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New Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes first appearance on Capitol Hill
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
New Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes first appearance on Capitol Hill (September 25, 2017)
The Trump administration's new hire at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is making his first appearance on Capitol Hill and it's on a touchy subject.

Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers (September 21, 2017)
A key Republican lawmaker is once again pushing a bill that requires all tribes seeking federal recognition to go through Congress.

Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office
Environment | National | Politics
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.

President Trump doubles down with defense of 'beautiful' Confederate monuments
National | Politics
President Trump doubles down with defense of 'beautiful' Confederate monuments (August 17, 2017)
A controversy that once derailed Indian Country's funding bill is rearing its head again thanks to President Donald Trump, whose handling of racial violence continues to dominate the nation's agenda.

Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county
National | Politics | Trust
Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county (August 8, 2017)
A bill to place about 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
National | Politics | Trust
House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)
Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
National | Politics | Trust
Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)
In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process
National | Politics | Trust
House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process (July 14, 2017)
Despite a rocky couple of days on Capitol Hill for tribal interests, it wasn't all bad news this week for Indian Country.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)
Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests (July 11, 2017)
If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's not going to happen this week.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
Law | National | Politics | Trust
House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)
A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.

Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C.
Environment | National | Politics
Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C. (June 27, 2017)
A life-saving road that will connect an Alaska Native village to a nearby airport is seeing some progress.

House committee again leaves out Indian Country in hearing on Interior Department
Law | National | Politics
House committee again leaves out Indian Country in hearing on Interior Department (June 26, 2017)
The House Committee on Natural Resources is once again ignoring Indian Country as it pursues a more conservative agenda.

Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda
National | Politics | Trust
Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda (June 21, 2017)
A Congressional committee with jurisdiction over tribal issues continues to move slowly on Indian Country's agenda, raising concerns about its intentions.

Witness list for hearing on bill to reform the Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
Witness list for hearing on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 20, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is meeting on Wednesday to take testimony on a bill to reform the Indian Health Service.

Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget (June 19, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke, the new leader of the Department of the Interior, is making his third appearance before Congress this week.

Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 16, 2017)
Efforts to reform the Indian Health Service continue to see attention on Capitol Hill.

Cobell buy-back program keeps on rolling toward eventual end
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Cobell buy-back program keeps on rolling toward eventual end (June 6, 2017)
The Trump administration has put Indian Country on notice of the eventual end of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills
Health | Law | National | Politics
Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills (June 6, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is holding its first legislative hearing of the year but the witness list isn't quite there yet.

Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back (June 5, 2017)
The Interior Department has 'not accomplished much' in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund, a top official said recently.

House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent
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House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent (May 31, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking up three pro-tribal bills at a hearing on June 7.

Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program (May 31, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is in doubt after comments made by a top Trump administration official.

Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)
Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.

Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
National | Politics | Trust
Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)
Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.

Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down (May 25, 2017)
Nearly $68 million in offers were sent to more than 3,500 owners on the reservation in Washington.

Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics | Trust
Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (May 24, 2017)
A top official at the Department of the Interior drew a rebuke for characterizing Indian Country as greedy.

Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska receive Cobell buy-back offers
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska receive Cobell buy-back offers (May 22, 2017)
Some $28.1 million went out to Winnebago Reservation and another $16.9 million was directed to he Omaha Reservation.

House panel sets hearing on future of Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
House panel sets hearing on future of Cobell buy-back program (May 16, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is finally getting back to work.

Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument
Environment | National | Politics
Ute Tribe demands 'voice' as Donald Trump orders review of Bears Ears monument (April 28, 2017)
Ute leaders are taking on powerful interests as they seek to prevent the the Trump administration from undermining the new Bears Ears National Monument.

Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
Environment | National | Politics
Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power (April 26, 2017)
The new monument enjoys strong support across Indian Country but the president sounded more concerned about the views of non-Indians in Utah.

House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village
Environment | National | Politics
House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village (April 4, 2017)
Residents of King Cove have been pushing for the road for decades as a way to save lives in their Aleut community.

Secretary Zinke confirms role in talking to tribes about unwanted border wall
National | Politics | World
Secretary Zinke confirms role in talking to tribes about unwanted border wall (March 29, 2017)
Some tribes have already made their position on a border wall very clear: they don't want it.

Cronkite News: Copper mine on sacred Apache land in Arizona complains about delays
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Cronkite News: Copper mine on sacred Apache land in Arizona complains about delays (March 22, 2017)
The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs in the U.S., a company official testified.

Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget
Health | National | Politics
Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget (March 16, 2017)
The parent agencies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are seeing major cuts to offset increases in defense spending.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructure
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructure (March 6, 2017)
Lawmakers want to make sure tribes are at the table as President Donald Trump proposes new investments.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal infrastructure
National | Politics
House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal infrastructure (March 3, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is meeting for the first time in the 115th Congress.

Congressman who was advocate for Indian Country passes on
National | Politics
Congressman who was advocate for Indian Country passes on (February 23, 2017)
Eni H. Faleomavaega defended tribes on sovereignty, land-into-trust, gaming and economic development matters during his time on Capitol Hill.

New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access Pipeline
Environment | Law | National | Politics
New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access Pipeline (February 14, 2017)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California) is toeing the Republican party line when it comes to the controversial project.

Rob Bishop: Republicans aren't trying to get rid of Indian health law
Health | Opinion | Politics
Rob Bishop: Republicans aren't trying to get rid of Indian health law (February 6, 2017)
A short statement from the leader of the House Committee on Natural Resources.

House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues gains a new leader
National | Politics
House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues gains a new leader (February 3, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is getting a reboot after going through a rough patch in the last session of Congress.

Raúl Grijalva: Republicans are forgetting about Indian Country again
Health | Opinion
Raúl Grijalva: Republicans are forgetting about Indian Country again (February 2, 2017)
Repealing the ACA will affect the Indian Health Care Improvement Act as well.

Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs
National | Politics
Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs (January 26, 2017)
Having Republicans in control of Congress hasn't resulted in much progress for Indian Country's legislative agenda, at least on the House side of Capitol Hill.

Democrats blast President Trump for ignoring Native opposition to pipelines
Environment | National | Politics
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.

Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (January 9, 2017)
The Oklahoma lawmaker, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is once again offering fixes to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v .Salazar.

Pipeline in North Dakota spills more than 176K gallons of crude oil
Environment | National
Pipeline in North Dakota spills more than 176K gallons of crude oil (December 13, 2016)
Some 3,100 barrels spilled into a nearby creek, contaminating more than 5 miles of the waterway.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp again parts with Indian Country on #NoDAPL movement
Environment | National | Politics
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.

Blackfeet Nation scores victories on sacred sites and water rights
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Blackfeet Nation scores victories on sacred sites and water rights (November 17, 2016)
It's turning out to be a banner week for the Montana tribe despite uncertainty in the political climate.

Blackfeet Nation water deal on agenda as Congress returns to work
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Blackfeet Nation water deal on agenda as Congress returns to work (November 15, 2016)
Lawmakers are back in Washington, D.C., after an extended election break and time is running out for Indian Country to advance its agenda.

Raúl Grijalva: Republicans still won't listen to Indian Country
Environment | Opinion | Politics
Raúl Grijalva: Republicans still won't listen to Indian Country (October 26, 2016)
'Over the past two years, the House has failed to fulfill one of its most fundamental responsibilities to Indian country: approving and funding Indian water rights settlements.'

Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill
National | Politics
Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill (October 19, 2016)
The Utah tribe is hoping to defeat Republican Congressman Rob Bishop at the polls next month.

Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster (October 17, 2016)
An August 2015 spill at the abandoned mine in Colorado sent at estimated 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the waters of three reservations.

Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy
Environment | National | Politics
Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy (October 3, 2016)
The Ute Tribe, a leader in energy development, is curiously absent from the witness list amid a dispute with a powerful Republican.

Field hearing scheduled on energy development in Indian Country
Environment | National | Politics
Field hearing scheduled on energy development in Indian Country (September 28, 2016)
The House Committee on Natural Resources will be meeting in New Mexico to discuss barriers to development on tribal lands.

Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward (September 22, 2016)
Tribes and Democrats have branded the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act as a 'modern day Indian land grab' but Republicans are pushing it through anyway.

Democrats host forum on Dakota Access Pipeline on Capitol Hill
Environment | National | Politics
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 panel sets markup on Pechanga Band and Alaska Native bills
Environment | National | Politics
House panel sets markup on Pechanga Band and Alaska Native bills (September 19, 2016)
Allotments for Alaska Native veterans, water rights for the Pechanga Band and the controversial Utah Public Lands are on the agenda.

Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab'
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab' (September 19, 2016)
H.R.5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, has already been scheduled for a markup, barely a week after an emotional hearing in Washington, D.C.

Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill
Politics | Federal Recognition
Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill (September 16, 2016)
Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe since 2000 but six tribes in Virginia and another in Montana think they have a shot this year.

Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill
Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill (September 14, 2016)
Provisions in the 215-page bill affect the rights of the Navajo Nation and the Ute Tribe and were included without their consent.

House committee considers bill to reform Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
House committee considers bill to reform Indian Health Service (September 14, 2016)
A tribally-supported bill to reform the troubled agency is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

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