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Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
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Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)
Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army'
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army' (May 17, 2017)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) added monies to the Department of Justice’s budget for FY 2017 to reimburse North Dakota for incurred costs.

Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding
National | Politics
Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding (May 8, 2017)
President Donald Trump may not have been able to convince Congress to support his funding priorities but he's striking back in his own way.

Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts
Health | National | Politics
Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts (May 2, 2017)
The 2017 omnibus appropriations package includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $5 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now (May 1, 2017)
Congress has a spending plan. And it rejects most (but not all) of President Donald J. Trump’s priorities.

Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era
Health | National | Politics
Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era (February 14, 2017)
Indian issues have always been portrayed as non-partisan but it looks like that's no longer the case, at least when it comes to health care.

Funding bill for Indian Country clears House for first time in years
Health | National | Politics
Funding bill for Indian Country clears House for first time in years (July 14, 2016)
The bill includes increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service but Democrats say it falls short of the true needs.

Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill
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Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill (July 12, 2016)
Indian Country's best shot at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is officially dead.

Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill (July 11, 2016)
Republicans are leading efforts to kill what might be Indian Country's best hope at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural property
Law | National | Politics | World
Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural property (July 6, 2016)
The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act) prohibits the the export of tribal property and punishes people who traffic in stolen items.

Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs
Education | Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition | Trust
Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs (July 5, 2016)
The appropriations measure offers increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

Another land-into-trust fix reportedly being drafted in the Senate
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Another land-into-trust fix reportedly being drafted in the Senate (June 24, 2016)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), whose prior attempts to link a Carcieri fix to Indian gaming, is said to be behind the effort.

Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands
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Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands (June 20, 2016)
H.R.5486, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act, protects the Alabama tribe from ongoing litigation.

Amendment seeks funding for Indian Country detention facilities
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Amendment seeks funding for Indian Country detention facilities (June 16, 2016)
Large tribes that are ready to move quickly on projects would get priority for $25 million in federal funds.

Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programs
Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programs (June 1, 2016)
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hoping to get the troubled appropriations process back on track this year.

Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service reform efforts gaining steam on Capitol Hill (May 25, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a field hearing on S.2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act, in June.

Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Appropriations bill blocks new federal recognition regulation (May 24, 2016)
A controversy that surfaced last summer has been revived with the fiscal year 2017 Interior appropriations measure.

Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians
Law | National | Politics
Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians (May 9, 2016)
The Department of Justice is accepting applications for a program that was authorized by the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.

Bureau of Indian Affairs develops contract support costs policy
Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs develops contract support costs policy (March 25, 2016)
For decades, tribes were shortchanged of the additional costs they incur when they enter into self-determination contracts to manage federal programs.

Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs promises to inspect all schools
Education | National | Politics
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs promises to inspect all schools (March 17, 2016)
Acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts vowed to take action after a report uncovered alarming conditions that put Indian children at risk.

Bureau of Indian Affairs slammed for safety conditions at schools
Education | Health | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs slammed for safety conditions at schools (March 14, 2016)
Indian students and staff are being placed in high-risk conditions as schools go without essential fixes, the Government Accountability Office reported.

House subcommittee to hear from tribes and tribal organizations
National | Politics
House subcommittee to hear from tribes and tribal organizations (March 14, 2016)
Dozens of tribal leaders and representatives of tribal organizations will present their funding priorities at four sessions this week.

Indian Health Service extends comment period on emergency fund
Health
Indian Health Service extends comment period on emergency fund (March 11, 2016)
The Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund is designed to meet the medical costs associated with the treatment of victims of disasters or catastrophic illnesses.

Mary Smith: Bringing more accountability to Indian Health Service
Health | Opinion
Mary Smith: Bringing more accountability to Indian Health Service (March 9, 2016)
We are committed to fixing these issues not simply in the short-term but so that the changes are sustainable over time.

House panel schedules hearing on Bureau of Indian Affairs budget
Education | National | Politics
House panel schedules hearing on Bureau of Indian Affairs budget (March 8, 2016)
Lawmakers from both parties have been pushing for more funds to fix crumbling Indian schools.

New leader of Indian Health Service to testify about budget request
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New leader of Indian Health Service to testify about budget request (March 8, 2016)
Mary Smith, a member of the Cherokee Nation, took over the troubled agency just last week.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold hearing on tribal budget
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to hold hearing on tribal budget (March 7, 2016)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the chairman of the committee, supports funding increases for self-determination, economic development, education, health care, housing and public safety.

Cronkite News: Navajo and Hopi relocation effort could finally end
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Navajo and Hopi relocation effort could finally end (March 1, 2016)
After decades of work and hundreds of millions of dollars, the end could be in sight for the federal office charged with relocating Navajo and Hopi families in a land dispute between the two tribes.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearing
National | Politics
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearing (February 29, 2016)
The budget includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $140.4 million for the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and $217 million for Indian Country water programs at the Bureau of Reclamation.

BIA and IHS announce partnership to address drug overdoses
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BIA and IHS announce partnership to address drug overdoses (February 18, 2016)
Bureau of Indian Affairs police officers and Indian Health Service pharmacies will start carrying naloxone kits.

Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Tribes awarded $715M in Housing and Urban Development grants (February 17, 2016)
Some of the newest members of the family of Indian nations received funds to address housing conditions and economic development in their communities.

Indian Country battles dental industry over dental health aides
Health | National
Indian Country battles dental industry over dental health aides (February 16, 2016)
Tribes in the Pacific Northwest are leading the way for dental health aide therapists after a successful effort in Alaska.

Six of 12 Indian Health Service area directors in 'acting' capacity
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Six of 12 Indian Health Service area directors in 'acting' capacity (February 10, 2016)
The agency faces recruitment and retention challenges, officials said at a hearing on Capitol Hill last week, a situation that extends to the agency's leadership positions.

President Obama seeks another increase for Indian Health Service budget
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President Obama seeks another increase for Indian Health Service budget (February 10, 2016)
The agency would see a record $6.6 million in funding under the last budget of President Barack Obama's administration.

Bureau of Reclamation emphasizes tribal water rights settlements
Environment | National | Politics
Bureau of Reclamation emphasizes tribal water rights settlements (February 9, 2016)
The agency is seeking $131.2 million to implement and maintain settlements for tribes in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Office of Special Trustee budget request remains steady at $140M
National | Trust
Office of Special Trustee budget request remains steady at $140M (February 9, 2016)
The agency, which is part of the Interior Department, holds nearly $4.9 billion in trust for more than 250 tribes and about 400,000 individual Indians.

President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian Affairs
Education | National | Politics
President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian Affairs (February 9, 2016)
The request includes $278 million for contract support costs and $138.3 million for Indian school construction.

BIE schools compete for five spots on new priority construction list
Education | National
BIE schools compete for five spots on new priority construction list (January 26, 2016)
Seven of the 10 finalists are on the Navajo Nation, home to the largest number of worst condition schools.

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