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Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
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Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears (November 16, 2017)
Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration keeps them in the dark about the Bears Ears National Monument.

Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program
National | Politics
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.

Secretary Ryan Zinke among those excited to take part in #RockYourMocs this year
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Secretary Ryan Zinke among those excited to take part in #RockYourMocs this year (November 14, 2017)
It's #RockYourMocs week and thousands across the nation are expressing Native pride by wearing moccasins to work, to school and just about anywhere.

Bureau of Indian Affairs makes changes to loan guarantee program amid scrutiny
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Bureau of Indian Affairs makes changes to loan guarantee program amid scrutiny (November 14, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is making changes to a business loan program that has faced renewed scrutiny under the Trump administration.

House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations
National | Politics
House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations (November 13, 2017)
Lawmaker are moving forward with a bill to replace the words 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' in regulations at the Department of the Interior.

Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items
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Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items (November 8, 2017)
Efforts to repatriate tribal property and even tribal ancestors are hitting roadblocks within the Trump administration.

Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans
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Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans (November 3, 2017)
Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to obtain documents about plans for several national monuments, including those supported by tribes.

Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again
Environment | National | Politics
Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again (November 2, 2017)
Alaska Natives remain as divided as ever as Republicans revive one of the most controversial policy debates in history: drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Final deadline approaching to claim share of Cobell trust fund settlement
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Final deadline approaching to claim share of Cobell trust fund settlement (October 27, 2017)
Almost all of the money from the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement has been distributed but remaining payments must be claimed by November 27, 2017.

President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument
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President Trump plans to shrink boundaries of Bears Ears National Monument (October 27, 2017)
President Donald Trump is once again going against tribal interests with plans to shrink the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Trump team pushes Senate to move on nominations at Department of the Interior
National | Politics
Trump team pushes Senate to move on nominations at Department of the Interior (October 26, 2017)
The Trump administration is sending a not-so-subtle message about the lack of confirmed officials at the Department of the Interior, including the top Indian Affairs position.

Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands
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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
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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
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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
National | Politics
'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.

National Congress of American Indians looks forward to Tara Sweeney confirmation
National | Politics
National Congress of American Indians looks forward to Tara Sweeney confirmation (October 18, 2017)
The National Congress of American Indians is looking forward to the 'swift confirmation' of Tara Sweeney as the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs sign agreement for Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs sign agreement for Cobell buy-back program (October 18, 2017)
The Trump administration has entered into the first new agreement since announcing a change in direction for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill
Environment | National | Politics
Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill (October 13, 2017)
A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important places.

Secretary Zinke requires special flag to be flown when he's in Interior building
National | Politics
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.

Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands
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Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands (October 12, 2017)
Where Congress has failed to take action on one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases, tribes are seeing successes elsewhere as they seek to restore their homelands.

Secretary Zinke derides questions about travel as 'bull' while GOP provides cover
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke derides questions about travel as 'bull' while GOP provides cover (October 5, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior continues to defend his use of private and government planes as Republicans attempt to deflect criticism of the Trump administration.

Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations
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Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations (October 4, 2017)
The Trump administration is dropping a bomb on Indian Country by proposing dramatic changes to the land-into-trust process.

Secretary Zinke under investigation over 'motivational speech' to hockey team
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke under investigation over 'motivational speech' to hockey team (October 4, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is facing a second investigation connected to his trip on a private plane that cost taxpayers more than $12,000.

Secretary Zinke under investigation for travel on government and private planes
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke under investigation for travel on government and private planes (October 3, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is defending his travel expenses amid an internal investigation.

Landowners on Spirit Lake Nation see nearly $13 million in Cobell Buy-Back offers
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Landowners on Spirit Lake Nation see nearly $13 million in Cobell Buy-Back offers (October 2, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations sent out nearly $13 million in offers to landowners on the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota.

Secretary Zinke flew home to Montana on charter flight that cost over $12K
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke flew home to Montana on charter flight that cost over $12K (September 29, 2017)
Controversy over the Trump administration's travel practices is growing, with Secretary Ryan Zinke's unusual trip from Nevada to his home in Montana coming under scrutiny.

Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments
National | Politics
Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments (September 28, 2017)
Is Secretary Ryan Zinke about to unleash another round of employee reassignments at the pirate ship better known as the Department of the Interior?

Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico
Environment | National | Politics
Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico (September 27, 2017)
Pueblo tribes are calling on the Trump administration to impose a temporary ban on energy development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.

Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire (September 27, 2017)
Democrats and conservation groups are slamming Secretary Ryan Zinke after he said 30 percent of employees at the Department of the Interior aren't loyal to 'the flag.'

President Trump urged to declare sacred Blackfeet Nation lands as monument
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President Trump urged to declare sacred Blackfeet Nation lands as monument (September 27, 2017)
Even as he suggests reducing the boundaries of one national monument held sacred by tribes, Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is urging stronger protections for lands in his home state of Montana.

Secretary Zinke claims 30 percent of Interior employees aren't loyal to 'the flag'
Politics
Secretary Zinke claims 30 percent of Interior employees aren't loyal to 'the flag' (September 26, 2017)
Some employees at the Department of the Interior aren't loyal to 'the flag,' Secretary Ryan Zinke told an industry group

Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling
Environment | National | Politics
Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling (September 18, 2017)
Alaska Native corporations stand to benefit from development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but the Gwich'in people strongly oppose oil and gas development.

Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations
Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations (September 18, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is urging President Donald Trump to reduce the boundaries of monuments supported by tribes, according a previously secret memo.

Secretary Zinke announces another senior hire for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke announces another senior hire for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (September 13, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke has filled another leadership position at the Bureau of Indian Affairs though it's not the top job at the agency.

Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation (September 13, 2017)
The top three Indian Affairs officials at the Department of the Interior Interior were among the dozens told to change jobs by the Trump administration.

Piikani Money Campaign educates Blackfeet Nation citizens about Cobell payouts
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Piikani Money Campaign educates Blackfeet Nation citizens about Cobell payouts (September 12, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations brought more than $156 million to the Blackfeet Nation, with additional offers anticipated as the initiative winds down.

Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
Environment | National | Politics | Trust
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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era
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Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era (September 6, 2017)
Two more tribes are taking advantage of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act, a self-determination law that has proven popular in Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke appoints tribal representatives to committee for royalty policy
National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke appoints tribal representatives to committee for royalty policy (September 6, 2017)
The Royalty Policy Committee is once again active at the Department of the Interior and will help guide decisions affecting Indian lands.

Secretary Zinke embraces view that some areas are 'too precious' for development

Secretary Zinke embraces view that some areas are 'too precious' for development (August 29, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is sounding like his Obama administration predecessor when it comes to development on certain federal lands.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range
Environment | National | Politics
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range (August 28, 2017)
Thanks to Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are back to square one when it comes to the National Bison Range in Montana.

Secretary Zinke sold motor home at half price to Republican seeking Trump job
Politics
Secretary Zinke sold motor home at half price to Republican seeking Trump job (August 28, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior sold his motor home to a fellow Montana Republican who is seeking a job with the Trump administration.

Mark Trahant: Remembering the late former Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus
Opinion
Mark Trahant: Remembering the late former Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus (August 25, 2017)
Cecil Andrus, a former governor of Idaho and former Secretary of the Interior during the Jimmy Carter administration, passed away on August 23, 2017.

Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House
Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House (August 25, 2017)
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed 'handful' in a report to the White House.

Landowners from Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes receive Cobell buy-back offers
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Landowners from Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes receive Cobell buy-back offers (August 24, 2017)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are the last in Oklahoma to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations because funds are running out.

Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team
National | Politics
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.

Crow Tribe pushes Trump administration to revive contested coal export project
Environment | National | Politics
Crow Tribe pushes Trump administration to revive contested coal export project (August 21, 2017)
The Crow Tribe is hoping the Trump administration lives up to promises to revive the slumping coal industry.

Secretary Zinke condemns White supremacists but vows full 'support' for President Trump
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke condemns White supremacists but vows full 'support' for President Trump (August 17, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior continues to stand by President Donald Trump amid controversy over racial violence in Virginia.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate celebrates release of bald eagle that had been shot
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Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate celebrates release of bald eagle that had been shot (August 16, 2017)
The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate helped celebrate the release of a bald eagle that had been shot and had to be rehabilitated.

Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma
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Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma (August 15, 2017)
Another storm is brewing in Indian Country over a pipeline that has been operating illegally for nearly two decades.

Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal
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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.

Tribes weren't consulted about being removed from Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Tribes weren't consulted about being removed from Cobell buy-back program (August 7, 2017)
The Trump administration told tribes about changes to the Land Buy-Back Program less than an hour before a press release was issued to the public.

Trump administration repeals rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues
Environment | National | Politics
Trump administration repeals rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues (August 4, 2017)
Repeal and replace didn't work out for Obamacare but that isn't stopping the Trump administration from dismantling the prior president's other initiatives.

Battle brews as utility company takes sovereignty dispute to Supreme Court
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Battle brews as utility company takes sovereignty dispute to Supreme Court (August 2, 2017)
The nation's largest reservation. A business-friendly president. The owner of Dakota Access. What could go wrong here?

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.

Protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears lifted as tribes seek day in court
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Protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears lifted as tribes seek day in court (August 1, 2017)
The Crow Tribe, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with tribal religious leaders, are fighting the Trump administration's decision to lift protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears.

Trump administration moves in new direction with Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Trump administration moves in new direction with Cobell buy-back program (July 31, 2017)
With just $540 million left to spend, the Trump administration is changing course when it comes to the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska
Health | National | Politics
Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska (July 28, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Interior Department threatened Alaska's two Senators, The Alaska Dispatch News reported.

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.

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.

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