sitka for the first time in 150 years.

Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development
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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.

House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations
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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.

Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again
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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.

Alaska Native leaders and executives testify on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
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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.

President Trump warned not to revert to non-Native name for Alaska's highest peak
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President Trump warned not to revert to non-Native name for Alaska's highest peak (October 25, 2017)

It looks like Denali, the Native name for Alaska's highest peak, is safe under the Trump administration. For now.

Alaska Native corporation gets business up and running after devastating hurricane
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Alaska Native corporation gets business up and running after devastating hurricane (October 23, 2017)

A subsidiary of an Alaska Native corporation is back in business after its operations thousands of miles away in Puerto Rico were affected by Hurricane Maria.

National Congress of American Indians looks forward to Tara Sweeney confirmation
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National Congress of American Indians looks forward to Tara Sweeney confirmation (October 18, 2017)

The National Congress of American Indians is looking forward to the 'swift confirmation' of Tara Sweeney as the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Alaska Native executive Tara Sweeney named to top Bureau of Indian Affairs job
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Alaska Native executive Tara Sweeney named to top Bureau of Indian Affairs job (October 17, 2017)

President Donald Trump is making history with the nomination of an Alaska Native to serve as the leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

YES! Magazine: Tribal hospital in Alaska brings traditional foods to patients
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YES! Magazine: Tribal hospital in Alaska brings traditional foods to patients (October 13, 2017)

A unique program in the Arctic tundra finds a way around federal regulation to put traditional foods on the hospital menu.

Alaska Natives bring communities together with unique recipes made from cake mix
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Alaska Natives bring communities together with unique recipes made from cake mix (September 18, 2017)

Cake brings Alaska Natives together, with bakers adding indigenous touches to their recipes and communities turning to cakes for fundraisers.

Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling
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Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling (September 18, 2017)

Alaska Native corporations stand to benefit from development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but the Gwich'in people strongly oppose oil and gas development.

Mark Trahant: Alaska tribes solved their dental health crisis with unique program
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Mark Trahant: Alaska tribes solved their dental health crisis with unique program (September 6, 2017)

Dental health therapy takes half the time it takes to train a dentist and it does what good medicine should: improve public health.

YES! Magazine: Native communities in Alaska are turning to renewable energy
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YES! Magazine: Native communities in Alaska are turning to renewable energy (August 29, 2017)

Oil companies like to push the narrative that Alaskans want more oil development, but that’s not true.

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.

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.

Environmental Protection Agency opens door to mine on Native territory
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Environmental Protection Agency opens door to mine on Native territory (July 12, 2017)

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will consult with tribes and Alaska Native corporations about a controversial gold mine that many of them oppose.

Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C.
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Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C. (June 27, 2017)

A life-saving road that will connect an Alaska Native village to a nearby airport is seeing some progress.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting (June 14, 2017)

A bill for AMBER Alert grants in Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting (June 12, 2017)

A bill to bring AMBER Alert grants to Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health care are due to be advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska
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Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska (May 25, 2017)

Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge requires Congressional approval and remains controversial among Alaska Natives.

Trump administration revives huge mine opposed by tribes in Alaska
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Trump administration revives huge mine opposed by tribes in Alaska (May 12, 2017)

The Pebble Mine had been squashed by the Obama administration -- even Barack Obama visited the area to meet with Native fisherwomen.

Native leaders slam lawmaker for comments about village women in Alaska
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Native leaders slam lawmaker for comments about village women in Alaska (May 11, 2017)

A Republican lawmaker claimed women in rural villages intentionally get pregnant so they can get a 'free trip' to the city.

Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (May 10, 2017)

Partisan outrage over the sudden firing of the nation's top law enforcement official is affecting Indian Country's agenda on Capitol Hill.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two bills
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Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two bills (May 8, 2017)

Lawmakers will take testimony on a bill to bring AMBER Alert funds to Indian Country and another to benefit Alaska Native health care.

Alaska Native group challenges President Trump and Secretary Zinke on Arctic drilling
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Alaska Native group challenges President Trump and Secretary Zinke on Arctic drilling (May 4, 2017)

REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands) and other environmental groups are taking on the Trump administration.

Senate panel takes up bill to bring AMBER Alert funding to tribes
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Senate panel takes up bill to bring AMBER Alert funding to tribes (April 28, 2017)

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) introduced S.772, the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, on March 29.

House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village
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House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village (April 4, 2017)

Residents of King Cove have been pushing for the road for decades as a way to save lives in their Aleut community.

William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska
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William Hensley: An Inupiaq perspective on the history of Alaska (March 30, 2017)

In a way, there are two histories of how Alaska came to be American – and two perspectives.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native Republicans
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Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native Republicans (March 6, 2017)

Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures.

Allakaket Tribe banishes four people suspected of dealing meth
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Allakaket Tribe banishes four people suspected of dealing meth (February 28, 2017)

Four men -- two tribal citizens and two non-citizens -- were flown out of the village in Alaska on the tribe's dime.

Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters
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Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters (February 16, 2017)

Advocates are hoping to build on the pro-tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.

Craig Tribal Association celebrates 'historic' trust land acquisition
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Craig Tribal Association celebrates 'historic' trust land acquisition (January 16, 2017)

Tribal leaders in Alaska are praising the Obama administration for helping them achieve a land-into-trust milestone.

Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land application
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Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land application (January 13, 2017)

It's only 1.08 acres but the decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs marks a major milestone in state and federal history.

Agreement in allows Alaska tribe to prosecute low-level offenses
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Agreement in allows Alaska tribe to prosecute low-level offenses (January 11, 2017)

The Anvik Tribe will develop culturally-appropriate punishments for those who choose to go through its system.

Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road'
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Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road' (January 11, 2017)

Indian Country remains wary of Republican president-elect Donald Trump but change in the nation's capital could benefit a rural Native community in Alaska.