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Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
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Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (July 18, 2018)

Due to litigation, the Trump administration might be forced to do something unprecedented -- take a tribe's trust land out of trust.

Funding package with increases for Indian Country slated for action
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Funding package with increases for Indian Country slated for action (July 9, 2018)

A bill that protects Indian Country from funding cuts but fails to stop the Trump administration's controversial reorganization is moving forward.

Pokagon Band celebrates influx of $2.3 million in federal housing funds
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Pokagon Band celebrates influx of $2.3 million in federal housing funds (July 3, 2018)

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians celebrated National Homeownership Month with a big check.

Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
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Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.

Trump administration finally informs tribes about dramatic reorganization
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Trump administration finally informs tribes about dramatic reorganization (May 23, 2018)

After keeping Indian Country in the dark for more than a year, the Trump administration is ready to consult with tribes about a dramatic reorganization.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization
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Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization (April 19, 2018)

Despite claims by the Trump administration that it won't move forward with a reorganization without Indian Country's input, tribes continue to be excluded.

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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe
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Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe (April 10, 2018)

As school teachers across the nation walk out in protest of inadequate funding, some in Indian Country found a way to cope with their below-average salaries.

Mary Annette Pember: #Omnibus funds program for Native crime victims
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Mary Annette Pember: #Omnibus funds program for Native crime victims (April 6, 2018)

'We were literally crying in gratitude when we heard the news,' an advocate for Native women told Rewire.

Navajo Nation claims victory over Trump in federal funding fight
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Navajo Nation claims victory over Trump in federal funding fight (March 28, 2018)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are rejoicing after a federal judge rebuked the Trump administration for reducing the tribe's Head Start funds.

Spending bill includes large infusion of funds for Indian housing
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Spending bill includes large infusion of funds for Indian housing (March 27, 2018)

The $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress and signed into law last week includes the largest infusion of funds for Indian housing in nearly a decade.

Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities
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Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities (March 26, 2018)

Indian Country still has a lot of work to do to ensure the federal government lives up to its treaty and trust responsibilities.

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.

Mark Trahant: Business as usual in D.C. is good for Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Business as usual in D.C. is good for Indian Country (March 26, 2018)

Federal Indian programs, some of which had been slated for either elimination or deep cuts by the Trump administration, continue on course.

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.

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.

Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan
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Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan (February 13, 2018)

President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure appears to offer little more than a nod to tribal governments, though his new budget promises support for fixing deteriorating Indian schools.

Cronkite News: Congress passes bill to end another short shutdown
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Cronkite News: Congress passes bill to end another short shutdown (February 9, 2018)

A brief government shutdown ended amid opposition from an unusual coalition of budget hawks and immigration advocates.

Mark Trahant: Let's make 2018 the year we focus on policy instead of tweets
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Mark Trahant: Let's make 2018 the year we focus on policy instead of tweets (January 12, 2018)

Elections in America are usually fought over nonsense. Trivial topics. Stuff that grabs headlines

Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks
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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
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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
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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.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country faces another threat of a government shutdown
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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'
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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.