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More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country (04/19)
Of the four federal agencies that investigate or prosecute human trafficking, three aren't required to confirm whether a victim is Native American.
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearanceFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (03/06)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is already living up to promises to keep Indian Country on the top of his agenda.
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on ObamacareFiled Under: Health | National
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (03/01)
As the nation's politicians spar over the fate of Obamacare, tribes are still waiting on the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibilities.
Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst timeFiled Under: Education | Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst time (02/20)
Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office.
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complainedFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complained (12/16)
Two employees who blew the whistle on the BIA's handling of energy leases for the Southern Ute Tribe quickly found themselves forced off the reservation in Colorado.
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Trust
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (12/13)
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes one repatriation provision, two major infrastructure packages, three land-into-trust acquisitions and four water settlements.
Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural propertyFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | World
Tribes support bill in Senate to stop the export of cultural property (07/06)
The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act) prohibits the the export of tribal property and punishes people who traffic in stolen items.
Sen. Rounds seeks support for audit into Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Sen. Rounds seeks support for audit into Indian Health Service (05/12)
'Tribal members are literally dying due to inadequate care,' the Republican lawmaker from South Dakota said.
Bureau of Indian Affairs reports progress in inspections at schoolsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs reports progress in inspections at schools (05/11)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is promising to inspect all 180 institutions by August 31, or close to the start of the new school year.
Sen. Rounds to seek system-wide review of Indian Health Service Filed Under: Health | National | Politics
Sen. Rounds to seek system-wide review of Indian Health Service (05/05)
The Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association supports the Government Accountability Office audit.
Indian Health Service faulted for lengthy waits in patient careFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service faulted for lengthy waits in patient care (04/29)
A lack of physicians and other key staff, along with aging infrastructure and equipment, contribute to delays for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Witness list for hearing on telecommunications in Indian CountryFiled Under: National | Politics | Technology
Witness list for hearing on telecommunications in Indian Country (04/25)
The hearing will focus on a Government Accountability Office report that outlined numerous challenges faced by tribes in securing high-speed Internet service.
Cronkite News: Indian schools in Arizona going without inspectionsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Indian schools in Arizona going without inspections (04/25)
At least 19 tribal schools in Arizona went four years or more without the inspections that are supposed to be performed every year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit.
Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal landsFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands (04/21)
S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, addresses red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and includes Alaska Native corporations in more programs.
Bureau of Indian Affairs official admits no progress on dam backlogFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs official admits no progress on dam backlog (04/15)
Director Mike Black admits latest budget request will not resolve a long-standing maintenance backlog of dams in Indian Country.
Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service creates crisis in Great PlainsFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service creates crisis in Great Plains (04/11)
There is absolutely no excuse for hospitals not to reach basic benchmarks for providing proper health care.
Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform effortsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform efforts (04/07)
The lack of inspections at Indian schools and the demotion of the top Indian education official drew focus at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education billsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education bills (03/21)
A dramatic proposal to create a new Indian education agency within the Interior Department is on the agenda for an April 6 hearing.
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs promises to inspect all schoolsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs promises to inspect all schools (03/17)
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 schoolsFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs slammed for safety conditions at schools (03/14)
Indian students and staff are being placed in high-risk conditions as schools go without essential fixes, the Government Accountability Office reported.
Senate approves bill to streamline Indian energy developmentFiled Under: Business | Environment | National
Senate approves bill to streamline Indian energy development (12/11)
S.209, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments, aims to reduce red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and give tribes greater control over their own resources.
Ann Kirkpatrick: Fix reservation roads to help Indian studentsFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Ann Kirkpatrick: Fix reservation roads to help Indian students (11/09)
Tribal roads are a federal trust responsibility, but without funding to do more, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs blades these roads just once or twice a year, carving deep channels below the surrounding ground level.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds hearing on Indian energyFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds hearing on Indian energy (10/19)
Lawmakers will take a look at a Government Accountability Office that said the Bureau of Indian Affairs hinders development by failing to make decisions in a timely manner.
Republicans push controversial Indian energy bill through HouseFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Republicans push controversial Indian energy bill through House (10/09)
The lopsided vote on the Native American Energy Act came after Republicans fell into disarray due to leadership issues on Capitol Hill.
White House blasts Native American Energy Act ahead of voteFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
White House blasts Native American Energy Act ahead of vote (10/08)
The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement of administration against a stand-alone Indian bill for the first time since President Barack Obama took office.
Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy ActFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics | Trust
Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act (10/06)
Democrats revolt after Republicans kill an amendment that would have addressed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, a long-standing tribal priority.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on energyFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on energy (09/30)
The hearing will focus on a Government Accountability Office that said the Bureau of Indian Affairs hinders development in Indian Country.
Jeb Bush wants tribes and states to control energy developmentFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Jeb Bush wants tribes and states to control energy development (09/30)
The Republican presidential candidate is the first to call for equal treatment of tribes and states when it comes to their energy resources.
President of Alaska Native village highlights threat to communityFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
President of Alaska Native village highlights threat to community (09/03)
President Barack Obama promised assistance but stopped short of the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to relocate Native communities in Alaska like Kivalina.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe won't give up on wind energy despite delaysFiled Under: Business | Environment | National
Rosebud Sioux Tribe won't give up on wind energy despite delays (07/03)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs took so long to make a decision that the tribe's business agreements expired.
Jay Daniels: Energy mismanagement at BIA isn't anything newFiled Under: Opinion
Jay Daniels: Energy mismanagement at BIA isn't anything new (06/23)
After more than 118 years, we are still experiencing problems and difficulties in oil and gas development on Indian land.
GAO report questions BIA's management of Indian energy dutiesFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law | National | Trust
GAO report questions BIA's management of Indian energy duties (06/15)
Tribes are waiting years for decisions and are losing out on revenue opportunities.
Indian schools go without fixes while military schools see $5BFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Indian schools go without fixes while military schools see $5B (05/20)
Indian school construction ground to a halt during the Bush administration but the effort appears to be back on track as lawmakers from both parties put focus on the issue.
House subcommittee looks at poor conditions at Indian schoolsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
House subcommittee looks at poor conditions at Indian schools (04/24)
According to one study, the Bureau of Indian Education needs more than $2 billion to fix multiple problems and replace aging schools.
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul targeted BIA and IHSFiled Under: Health | National | Politics | Trust
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul targeted BIA and IHS (04/08)
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) wanted to eliminate the Bureau of Indian Affairs altogether and cut the Indian Health Service budget in half.
HHS urged to do more to help tribes with foster care programsFiled Under: Health | Law | National
HHS urged to do more to help tribes with foster care programs (03/25)
Congress recognized tribal sovereignty in Title IV-E programs but only five tribes have been able to clear all the hurdles in the process.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee set for hearing on IRRIGATE ActFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee set for hearing on IRRIGATE Act (03/03)
The bill authorizes $35 million a year from 2015 to 2036 to cover the costs of operations and maintenance at irrigation projects in Indian Country
Audio: House Appropriations Committee hearing on BIA budgetFiled Under: Education | Politics
Audio: House Appropriations Committee hearing on BIA budget (02/27)
The budget includes big increases for education, including construction of new Indian schools.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearing on irrigation billFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearing on irrigation bill (02/27)
The Irrigation Rehabilitation and Renovation for Indian Tribal Governments and Their Economies Act authorizes $35 million a year from 2015 to 2036 for irrigation operations and maintenance.
Alaska Native community still waiting on funding for relocationFiled Under: Environment | National
Alaska Native community still waiting on funding for relocation (02/26)
Government reports from 2003 and 2009 have not resulted in concrete action to save Kivalina.
Bipartisan bill addresses irrigation projects in Indian CountryFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Bipartisan bill addresses irrigation projects in Indian Country (02/13)
The IRRIGATE Act provides $35 million a year from 2015 to 2036 to address operation and maintenance.
GOP leader outlines agenda for Senate Indian Affairs CommitteeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
GOP leader outlines agenda for Senate Indian Affairs Committee (01/26)
Indian Country can expect hearings on energy development, government waste, irrigation projects and juvenile justice.
GAO report looks at tribal implementation of Adam Walsh ActFiled Under: Law | National
GAO report looks at tribal implementation of Adam Walsh Act (11/20)
Tribes are doing better at implementing sex offender registries than state governments, eight years after the bill became law.
Rishawn Biddle: Report confirms how BIE fails Indian childrenFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Rishawn Biddle: Report confirms how BIE fails Indian children (11/18)
A Government Accountability Office report shows a need for greater fiscal oversight at the Bureau of Indian Education.
GAO report questions spending at Bureau of Indian EducationFiled Under: Education | National
GAO report questions spending at Bureau of Indian Education (11/14)
One school lost $1.2 million in federal funds in an apparent hacking incident.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on irrigation projectsFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on irrigation projects (09/04)
The hearing takes place Wednesday, September 10.
Declination rates for Indian Country crime steady for third yearFiled Under: Law | National
Declination rates for Indian Country crime steady for third year (08/27)
Federal prosecutors are declining about a third of the Indian Country crime cases referred to them.
Sen. Tester questions void in leadership at IHS regional officesFiled Under: Health | Politics
Sen. Tester questions void in leadership at IHS regional offices (07/31)
Four of the 12 regions lack permanent directors, with vacancies in two regions dating to 2011.
Tribes in Montana and Wyoming air complaints about IHS careFiled Under: Health | National
Tribes in Montana and Wyoming air complaints about IHS care (05/28)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a field hearing in Billings, Montana.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules field hearing on IHSFiled Under: Health | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules field hearing on IHS (05/21)
Tribes have been complaining about level and quality of service in the Billings Area.
Native Sun News: Uranium mining poses threat to sacred sitesFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Uranium mining poses threat to sacred sites (05/19)
A bird’s-eye view of the corridor stretching from Mt. Taylor westward to Chaco Canyon is filled with sacred sites and ancient roads made by the native Puebloan and Diné people.
Lawmakers request GAO investigation of IHS office in MontanaFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Lawmakers request GAO investigation of IHS office in Montana (05/05)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Sen. John Walsh (D-Montana) have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the Billings Area of the Indian Health Service.
GAO report finds inconsistency in coal leases on federal landFiled Under: National | Trust
GAO report finds inconsistency in coal leases on federal land (02/05)
The federal government could be missing out on millions of dollars in coal revenues due to inconsistent leasing practices, the Government Accountability Office said in a report.
Federal prosecutors take on more  Indian Country crime casesFiled Under: Law | National
Federal prosecutors take on more Indian Country crime cases (11/04)
The Department of Justice is reporting an increase in Indian Country criminal prosecutions.
Mark Trahant: Fiscal crisis threatens pockets of every AmericanFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Fiscal crisis threatens pockets of every American (10/16)
The Fiscal Yahoo Caucus of the United States Congress is ready to reach into your family wallet and grab cash.
DOJ  releases report on  declination rates for  Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National
DOJ releases report on declination rates for Indian Country (05/30)
The Department of Justice released its first Indian Country declination report today. The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 requires DOJ to provide data on the number of...
GAO recommends working with tribes on border security issuesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
GAO recommends working with tribes on border security issues (04/08)
The Government Accountability Office is urging the Department of Homeland Security to work more closely with tribes on border issues. The U.S. Border Patrol has signed government-to-government agreements with some,...
House Appropriations Committee hearing on Indian educationFiled Under: Education | Politics
House Appropriations Committee hearing on Indian education (02/15)
The House Appropriations Committee will hold an oversight hearing on Indian education on Wednesday, February 27. The hearing before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies takes place at...
GAO: Minerals on Indian lands worth $3.5B  in fiscal year 2011Filed Under: National | Trust
GAO: Minerals on Indian lands worth $3.5B in fiscal year 2011 (12/12)
Oil, gas, coal and other minerals on Indian lands were worth $3.5 billion in fiscal year 2011, the Government Accountability Office said in a report today. The GAO analyzed leases...
HUD clears up confusion over 'extra' $18M in Lumbee accountFiled Under: Federal Recognition
HUD clears up confusion over 'extra' $18M in Lumbee account (09/25)
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina does not have an extra $18 million in federal funds, the Department of Housing and Urban Development clarified. Some tribal leaders claimed the money...

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