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Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska
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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.

Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States
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Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States (July 24, 2017)
American Indian and Alaska Native women experience one of the highest homicide rates in the nation and nearly half die at the hands of an intimate partner.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking (July 17, 2017)
According to the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies are failing to collect data on Native trafficking victims.

Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education
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Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education (June 8, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.

Cronkite News: Few Native Americans are becoming physicians
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Cronkite News: Few Native Americans are becoming physicians (June 1, 2017)
Of the nearly 19,000 graduates of medical school last year in the U.S., only 31 were Native American.

Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service
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Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service (May 25, 2017)
The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act address long-standing management, staffing and transparency issues at the agency.

Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings
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Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings (May 17, 2017)
Lawmakers who control the federal government's spending levels are continuing to focus on Indian Country.

Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team
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Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team (May 15, 2017)
More than 100 days into the Trump administration, Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for their interests in the nation's capital.

More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country
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More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country (April 19, 2017)
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 appearance
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Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (March 6, 2017)
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 Obamacare
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Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (March 1, 2017)
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 time
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Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst time (February 20, 2017)
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 complained
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Bureau of Indian Affairs punished employees after Southern Ute Tribe complained (December 16, 2016)
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 Country
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National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (December 13, 2016)
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 property
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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.

Sen. Rounds seeks support for audit into Indian Health Service
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Sen. Rounds seeks support for audit into Indian Health Service (May 12, 2016)
'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 schools
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Bureau of Indian Affairs reports progress in inspections at schools (May 11, 2016)
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
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Sen. Rounds to seek system-wide review of Indian Health Service (May 5, 2016)
The Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association supports the Government Accountability Office audit.

Indian Health Service faulted for lengthy waits in patient care
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Indian Health Service faulted for lengthy waits in patient care (April 29, 2016)
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 Country
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Witness list for hearing on telecommunications in Indian Country (April 25, 2016)
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 inspections
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Cronkite News: Indian schools in Arizona going without inspections (April 25, 2016)
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 lands
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Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands (April 21, 2016)
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 backlog
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Bureau of Indian Affairs official admits no progress on dam backlog (April 15, 2016)
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 Plains
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Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service creates crisis in Great Plains (April 11, 2016)
There is absolutely no excuse for hospitals not to reach basic benchmarks for providing proper health care.

Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform efforts
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Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform efforts (April 7, 2016)
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 bills
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education bills (March 21, 2016)
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 schools
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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
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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.

Senate approves bill to streamline Indian energy development
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Senate approves bill to streamline Indian energy development (December 11, 2015)
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 students
Education | Opinion
Ann Kirkpatrick: Fix reservation roads to help Indian students (November 9, 2015)
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 energy
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds hearing on Indian energy (October 19, 2015)
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 House
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Republicans push controversial Indian energy bill through House (October 9, 2015)
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 vote
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White House blasts Native American Energy Act ahead of vote (October 8, 2015)
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 Act
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Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act (October 6, 2015)
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 energy
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on energy (September 30, 2015)
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 development
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Jeb Bush wants tribes and states to control energy development (September 30, 2015)
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 community
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President of Alaska Native village highlights threat to community (September 3, 2015)
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 delays
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe won't give up on wind energy despite delays (July 3, 2015)
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 new
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Jay Daniels: Energy mismanagement at BIA isn't anything new (June 23, 2015)
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 duties
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GAO report questions BIA's management of Indian energy duties (June 15, 2015)
Tribes are waiting years for decisions and are losing out on revenue opportunities.

Indian schools go without fixes while military schools see $5B
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Indian schools go without fixes while military schools see $5B (May 20, 2015)
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 schools
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House subcommittee looks at poor conditions at Indian schools (April 24, 2015)
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 IHS
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Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul targeted BIA and IHS (April 8, 2015)
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 programs
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HHS urged to do more to help tribes with foster care programs (March 25, 2015)
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 Act
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee set for hearing on IRRIGATE Act (March 3, 2015)
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 budget
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Audio: House Appropriations Committee hearing on BIA budget (February 27, 2015)
The budget includes big increases for education, including construction of new Indian schools.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearing on irrigation bill
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearing on irrigation bill (February 27, 2015)
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 relocation
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Alaska Native community still waiting on funding for relocation (February 26, 2015)
Government reports from 2003 and 2009 have not resulted in concrete action to save Kivalina.

Bipartisan bill addresses irrigation projects in Indian Country
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Bipartisan bill addresses irrigation projects in Indian Country (February 13, 2015)
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 Committee
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GOP leader outlines agenda for Senate Indian Affairs Committee (January 26, 2015)
Indian Country can expect hearings on energy development, government waste, irrigation projects and juvenile justice.

GAO report looks at tribal implementation of Adam Walsh Act
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GAO report looks at tribal implementation of Adam Walsh Act (November 20, 2014)
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 children
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Rishawn Biddle: Report confirms how BIE fails Indian children (November 18, 2014)
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 Education
Education | National
GAO report questions spending at Bureau of Indian Education (November 14, 2014)
One school lost $1.2 million in federal funds in an apparent hacking incident.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on irrigation projects
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on irrigation projects (September 4, 2014)
The hearing takes place Wednesday, September 10.

Declination rates for Indian Country crime steady for third year
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Declination rates for Indian Country crime steady for third year (August 27, 2014)
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 offices
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Sen. Tester questions void in leadership at IHS regional offices (July 31, 2014)
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 care
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Tribes in Montana and Wyoming air complaints about IHS care (May 28, 2014)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a field hearing in Billings, Montana.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules field hearing on IHS
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules field hearing on IHS (May 21, 2014)
Tribes have been complaining about level and quality of service in the Billings Area.

Native Sun News: Uranium mining poses threat to sacred sites
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Native Sun News: Uranium mining poses threat to sacred sites (May 19, 2014)
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 Montana
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Lawmakers request GAO investigation of IHS office in Montana (May 5, 2014)
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.

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