A years-long effort by tribes is coming to fruition as the Trump administration prepares to return the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to its familiar roots.
Indian Country is entering a new era in trust reform amid major changes at the Department of the Interior.
The agency is one the few in federal government whose responsibilities solely affect Indian Country.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.
A new law known as the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act promises dramatic changes to the agency's trust management structure.
Tribes supported H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, because it promises dramatic changes to the federal government's trust management structure.
It is going to be a terrible thing for Indian Country if the Office of Special Trustee is dissolved.
President Barack Obama signed H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, despite concerns within his administration.
H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, is the first comprehensive trust reform package to clear Congress in more than two decades.
Tribes and tribal organizations support H.R.812, theIndian Trust Asset Reform Act, but the Obama administration does not.
Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and the Indian Health Service will discuss their priorities amid concerns from some lawmakers that the budget invests in programs that may not be seeing results.
The agency that was charged with overseeing trust reform efforts at the Interior Department is welcoming beneficiaries from the Washington, D.C., and Mid-Atlantic area.
The House passed H.R.812 by a voice vote on February 24 and it awaits action in the Senate.
H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, lays the groundwork to return the functions of Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
H.R.812, the first major trust reform bill in decades, is supported by Indian Country but opposed by the Obama administration.
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.
Except for a land-into-trust measure affecting the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, the bills were non-controversial and didn't receive much discussion.
Four bills on the agenda address trust reform, water rights and land-into-trust issues.
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) plans to move quickly on the bills with or without the support of the Obama administration.
Indian employment, trust reform and an Alaska Native land transfer are on the agenda for the House Subcommittee Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs at its first legislative hearing of the 114th Congress.
Indian employment, trust reform and an Alaska Native land transfer are on the agenda for the April 14 hearing.