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Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget
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Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget (June 19, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke, the new leader of the Department of the Interior, is making his third appearance before Congress this week.

Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education
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Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education (June 8, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.

Secretary Zinke testimony overshadowed by Trump's FBI controversy
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Secretary Zinke testimony overshadowed by Trump's FBI controversy (June 7, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior will be talking about Indian Country's budget cuts but not many will be paying attention.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)
The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.

Secretary Zinke slated for hearing on Interior Department budget
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Secretary Zinke slated for hearing on Interior Department budget (June 5, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is slated for a big budget cut unless Congress takes action.

Senate bill reauthorizes tribal housing programs questioned by President Trump
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Senate bill reauthorizes tribal housing programs questioned by President Trump (May 31, 2017)
President Donald Trump raised alarms when he questioned the legality of tribal housing programs but key lawmakers aren't buying into his line of thinking.

Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service
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Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service (May 25, 2017)
The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act address long-standing management, staffing and transparency issues at the agency.

Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs
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Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (May 24, 2017)
Leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians say the new administration isn't listening to Indian Country.

President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request
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President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request (May 23, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the many losers in the Trump world.

Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs
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Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs (May 19, 2017)
With the president raising doubts about funding for Indian programs, tribal leaders are worried that his words will be used against them.

Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response
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Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response (May 19, 2017)
A $15 million appropriation funds a program that is open to states, but not tribal governments.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
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Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)
Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings
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Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings (May 17, 2017)
Lawmakers who control the federal government's spending levels are continuing to focus on Indian Country.

Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army'
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army' (May 17, 2017)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) added monies to the Department of Justice’s budget for FY 2017 to reimburse North Dakota for incurred costs.

Indian Country leaders testify about funding needs on Capitol Hill
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Indian Country leaders testify about funding needs on Capitol Hill (May 16, 2017)
The House Appropriations Committee is holding four sessions to learn about health, housing, education and other needs in tribal communities.

Mark Trahant: Guess which other president liked signing statements?
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Guess which other president liked signing statements? (May 9, 2017)
The Trump White House is eager to destroy the federal government as it exists now.

Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding
National | Politics
Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding (May 8, 2017)
President Donald Trump may not have been able to convince Congress to support his funding priorities but he's striking back in his own way.

Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth
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Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth (May 3, 2017)
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children is slowly getting off the ground.

Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts
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Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts (May 2, 2017)
The 2017 omnibus appropriations package includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $5 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now (May 1, 2017)
Congress has a spending plan. And it rejects most (but not all) of President Donald J. Trump’s priorities.

Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending bill
National | Politics
Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending bill (April 27, 2017)
The federal government might not shut down after all if Congress takes action before the end of the week.

Shutdown of federal government looms ahead of April 28 deadline
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Shutdown of federal government looms ahead of April 28 deadline (April 24, 2017)
With President Donald Trump in the picture, talks have become complicated by his demands for a wall along the Mexican border.

Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement
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Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement (April 21, 2017)
The agreement confirms and quantifies the tribe's water rights in Montana and authorizes $471 million in investments on the reservation.

Bureau of Indian Affairs increases rates at some irrigation systems
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Bureau of Indian Affairs increases rates at some irrigation systems (April 5, 2017)
The rates for the most part have not changed dramatically at irrigation systems in Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke promotes budget cut as a 'saving' for taxpayers
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Secretary Zinke promotes budget cut as a 'saving' for taxpayers (March 16, 2017)
The new leader of the Interior Department promised to fight for a fair budget but it doesn't look like he convinced President Donald Trump.

Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance
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Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (March 6, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is already living up to promises to keep Indian Country on the top of his agenda.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities'
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities' (February 20, 2017)
Tribes are still in the dark about the future of Indian health and the Cabinet position most important to Indian Country remains vacant.

Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era
Health | National | Politics
Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era (February 14, 2017)
Indian issues have always been portrayed as non-partisan but it looks like that's no longer the case, at least when it comes to health care.

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure
Environment | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure (February 1, 2017)
As President Donald Trump pushes unwanted projects on tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to improve aging dams and outdated irrigation systems.

Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes
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Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (November 18, 2016)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.

Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending bills
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Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending bills (September 29, 2016)
Lawmakers again failed to approve funding for Indian Country programs but averted a shutdown of the federal government.

House easily approves bills for Native youth and tribal tourism
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House easily approves bills for Native youth and tribal tourism (September 13, 2016)
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act and the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act are non-controversial although neither comes with federal funds.

House committee considers controversial Utah public lands bill
Environment | National | Politics
House committee considers controversial Utah public lands bill (September 12, 2016)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition continues to seek stronger protections for sacred lands, burial grounds, ancestral sites and other important places in Utah.

House schedules action on Native youth and tribal tourism bills
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House schedules action on Native youth and tribal tourism bills (September 12, 2016)
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act and the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act are moving closer to becoming law.

Leech Lake Band celebrates groundbreaking for new high school
Education | National
Leech Lake Band celebrates groundbreaking for new high school (August 26, 2016)
The replacement Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School should be ready in time for the fall 2017 school year.

Lenape and Nanticoke tribes gain formal recognition in Delaware
Politics | Federal Recognition
Lenape and Nanticoke tribes gain formal recognition in Delaware (August 5, 2016)
The state's governor signed bills for the Lenape Indian Tribe and the Nanticoke Indian Association.

Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo
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Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo (August 2, 2016)
The Acoma Pueblo ceremonial shield is being held by an auction house in France that has made millions of dollars by selling tribal items.

Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah
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Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah (July 15, 2016)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is battling Republican politicians over a proposed national monument.

Funding bill for Indian Country clears House for first time in years
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Funding bill for Indian Country clears House for first time in years (July 14, 2016)
The bill includes increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service but Democrats say it falls short of the true needs.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan drops proposals to address tribal rights-of-way issues
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Rep. Ben Ray Lujan drops proposals to address tribal rights-of-way issues (July 13, 2016)
The amendments would have required the Bureau of Indian Affairs to update its technology and resolve a trespassing dispute.

Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian Country
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Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian Country (July 13, 2016)
Some energy producing tribes want to follow their own hydraulic fracturing standards.

Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House
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Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House (July 13, 2016)
Fellow Republicans did little to help the Chickasaw Nation citizen advance a key legislative priority.

Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill
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Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill (July 12, 2016)
Indian Country's best shot at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is officially dead.

Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill
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Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill (July 11, 2016)
Republicans are leading efforts to kill what might be Indian Country's best hope at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural property
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Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural property (July 6, 2016)
The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act) prohibits the the export of tribal property and punishes people who traffic in stolen items.

Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs
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Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs (July 5, 2016)
The appropriations measure offers increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

Partial land-into-trust fix being watched by non-Indian interests
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Partial land-into-trust fix being watched by non-Indian interests (June 27, 2016)
A land-into-trust application that drew controversy long before Carcieri reached the U.S. Supreme Court is at issue.

Another land-into-trust fix reportedly being drafted in the Senate
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Another land-into-trust fix reportedly being drafted in the Senate (June 24, 2016)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), whose prior attempts to link a Carcieri fix to Indian gaming, is said to be behind the effort.

Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands
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Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands (June 20, 2016)
H.R.5486, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act, protects the Alabama tribe from ongoing litigation.

Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country
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Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (June 17, 2016)
Key members of Congress vowed to support an expansion of tribal jurisdiction after a new report exposed the extent of the crisis.

Amendment seeks funding for Indian Country detention facilities
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Amendment seeks funding for Indian Country detention facilities (June 16, 2016)
Large tribes that are ready to move quickly on projects would get priority for $25 million in federal funds.

A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill
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A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill (June 16, 2016)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, acknowledged that his amendment isn't what Indian Country wants.

Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programs
Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programs (June 1, 2016)
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hoping to get the troubled appropriations process back on track this year.

Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill
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Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill (May 25, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a field hearing on S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, in June.

Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation (May 24, 2016)
A controversy that surfaced last summer has been revived with the fiscal year 2017 Interior appropriations measure.

Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fire
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Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fire (May 11, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to reform the Bureau of Indian Education amid objections about funding levels.

Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians
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Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians (May 9, 2016)
The Department of Justice is accepting applications for a program that was authorized by the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.

Leech Lake Band to get new high school after long wait for funding
Education | National | Politics
Leech Lake Band to get new high school after long wait for funding (May 9, 2016)
For nearly 21 years, students at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School in Minnesota have been attending classes in structures that were never meant to house people.

Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act protects federal funds for tribes
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Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act protects federal funds for tribes (April 20, 2016)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) wants to make sure tribes aren't punished for developing their own cannabis laws and policies.

Treaty tribes welcome proposal for new village on Columbia River
Environment | National | Politics
Treaty tribes welcome proposal for new village on Columbia River (April 20, 2016)
An appropriations bill advancing in Congress urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete plans for a new tribal village at The Dalles Dam.

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