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Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights
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Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights (July 19, 2018)

A tribal water rights fund is due to run out of money but the Trump administration isn't ready to support a permanent fix.

'You know, Andrew Jackson': Hearing scheduled into Trump reorganization
National | Politics

'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.

Another tribal recognition bill advances with Republican support
National | Politics | Federal Recognition

Another tribal recognition bill advances with Republican support (July 12, 2018)

With little fanfare, another tribal recognition bill is advancing as a top Republican asserts authority over the politically-complex process.

Bill John Baker: Tara Sweeney a 'strong voice' for Indian Country
Opinion | Politics

Bill John Baker: Tara Sweeney a 'strong voice' for Indian Country (July 10, 2018)

The Cherokee Nation looks forward to working with Tara Sweeney on issues important to Indian Country.

'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era
National | Politics

'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era (July 10, 2018)

Key lawmakers have described the Bureau of Indian Affairs as lacking 'leadership' and even being 'in complete disarray.'

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.

Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade
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Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade (July 3, 2018)

A school on the Navajo Nation went without fire protection systems for more than a decade and the problem still hasn't been completely fixed.

Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee
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Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee (July 3, 2018)

Tara Sweeney waited a long time to be confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Who is to blame?

Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era
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Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era (June 29, 2018)

More than 18 months into the Trump administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally has a new leader and it's a historic choice.

Navajo Nation raises treaty in opposition to Trump reorganization
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Navajo Nation raises treaty in opposition to Trump reorganization (June 27, 2018)

The Navajo Nation has come up a pointed argument against the Trump administration's reorganization of the Department of the Interior.

Secretary Zinke censors photo of his 'Make America Great Again' socks
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Secretary Zinke censors photo of his 'Make America Great Again' socks (June 26, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke likes to focus on his feet.

Crow Tribe can't account for nearly $14.5 million in federal funds
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Crow Tribe can't account for nearly $14.5 million in federal funds (June 26, 2018)

The Crow Tribe has been designated as 'high risk' by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to account for federal funds.

Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing
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Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing (June 21, 2018)

In what appears to be a first, one of the Trump administration's Indian policy nominees has been confirmed without so much as a confirmation hearing.

States win big victory with Supreme Court ruling on online taxation
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States win big victory with Supreme Court ruling on online taxation (June 21, 2018)

The nation's highest court has opened the door for states to impose taxes on internet sales, a major development that further encroaches on tribal efforts to expand their economies.

Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke pressed on uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon
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Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke pressed on uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon (June 20, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke has no plans to revisit uranium mining in and around the Grand Canyon but a coalition of sportsmen’s groups is worried.

Landowners from Umatilla Tribes see another round of Cobell buy-back offers
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National

Landowners from Umatilla Tribes see another round of Cobell buy-back offers (June 19, 2018)

Landowners from the Umatilla Reservation are benefiting from a second round of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence (June 18, 2018)

Key members of Congress are taking a look a subsistence, just a week after tribes scored an unusual victory in a treaty rights case.

Graham Lee Brewer: Indian Country needs a voice in the Trump administration
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Graham Lee Brewer: Indian Country needs a voice in the Trump administration (June 18, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, an Inupiaq woman from Alaska, could become the second Native woman to head Indian Affairs.

High Country News: Decision puts power plant on reservation closer to closure
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High Country News: Decision puts power plant on reservation closer to closure (June 12, 2018)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is being put to the test in Indian Country.

Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
National | Politics

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.

Leader of National Park Service apologizes for 'inappropriate' behavior
National | Politics

Leader of National Park Service apologizes for 'inappropriate' behavior (June 5, 2018)

What is it with hallways at the Department of the Interior? A top official admits acting badly in one but denies it was sexual harassment.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.

Navajo Nation objects as Trump team seeks to 'close out' relocation office
National | Politics

Navajo Nation objects as Trump team seeks to 'close out' relocation office (May 31, 2018)

The Navajo Nation is calling on its citizens to help prevent the Trump administration from shutting down a federal agency linked to a once-bitter land dispute.

Trump administration backs Crow hunter in tribal treaty rights case
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Trump administration backs Crow hunter in tribal treaty rights case (May 24, 2018)

The Trump administration has come through for a Crow citizen in a treaty rights dispute. Will it sway the nation's highest court?

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.

A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track
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A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track (May 23, 2018)

The Trump administration has finally announced new advocates for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push
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Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push (May 22, 2018)

Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.

Scrambled Eggs: How the Trump team is mixing up the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Opinion | Politics

Scrambled Eggs: How the Trump team is mixing up the Bureau of Indian Affairs (May 22, 2018)

Still wondering about that reorganization? A former Bureau of Indian Affairs official explains it.

Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization
National | Politics

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.

Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again
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Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again (May 14, 2018)

For the third time in an Indian law case, the nation's highest court has asked the Trump administration for guidance despite a lack of leadership in key executive positions.

Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill
National | Politics

Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2018)

Tara Sweeney’s confirmation hearing for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs was almost a celebration.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment
National | Politics

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment (May 10, 2018)

President Trump's pick to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs is promising to take on harassment in a place where it seems all too common.

Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
National | Politics

Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (May 9, 2018)

After a long wait, Tara Sweeney finally went to Capitol Hill to share her vision for Indian Country.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing
National | Politics

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing (May 8, 2018)

Clear your calendar: Tara Sweeney's confirmation hearing takes place on Wednesday at 4pm Eastern, or noon if you're in Alaska.

Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide'
Law | National | Politics | Federal Recognition

Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide' (May 8, 2018)

The tribe whose ancestors welcomed Lewis and Clark to the Northwest more than 200 years ago is still fighting for federal recognition.

House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills
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House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills (May 7, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to advance four bills, including a controversial federal recognition measure.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing
National | Politics

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing (May 1, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is finally getting her day on Capitol Hill.

Bureau of Indian Affairs in disarray with another mysterious departure
National | Politics | Trust

Bureau of Indian Affairs in disarray with another mysterious departure (April 27, 2018)

Another day, another mysterious departure in the Trump administration, this time the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era
National | Politics | Trust

Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era (April 25, 2018)

Newly disclosed figures show Indian Country is losing ground when into comes to land-into-trust in the Trump era.

HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands
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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.

Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization
National | Politics

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.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes continue fight to protect grizzly bears
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Native Sun News Today: Tribes continue fight to protect grizzly bears (April 17, 2018)

Referring to tribes’ lawsuit to protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly bears, Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Brandon Sazue noted that a top lawmaker is on their side.

House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists
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House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists (April 16, 2018)

A bill to protect Alaska Native artists from being punished for practicing their traditions is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill
National | Politics | Trust

Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill (April 16, 2018)

With land-into-trust in limbo under the Trump administration, tribes continue to turn to allies on Capitol Hill for assistance.

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
National | Politics | Trust

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.

House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility
Environment | National | Politics

House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility (April 12, 2018)

President Donald Trump famously ended the so-called war on coal when he took office more than a year ago but that hasn't improved the outlook for a troubled coal-fired power plant in Indian Country.

Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry
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Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry (April 11, 2018)

What started off as a single lawsuit has turned into a full-blown movement in Indian Country against the opioid industry.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break (April 9, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work this week by catching up with some unfinished business.

Tribal citizens disproportionately affected by Trump reorganization
National | Politics

Tribal citizens disproportionately affected by Trump reorganization (April 3, 2018)

Of the 33 senior career officials who were reassigned by the Trump administration at the Department of the Interior last year, a third are Native Americans.

Secretary Zinke tells Interior employees 'diversity isn't important'
National | Politics

Secretary Zinke tells Interior employees 'diversity isn't important' (March 27, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke values diversity in the workplace, a spokesperson said as CNN reported questionable comments from the leader of the Department of the Interior.

Warm Springs landowners see nearly $3.7 million in Cobell offers
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National

Warm Springs landowners see nearly $3.7 million in Cobell offers (March 22, 2018)

Landowners from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs are seeing nearly $3.7 million in offers for their fractional interests on the reservation.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs postpones activity due to snow
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs postpones activity due to snow (March 21, 2018)

It's a snow day in the nation's capital, with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs taking a break due to inclement weather.

Tohono O'odham Nation reaffirms opposition to wall along border
National | Politics

Tohono O'odham Nation reaffirms opposition to wall along border (March 20, 2018)

The Tohono O’odham Nation remains strongly opposed to a wall along the United States border even as the Trump administration continues to push for one.

Secretary Zinke criticized for offering Japanese greeting at hearing
National | Politics

Secretary Zinke criticized for offering Japanese greeting at hearing (March 16, 2018)

The leader of the Department of the Interior is coming under fire for offering n incorrect Japanese greeting when asked about funding for Japanese internment camps.

High Country News: Harassment pervades Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics

High Country News: Harassment pervades Bureau of Indian Affairs (March 16, 2018)

One of the oldest agencies in the Department of Interior appears to have some of its worst harassment problems.

Secretary Zinke 'was not aware' of new doors costing nearly $139,000
Politics

Secretary Zinke 'was not aware' of new doors costing nearly $139,000 (March 9, 2018)

The Department of the Interior is spending nearly $139,000 on three doors in Washington, D.C.

Report cites 'disturbing' conduct of former Bureau of Indian Affairs official
National | Politics

Report cites 'disturbing' conduct of former Bureau of Indian Affairs official (March 7, 2018)

A former Bureau of Indian Affairs official who left the Trump administration under a cloud was the subject of an ethics inquiry after employees found his behavior to be 'disturbing' and left them 'in shock.'

Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda
Environment | National | Trust

Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda (March 6, 2018)

The Trump administration is asking tribes about easing burdens in environmental reviews even as it seeks to add more hurdles in other areas.

Red Lake Nation land swap is 'never going to happen' under Trump
National | Trust

Red Lake Nation land swap is 'never going to happen' under Trump (March 5, 2018)

The Red Lake Nation pulled out of a land swap with an energy company amid concerns that the deal would be held up in Washington, D.C.

Umatilla Tribes enter cooperative agreement for Cobell land program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Trust

Umatilla Tribes enter cooperative agreement for Cobell land program (March 1, 2018)

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are getting a second shot at the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.