More: congress

Tim Giago: Clones in Congress refuse to stand up to the Clown in the White House
Opinion | Politics
Tim Giago: Clones in Congress refuse to stand up to the Clown in the White House (October 16, 2017)
We are walking a deadly path with an unbalanced world leader guiding the way and with a Congress lacking the backbone to stand up to prevent this prospective holocaust.

Mark Trahant: Congress finds ways to complicate health care for Indian children
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Congress finds ways to complicate health care for Indian children (October 4, 2017)
American Indian and Alaska Native children rely on Medicaid and CHIP at higher levels than the general population yet Congress is finding ways to complicate the issue.

Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 field grows with seven Native candidates for Congress (September 25, 2017)
There are now seven #NativeVote18 candidates for U.S. Congress -- three Republicans and four Democrats.

Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers (September 21, 2017)
A key Republican lawmaker is once again pushing a bill that requires all tribes seeking federal recognition to go through Congress.

Tim Giago: The future of tribal sovereignty depends on who we send into office
Opinion | Politics
Tim Giago: The future of tribal sovereignty depends on who we send into office (August 21, 2017)
We have a man-child pretending to be the President of the United States and a Republican Congress filled with shrinking violets too terrified of this madman to show any spine.

Mark Trahant: It's time for a Native woman to serve in U.S. Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: It's time for a Native woman to serve in U.S. Congress (May 3, 2017)
There’s no reason why there won’t be several more Native American women, and men, running as a challenge to the Trump White House.

Cronkite News: Shutdown deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day in office
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Shutdown deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day in office (April 25, 2017)
Unless Congress acts to replace or extend the budget, nonessential government services would stop at 12:01 a.m. Saturday – Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

Mark Trahant: There's always another election to change Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: There's always another election to change Congress (April 17, 2017)
The 2018 congressional elections already promise to be extraordinary.

Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdue
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdue (March 24, 2017)
The recognition is overdue — in the extreme.

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.

Congressman who was advocate for Indian Country passes on
National | Politics
Congressman who was advocate for Indian Country passes on (February 23, 2017)
Eni H. Faleomavaega defended tribes on sovereignty, land-into-trust, gaming and economic development matters during his time on Capitol Hill.

Tanya Lee: Republicans in Congress run amok as nation fixates on Trump
Opinion | Politics
Tanya Lee: Republicans in Congress run amok as nation fixates on Trump (February 23, 2017)
While Trump has everyone focused on travel ban here’s what is really happening.

Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst time
Education | Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst time (February 20, 2017)
Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office.

Chumash Tribe celebrates approval of land-into-trust application
Law | National | Trust
Chumash Tribe celebrates approval of land-into-trust application (February 1, 2017)
The California tribe has faced intense local opposition at the 1,400-acre Camp 4 site.

Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelines
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelines (January 25, 2017)
For decades, and even centuries, massive dams, sprawling highways, poisonous mines, radioactive nuclear facilities, dangerous military ranges and similar developments have been imposed on tribes by Washington.

Tristan Ahtone: Cherokee Nation entitled to delegate in Congress
National | Politics
Tristan Ahtone: Cherokee Nation entitled to delegate in Congress (January 6, 2017)
To deal with a Trump administration, the tribal nation might now want to use that 200-year-old treaty right.

Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in office
Health | National | Politics
Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in office (November 11, 2016)
Tribes are worried about losing a key Indian health care law with Republicans in control of Washington.

Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in Washington
National | Politics
Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in Washington (November 10, 2016)
Indian Country is adjusting to a new political reality with Donald Trump headed to the White House.

Republican Donald Trump secures huge victory in stunning upset
National | Politics
Republican Donald Trump secures huge victory in stunning upset (November 9, 2016)
Tribes are entering a new and unknown era with a Republican in the White House and Republicans in control of Congress.

Native candidates fare poorly in three Congressional challenges
National | Politics
Native candidates fare poorly in three Congressional challenges (November 9, 2016)
Native candidates for U.S. Congress fared poorly on Election Day, with all three easily losing to Republican incumbents at the ballot boxes.

Dakota Access ramps up spending on lobbying and politicians as battle continues
Environment | National | Politics
Dakota Access ramps up spending on lobbying and politicians as battle continues (October 25, 2016)
Dakota Access has Indian Country beat when it comes to the money race in the nation's capital.

Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal
National | Politics | Trust
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal (October 12, 2016)
More than 500,000 acres has been placed in trust but the figure includes properties that weren't the subject of land-into-trust applications.

Tribes left out of Republican effort to transfer public land to states
Environment | National | Politics
Tribes left out of Republican effort to transfer public land to states (August 16, 2016)
The 2016 Republican platform fails to include Indian Country when it comes to federal land policies.

Editorial: County still in denial about Chumash Tribe's sovereignty
Opinion | Trust
Editorial: County still in denial about Chumash Tribe's sovereignty (July 29, 2016)
If county officials want good-faith negotiations, they first have to demonstrate a willingness to negotiate in good faith.

Wildlife refuge being renamed in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr.
Environment | National
Wildlife refuge being renamed in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr. (July 19, 2016)
Billy Frank was a member of the Nisqually Tribe who spent his entire life fighting for treaty rights.

Sovereignty at issue in debates over genetically modified foods
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Sovereignty at issue in debates over genetically modified foods (July 18, 2016)
Food sovereignty in Indian Country is at play as the debate over genetically modified foods continues on legal and political fronts.

Jay Daniels: New law takes us backward in serving Indian Country
Opinion | Trust
Jay Daniels: New law takes us backward in serving Indian Country (July 18, 2016)
It is going to be a terrible thing for Indian Country if the Office of Special Trustee is dissolved.

Alex Jacobs: Our elected leaders do little to address gun violence
Opinion | Politics
Alex Jacobs: Our elected leaders do little to address gun violence (June 28, 2016)
The country is paralyzed by the death grip of the NRA on the private parts of its so-called elected leaders.

Mark Trahant: A Republican plan to terminate the Indian Health Service
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: A Republican plan to terminate the Indian Health Service (June 23, 2016)
The mentality of Congress is that it has never considered a single proposal to fully-fund Indian health.

Steve Russell: Congress is not required to buy the NRA's stupidity
Law | Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Congress is not required to buy the NRA's stupidity (June 16, 2016)
The National Rifle Association represented gun owners but for a long time has switched to gun makers.

Supreme Court still hasn't issued decision in tribal jurisdiction case
Law | National
Supreme Court still hasn't issued decision in tribal jurisdiction case (April 21, 2016)
Indian Country has been waiting more than four months for a decision in Dollar General v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

San Carlos Apache Tribe welcomes designation at sacred Oak Flat
Environment | National | Politics
San Carlos Apache Tribe welcomes designation at sacred Oak Flat (March 18, 2016)
The ceremonial and gathering site is on the National Register of Historic Places but the tribe says the fight to protect Oak Flat from a copper mine is far from over.

Santa Ynez Band Chair Vincent Armenta resigns after 17 years
National | Politics | Trust
Santa Ynez Band Chair Vincent Armenta resigns after 17 years (March 17, 2016)
The California tribe has enjoyed tremendous success, largely due to its gaming facility, but local opposition to housing, cultural and other projects remains strong.

Little Shell Tribe receives documents to bolster federal recognition
Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Tribe receives documents to bolster federal recognition (March 9, 2016)
The hereditary chief of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians brought baptismal records, letters and other documents to help his relatives in Montana.

Chumash Tribe upset by lack of progress in land-into-trust talks
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Chumash Tribe upset by lack of progress in land-into-trust talks (March 3, 2016)
The tribe had to go to Congress to pressure Santa Barbara County to come to the table but the two parties remain far apart.

John Lavelle: Supreme Court weighs key tribal sovereignty issue
Law | Opinion
John Lavelle: Supreme Court weighs key tribal sovereignty issue (February 10, 2016)
In the past, tribes have fought against legal theories and policy maneuvers that threatened to condemn a disproportionate number of Indians to long sentences in federal prison, or even the death penalty.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe faces obstacles with repatriation of students
Education | Law | National | Politics
Rosebud Sioux Tribe faces obstacles with repatriation of students (February 8, 2016)
The tribal youth council visited Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania last summer and were motivated to bring their relatives back home.

Rep. McCollum urges tribes to 'adopt' all members of Congress
National | Politics
Rep. McCollum urges tribes to 'adopt' all members of Congress (January 14, 2016)
The co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus notes there are more than enough tribes to cover all 535 lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Wildlife refuge to be renamed in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr.
Environment | National | Politics
Wildlife refuge to be renamed in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr. (January 13, 2016)
The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington preserves the legacy of one of Indian Country's most revered figures.

Nisqually Tribe names community building in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr.
National
Nisqually Tribe names community building in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr. (January 7, 2016)
The Billy Frank Jr. Community Service Building is being dedicated to the renowned treaty rights activist.

Duwamish Tribe supporter announces retirement from Congress
Politics | Federal Recognition
Duwamish Tribe supporter announces retirement from Congress (January 5, 2016)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Washington) has introduced several bills to extend federal recognition to a tribe whose ancestors include Chief Si’ahl, the namesake of Seattle.

Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues (December 11, 2015)
The outgoing head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been sparring with Republicans on Capitol Hill for much of the past year.

Steven Newcomb: Pope Francis endorses system of domination
Law | Opinion
Steven Newcomb: Pope Francis endorses system of domination (September 28, 2015)
The doctrine of Christian domination has been carried forward and maintained by each new generation of the society.

Pope Francis lands in nation's capital for historic first visit to US
National | Politics
Pope Francis lands in nation's capital for historic first visit to US (September 23, 2015)
As the leader of the Catholic Church bestows sainthood upon the founder of the brutal Indian mission system in California, tribal members will be observing a Day of Mourning.

Lawmakers plan bill to name wildlife refuge after Billy Frank
Environment | National | Politics
Lawmakers plan bill to name wildlife refuge after Billy Frank (May 8, 2015)
The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington would be renamed in honor of the late treaty rights activist.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe takes proactive approach in diabetes fight
Health | National | Politics
Coeur d'Alene Tribe takes proactive approach in diabetes fight (April 28, 2015)
The tribe is screening more people and introducing healthier foods as part of its effort to combat the disease.

Colorado lawmaker continues tradition of bolo ties on Capitol Hill
Politics
Colorado lawmaker continues tradition of bolo ties on Capitol Hill (April 17, 2015)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) joins former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R) and former Sen. Ken Salazar (D) in bringing Native fashion to the nation's capital.

David Wilkins: Tribal leaders can't stay silent on disenrollment
Opinion
David Wilkins: Tribal leaders can't stay silent on disenrollment (April 6, 2015)
Native leaders are hoping this infection will heal itself, but without the right medicine, in time, it will spread and cause profound harm to us all by finally crippling sovereignty.

Peter d'Errico: On new and honest relations with tribal nations
Opinion
Peter d'Errico: On new and honest relations with tribal nations (March 19, 2015)
King Kalākaua of Hawaii was the first foreign leader to address a Joint Session of Congress on December 18, 1874.

Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in DC
National | Politics
Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in DC (February 25, 2015)
A divided government in Washington, legislative priorities for tribal programs and compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act were some of the key issues.

NCAI president to deliver State of Indian Nations on January 22
National | Politics
NCAI president to deliver State of Indian Nations on January 22 (January 8, 2015)
President Brian Cladoosby will deliver the speech at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Tule River Tribe pushing for approval of water reservoir project
Environment | Law | Politics
Tule River Tribe pushing for approval of water reservoir project (August 6, 2014)
Congress has failed to act on a bill to authorize a water reservoir for the tribe.

BIA and IHS agree to fully fund contract support costs for 2014
Health | Law | National | Politics
BIA and IHS agree to fully fund contract support costs for 2014 (February 18, 2014)
The Obama administration will fully fund contract support costs for fiscal year 2014.

VAWA tribal jurisdiction provision seen as sign of progress
Law | National | Politics
VAWA tribal jurisdiction provision seen as sign of progress (February 10, 2014)
It's taken 35 years for Congress to address the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe.

Congress sends Farm Bill to President Obama for signature
Environment | Health | National | Politics
Congress sends Farm Bill to President Obama for signature (February 5, 2014)
Congress gave final approval to H.R.2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, on Thursday, after nearly four years of debate.

Land taken from Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes gets new project
National | Politics
Land taken from Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes gets new project (February 5, 2014)
It looks like the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma won't be seeing the return of their ancestral land soon.

Jane Daugherty:  GOP lawmakers criticize crackdown on lenders
Business | Law | National
Jane Daugherty: GOP lawmakers criticize crackdown on lenders (October 21, 2013)
Jane Daugherty discusses Congressional criticism of efforts to target the online lending industry.

Mark Trahant: Fiscal crisis threatens pockets of every American
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Fiscal crisis threatens pockets of every American (October 16, 2013)
The Fiscal Yahoo Caucus of the United States Congress is ready to reach into your family wallet and grab cash.

Government shutdown inflicts extra pain on Indian programs
Health | National | Politics
Government shutdown inflicts extra pain on Indian programs (October 14, 2013)
The shutdown of the federal government, coming on top of the sequestration of the budget, is hitting Indian Country particularly hard.

NMAI in Washington  and in New York closed due to shutdown
Arts & Entertainment | National | Politics
NMAI in Washington and in New York closed due to shutdown (October 1, 2013)
The National Museum of the American Indian has closed its facilities in Washington, D.C., and New York due to the shutdown of the federal government.

Stay Connected


News Archive

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000