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Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close
Neighboring counties ask Yellowstone National Park to close (March 23, 2020)

Officials want Yellowstone National Park closed in response to concern that tourists may contribute to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the neighboring counties in Montana.


Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials
Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials (March 9, 2020)

The House Natural Resources Committee granted its Democratic leader the authority to subpoena officials from the Trump administration over the objections of Republicans.


Lawmakers look at Trump's Indian Country budget request
Lawmakers look at Trump's Indian Country budget request (March 4, 2020)

President Trump is proposing cuts to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.


Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (February 10, 2020)

The Trump administration plans to spend more money on the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans amid complaints that it isn't doing enough to address what is widely considered an epidemic.


Presidential task force tackles 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Presidential task force tackles 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (January 29, 2020)

Despite committing no new federal funds for the initiative, the Trump administration is moving forward with efforts to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.


Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact
Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact (January 27, 2020)

Where do the key players stand on a bill to settle the water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes?


Debate continues over BLM move as workers face decision deadline
Debate continues over BLM move as workers face decision deadline (December 13, 2019)

Bureau of Land Management employees in Washington have to decide whether to accept a transfer out West – a move that some advocates and former bureau managers see as an attempt at 'dismantling' the agency.


President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country
President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country (November 26, 2019)

He didn't offend anyone. He didn't brag about himself. He didn't lash out at his opponents. He was just the president, among a group of tribal leaders.


Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact
Trump administration signals support for CSKT water compact (November 25, 2019)

Through two top cabinet officials, the Trump administration has signaled its support for a proposed settlement of the reserved water right claims of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development
Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development (October 31, 2019)

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.


Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington
Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington (October 22, 2019)

The diminished power of the Trump administration's face of Indian Affairs was on strong display as tribal leaders opened one of their biggest meetings of the year.


Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies
Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies (October 9, 2019)

The Trump administration is being pressed to remove protections for the grizzly bear, an animal held sacred by numerous tribes.


Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law
Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law (September 9, 2019)

The Trump Administration violated federal law when it diverted funds for national park improvements during the recent government shutdown, the Government Accountability Office determined.


Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development set to advance
Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development set to advance (July 16, 2019)

Tribes are supporting legislation to ban energy development on ancestral lands in Arizona and in New Mexico.


Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' cost taxpayers $5.4 million
Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' cost taxpayers $5.4 million (July 12, 2019)

The share paid by the National Park Service ran more than the entire budget for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


'Salute to America' or NAGPRA? The Donald Trump 'show' takes priority
'Salute to America' or NAGPRA? The Donald Trump 'show' takes priority (July 3, 2019)

The Trump administration is diverting funds from the agency in charge of Native ancestors and artifacts to pay for a Fourth of July spectacle.


Trump administration weighs new headquarters for Bureau of Land Management
Trump administration weighs new headquarters for Bureau of Land Management (June 11, 2019)

Is newly-confirmed Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt about to present a nice gift to his home state of Colorado?


Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (June 7, 2019)

Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.


Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon (June 4, 2019)

Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another.


Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court
Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court (May 29, 2019)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is once again facing a reckoning in Indian Country.


Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law
Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law (May 21, 2019)

Federal agencies spent about $6 billion on energy for their facilities in 2017 yet tribes are being passed over for contracts.


'An afterthought': Tribal consultation in doubt as Trump's reorganization rolls on
'An afterthought': Tribal consultation in doubt as Trump's reorganization rolls on (May 8, 2019)

The Trump administration claims its controversial reorganization won't apply to Indian Country. But tribes are still being affected by it.


Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget
Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget (May 6, 2019)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, and her new boss, Secretary David Bernhardt, are on Capitol Hill to talk about the Trump administration's budget.


AUDIO: House hearing on reorganization at Department of the Interior
AUDIO: House hearing on reorganization at Department of the Interior (May 1, 2019)

Lawmakers heard competing views about the controversial initiative. One from a tribal leader. The other from the Trump administration.


'No Road Map': Leader of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe testifies about reorganization
'No Road Map': Leader of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe testifies about reorganization (April 30, 2019)

With the help of a tribal leader and maybe the Trump administration, a House subcommittee will try to get to the bottom of a reorganization at the Department of the Interior.


Bureau of Indian Affairs gets a permanent director, long after mysterious exit
Bureau of Indian Affairs gets a permanent director, long after mysterious exit (April 29, 2019)

It's been a year since the Trump administration mysteriously disappeared the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny
Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny (April 16, 2019)

Tribes, Democrats and watchdog groups are paying close attention to David Bernhardt, derided by some as a creature of Washington's swamp.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump (April 9, 2019)

With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on ancestral territory.


Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior (April 4, 2019)

The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky at the Department of the Interior.


AUDIO: Confirmation hearing for David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior
AUDIO: Confirmation hearing for David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior (March 28, 2019)

The government post with the most responsibility in Indian Country might soon be filled by a longtime lawyer and lobbyist.


President Trump releases new budget with cuts for Indian Country programs
President Trump releases new budget with cuts for Indian Country programs (March 11, 2019)

The Trump administration finally released its fiscal year 2020 budget and the numbers aren't looking good for Indian Country.


Top official at Department of the Interior hit with ethics complaint
Top official at Department of the Interior hit with ethics complaint (March 1, 2019)

Democrats and watchdog groups are calling for an investigation into David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Department of the Interior by President Trump.


Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters
Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters (February 21, 2019)

With one figure forced out under a cloud, the official tapped to lead the Department of the Interior is promising a new era of relations with Indian Country.


Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations
Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations (February 11, 2019)

With key Trump officials in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week in Washington with a stinging rebuke of the president and his policies.


Mark Trahant: President Trump announces new pick for Interior Department
Mark Trahant: President Trump announces new pick for Interior Department (February 5, 2019)

David Bernhardt is a familiar figure in Indian Country, having served at the Department of the Interior in the George W. Bush era.


Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate
Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate (February 1, 2019)

A divided Congress and an unpredictable president spell trouble for tribes and their advocates.


Report into 'unprofessional behavior' at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Report into 'unprofessional behavior' at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 18, 2018)

Bryan Rice, the former director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was the subject of multiple harassment complaints.


Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing
Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing (December 15, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is stepping down from the Trump administration following yet another report of pervasive misconduct at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Secretary Ryan Zinke rumored to be up for United Nations post
Secretary Ryan Zinke rumored to be up for United Nations post (October 12, 2018)

Is Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke about to say sayonara to Indian Country?


'You know, Andrew Jackson': Hearing scheduled into Trump reorganization
'You know, Andrew Jackson': Hearing scheduled into Trump reorganization (July 13, 2018)

Key lawmakers are looking into the Trump administration's controversial reorganization amid ongoing complaints in Indian Country.


HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands
HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands (April 24, 2018)

Tribes are making the federal government get out of the way when it comes to leasing on their homelands.


Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 14, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is taking action to improve working conditions at the Department of the Interior after a landmark study showed a higher rate of harassment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Secretary Zinke under renewed scrutiny for travel practices and role of spouse
Secretary Zinke under renewed scrutiny for travel practices and role of spouse (November 21, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is in charge of the Department of the Interior but he's blaming his predecessor for lapses in oversight.


Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program
Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program (November 14, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has seen its first casualty of the Trump era with the resignation of a senior official whose connection to a failed loan generated renewed scrutiny.


Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands
Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands (October 25, 2017)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are embracing a once-controversial Indian land bill, seeing it as a means for exercising greater control of their economic futures.


Top Trump administration official casts doubt on tribal economic development rule
Top Trump administration official casts doubt on tribal economic development rule (October 24, 2017)

Tribes are eager to end dual taxation on their reservations. Is the Trump administration listening?


Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions
Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions (October 20, 2017)

Congress is moving forward with an overdue budget plan that fails to take some of Indian Country's key interests into account.


'Ominous shadow' of President Trump looms over annual meeting of tribal leaders
'Ominous shadow' of President Trump looms over annual meeting of tribal leaders (October 20, 2017)

The uncertain intentions of the Trump administration cast a shadow over the National Congress of American Indians as tribal leaders struggled to decode the sparse policies put forth since the president took office.


Secretary Zinke requires special flag to be flown when he's in Interior building
Secretary Zinke requires special flag to be flown when he's in Interior building (October 13, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is facing new criticism over a seemingly odd routine that takes place when he's at the Department of the Interior.


Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process (September 8, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is attempting to reform the lengthy environmental review process, an initiative that could benefit Indian Country.


Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team
Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team (August 24, 2017)

It's seven months into the Trump administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs still lacks a permanent leader but the agency will be seeing a new face with John Tahsuda coming on board in a top position.


Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department
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.


Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior
Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior (July 25, 2017)

A lawyer and former lobbyist who was at the center of some high-profile controversies during the Bush administration is going back to work at the Department of the Interior.


Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs
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.


Confirmation hearing scheduled for top Interior Department official
Confirmation hearing scheduled for top Interior Department official (May 12, 2017)

A lawyer and lobbyist who weathered a series of storms during the Bush administration has been nominated as Deputy Secretary of the Interior.


Donald Trump tries to impose lobbying restrictions on new team
Donald Trump tries to impose lobbying restrictions on new team (November 17, 2016)

A Washington, D.C., lobbyist had already been tapped to oversee transition efforts at the Department of the Interior.


Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in Washington
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.