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Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief
Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief (June 29, 2020)

A federal judge has handed the Trump administration a much-needed victory for its coronavirus response efforts, ruling that Alaska Native corporations are entitled to shares of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund.


'We got these monies late': Trump administration makes tribes wait more than 80 days for full COVID-19 relief
'We got these monies late': Trump administration makes tribes wait more than 80 days for full COVID-19 relief (June 17, 2020)

It's taken over 80 days, numerous lawsuits and public pressure for the Trump administration to pay tribal nations the COVID-19 relief they were promised by the federal government.


Rep. Tom Cole: America and the global pandemic response
Rep. Tom Cole: America and the global pandemic response (June 16, 2020)

While I agree that the United States hasn’t been the absolute best in the world in terms of coronavirus response, our nation has certainly fared better than most advanced countries.


Cronkite News: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds
Cronkite News: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds (June 15, 2020)

The disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on minorities underscores the longstanding failure of federal officials to respond to the needs of Native Americans, a key lawmaker said.


Montana Free Press: Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat
Montana Free Press: Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat (June 11, 2020)

Response rates to the 2020 Census are lagging in Indian Country, raising alarms about an accurate count in tribal and rural communities.


COVID-19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service
COVID-19 exposes inadequate funding levels at Indian Health Service (June 11, 2020)

With coronavirus cases continuing to rise at disproportionate rates, advocates are calling on Congress to live up to its trust and treaty obligations by providing adequate health care for tribal and urban communities.


Terry Rambler: 'His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.'
Terry Rambler: 'His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.' (June 10, 2020)

Even as George Floyd is being laid to rest, all America must heed his call from heaven. His cry is our cry. We can’t breathe.


Congress returns to Indian Country's agenda in age of COVID-19
Congress returns to Indian Country's agenda in age of COVID-19 (June 9, 2020)

Congress is slowly but surely getting back to work after COVID-19 derailed Indian Country's legislative agenda ahead of one of the most critical elections in America's history.


Cronkite News: Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates
Cronkite News: Plan to ‘revive’ uranium mining called unneeded, unwanted by advocates (June 9, 2020)

The Trump administration wants to 'revive and strengthen' the uranium mining industry despite its toxic legacy in Indian Country.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Together, we will get through this
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Together, we will get through this (June 8, 2020)

We find ourselves in a perfect storm. People have been pent up for months and this tragedy has exposed issues we still struggle with as a country.


Rep. Tom Cole: Communist China’s coronavirus cover-up
Rep. Tom Cole: Communist China’s coronavirus cover-up (June 8, 2020)

The United States recently surpassed more than 100,000 precious lives lost to COVID-19.


Indian Country Today: 4 Native candidates for Congress advance to November
Indian Country Today: 4 Native candidates for Congress advance to November (June 4, 2020)

At least four Native candidates for Congress will advance to the general election after winning primaries in Idaho and New Mexico.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders, advocates question reopening at Grand Canyon, other parks (June 3, 2020)

The Trump administration's efforts to reopen national parks are being made without COVID-19 health safety measures, tribal leaders said.


MMIW: Red symbolizes a call for attention
MMIW: Red symbolizes a call for attention (May 28, 2020)

Today, the role of red is being used to call attention to the invisible — missing and murdered.


Rep. Tom Cole: The People’s House can show up
Rep. Tom Cole: The People’s House can show up (May 19, 2020)

If Americans can take on the risk and serve selflessly throughout the coronavirus crisis and if the White House can continue to go to work every day, so too should Congress.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The silent crisis in our communities
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The silent crisis in our communities (May 19, 2020)

We are experiencing an epidemic of violence in our tribal communities.


'We waited for weeks': Tribal governments in line for additional coronavirus relief
'We waited for weeks': Tribal governments in line for additional coronavirus relief (May 12, 2020)

As tribal nations continue to fight for the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to them more than a month ago, Democrats in Congress are making good on pledges to provide more resources to the first Americans.


'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief
'A slap in the face for Indian Country': Tribes decry Trump administration's delay in $8 billion in coronavirus relief (May 6, 2020)

Under fire in Indian Country, Congress and the courts, the Trump administration is finally releasing $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds promised to tribal governments over a month ago.


'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid COVID-19 pandemic
'We are a forgotten people': Native candidate struggles to be heard amid COVID-19 pandemic (May 4, 2020)

With just a month left before voters go to the polls, Karen Bedonie is looking for ways to boost her struggling Congressional campaign during the worst public health crisis in decades.


'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action
'We need to do more for our tribes': $8 billion in coronavirus relief missing in action (April 30, 2020)

With yet another deadline looming, concerns are growing in Indian Country and on Capitol Hill about the fate of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments.


Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute
Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute (April 28, 2020)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are celebrating after securing an initial victory against the Trump administration over its handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to their governments.


Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow' allocation of COVID-19 aid
Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow' allocation of COVID-19 aid (April 20, 2020)

The Navajo Nation has the country’s third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has had to watch as funds go to less hard-hit areas in a 'very slow' federal aid process, President Jonathan Nez said.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: The time is now to #StandWithMashpee
Brian Lightfoot Brown: The time is now to #StandWithMashpee (April 20, 2020)

Over the past 11 years, Indian Country has made several attempts to gain a clean Carcieri fix. So it is at this point, I come to Indian Country yet again.


Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief (April 17, 2020)

Alaska Native corporations were among the first in line for an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund, preliminary data obtained by Indianz.Com shows, confirming fears of tribes in the lower 48 about for-profit entities receiving a share of money promised to their governments.


Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region
Coronavirus takes higher toll on Native Americans in hard hit region (April 15, 2020)

The coronavirus is taking a disproportionate toll on the first Americans, whose health care is promised by the federal government yet often falls far short of the need.


Rep. Tom Cole: Oklahomans always overcome
Rep. Tom Cole: Oklahomans always overcome (April 13, 2020)

The scale of the coronavirus crisis is much bigger. We will face a loss of life many times greater than the Oklahoma City bombing.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The CARES Act brings relief for Americans
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: The CARES Act brings relief for Americans (April 1, 2020)

Our small businesses, our farmers and ranchers, our teachers, our tribal governments, our health care workers and first responders on the front lines -- we are all hurting right now.


Rep. Tom Cole: More help is coming
Rep. Tom Cole: More help is coming (April 1, 2020)

I worked very hard to ensure tribal nations are equipped to face and fight the unknown challenges ahead with this coronavirus – just like any other state or local authority.


Trump signs $2 trillion relief bill hours after House rushes it through
Trump signs $2 trillion relief bill hours after House rushes it through (March 30, 2020)

Lawmakers said tribal communities will receive much needed funding from the CARES Act to fight COVID-19.


'We were asking for a lot more': Lawmakers fought hard for Indian Country coronavirus relief funds
'We were asking for a lot more': Lawmakers fought hard for Indian Country coronavirus relief funds (March 26, 2020)

A coronavirus relief bill includes an $8 billion fund for tribal governments but it almost got cut out of the final package.


Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation
Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation (March 26, 2020)

With number of positive COVID-19 cases rising in tribal communities, Indian Country will finally see billions of dollars from a coronavirus package almost over the finish line on Capitol Hill.


Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline
Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline (March 25, 2020)

In a big victory for tribal nations that have fought the Dakota Access Pipeline through two presidential administrations, a federal judge ordered a full environmental review of the controversial project.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Resources for those impacted by COVID-19
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Resources for those impacted by COVID-19 (March 25, 2020)

Coronavirus is impacting everyone and changing our everyday lives.


Rep. Tom Cole: Fighting an invisible enemy
Rep. Tom Cole: Fighting an invisible enemy (March 25, 2020)

Unlike the traditional enemies our nation has faced throughout history, COVID-19 is one that can dangerously hide in plain sight and threaten the health and wellbeing of any American community.


Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow
Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow (March 24, 2020)

With additional federal funds on the table, tribes continue to press the Trump administration to ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts as the coronavirus spreads among their people.


Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country
Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country (March 23, 2020)

The Trump administration finally announced plans to distribute much-needed funding to Indian Country as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in communities that have long been underserved by the federal government.


'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington
'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington (March 19, 2020)

With the number of coronavirus cases in Indian Country growing by the day, tribes are pressing the federal government to live up to its treaty and trust responsibilities and ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts.


Senate OKs COVID-19 bill mandating paid leave, readies new relief bill
Senate OKs COVID-19 bill mandating paid leave, readies new relief bill (March 19, 2020)

The Senate gave overwhelming approval to a multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill, the second such bill in two weeks, and immediately turned its attention to a third bill that could have a $1 trillion price tag.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Do your part to flatten the curve
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Do your part to flatten the curve (March 19, 2020)

The number of COVID-19 cases in our country is growing by the day and without taking any steps to address it, the number of people who become infected will exponentially grow.


Rep. Tom Cole: Flatten the curve
Rep. Tom Cole: Flatten the curve (March 19, 2020)

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 multiplying rapidly across the nation and around the world, there is increasing concern about how to effectively slow the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.


'The fight is here and now':  Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges
'The fight is here and now': Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges (March 12, 2020)

Republicans tried to derail a sacred sites hearing by using the coronavirus as an excuse. It didn't work.


Native Sun News Today: Tohono O'odham demand end to blasting of sacred sites for border wall
Native Sun News Today: Tohono O'odham demand end to blasting of sacred sites for border wall (March 11, 2020)

'Dynamiting these sacred sites and burial grounds is the same as bulldozing Arlington National Cemetery,' Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said of the Trump administration's construction of the border wall.


Bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans advaces on Capitol Hill
Bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans advaces on Capitol Hill (March 11, 2020)

A bipartisan bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans is taking another step forward on Capitol Hill.


Tribes test Trump administration's commitment with coronavirus crisis
Tribes test Trump administration's commitment with coronavirus crisis (March 9, 2020)

Concerns about the coronavirus are growing in tribal communities as advocates warn that $40 million isn't nearly enough to prevent the spread of the disease among urban and reservation Indians.


Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials
Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials (March 9, 2020)

The House Natural Resources Committee granted its Democratic leader the authority to subpoena officials from the Trump administration over the objections of Republicans.


Tribes head to Capitol Hill for 'historic' hearing on taxation issues
Tribes head to Capitol Hill for 'historic' hearing on taxation issues (March 4, 2020)

A Congressional hearing on tax issues in Indian Country is 'historic' in more ways than one.


Lawmakers look at Trump's Indian Country budget request
Lawmakers look at Trump's Indian Country budget request (March 4, 2020)

President Trump is proposing cuts to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Career and technical education helps build the American dream
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Career and technical education helps build the American dream (March 2, 2020)

We all have our own idea of what our American Dream looks like and having a job helps us accomplish that goal.


Rep. Tom Cole: Socialism is not the American way
Rep. Tom Cole: Socialism is not the American way (March 2, 2020)

The Democratic Party’s tightening embrace of socialist proposals and politicians is real cause for alarm, especially in a country whose very foundation is liberty.


House Committee on Ways and Means schedules first ever hearing on tribal taxation
House Committee on Ways and Means schedules first ever hearing on tribal taxation (March 2, 2020)

The Democratic-led House Committee on Ways and Means will be taking up tribal taxation issues for the first time at a hearing in the nation's capital.


Trail in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear takes big step forward
Trail in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear takes big step forward (February 26, 2020)

Efforts to memorialize the 550-mile path that the Ponca people were forced to walk in the late 1800s are getting a major boost.


Witness list for hearing on Trump administration destroying sacred sites for border wall
Witness list for hearing on Trump administration destroying sacred sites for border wall (February 26, 2020)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will be discussing the Trump administration's destruction of sacred sites at a hearing in Washington, D.C.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later
Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later (February 24, 2020)

Ever since Europeans began venturing to and settling in the New World, the ultimate removal of the Indigenous peoples was to be the plan.


Tricia Zunker says it's back to work after Wisconsin primary victory
Tricia Zunker says it's back to work after Wisconsin primary victory (February 20, 2020)

Tricia Zunker has less than 90 days to convince voters that she is the right person to represent them in the U.S. Congress.


Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding
Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding (February 20, 2020)

Tribal officials raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner on critical projects.


Spokane Tribe celebrates long-overdue compensation legislation
Spokane Tribe celebrates long-overdue compensation legislation (February 19, 2020)

It took nearly 80 years for the federal government to agree to pay the Spokane Tribe for the loss of homes, lands and sacred sites.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: 'Show me your budget, show me your values'
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: 'Show me your budget, show me your values' (February 19, 2020)

President Trump's budget proposal shows his commitment to fiscal responsibility by shrinking the federal government, stopping wasteful spending and providing a path to a balanced budget.


Rep. Tom Cole: Ready to combat coronavirus
Rep. Tom Cole: Ready to combat coronavirus (February 19, 2020)

The worsening spread and global impact of the coronavirus continues to be at the center of news coverage.


‘What’s old is new again’: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain
‘What’s old is new again’: Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain (February 19, 2020)

Voting barriers for Native Americans have always existed, but polling cutbacks, discriminatory voter ID laws and lack of funding for elections are making things worse.


Ho-Chunk Nation citizen Tricia Zunker wins Congressional primary in Wisconsin
Ho-Chunk Nation citizen Tricia Zunker wins Congressional primary in Wisconsin (February 19, 2020)

Tricia Zunker is on her way to repeating history by becoming the third Native woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.