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Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks
Politics
Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks (December 8, 2017)
Congress cleared a bill to keep the federal government up and running until Christmas but there are no increases for Indian programs for now.

David Ganje: Army Corps can't be trusted to manage water in the Missouri River
Opinion
David Ganje: Army Corps can't be trusted to manage water in the Missouri River (November 30, 2017)
Tribes and several states are opposing plans by the Army Corps to deal with 'surplus water' in the Missouri River.

Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs
Health | National | Politics
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.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country faces another threat of a government shutdown
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country faces another threat of a government shutdown (August 24, 2017)
Indian Country is always hit hard by government shutdowns.

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.

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.

Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement (August 2, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is known as an outspoken advocate for Indian Country's most vulnerable, particularly youth, but her efforts don't extend to the #NoDAPL movement.

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.

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.

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
Health | National | Politics
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.

Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget
National | Politics
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
Education | National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
Health | National | Politics
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
Health | National | Politics | Trust
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
Health | National | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics | Trust
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
Law | National | Politics
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
Education | Health | National | Politics | Trust
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
Health | National | Politics
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
Education | Health | National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
Health | National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
Environment | Law | National | Politics
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
Environment | National
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
National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
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
National | Politics
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
Business | Education | Health | National | Politics
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
Business | Education | Health | National | Politics
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
Law | National | World
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
Health | National | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics
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
Environment | Law | National | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics | Trust
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
Law | National | Politics | Trust
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
Law | National | Politics | Trust
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
Law | National | Politics | World
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
Education | Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition | Trust
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
Law | National | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics | Trust
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
Law | National | Politics | Trust
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.

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