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Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow
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Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow (August 8, 2017)
A bill to designate a clinic for the late Joe Medicine Crow, a celebrated veteran from the Crow Tribe, is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing
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Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing (July 12, 2017)
Lawmakers from both parties expressed anger and frustration at the Indian Health Service as they vowed to seek more resources to fulfill the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

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.

Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal support
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Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal support (April 6, 2017)
Tribal leaders and advocates are embracing Neil Gorsuch but it wasn't enough to affect a showdown between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)
The stars seem to be aligning for the Montana-based tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century.

Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service
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Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service (March 8, 2017)
Secretary David Shulkin says veterans deserve to receive care as close to home as possible.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (February 9, 2017)
The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.

Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote
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Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (January 23, 2017)
The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership (January 6, 2017)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) are taking control of the key panel.

Mark Trahant: Ryan Zinke is a much better pick for Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Ryan Zinke is a much better pick for Indian Country (December 15, 2016)
This is a much better appointment for Indian Country.

Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress
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Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (December 13, 2016)
Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.

Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (December 7, 2016)
Democrats have already named Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as vice chair while Republicans have not announced who will serve as chair.

Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (November 16, 2016)
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will take on a new leadership role during the next session of Congress.

Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close
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Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close (September 21, 2016)
With a new president on the horizon, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has just four more months to reach its goal of placing 500,000 acres in trust.

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.

Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment
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Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment (September 15, 2016)
The Water Resources Development Act includes a slew of pro-tribal provisions but doesn't address the current crisis at Standing Rock.

Scandal continues to hinder Bureau of Indian Education efforts
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Scandal continues to hinder Bureau of Indian Education efforts (September 13, 2016)
Mistrust runs deep in Indian Country and key members of Congress can't agree on reforms at the troubled agency.

Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line vote
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Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line vote (September 8, 2016)
Sen. McCain (R-Arizona) blew up when faced with opposition to his bill to take funds from Bureau of Indian Education schools for a voucher program.

Lakota Country Times: Bill honors memory of young Northern Cheyenne woman
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Lakota Country Times: Bill honors memory of young Northern Cheyenne woman (August 25, 2016)
Lawmakers from Montana have introduced legislation to create a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice bill
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Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice bill (July 6, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a bill that could strengthen the ability of tribal courts to hold offenders accountable.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes press for water deal
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Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes press for water deal (June 30, 2016)
The Obama administration is balking at the high cost -- $2.3 billion to settle the Montana tribe's water rights.

Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls
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Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls (June 29, 2016)
A resolution in Congress seeks to designate May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
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Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (June 22, 2016)
Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish them by cutting off their federal funds.

Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men
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Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men (June 14, 2016)
A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting (June 9, 2016)
An Indian veterans health bill and an economic development bill for two New Mexico tribes can now be considered by the full Senate.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on wildfires
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on wildfires (May 23, 2016)
Tribes have long complained that they are being ignored when it comes to federal agency forest management plans.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues (May 17, 2016)
Two landmark tribal justice laws have made a significant impact in Indian Country in the last six years and key members of Congress are looking to build on those gains.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs taking quick action on bills
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs taking quick action on bills (May 12, 2016)
In the last two months alone, the committee has sent 11 bills to the Senate floor.

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.

Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men
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Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men (May 5, 2016)
The Department of Justice is making the case for restoring tribal jurisdiction with data that confirms Native women and Native men are more likely to be victimized by non-Natives.

Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Elouise Cobell being considered for Presidential Medal of Freedom (May 5, 2016)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) is pushing President Barack Obama to award the medal to the Blackfeet Nation woman who was the lead plaintiff in the landmark Indian trust fund lawsuit.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves eight bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves eight bills at meeting (April 28, 2016)
The bills address Indian education, dam safety, Dine College on the Navajo Nation, Alaska Native health care and a New Mexico tribe.

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.

Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders
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Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders (April 14, 2016)
The Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act recognizes the 'inherent authority' of tribes to arrest and prosecute any person for drug related crimes, domestic violence against children and crimes committed against tribal law enforcement officers.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sends subpoena to leader of EPA
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sends subpoena to leader of EPA (April 13, 2016)
A business meeting to consider the subpoena was canceled after the chairman and vice chairman of the panel exercised their authority to issue the request.

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.

Sen. Tester eyes Presidential Medal of Freedom for Elouise Cobell
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Sen. Tester eyes Presidential Medal of Freedom for Elouise Cobell (March 22, 2016)
The late Blackfeet Nation citizen secured a $3.4 billion settlement after fighting for the rights of individual Indians through 15 years of litigation.

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.

Blackfeet Nation wants all energy leases canceled at sacred site
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Blackfeet Nation wants all energy leases canceled at sacred site (March 18, 2016)
The battle to protect the Badger-Two Medicine Area in Montana isn't over as 17 oil and gas leases remain.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two water bills at meeting (February 3, 2016)
The business meeting marked the first time that the committee has advanced a tribal water settlement in five years

SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges
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SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges (January 27, 2016)
The bill brings tribes into the school construction process and also addresses tribal colleges and housing for teachers at Indian schools.

NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill
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NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill (January 14, 2016)
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes beyond a clean fix of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Navajo Nation Council opposes land-into-trust reform measure
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Navajo Nation Council opposes land-into-trust reform measure (December 11, 2015)
Navajo lawmakers said S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes too far by giving state and local governments a greater stake in the process.

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.

Lakota Country Times: Blackfeet Nation wins ruling for sacred site
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Lakota Country Times: Blackfeet Nation wins ruling for sacred site (December 8, 2015)
Senator John Tester joined activists in celebration of the Department of Interior’s recent decision to cancel an oil and gas lease in an area of Glacier National Park that is held sacred to the Blackfeet Nation.

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.

Senate committee approves bill to reform land-into-trust process
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Senate committee approves bill to reform land-into-trust process (December 2, 2015)
The normally bipartisan spirit on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee was broken as lawmakers took action on a long-awaited Carcieri fix.

Blackfeet Nation wins ruling against development at sacred site
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Blackfeet Nation wins ruling against development at sacred site (November 23, 2015)
The Obama administration is ready to cancel a lease in the sacred Badger-Two Medicine Area in a matter of weeks, rather than months as previously expected.

Sen. Jon Tester: Congress must do right for Indian Country
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Sen. Jon Tester: Congress must do right for Indian Country (November 13, 2015)
I am working on issues important to Native American families that will increase self-governance, promote tribal sovereignty, strengthen Indian communities, and ensure the federal government upholds its trust responsibilities.

Lakota Country Times: Native language bill clears a hurdle
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Lakota Country Times: Native language bill clears a hurdle (November 5, 2015)
An important piece of legislation designed to provide funding for sustaining and creating Native American language immersions schools cleared the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on October 21.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting (October 7, 2015)
S.1579, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act, and H.R.487, a bill to benefit the Miami Nation, are considered non-controversial.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearing on EPA mine spill
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearing on EPA mine spill (August 26, 2015)
The Navajo Nation and the Southern Ute Tribe are still dealing with the effects of the August 5 disaster.

Obama promises long-overdue action on drilling on sacred land
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Obama promises long-overdue action on drilling on sacred land (August 19, 2015)
Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and their supporters oppose energy development in the Badger-Two Medicine Area of Montana.

Montana counties skirt Native voting rights case settlement
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Montana counties skirt Native voting rights case settlement (August 14, 2015)
Only one of the counties in the Wandering Medicine case established a satellite office on a reservation in time for the November 2014 election.

Sen. Moran introduces yet another version of land-into-trust fix
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Sen. Moran introduces yet another version of land-into-trust fix (August 10, 2015)
Some six proposals to address the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar have surfaced in the 114th Congress.

Voting Rights Act in focus with presidential election on horizon
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Voting Rights Act in focus with presidential election on horizon (August 7, 2015)
With a presidential election on the horizon, top Obama administration officials are promising to protect the voting rights of Native Americans and other citizens.

Lawmakers raise tribal concerns in genetic foods controversy
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Lawmakers raise tribal concerns in genetic foods controversy (August 6, 2015)
The Republican-led House defeated a proposal that would have recognized tribal authority over genetically modified foods.

USET welcomes new version of fix to land-into-trust decision
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USET welcomes new version of fix to land-into-trust decision (August 5, 2015)
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, was introduced by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) on July 28.

House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fix
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House lawmakers introduce new version of land-into-trust fix (July 24, 2015)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minnesota) are sponsoring H.R.3137.

Sen. Barrasso defends quick movement on transportation bill
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Sen. Barrasso defends quick movement on transportation bill (July 24, 2015)
The chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is pushing for more funding for tribal transportation programs.

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