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Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade
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Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade (July 3, 2018)

A school on the Navajo Nation went without fire protection systems for more than a decade and the problem still hasn't been completely fixed.

Crow Tribe can't account for nearly $14.5 million in federal funds
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Crow Tribe can't account for nearly $14.5 million in federal funds (June 26, 2018)

The Crow Tribe has been designated as 'high risk' by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to account for federal funds.

Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security
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Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security (May 15, 2018)

Are Bureau of Indian Education schools safe and secure? That's a question being posed on Capitol Hill.

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 teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe
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Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe (April 10, 2018)

As school teachers across the nation walk out in protest of inadequate funding, some in Indian Country found a way to cope with their below-average salaries.

Report cites 'disturbing' conduct of former Bureau of Indian Affairs official
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Report cites 'disturbing' conduct of former Bureau of Indian Affairs official (March 7, 2018)

A former Bureau of Indian Affairs official who left the Trump administration under a cloud was the subject of an ethics inquiry after employees found his behavior to be 'disturbing' and left them 'in shock.'

Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country
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Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country (December 18, 2017)

The Department of Justice isn't doing enough to improve public safety in Indian Country, seven years after the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.

Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 14, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is taking action to improve working conditions at the Department of the Interior after a landmark study showed a higher rate of harassment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Secretary Zinke defends use of government helicopters for trips near Washington
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Secretary Zinke defends use of government helicopters for trips near Washington (December 8, 2017)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on two trips on government helicopters over the summer.

Secretary Zinke under renewed scrutiny for travel practices and role of spouse
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Secretary Zinke under renewed scrutiny for travel practices and role of spouse (November 21, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is in charge of the Department of the Interior but he's blaming his predecessor for lapses in oversight.

ProPublica: Trump appointee resigns after report on troubled Indian loan program
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ProPublica: Trump appointee resigns after report on troubled Indian loan program (November 15, 2017)

A senior official in charge of a federal loan guarantee program resigned after ProPublica reported his prior role in obtaining a guarantee under the same program as part of a deal that failed.

Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program
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Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program (November 14, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has seen its first casualty of the Trump era with the resignation of a senior official whose connection to a failed loan generated renewed scrutiny.

Bureau of Indian Affairs makes changes to loan guarantee program amid scrutiny
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Bureau of Indian Affairs makes changes to loan guarantee program amid scrutiny (November 14, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is making changes to a business loan program that has faced renewed scrutiny under the Trump administration.

ProPublica: Your $20 million loan went bust? The Trump team will hire you
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ProPublica: Your $20 million loan went bust? The Trump team will hire you (November 7, 2017)

A government watchdog found irregularities in a loan guarantee arranged by Gavin Clarkson for an Indian tribe. Now Clarkson is in charge of the program that is on the hook for the mess.

Bureau of Indian Affairs official tied to failed loan for Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
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Bureau of Indian Affairs official tied to failed loan for Lower Brule Sioux Tribe (October 31, 2017)

A Bureau of Indian Affairs official who was hired by the Trump administration to work on economic development issues is linked to a failed loan for the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.

Secretary Zinke under investigation over 'motivational speech' to hockey team
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Secretary Zinke under investigation over 'motivational speech' to hockey team (October 4, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is facing a second investigation connected to his trip on a private plane that cost taxpayers more than $12,000.

Secretary Zinke under investigation for travel on government and private planes
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Secretary Zinke under investigation for travel on government and private planes (October 3, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is defending his travel expenses amid an internal investigation.

Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars from federal contracts
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Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars from federal contracts (October 3, 2017)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe can't account for millions of dollars in federal spending and the Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn't appear to be helping matters.

Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation
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Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation (September 13, 2017)

The top three Indian Affairs officials at the Department of the Interior Interior were among the dozens told to change jobs by the Trump administration.

Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures
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Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures (February 21, 2017)

More than 15 years after a computer shutdown sent Indian Country into turmoil, the agency is still struggling to protect its information technology systems.

Haskell University confirms president is still under investigation
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Haskell University confirms president is still under investigation (October 20, 2016)

President Venida Chenault is being accused of nepotism because her son is employed at the federally-operated institution.

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.

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.

Bureau of Indian Education racked by another top-level scandal
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Bureau of Indian Education racked by another top-level scandal (March 31, 2016)

Director Charles “Monty” Roessel admitted he hired a romantic partner and intervened to help a relative land a job at the beleaguered agency.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe still struggling after death of chairman
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Lower Brule Sioux Tribe still struggling after death of chairman (September 9, 2015)

Vice Chairman Kevin Wright, who claims he is acting as chair, remains at odds with allies of the late Michael Jandreau.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe asks BIA to inspect financial documents
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Lower Brule Sioux Tribe asks BIA to inspect financial documents (May 26, 2015)

Vice Chairman Kevin Wright, who has declared himself to be the leader of the tribe, requested the visit.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe cites treaty in bid to oust Keystone XL firm
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Lower Brule Sioux Tribe cites treaty in bid to oust Keystone XL firm (May 1, 2015)

Acting Chairman Kevin Wright is making the tribe's opposition to the pipeline clear following the passing of the late Michael Jandreau.

Lawmakers seek end to Office of Navajo Hopi Indian Relocation
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Lawmakers seek end to Office of Navajo Hopi Indian Relocation (February 9, 2015)

An effort that was supposed to cost $41 million and take five years has ended up costing $546 million and has lasted four decades.

Lawmakers concerned about Lower Brule Sioux Tribe allegations
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Lawmakers concerned about Lower Brule Sioux Tribe allegations (January 19, 2015)

A report from Human Rights Watch accused tribal leaders of failing to account for about $25 million in federal funds.

Investigation faults former BIE officials over handling of contract
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Investigation faults former BIE officials over handling of contract (December 8, 2014)

Former director Keith Moore and former chief of staff Brian Drapeaux were singled out in an Office of Inspector General report.

Report shows dip in Indian Country detention center population
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Report shows dip in Indian Country detention center population (August 1, 2014)

The most overcrowded facility was the Medicine Root Detention Center on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

BIA acknowledges 'failed' contract with head of team's foundation
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BIA acknowledges 'failed' contract with head of team's foundation (March 31, 2014)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs said it has implemented new procedures in response to a 'failed' contract with the leader of the controversial Original Americans Foundation.

Head of Original Americans Foundation tied to BIA misspending
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Head of Original Americans Foundation tied to BIA misspending (March 28, 2014)

The head of the new 'Original Americans Foundation' was criticized for contributing to the waste of $1 million in federal funds.

Blog: BIA fails to punish Jeanette Hanna for ethical violations
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Blog: BIA fails to punish Jeanette Hanna for ethical violations (June 12, 2013)

Cause of Action looks into Jeanette Hanna, a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee who has been the subject of numerous complaints.

Jay Daniels: Only at   BIA -  special assistant for the assistant
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Jay Daniels: Only at BIA - special assistant for the assistant (May 28, 2013)

Jay Daniels on mismanagement at the Bureau of Indian Affairs: One of the BIA director's buddies has been on a three-year detail as a special assistant to the director. Usually,...

Sen. Coburn worried about   waste of taxpayer funds at BIA
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Sen. Coburn worried about waste of taxpayer funds at BIA (May 23, 2013)

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) said an investigation into Jeanette Hanna, a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee who has been the subject of numerous complaints, highlights waste of taxpayer funds at...

Secretary Jewell takes action in Jeanette Hanna controversy
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Secretary Jewell takes action in Jeanette Hanna controversy (May 21, 2013)

Secretary Sally Jewell has taken action to address issues raised by an investigation into Jeanette Hanna, a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee who has been the subject of numerous complaints,...

Rep. Hastings asks DOI for answers about Jeanette Hanna
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Rep. Hastings asks DOI for answers about Jeanette Hanna (May 17, 2013)

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Washington), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, is pressing the Obama administration for answers about Jeanette Hanna, a Bureau of Indian Affairs employee who has...

In The Loop: Jeanette Hanna overspent on detail to BIA in DC
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In The Loop: Jeanette Hanna overspent on detail to BIA in DC (May 9, 2013)

In The Loop on the saga of Jeanette Hanna, who spent 775 days on detail to the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., before being given a permanent job...

DOI backs Larry Echo Hawk's decision to   recognize  Tejon Tribe
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DOI backs Larry Echo Hawk's decision to recognize Tejon Tribe (May 2, 2013)

The Interior Department is standing by a decision to place the Tejon Tribe of California back on the list of federally recognized entities. Citing a past mistake, former Assistant Secretary...

Echo Hawk removed official who investigated Jeanette Hanna
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Echo Hawk removed official who investigated Jeanette Hanna (May 1, 2013)

Former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk removed the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from his post after he initiated an investigation into Jeanette Hanna, the employee said today....

Echo Hawk kept BIA regional director  on overextended detail
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Echo Hawk kept BIA regional director on overextended detail (May 1, 2013)

Former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk allowed a Bureau of Indian Affairs official who was being investigated to spend more than two years on detail in Washington, D.C., the Office...

OIG report slams Larry Echo Hawk for handling of Tejon case
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OIG report slams Larry Echo Hawk for handling of Tejon case (May 1, 2013)

Former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk put the Tejon Tribe of California back on the list of federally recognized entities without following any sort of "discernible process", the Office of...

Inspector General Reports:  Larry Echo Hawk, Jeanette Hanna
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Inspector General Reports: Larry Echo Hawk, Jeanette Hanna (April 30, 2013)

The Office of Inspector General at the Interior Department today released its investigation into a decision by former Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk to place the Tejon Tribe of California...

Report: BIA wasted nearly $1M on law enforcement recruiting
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Report: BIA wasted nearly $1M on law enforcement recruiting (May 15, 2012)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs wasted nearly $1 million on a contract for law enforcement recruiting, the the Inspector General at the Interior Department said in a new report. In...