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Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow' allocation of COVID-19 aid
Tribal leaders struggle against 'very slow' allocation of COVID-19 aid (April 20, 2020)

The Navajo Nation has the country’s third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has had to watch as funds go to less hard-hit areas in a 'very slow' federal aid process, President Jonathan Nez said.


Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief (April 17, 2020)

Alaska Native corporations were among the first in line for an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund, preliminary data obtained by Indianz.Com shows, confirming fears of tribes in the lower 48 about for-profit entities receiving a share of money promised to their governments.


COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure
COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure (April 2, 2020)

The National Park Service abruptly closed Grand Canyon National Park, bowing to weeks of pressure after health officials expressed 'extreme concern' about the potential for spread of COVID-19 in the park.


Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread
Officials call for Grand Canyon closure to help stem coronavirus spread (April 1, 2020)

Lawmakers joined local and tribal officials in calling on the Trump administration to reverse its 'reckless' decision to keep Grand Canyon National Park open during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline
Tribes score victory in long-running battle against Dakota Access Pipeline (March 25, 2020)

In a big victory for tribal nations that have fought the Dakota Access Pipeline through two presidential administrations, a federal judge ordered a full environmental review of the controversial project.


Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow
Indian Health Service works to distribute more coronavirus funding to tribes as cases continue to grow (March 24, 2020)

With additional federal funds on the table, tribes continue to press the Trump administration to ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts as the coronavirus spreads among their people.


'The fight is here and now':  Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges
'The fight is here and now': Sacred site debate returns to nation's capital amid familiar challenges (March 12, 2020)

Republicans tried to derail a sacred sites hearing by using the coronavirus as an excuse. It didn't work.


Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials
Panel says Grijalva can subpoena 'stonewalling' administration officials (March 9, 2020)

The House Natural Resources Committee granted its Democratic leader the authority to subpoena officials from the Trump administration over the objections of Republicans.


Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes
Blasting sacred sites for border wall ‘forever damaged’ tribes (March 2, 2020)

An emotional Tohono O’odham Nation chairman said blasting sacred sites to build a border wall has 'forever damaged our people.'


Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes
Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes (February 18, 2020)

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the 'controlled blasting' for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes.


Sinema, McSally fall in line with parties as Senate acquits Trump
Sinema, McSally fall in line with parties as Senate acquits Trump (February 6, 2020)

Most lawmakers fell in line with their respective parties as the U.S. Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump on two articles of impeachment that could have forced his removal from office.


State of disunion: Arizona lawmakers react to Trump speech at tense time
State of disunion: Arizona lawmakers react to Trump speech at tense time (February 5, 2020)

For more than an hour, President Donald Trump talked about the 'Great American Comeback' that has occurred under his administration, in a State of the Union address that Democrats said described instead 'a parallel universe.'


House panel OKs bill to undo Trump changes to Endangered Species Act
House panel OKs bill to undo Trump changes to Endangered Species Act (January 30, 2020)

A House committee gave preliminary approval to a bill that would reverse Trump administration changes to the Endangered Species Act.


Supreme Court says ‘public charge’ rule can take effect – for now
Supreme Court says ‘public charge’ rule can take effect – for now (January 29, 2020)

The Trump administration can enforce a new rule that will require immigrants show they will not need public assistance before they can gain admission to the United States.


Advocates: EPA’s new clean-water rules hit Arizona, Southwest hardest
Advocates: EPA’s new clean-water rules hit Arizona, Southwest hardest (January 24, 2020)

Clean-water rules unveiled by the Trump administration could remove the vast majority of Arizona’s waterways from federal oversight, a change environmentalists call bad news.


Arizona lawmakers split, as House takes historic vote to impeach Trump
Arizona lawmakers split, as House takes historic vote to impeach Trump (December 19, 2019)

Lawmakers split along party lines on a historic vote to impeach Donald Trump, making him just the third president to be impeached and the first while facing re-election.


Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate
Native language bill clears final hurdle in divided political climate (December 10, 2019)

It took awhile in this era of divided government but the first stand-alone Indian bill of the 116th Congress is one step closer to becoming law.


Impeachment impasse: Few minds appear changed by weeks of testimony
Impeachment impasse: Few minds appear changed by weeks of testimony (November 25, 2019)

Two months of investigation and two weeks of televised hearings do not appear to have changed any minds about the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump.


Grijalva, House Democrats demand probe of troops deployed to border
Grijalva, House Democrats demand probe of troops deployed to border (November 18, 2019)

'You have that racist Stephen Miller in the White House, he has the ear of the president, then the president spews the racism that comes from Miller,' one Democratic member of Congress said.


Arizona lawmakers split by party, as House OKs next impeachment steps
Arizona lawmakers split by party, as House OKs next impeachment steps (November 4, 2019)

Lawmakers split along party lines as the House passed a resolution that lays out the framework for the next public phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.


House OKs permanent ban on mining 1 million acres around Grand Canyon
House OKs permanent ban on mining 1 million acres around Grand Canyon (October 31, 2019)

'In 2019, our Havasupai voices were heard after 30 years,' Carletta Tilousi of the Havasupai Tribe said of a bill to ban uranium mining around the Grand Canyon.


Money to burn: Forest Service wildfire fund ends its year in the black
Money to burn: Forest Service wildfire fund ends its year in the black (October 29, 2019)

For the first time in nine years, the U.S. Forest Service ended the fiscal year without depleting its fire suppression budget and having to borrow money from other projects to continue fighting wildfires.


House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry
House panel OKs update to mining law; critics say it will kill industry (October 28, 2019)

The Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act protects national parks and tribal areas from being leased for mining, increases mining royalties and creates a fund to clean abandoned mines.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examines nuclear legacy in Indian Country (October 7, 2019)

Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.


Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum
Navajo Nation welcomes key lawmaker to reservation for uranium mining forum (October 1, 2019)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are eager to show how uranium mining continues to affect their people as they host a key member of Congress.


Pelosi backs impeachment inquiry, Arizona delegation members not swayed
Pelosi backs impeachment inquiry, Arizona delegation members not swayed (September 25, 2019)

Democrats are opening a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump amid controversy over his dealings with a foreign nation.


House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women
House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women (September 13, 2019)

Key lawmakers questioned the Trump administration's efforts to address missing and murdered indigenous women – and they weren’t always satisfied with the answers.


Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law
Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law (September 9, 2019)

The Trump Administration violated federal law when it diverted funds for national park improvements during the recent government shutdown, the Government Accountability Office determined.


Yuma border projects get Pentagon funding, as Fort Huachuca takes a hit
Yuma border projects get Pentagon funding, as Fort Huachuca takes a hit (September 5, 2019)

'They are illegally stealing money from our troops,' a Democratic lawmaker said after the Trump administration announced a diversion of $3.6 billion in military funds for the border wall.


Cronkite News: Trump administration seeks to restrict access to food stamps
Cronkite News: Trump administration seeks to restrict access to food stamps (July 24, 2019)

'They are telling everyone in this country that it’s ok for people to go hungry,' Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico) said after the Trump administration announced tighter food stamp guidelines.


Cronkite News: Trump impeachment resolution tabled after rebuke of 'racist' tweets
Cronkite News: Trump impeachment resolution tabled after rebuke of 'racist' tweets (July 19, 2019)

Efforts to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump were tabled by an overwhelming vote of Democrats and Republicans.


Cronkite News: Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development advance
Cronkite News: Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development advance (July 18, 2019)

Democratic lawmakers beat back a series of Republican amendments before advancing bills to restrict mining around the Grand Canyon and on tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers forced to vote on Trump's 'racist' tweets
Cronkite News: Lawmakers forced to vote on Trump's 'racist' tweets (July 17, 2019)

'When President Trump attacks people of color to advance his racist, fascist agenda, we have a duty to call it what it is,' one leading Democrat said.


Cronkite News: Democrats push back on Trump's immigration policy
Cronkite News: Democrats push back on Trump's immigration policy (July 15, 2019)

With deportation sweeps expected to start in major cities and footage of migrant families held in what critics call 'deplorable' conditions at the border, immigration rhetoric heated up on Capitol Hill.


Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' cost taxpayers $5.4 million
Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' cost taxpayers $5.4 million (July 12, 2019)

The share paid by the National Park Service ran more than the entire budget for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Cronkite News: Lawmaker in charge of Indian Country bills under ethics inquiry
Cronkite News: Lawmaker in charge of Indian Country bills under ethics inquiry (June 24, 2019)

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona) said he expects 'full vindication' in connection with allegations of a hostile workplace in his office.


Cronkite News: President Trump promises mass deportation of 'illegal aliens'
Cronkite News: President Trump promises mass deportation of 'illegal aliens' (June 19, 2019)

Undocumented immigrants and their families are being told to start preparing for possible deportation following a tweet from President Donald Trump.


Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (June 7, 2019)

Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.


Cronkite News: Tribes support uranium mining ban on sacred and ancestral lands
Cronkite News: Tribes support uranium mining ban on sacred and ancestral lands (June 6, 2019)

Tribal and environmental leaders urged lawmakers to protect sacred land by banning mining around the Grand Canyon.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers divided along party lines on bill to protect 'Dreamers'
Cronkite News: Lawmakers divided along party lines on bill to protect 'Dreamers' (June 5, 2019)

Only seven Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the American Dream and Promise Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon (June 4, 2019)

Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers won't budge from stances on Trump investigation
Cronkite News: Lawmakers won't budge from stances on Trump investigation (May 30, 2019)

Partisans did not appear to be swayed by a careful recap of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Native Sun News Today: Indian Country supports reform of mining laws
Native Sun News Today: Indian Country supports reform of mining laws (May 22, 2019)

America's mining laws haven't undergone significant review since the era of the Indian wars.


Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet
Tribal land bills advance despite damage caused by Trump's 'racist' tweet (May 16, 2019)

A tweet from the White House hasn't completely derailed Indian Country. But it caused significant damage.


'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills
'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills (May 8, 2019)

A tweet about Pocahontas spooked Republicans on Capitol Hill. Indian Country was the loser.


Cronkite News: Largest oil field in Arizona sits on Navajo Nation
Cronkite News: Largest oil field in Arizona sits on Navajo Nation (April 29, 2019)

Arizona isn’t known as a big oil producing state, like Texas and North Dakota, but what oil is produced here is on Navajo land.


Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era
Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era (April 23, 2019)

Nearly two decades after the first executive order on tribal consultation, the federal government is still struggling to meet their trust and treaty responsibilities.


Cronkite News: Congress passes Colorado River drought plan that includes tribes
Cronkite News: Congress passes Colorado River drought plan that includes tribes (April 9, 2019)

The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan is a multi-state and multi-tribe agreement.


Cronkite News: Indian Country leaders support permanent water settlement fund
Cronkite News: Indian Country leaders support permanent water settlement fund (April 5, 2019)

Lack of water has been killing crops and livestock on the Tohono O’odham Nation and things will only get worse if federal funding is allowed to lapse.


AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing
AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing (April 3, 2019)

Legislation to correct a disastrous Supreme Court ruling affecting tribal homelands and to improve tribal consultation were aired on Capitol Hill.


Permanent tribal water settlement fund back on agenda on Capitol Hill
Permanent tribal water settlement fund back on agenda on Capitol Hill (April 3, 2019)

A tribal water settlement fund will run out of money in ten years unless Congress takes action.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix (March 29, 2019)

Will Congress finally fix one of the most destructive U.S. Supreme Court decisions?


Cronkite News: House votes largely along party lines to support transgender troops
Cronkite News: House votes largely along party lines to support transgender troops (March 29, 2019)

Amid a symbolic vote on Capitol Hill, the Trump administration's ban on transgender military service is moving forward.


Cronkite News: GOP allies agree Trump was 'completely exonerated' by Russia investigation
Cronkite News: GOP allies agree Trump was 'completely exonerated' by Russia investigation (March 26, 2019)

Republicans are welcoming the end of a two-year investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign.


Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable
Tribal officials worry Bears Ears cuts leave sacred spaces vulnerable (March 14, 2019)

President Trump's decision to reduce the Bears Ears National Monument is harming tribal sites, members of Congress were told.


Cronkite News: Land deals make it over the finish line after years of work
Cronkite News: Land deals make it over the finish line after years of work (March 1, 2019)

A public lands bill hailed as a 'true bipartisan success story' has cleared its final hurdle in Congress.


Cronkite News: Apache Stronghold continues annual walk to sacred site
Cronkite News: Apache Stronghold continues annual walk to sacred site (February 15, 2019)

A sacred Apache site is being threatened by a huge mining project in Arizona.


Cronkite News: Indian Country's needs ignored in State of the Union
Cronkite News: Indian Country's needs ignored in State of the Union (February 6, 2019)

'There was just no depth in regard to assisting us in Indian Country,' the vice president of the Navajo Nation said of Donald Trump's address to Congress.


Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee
Native lawmaker secures leadership positions on key Congressional committee (January 30, 2019)

The House Committee on Natural Resources has a new vice chair and it's a Native person for the first time in history.


Cronkite News: Deal reopens federal government but only until February 15
Cronkite News: Deal reopens federal government but only until February 15 (January 28, 2019)

Arizona lawmakers welcomed a deal to temporarily reopen the federal government after a five-week partial shutdown, but cautioned that hard work remains to be done to make it stick.