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News21: Tribes fight for clean water and more funds from federal government
Environment | Health | National | Politics
News21: Tribes fight for clean water and more funds from federal government (August 17, 2017)
Tribes are struggling to get the attention and funding necessary to clean the water their people rely on. News21 investigates.

Mark Trahant: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Learning from history to see why the Donald Trump presidency is over (August 16, 2017)
The question now is how fast will the Trump administration crumble? When will people resign in good conscience?

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.

Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on
Health | National
Nooksack Tribe loses federal health care funds as disenrollment drama drags on (August 9, 2017)
A clinic operated by the Nooksack Tribe is losing $2.5 million in federal health care funds amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.

Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county
National | Politics | Trust
Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county (August 8, 2017)
A bill to place about 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

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.

Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal
Business | National | Politics
Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal (August 7, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is poised to help tribes resolve a long-standing taxation issue even as a powerful lawmaker from President Trump's own party expresses resistance.

Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition
Federal Recognition
Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition (August 2, 2017)
The leader of the Lumbee Tribe is meeting with the White House to make the case for federal recognition.

Court upholds conviction in Northern Cheyenne domestic violence case
Law
Court upholds conviction in Northern Cheyenne domestic violence case (August 1, 2017)
A citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe who was convicted of assaulting his common-law wife has lost an attempt to silence his victim.

Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications
National | Politics | Trust
Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications (July 27, 2017)
The Trump administration has made its first major land-into-trust decision and it doesn't look good for Indian Country.

Pamunkey Tribe secures designation of Indian Health Service delivery area
Health | National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe secures designation of Indian Health Service delivery area (July 27, 2017)
The Pamunkey Tribe, the newest member of the federally-recognized family of Indian nations, continues to make gains in Virginia.

Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation
Law | National
Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation (July 27, 2017)
Tribal, local and federal authorities raided a marijuana operation on the Sherwood Valley Rancheria in northern California.

Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes big promise on tribal taxation
Business | National | Politics
Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes big promise on tribal taxation (July 26, 2017)
A senior Bureau of Indian Affairs official who was hired by the Trump administration to work on energy, economic development and related issues is making a seemingly big promise to tribes.

Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department
National | Politics
Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department (July 26, 2017)
Jim Cason continues to wield significant power at the Department of the Interior even though he's never been confirmed by the Senate.

Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion (July 25, 2017)
Another pro-tribal legal opinion is on the chopping block as the Trump administration struggles with the land-into-trust process.

Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process
Opinion | Trust
Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process (July 24, 2017)
Changes to the land-into-trust process will never satisfy critics, attorney Bryan Newland writes on Turtle Talk.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
National | Politics | Trust
House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)
Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications
National | Politics | Trust
Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications (July 20, 2017)
For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
National | Politics | Trust
Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)
In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives
Environment | National | Politics
Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives (July 20, 2017)
A scientist at the Department of the Interior says the Trump administration retaliated against him for speaking out in defense of Alaska Native communities.

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.

Cayuga Nation leadership finally recognized by Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics
Cayuga Nation leadership finally recognized by Bureau of Indian Affairs (July 17, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has finally resolved a long-running leadership dispute within the Cayuga Nation but one faction still isn't satisfied.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking (July 17, 2017)
According to the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies are failing to collect data on Native trafficking victims.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)
Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests (July 11, 2017)
If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's not going to happen this week.

Secretary Zinke complains about long waits for approvals at Interior
Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke complains about long waits for approvals at Interior (July 7, 2017)
The Department of the Interior is promising to give energy companies faster decisions on their applications but isn't doing the same for tribes.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
Law | National | Politics | Trust
House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)
A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.

Secretary Zinke announces senior position at Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke announces senior position at Bureau of Indian Affairs (July 6, 2017)
It took nearly a month to announce but the Trump administration has filled a senior position at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Quapaw Tribe still waiting for answer on land-into-trust bid in Arkansas
Trust
Quapaw Tribe still waiting for answer on land-into-trust bid in Arkansas (July 6, 2017)
The Quapaw Tribe owns 160 acres within its former reservation in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to July schedule
Education | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to July schedule (June 29, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets on July 12 to consider bills affecting the Johnson O'Malley education program and several tribes in Oregon.

President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources
Business | Environment | National | Politics
President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources (June 29, 2017)
President Donald Trump blamed the federal government for hindering prosperity in Indian Country in his first official event with tribal leaders.

Family from Crow Tribe wins right to pursue lawsuit against federal agent
Law | National
Family from Crow Tribe wins right to pursue lawsuit against federal agent (June 27, 2017)
A family from the Crow Tribe is closer to securing some justice for the loss of their loved one in Montana.

Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law
National | Politics | Trust
Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law (June 26, 2017)
Indian Country is entering a new era in trust reform amid major changes at the Department of the Interior.

Bryan Newland: President Trump's budget threatens tribal treaties
Opinion | Politics
Bryan Newland: President Trump's budget threatens tribal treaties (June 21, 2017)
Tribal treaty rights protect more than cultural and spiritual values, they protect the ability of tribal members to earn a living, attorney Bryan Newland writes on the influential Turtle Talk blog.

Tribes go it alone on climate change as Trump team shifts priorities
Environment | National | Politics | World
Tribes go it alone on climate change as Trump team shifts priorities (June 21, 2017)
Tribes are vowing to protect their communities from climate change but they will have to go it alone due to limited support from the Trump administration.

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 shuffles top Indian Affairs officials at Interior Department
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke shuffles top Indian Affairs officials at Interior Department (June 19, 2017)
Tribal leaders have been complaining about the lack of information about the Trump administration's reorganization plans.

Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears
Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears (June 14, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is rejecting tribal complaints about his controversial recommendation to change the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation
Environment | National | Politics
Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation (June 13, 2017)
The Trump administration is coming under heavy fire as the new leader of the Department of the Interior makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the nation's largest inter-tribal organization.

Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget threatens to disrupt Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget threatens to disrupt Indian Country (June 12, 2017)
It’s not too strong to say that Donald Trump's budget plan would mean an early death for too many people in Indian Country, writes Mark Trahant.

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.

Bill in California offers tax relief for tribal lands going into trust
Law | Politics | Trust
Bill in California offers tax relief for tribal lands going into trust (June 8, 2017)
Opponents of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians are stirring up controversy about a bill that affects taxation of lands going into trust.

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.

Mark Trahant: Tribes vow to protect Mother Earth despite Trump's climate change stance
Environment | National | Politics | World
Mark Trahant: Tribes vow to protect Mother Earth despite Trump's climate change stance (June 5, 2017)
Shortly after President Trump’s announcement about climate change, four Native Nations announced their plans to support the Paris agreement.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
Education | Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust | World
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.

Natchitoches Tribe sees setback in bid for recognition in Louisiana
Federal Recognition
Natchitoches Tribe sees setback in bid for recognition in Louisiana (June 5, 2017)
A bill to recognize the Natchitoches Tribe passed one chamber of the Louisiana Legislature with near unanimous support but has failed in the other.

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.

Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe
Law | National | Trust
Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe (June 1, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs can't place land in trust for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians without the "written" consent of the Cherokee Nation, a federal judge has ruled.

Indian probate office in Oklahoma shutting down in September
Law | National | Trust
Indian probate office in Oklahoma shutting down in September (May 31, 2017)
The Department of the Interior is closing a field office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that handles Indian probates.

Miami Nation citizen takes top law enforcement post at Interior
Law | National
Miami Nation citizen takes top law enforcement post at Interior (May 31, 2017)
Darren Cruzan, a long-time Bureau of Indian Affairs employee, has take on a new law enforcement role at the Department of the Interior.

Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)
Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization
National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization (May 25, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke has promised potentially 'bold' changes at the Department of the Interior.

Kevin Washburn: Indian Country feels the pain with Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics
Kevin Washburn: Indian Country feels the pain with Donald Trump (May 25, 2017)
Indian country will feel ‘tremendous fiscal pain’ if the Trump budget is passed.

Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics | Trust
Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (May 24, 2017)
A top official at the Department of the Interior drew a rebuke for characterizing Indian Country as greedy.

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.

Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings
National | Politics | Trust
Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings (May 23, 2017)
The agency is one the few in federal government whose responsibilities solely affect Indian Country.

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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs designates service area for Tejon Tribe
National | Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs designates service area for Tejon Tribe (May 17, 2017)
The tribe still doesn't have a reservation but its service area is the entirety of Kern County in California.

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.

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