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'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about COVID-19 in Indian Country
'Left out and left behind': Trump administration faces questions about COVID-19 in Indian Country (July 1, 2020)

The Trump administration's COVID-19 response efforts in Indian Country are back in the spotlight again on Capitol Hill.


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.


'We must remain diligent and prepared': Coronavirus continues to take heavy toll on tribes
'We must remain diligent and prepared': Coronavirus continues to take heavy toll on tribes (May 26, 2020)

Coronavirus data from New Mexico continues to show a disproportionate impact on the first Americans, whose cultural, political and social contributions are a point of pride in a state with nearly two dozen tribes.


New study shows decrease in diabetes prevalence for American Indian and Alaska Native adults
New study shows decrease in diabetes prevalence for American Indian and Alaska Native adults (April 30, 2020)

The Indian Health Service will continue to include type 2 diabetes prevention and diabetes treatment among our highest priorities.


Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities
Indian Country plunges into uncertainty as coronavirus reaches their communities (March 18, 2020)

The coronavirus continues to wreak social and economic havoc in Indian County, with tribes curtailing their operations as the first cases are confirmed in their communities.


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.


Indian Health Service nominee in limbo amid another high-profile crisis
Indian Health Service nominee in limbo amid another high-profile crisis (March 5, 2020)

The Indian Health Service remains without a permanent leader as the coronavirus emerges as the latest crisis for the agency.


The State of South Dakota and the Sioux Tribes
The State of South Dakota and the Sioux Tribes (January 27, 2020)

We are not 'tribes' but are people of a nation, the Sioux Nation, and we have an international treaty with the United States.


'Lives at risk': Indian Health Service hit with lawsuit over $1.8 million in disputed payments
'Lives at risk': Indian Health Service hit with lawsuit over $1.8 million in disputed payments (December 19, 2019)

An Indian Health Service dispute has escalated with a lawsuit and a prominent citizen of the Blackfeet Nation accusing the federal agency of putting the lives of his fellow people at risk.


Trump's nominee for Indian Health Service promises positive changes
Trump's nominee for Indian Health Service promises positive changes (December 12, 2019)

What a difference a strong nominee makes when it comes to Indian Country's health and wellness.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing (December 11, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.


Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House
Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House (November 20, 2019)

American Indians and Alaska Natives serve in the U.S. military at the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group but their needs often go ignored or are overshadowed by other developments.


Trump administration goes on the record for Indian Country funding
Trump administration goes on the record for Indian Country funding (September 25, 2019)

Does the Trump administration support funding the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service ahead of time?


Native Sun News Today: Activists hold out hope for troubled Indian hospital
Native Sun News Today: Activists hold out hope for troubled Indian hospital (June 27, 2019)

Urban Indian patients are hoping to reach the leader of the Indian Health Service before tribes assume control of the Sioux San Hospital in South Dakota.


Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country
Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country (June 5, 2019)

The federal government is failing to meet its trust and treaty obligations, according to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either
AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either (May 2, 2019)

The Trump administration remains silent on a key issue -- forward funding for tribal programs.


A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse
A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse (May 1, 2019)

A former Indian Health Service pediatrician who was convicted of sexual abuse and awaits trial on more charges continues to cause headaches for the beleaguered agency.


Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies
Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies (April 8, 2019)

The Indian Health Service is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration struggles with old and emerging controversies.


VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse
VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse (March 6, 2019)

Stanley Patrick Weber worked at the Indian Health Service for two decades before being indicted for abusing young male patients.


Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations
Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations (February 11, 2019)

With key Trump officials in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week in Washington with a stinging rebuke of the president and his policies.


Timeline: Leadership Crisis at the Indian Health Service
Timeline: Leadership Crisis at the Indian Health Service (February 6, 2019)

The Indian Health Service has been without a permanent leader for four years.


'Very little progress': Lawmakers question Trump administration's Indian affairs record
'Very little progress': Lawmakers question Trump administration's Indian affairs record (June 14, 2018)

Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are not making enough progress to satisfy key members of Congress.


Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.


Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs
Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs (June 12, 2018)

Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service are back on Capitol Hill to discuss whether they are making any progress in improving the people they serve.


Indian Health Service back in the hot seat with budget hearing
Indian Health Service back in the hot seat with budget hearing (May 22, 2018)

It's almost been a year since the Indian Health Service came under heavy fire before lawmakers who control the agency's funding.


Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital (April 23, 2018)

Citing chronic underfunding and inaction at the federal level, tribes in the Great Plains are planning to take over a troubled Indian Health Service hospital.


Secretary of Health and Human Services continues outreach in Indian Country
Secretary of Health and Human Services continues outreach in Indian Country (September 19, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of Health and Human Services is in Oklahoma this week to meet with tribes and learn more about their health care efforts.


Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs
Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 14, 2017)

Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country said they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits but lawmakers said much more needs to be done.


Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients
Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients (September 12, 2017)

More than a year after facing criticism for lacking quality of care standards, the Indian Health Service is finally promising to address wait times for patients.


'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs
'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs (September 11, 2017)

Nine months into the Trump administration and Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for tribal interests at the federal level.


Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo
Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo (July 21, 2017)

A new report confirms that American Indians and Alaska Natives are disproportionately impacted by diabetes but Congress has been slow to renew a program helps fight the disease.


Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing
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.