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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.

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.

Sen. Murkowski questions definition of 'Indian' for health care
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Sen. Murkowski questions definition of 'Indian' for health care (July 1, 2015)
The limited definition penalizes American Indians and Alaska Natives who aren't enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or an Alaska Native corporation.

Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 states
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Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 states (July 1, 2015)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said the money will help tribes strengthen their justice systems.

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.

Nebraska court upholds law setting Keystone XL Pipeline route
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Nebraska court upholds law setting Keystone XL Pipeline route (January 9, 2015)
Republicans in Congress are still pushing bills to approve the controversial project.

Senate committee goes ahead with meeting on Keystone XL bill
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Senate committee goes ahead with meeting on Keystone XL bill (January 8, 2015)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is moving forward even after Democrats forced the cancellation of a hearing on the bill.

Senate committee to take up Keystone XL Pipeline bill this week
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Senate committee to take up Keystone XL Pipeline bill this week (January 5, 2015)
Republicans take control of the Senate and are wasting little time in pushing one of their major priorities.

Congress clears bill to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska
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Congress clears bill to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska (December 12, 2014)
The bill heads to President Barack Obama a week after Vice President Joe Biden drew new attention to the issue.

Senate backs measure to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska
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Senate backs measure to extend VAWA tribal provisions to Alaska (December 9, 2014)
The Alaska issue gained renewed focus after Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the White House Tribal Nations Conference last week.

Land selections for two Alaska Native corporations in defense bill
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Land selections for two Alaska Native corporations in defense bill (December 8, 2014)
The 1,648-page defense bill includes land deals for Olgoonik Corporation and Sealaska.

Vice President Biden calls for inclusion of Alaska tribes in VAWA
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Vice President Biden calls for inclusion of Alaska tribes in VAWA (December 4, 2014)
Alaska tribes are excluded from provisions in the Violence Against Women Act that recognize tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders.

Republicans hold up action on Alaska tribal jurisdiction measure
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Republicans hold up action on Alaska tribal jurisdiction measure (November 19, 2014)
Sen. Mark Begich (D) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) have drafted a new version in hopes of getting the bill passed before the end of the 113th Congress.

Rep. Don Young to speak to Alaska Natives amid controversy
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Rep. Don Young to speak to Alaska Natives amid controversy (October 24, 2014)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) has urged the Congressman to apologize for remarks he made about suicide.

Heidi Heitkamp/Lisa Murkowski: Standing up for Indian children
Opinion
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.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes seven bills at meeting
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes seven bills at meeting (May 21, 2014)
Bills address land-into-trust, Native youth, water rights, Alaska Native safety and energy development.

BIA opens public comment on land-into-trust rule for Alaska
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BIA opens public comment on land-into-trust rule for Alaska (May 1, 2014)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting public comments on a rule that would include Alaska tribes in the land-into-trust process.

Interior Secretary Jewell makes rounds on Capitol Hill for budget
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Interior Secretary Jewell makes rounds on Capitol Hill for budget (March 26, 2014)
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell testified twice on Capitol Hill this week to discuss the fiscal year 2015 budget request for the Interior Department.

Alaska Native leaders in DC to make case for controversial road
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Alaska Native leaders in DC to make case for controversial road (March 25, 2014)
Leaders and residents of an Alaska Native village are in Washington, D.C., this week to put the pressure on the Obama administration.

Lisa Murkowski:  Road to nowhere a lifesaver for Native village
Opinion
Lisa Murkowski: Road to nowhere a lifesaver for Native village (March 19, 2014)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) criticizes former Interior secretary Bruce Babbitt for comments about a road that would help an Alaska Native village.

Lisa Murkowski: DOI  decision leaves Alaska Native village at risk
Opinion
Lisa Murkowski: DOI decision leaves Alaska Native village at risk (February 26, 2014)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) blasts Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for rejecting a road that would help the Alaska Native village of King Cove.

Secretary Jewell axes road project for Alaska Native village
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Secretary Jewell axes road project for Alaska Native village (January 3, 2014)
Just days before Christmas, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell killed a controversial road project that would benefit an Alaska Native village.

Bill creates national commission to study   Native youth issues
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Bill creates national commission to study Native youth issues (October 31, 2013)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced a bill to create a commission that will study issues affecting American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth.

Native Sun News: Alaska Native advocates blast violence bill
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Native Sun News: Alaska Native advocates blast violence bill (August 12, 2013)
Alaska Native rights advocates say they are disappointed in the bill Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) introduced Aug. 1, for equal protection of indigenous family members under the recently approved Violence Against Women Act.

Sen. Murkowski   leads Native voter outreach for Republicans
Politics
Sen. Murkowski leads Native voter outreach for Republicans (May 13, 2013)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will be leading Native American voter outreach for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Murkowski was the first Alaskan and the first woman to serve as vice...

Sen. Murkowski challenges DOI on contract support costs
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Sen. Murkowski challenges DOI on contract support costs (May 8, 2013)
YouTube: Senator Murkowski to Secretary Jewell on Contract Support Costs Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) pushed the Obama administration on Tuesday to abide by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in...

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