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Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior
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Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior (July 25, 2017)
A lawyer and former lobbyist who was at the center of some high-profile controversies during the Bush administration is going back to work at the Department of the Interior.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain returns to Washington amid health care debate
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain returns to Washington amid health care debate (July 25, 2017)
Less than a week after he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) is returning to work in the nation's capital.

Navajo Nation citizen Carol Surveyor announces run for Congress in Utah
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Navajo Nation citizen Carol Surveyor announces run for Congress in Utah (July 24, 2017)
Carol Surveyor, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, is hoping to become the first Native woman to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Mark Trahant: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care (July 24, 2017)
Another week and the United States Senate is ready to vote on legislation to remake the entire healthcare system, including Indian health.

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.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain vows to return to Capitol Hill after brain cancer diagnosis
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain vows to return to Capitol Hill after brain cancer diagnosis (July 20, 2017)
Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former two-term chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

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.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise on health care reform amid health crisis
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise on health care reform amid health crisis (July 19, 2017)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) is weighing in on the health care debate as he recovers from an unexpected surgery.

Mark Trahant: Republicans still unable to govern in the Donald Trump era
Opinion | Politics
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.

Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act
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Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act (July 18, 2017)
So plan B, supported by President Donald J. Trump, is a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, without a plan to figure out the what’s next?

Democrats host session on impacts of GOP health bill in Indian Country
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Democrats host session on impacts of GOP health bill in Indian Country (July 18, 2017)
With the Republican health care reform bill in dire straits, Democrats are hosting a forum to discuss the "devastating impacts" of the other party's proposal in Indian Country.

Mark Trahant: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill
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Mark Trahant: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill (July 17, 2017)
The Republican healthcare bill looked like it was going to pass but then Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) announced his own health crisis.

House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process
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House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process (July 14, 2017)
Despite a rocky couple of days on Capitol Hill for tribal interests, it wasn't all bad news this week for Indian Country.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
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Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)
Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

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.

Harold Monteau: Republicans aim to deconstruct the federal government
Opinion | Politics
Harold Monteau: Republicans aim to deconstruct the federal government (July 10, 2017)
Deconstruction of the federal government has already begun with the aim creating an America run by corporate oligarchs in the near future, Harold Monteau writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Mark Trahant: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country (July 7, 2017)
The Indian Health Service is the largest single employer in Indian Country.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
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House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)
A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.

Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
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Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.

Mark Trahant: Trump tells tribal leaders that Medicaid cuts will be 'great'
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Mark Trahant: Trump tells tribal leaders that Medicaid cuts will be 'great' (June 29, 2017)
The Senate’s health care bill is 'mostly dead' but that’s not the same as all dead, Mark Trahant writes.

President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources
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President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources (June 29, 2017)
President Donald Trump blamed the federal government for hindering prosperity in Indian Country in his first official event with tribal leaders.

Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country (June 27, 2017)
The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill -- the ironically titled 'Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017' -- ought to be enough to put to rest any idea that Republicans want to improve health care in this country.

House committee again leaves out Indian Country in hearing on Interior Department
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House committee again leaves out Indian Country in hearing on Interior Department (June 26, 2017)
The House Committee on Natural Resources is once again ignoring Indian Country as it pursues a more conservative agenda.

New York Times features Dina Gilio-Whitaker in editorial on health care
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New York Times features Dina Gilio-Whitaker in editorial on health care (June 26, 2017)
Colville citizen Dina Gilio-Whitaker talks to The New York Times about the omission of Indian Country from the Republican health care bill.

Mark Trahant: Don't plan on getting sick if you're from Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Don't plan on getting sick if you're from Indian Country (June 23, 2017)
The Senate bill, like its House counterpart, has a simple message for Indian Country, according to Mark Trahant.

Harold Monteau: Democrats lack proactive agenda and proactive strategy
Opinion | Politics
Harold Monteau: Democrats lack proactive agenda and proactive strategy (June 21, 2017)
Democrats to start pushing the idea of ‘inclusion’ rather than ‘exclusion’ to try and regain control from Republican, Harold Monteau writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors
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Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors (June 19, 2017)
The Republican health reform bill will destroy the economy, independent journalist Mark Trahant writes.

Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget threatens to disrupt Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget threatens to disrupt Indian Country (June 12, 2017)
It’s not too strong to say that Donald Trump's budget plan would mean an early death for too many people in Indian Country, writes Mark Trahant.

Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education
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Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education (June 8, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.

Senate bill reauthorizes tribal housing programs questioned by President Trump
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Senate bill reauthorizes tribal housing programs questioned by President Trump (May 31, 2017)
President Donald Trump raised alarms when he questioned the legality of tribal housing programs but key lawmakers aren't buying into his line of thinking.

Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
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Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)
Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.

Mark Trahant: Voting is just sooo hard in the era of Donald Trump
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Mark Trahant: Voting is just sooo hard in the era of Donald Trump (May 26, 2017)
One election will not erase what is Donald J. Trump.

Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana
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Native turnout fails to sway closely-watched election in Montana (May 26, 2017)
Native voters favored Democrat Rob Quist but that wasn't enough to offset Republican Greg Gianforte's overall win for the state's sole U.S. House seat.

Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska
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Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska (May 25, 2017)
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge requires Congressional approval and remains controversial among Alaska Natives.

Republican candidate to replace Ryan Zinke charged with assault
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Republican candidate to replace Ryan Zinke charged with assault (May 25, 2017)
Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter as the closely-watched campaign in Montana came to a close.

Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republican rule
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Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republican rule (May 22, 2017)
Medicaid is the one part of Indian health funding that’s growing.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
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Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)
Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Steve Russell: There's a downside to impeaching Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: There's a downside to impeaching Donald Trump (May 18, 2017)
Is America, let alone Indian country, comfortable with the line of succession after President Trump?

Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service
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Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service (May 18, 2017)
The 14-member working group will look for ways to improve the delivery of health care to the first Americans.

Alex Jacobs: Donald Trump is starting to act like he's guilty of something
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Alex Jacobs: Donald Trump is starting to act like he's guilty of something (May 17, 2017)
Has President Trump stepped in it yet, and if not, what happens next?

Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule
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Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule (May 12, 2017)
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, support a federal regulation that carries environmental and economic benefits in Indian Country.

Crow Tribe welcomes Vice President Pence to coal mine on homelands
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Crow Tribe welcomes Vice President Pence to coal mine on homelands (May 12, 2017)
The trip highlights the importance of coal to the Crow people in Montana.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: Donald Trump's racial slur draws laughter from far right
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Native Sun News Today Editorial: Donald Trump's racial slur draws laughter from far right (May 12, 2017)
This is probably the first time in the history of the American presidency that lies become meaningless.

Native leaders slam lawmaker for comments about village women in Alaska
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Native leaders slam lawmaker for comments about village women in Alaska (May 11, 2017)
A Republican lawmaker claimed women in rural villages intentionally get pregnant so they can get a 'free trip' to the city.

Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (May 10, 2017)
Partisan outrage over the sudden firing of the nation's top law enforcement official is affecting Indian Country's agenda on Capitol Hill.

Trump administration rejects grant for Blackfeet Nation college prep program
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Trump administration rejects grant for Blackfeet Nation college prep program (May 9, 2017)
Lawmakers from both parties are calling on the Trump administration to restore grants that help prepare Indian and low-income students for college.

Bryan Newland: Trump team quickly brings back fears of termination
Opinion
Bryan Newland: Trump team quickly brings back fears of termination (May 9, 2017)
The Trump Administration could earn a lot of trust by issuing a clear, unequivocal, and unqualified statement that it will oppose any legislation or lawsuit that would diminish the legal status of Indian tribes or remove legal protections for existing Indian lands.

Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding
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Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding (May 8, 2017)
President Donald Trump may not have been able to convince Congress to support his funding priorities but he's striking back in his own way.

Terry Tempest Williams: Will Bears Ears be the next Standing Rock?
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Terry Tempest Williams: Will Bears Ears be the next Standing Rock? (May 8, 2017)
If President Trump is successful in rescinding Bears Ears National Monument, it will be a breach of faith with our future and our past.

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.

Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act
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Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act (May 5, 2017)
With the Indian Health Service severely underfunded, tribal advocates are worried about the impacts of the repeal and replace effort.

Mark Trahant: Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care
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Mark Trahant: Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care (May 4, 2017)
How much does it cost to buy the vote of a ‘moderate’ Republican? Today the going rate is $8 billion.

Mark Trahant: Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Bill boosts spending for Indian Country -- for now (May 1, 2017)
Congress has a spending plan. And it rejects most (but not all) of President Donald J. Trump’s priorities.

Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending bill
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Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending bill (April 27, 2017)
The federal government might not shut down after all if Congress takes action before the end of the week.

Cronkite News: Shutdown deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day in office
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Cronkite News: Shutdown deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day in office (April 25, 2017)
Unless Congress acts to replace or extend the budget, nonessential government services would stop at 12:01 a.m. Saturday – Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.

Mark Trahant: Donald Trump and Republicans can't seem to govern
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Mark Trahant: Donald Trump and Republicans can't seem to govern (April 24, 2017)
Can President Donald J. Trump and the Republicans actually govern?

Shutdown of federal government looms ahead of April 28 deadline
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Shutdown of federal government looms ahead of April 28 deadline (April 24, 2017)
With President Donald Trump in the picture, talks have become complicated by his demands for a wall along the Mexican border.

Tim Giago: Tribal sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in the White House
Opinion
Tim Giago: Tribal sovereignty at risk with Donald Trump in the White House (April 24, 2017)
Politics can at times amount to a funny business in Indian country.

Mark Trahant: There's always another election to change Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: There's always another election to change Congress (April 17, 2017)
The 2018 congressional elections already promise to be extraordinary.

Tim Giago: Playing the race and gender game in American politics
Opinion | Politics
Tim Giago: Playing the race and gender game in American politics (April 10, 2017)
Most of us have surmised by now that the 2016 Presidential Election was more about race and gender than about who would make the better president.

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