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Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
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Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.

Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program
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Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program (October 4, 2017)
A bipartisan bill to update the Johnson-O'Malley Program and ensure more adequate funding for Indian students is inching forward on Capitol Hill.

Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims
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Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims (September 27, 2017)
The Department of Justice continues to resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native women and key members of Congress.

Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes
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Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes (September 27, 2017)
Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal.

Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office
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Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office (September 11, 2017)
A controversial Indian energy bill that faced intense opposition during the Obama era is on the agenda again only this time it might get a friendlier reception from the White House.

North Dakota secures $10 million in federal funds to pay for #NoDAPL response
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North Dakota secures $10 million in federal funds to pay for #NoDAPL response (August 15, 2017)
The state of North Dakota has secured a $10 million in federal funds to pay for its often brutal response to the #NoDAPL movement.

Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement
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Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement (August 2, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is known as an outspoken advocate for Indian Country's most vulnerable, particularly youth, but her efforts don't extend to the #NoDAPL movement.

Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response
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Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response (May 19, 2017)
A $15 million appropriation funds a program that is open to states, but not tribal governments.

Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army'
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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.

Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule
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Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule (May 12, 2017)
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, support a federal regulation that carries environmental and economic benefits in Indian Country.

Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth
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Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth (May 3, 2017)
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children is slowly getting off the ground.

Crow Tribe supports legislation to make coal tax credit permanent
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Crow Tribe supports legislation to make coal tax credit permanent (May 2, 2017)
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to extend the Indian Coal Production Credit to spur economic development on and near reservations.

North Dakota gains financially with completion of Dakota Access
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North Dakota gains financially with completion of Dakota Access (March 2, 2017)
The $110 million in taxes are more than enough to account for the $22 million that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) said was spent on law enforcement in the past few months.

Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee
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Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (February 17, 2017)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.

Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates
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Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates (February 13, 2017)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't support tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians while Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price wants to dismantle Obamacare.

Democrats blast President Trump for ignoring Native opposition to pipelines
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Democrats blast President Trump for ignoring Native opposition to pipelines (January 24, 2017)
Tribes thought Keystone XL was long dead and they have been preparing to deal the same fate to Dakota Access as part of a new environmental review.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp again parts with Indian Country on #NoDAPL movement
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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp again parts with Indian Country on #NoDAPL movement (December 5, 2016)
Key Democrats in Congress are joining Indian Country in celebrating the historic decision to deny an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline but one lawmaker isn't on board.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administration
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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp considers role in Donald Trump administration (December 1, 2016)
Controversy over the Dakota Access Pipeline has caused the lawmaker to veer from her role as an outspoken advocate for Indian issues.

Authorities crack down on #NoDAPL treaty camp in North Dakota
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Authorities crack down on #NoDAPL treaty camp in North Dakota (October 28, 2016)
Resisters were sprayed with mace, harassed by police officers and some suffered injured in the largest confrontation to date.

Obama administration hails increase in Indian student graduation rates
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Obama administration hails increase in Indian student graduation rates (October 17, 2016)
According to the White House, 71.6 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives completed high school, a big improvement from just a few years ago.

President Obama signs Native youth commission bill into law
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President Obama signs Native youth commission bill into law (October 14, 2016)
More so than any other president, Barack Obama has maintained a strong connection with Native youth.

Brandon Ecoffey: Politicians show their true colors on #NoDAPL
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Brandon Ecoffey: Politicians show their true colors on #NoDAPL (October 3, 2016)
As I've watched this country react to our people's opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline the relative silence from South Dakota's congressional delegation speaks volumes to their opinions of Indian Country.

Lawmakers take action on Native youth and Indian Country bills
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Lawmakers take action on Native youth and Indian Country bills (September 29, 2016)
Four Indian Country bills cleared the Senate as lawmakers head into an extended break before the November election.

Democrats host forum on Dakota Access Pipeline on Capitol Hill
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Democrats host forum on Dakota Access Pipeline on Capitol Hill (September 21, 2016)
With Republican lawmakers continuing to ignore the growing #NoDAPL movement, Democrats on Capitol Hill are taking matters into their own hands.

House easily approves bills for Native youth and tribal tourism
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House easily approves bills for Native youth and tribal tourism (September 13, 2016)
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act and the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act are non-controversial although neither comes with federal funds.

Judge won't grant injunction to protect sacred sites in DAPL path
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Judge won't grant injunction to protect sacred sites in DAPL path (September 12, 2016)
The #NoDAPL fight continues on legal and political fronts even after the Obama administration put a crucial portion of the controversial project on hold.

Field hearing set on trauma and mental health in Indian Country
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Field hearing set on trauma and mental health in Indian Country (July 19, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is heading to Bismarck, North Dakota, in August.

Bill to create commission on Native youth inches closer to passage
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Bill to create commission on Native youth inches closer to passage (July 14, 2016)
S.246, the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act, only needs to clear one more hurdle.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director visits North Dakota tribe
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Federal Bureau of Investigation director visits North Dakota tribe (June 7, 2016)
Chairman Mark Fox of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation said drugs and crime are rampant on his reservation.

North Dakota tribes share frustrations with Indian Health Service
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North Dakota tribes share frustrations with Indian Health Service (June 3, 2016)
The second-in-command at the Department of Health and Human Services heard about long wait times, staff vacancies, lack of data collection and a need for substance abuse treatment for youth.

Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation heads to Great Plains
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Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation heads to Great Plains (June 2, 2016)
FBI Director James Comey admitted last October that he hadn't visited a tribe in the Great Plains since taking office in September 2013.

Youth share spotlight as House subcommittee takes up Native bills
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Youth share spotlight as House subcommittee takes up Native bills (May 19, 2016)
Indigenous youth and their colleagues got a special look at the legislative process thanks to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).

Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fire
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Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fire (May 11, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to reform the Bureau of Indian Education amid objections about funding levels.

Tribes and educators push for newer data for key funding program
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Tribes and educators push for newer data for key funding program (May 10, 2016)
The Native student population has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 20 years but the Bureau of Indian Affairs is stuck on Johnson O’Malley data from 1995.

Senate passes measure to include Indian Country in tourism plans
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Senate passes measure to include Indian Country in tourism plans (April 27, 2016)
The Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act (NATIVE Act) does something simple but it could lead to big economic development gains for Native communities across the nation.

Senate designates National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week
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Senate designates National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week (February 8, 2016)
Nearly 150 leaders, faculty, staff and students are in the nation's capitol to advocate for the needs of the 37 tribal colleges and universities across the nation.

Tribes receive grants from Special Diabetes Program for Indians
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Tribes receive grants from Special Diabetes Program for Indians (January 28, 2016)
Congress authorized the program to provide $300 million over two years to help Indian Country fight high rates of the disease.

Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports
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Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports (December 3, 2015)
The Department of Justice sent an investigation and prosecution report to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee less than one hour before a hearing on the Tribal Law and Order Act.

Lakota Country Times: Sen. Heitkamp takes on Pine Ridge crime
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Lakota Country Times: Sen. Heitkamp takes on Pine Ridge crime (October 20, 2015)
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and FBI director James Comey shared an exchange that centered around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and law enforcement in Indian Country.

DOJ moves to implement key part of Tribal Law and Order Act
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DOJ moves to implement key part of Tribal Law and Order Act (August 20, 2015)
Tribes have been seeking access to national criminal information databases for years.

Senate committee examines costs of substance abuse on tribes
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Senate committee examines costs of substance abuse on tribes (July 30, 2015)
Lawmakers and witnesses shared devastating statistics about the impacts of drugs and alcohol in Indian Country.

Senate panel backs victim services and transportation bills
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Senate panel backs victim services and transportation bills (July 23, 2015)
Democrats raised concerns about the lack of tribal consultation and funding commitments at a business meeting on Capitol Hill.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold business meeting
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold business meeting (July 20, 2015)
Lawmakers will consider a bill to address the lack of victim services in Indian Country while the other addresses road and bridge safety on reservations.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers juvenile justice
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers juvenile justice (July 16, 2015)
Incarcerating young Native Americans should be a last resort, federal officials and experts testified.

Elizabeth Morris: More funding won't stop Indian child abuse
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Elizabeth Morris: More funding won't stop Indian child abuse (June 22, 2015)
Handing additional funding and control to corrupt tribal leaders is not the best way to help victims.

Bill introduced in House to create Commission on Native Children
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Bill introduced in House to create Commission on Native Children (June 12, 2015)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) are sponsoring the legislation.

Senate committee upset by testimony at victim services hearing
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Senate committee upset by testimony at victim services hearing (June 11, 2015)
Lawmakers were told about high rates of crime on some reservations and were shocked by some of the statistics presented by tribal witnesses.

Native American Children's Safety Act clears House and Senate
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Native American Children's Safety Act clears House and Senate (June 1, 2015)
The bill requires background checks of all adults in a home where foster children are placed.

Senate passes bill to create commission to study Native youth
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Senate passes bill to create commission to study Native youth (June 1, 2015)
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children will produce recommendations to improve the lives of young Native Americans.

Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL measure
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Senate fails to override Obama's veto of Keystone XL measure (March 4, 2015)
The vote was 62 to 37 but it did not reach the two-thirds threshold required to override.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves four bills at meeting
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves four bills at meeting (February 4, 2015)
The bills address Native youth issues, energy development and self-determination.

Senate passes bill to approve controversial Keystone XL Pipeline
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Senate passes bill to approve controversial Keystone XL Pipeline (January 30, 2015)
An amendment to require tribal consultation wasn't even put up for a vote.

Senate headed toward final vote on Keystone XL Pipeline bill
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Senate headed toward final vote on Keystone XL Pipeline bill (January 13, 2015)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), the ranking member on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, joined Republicans in advancing debate on the measure.

Sen. Heitkamp to host panel on child trauma in Indian Country
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Sen. Heitkamp to host panel on child trauma in Indian Country (November 19, 2014)
Roundtable follows Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on childhood trauma.

Crow Creek Sioux man arrested as Senate rejects Keystone bill
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Crow Creek Sioux man arrested as Senate rejects Keystone bill (November 19, 2014)
Greg Grey Cloud, who was wearing a headdress, started singing loudly and was forcefully removed from the Senate gallery.

Heidi Heitkamp: Doing more to help  Native American veterans
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Heidi Heitkamp: Doing more to help Native American veterans (July 2, 2014)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) hosted a Native American Veterans Summit last month.

Heidi Heitkamp/Lisa Murkowski: Standing up for Indian children
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Heidi Heitkamp/Lisa Murkowski: Standing up for Indian children (June 17, 2014)
Lawmakers call for passage of S.1622, the the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act.

Sen. Heitkamp hosts Native veterans summit in North Dakota
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Sen. Heitkamp hosts Native veterans summit in North Dakota (June 12, 2014)
The summit takes place at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.

DOJ to consult tribes about polling locations in Indian Country
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DOJ to consult tribes about polling locations in Indian Country (June 10, 2014)
Locations would be chosen by tribes to provide more convenient polling places.

President Obama to visit Standing Rock Sioux Tribe next week
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President Obama to visit Standing Rock Sioux Tribe next week (June 5, 2014)
The visit will be Obama's first to Indian Country as president.

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