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Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing
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Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing (June 21, 2018)

In what appears to be a first, one of the Trump administration's Indian policy nominees has been confirmed without so much as a confirmation hearing.

Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence
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Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence (June 19, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on Native subsistence just as the Supreme Court takes up a case with potential impacts.

Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
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Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.

Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill
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Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2018)

Tara Sweeney’s confirmation hearing for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs was almost a celebration.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment (May 10, 2018)

President Trump's pick to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs is promising to take on harassment in a place where it seems all too common.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing (May 8, 2018)

Clear your calendar: Tara Sweeney's confirmation hearing takes place on Wednesday at 4pm Eastern, or noon if you're in Alaska.

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
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Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill (April 12, 2018)

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.

Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide
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Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide (April 9, 2018)

As the nomination of Tara Sweeney to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs sits in limbo, her husband has entered into a new deal.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee in limbo due to corporate connection
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee in limbo due to corporate connection (March 9, 2018)

The nomination of Tara Sweeney as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs is being held up due to her ties to a Native corporation.

Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
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Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

The leader of the National Congress of American Indians singled out a controversial bill as a threat to tribal sovereignty as he called on lawmakers to work on more productive ways to improve public safety in tribal communities.

Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes
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Trump budget includes funds to assist six newly-recognized tribes (February 15, 2018)

The Trump administration is seeking nearly $1 million to help the newest members of the federally recognized family of Indian nations.

Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village
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Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village (January 22, 2018)

The change in power in the nation's capital has proven beneficial for a Native community thousands of miles away.

Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill
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Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill (November 30, 2017)

President Donald Trump is getting a much-needed opportunity to move past his 'Pocahontas' controversy and sign his first stand-alone Indian bill into law.

Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development
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Alaska Native corporation welcomes action on bill to open lands to development (November 15, 2017)

Alaska Native corporations and their shareholders stand to gain from energy development of their own lands within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again
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Republican campaign for Arctic refuge drilling puts Alaska Native divisions on display again (November 2, 2017)

Alaska Natives remain as divided as ever as Republicans revive one of the most controversial policy debates in history: drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Alaska Native leaders and executives testify on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
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Alaska Native leaders and executives testify on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (November 1, 2017)

Alaska Natives will be front and center at a hearing on energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Alaska Native corporation gets business up and running after devastating hurricane
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Alaska Native corporation gets business up and running after devastating hurricane (October 23, 2017)

A subsidiary of an Alaska Native corporation is back in business after its operations thousands of miles away in Puerto Rico were affected by Hurricane Maria.

Alaska Native executive Tara Sweeney named to top Bureau of Indian Affairs job
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Alaska Native executive Tara Sweeney named to top Bureau of Indian Affairs job (October 17, 2017)

President Donald Trump is making history with the nomination of an Alaska Native to serve as the leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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.

Mark Trahant: Another Republican health care bill fails to help Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Another Republican health care bill fails to help Indian Country (September 19, 2017)

Let’s be clear about the latest Republican plan: It would drain resources away from the Indian health system.

Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska
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Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska (July 28, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Interior Department threatened Alaska's two Senators, The Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care
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Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care (July 27, 2017)

Today is humor day in the Senate. But at least the healthcare debate will go on and on without a conclusion

Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform
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Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform (July 26, 2017)

As the debate unfolds, the Senate is in a way making the case for why we need Native Americans in the legislative process.

House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska
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House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska (July 21, 2017)

A bill to authorize a life-saving road for a Native village in Alaska has cleared a big hurdle on Capitol Hill but not without considerable debate.

Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet
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Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet (July 19, 2017)

Since the start of the 115th Congress in January, lawmakers have yet to send a stand-alone Indian bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Mark Trahant: Republicans still unable to govern in the Donald Trump era
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Mark Trahant: Republicans still unable to govern in the Donald Trump era (July 19, 2017)

With Republicans unable to govern, it’s time for new management in the Senate, Mark Trahant writes.

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.

Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs
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Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs (May 19, 2017)

With the president raising doubts about funding for Indian programs, tribal leaders are worried that his words will be used against them.

Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill
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Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill (May 8, 2017)

Every Republican who voted for this mean-spirited bill must now defend against every American who has any problem with insurance or health care.

Attorney General Sessions vows help for public safety in Indian Country
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Attorney General Sessions vows help for public safety in Indian Country (April 18, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of Justice is heeding calls to pay more attention to high rates of crime in Indian Country.

Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate
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Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate (March 23, 2017)

The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health care debate in the House. But it should be.

Secretary Zinke promotes budget cut as a 'saving' for taxpayers
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Secretary Zinke promotes budget cut as a 'saving' for taxpayers (March 16, 2017)

The new leader of the Interior Department promised to fight for a fair budget but it doesn't look like he convinced President Donald Trump.

Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law
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Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law (March 13, 2017)

Instead of a repeal, the Republican leadership took the framework of the Affordable Care Act.

Senate confirms Dakota Access ally to lead Energy Department
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Senate confirms Dakota Access ally to lead Energy Department (March 2, 2017)

Former Texas governor Rick Perry was paid by the two firms building the controversial pipeline and owns stock in them.

Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters
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Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters (February 16, 2017)

Advocates are hoping to build on the pro-tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.

Native women host Capitol Hill briefing on missing and murdered sisters
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Native women host Capitol Hill briefing on missing and murdered sisters (February 15, 2017)

Advocates are calling for May 5 to be designated as National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices
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Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices (January 31, 2017)

Ryan Zinke for Interior and Rick Perry for Energy saw opposition from Democrats and Independents but both are expected to win final confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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.

Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road'
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Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road' (January 11, 2017)

Indian Country remains wary of Republican president-elect Donald Trump but change in the nation's capital could benefit a rural Native community in Alaska.

Obama cites Native subsistence needs in ban on offshore drilling
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Obama cites Native subsistence needs in ban on offshore drilling (December 21, 2016)

An Alaska Native corporation plans to 'fight' the decision to outlaw development on more than 100 million acres in the Arctic Ocean.

Donald Trump's Energy nominee sits on board for Dakota Access Pipeline owner
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Donald Trump's Energy nominee sits on board for Dakota Access Pipeline owner (December 14, 2016)

The connections between Republican president-elect Donald Trump and the controversial pipeline continue to get stronger.

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.

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.

Native Republicans in Congress silent as GOP abandons Donald Trump
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Native Republicans in Congress silent as GOP abandons Donald Trump (October 10, 2016)

Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin haven't said anything in the days since an explosive report in The Washington Post documented Donald Trump's comments about women.

Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending bills
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Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending bills (September 29, 2016)

Lawmakers again failed to approve funding for Indian Country programs but averted a shutdown of the federal government.

Senate passes bill to update tribal employment grant program
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Senate passes bill to update tribal employment grant program (July 15, 2016)

S.1443 updates the 477 Program that helps tribes consolidate employment, education and training-related grants.

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.

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.

Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country
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Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (June 17, 2016)

Key members of Congress vowed to support an expansion of tribal jurisdiction after a new report exposed the extent of the crisis.

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 approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands
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Senate approves bill to boost energy development on tribal lands (April 21, 2016)

S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, addresses red tape at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and includes Alaska Native corporations in more programs.

Tribes oppose effort to stop Bears Ears National Monument in Utah
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Tribes oppose effort to stop Bears Ears National Monument in Utah (March 10, 2016)

A Utah Republican is trying to pre-empt a potential decision by President Barack Obama.

Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facility
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Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facility (March 9, 2016)

The new leader of the beleaguered agency vowed to do 'whatever it takes' to prevent more facilities in the troubled Great Plains Area from losing a key source of funding.

Mark Trahant: Republicans can't explain how to fund Indian health
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Mark Trahant: Republicans can't explain how to fund Indian health (December 4, 2015)

Republicans who serve in the House or the Senate should be asked a simple question: How would you fund the Indian health system?

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.

Mark Trahant: Republicans try to strip millions of dollars from IHS
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Mark Trahant: Republicans try to strip millions of dollars from IHS (December 2, 2015)

The Senate repeal bill will make health care an election issue. Again.

FDA won't require special label for genetically modified salmon
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FDA won't require special label for genetically modified salmon (November 20, 2015)

The AquAdvantage Salmon has been deemed safe to eat despite objections from consumer advocates and some lawmakers.

Congress returns to work and takes action on tribal measures
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Congress returns to work and takes action on tribal measures (September 21, 2015)

A bill to benefit an Alaska Native health corporation and another for the Navajo Nation are ready for President Barack Obama's signature.

President Obama restores Alaska Native name of highest peak
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President Obama restores Alaska Native name of highest peak (August 31, 2015)

Excitement has been building for the president's extended trip to Alaska, which will include a historic visit to a Native village in the Arctic.