A coronavirus relief bill includes an $8 billion fund for tribal governments but it almost got cut out of the final package.
With number of positive COVID-19 cases rising in tribal communities, Indian Country will finally see billions of dollars from a coronavirus package almost over the finish line on Capitol Hill.
With the number of coronavirus cases in Indian Country growing by the day, tribes are pressing the federal government to live up to its treaty and trust responsibilities and ensure their communities aren't left out of relief efforts.
A bipartisan bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans is taking another step forward on Capitol Hill.
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.
The Indian Health Service remains without a permanent leader as the coronavirus emerges as the latest crisis for the agency.
Tribal energy development and tribal wildlife management are on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
The Trump administration is looking to incorporate more voices into its new missing and murdered task force following complaints from Indian Country.
After an end-of-year push that saw Indian Country's legislative agenda gain widespread attention thanks to a presidential tweet, more pro-tribal bills are being teed up for action on Capitol Hill.
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.
After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition.
Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced the introduction of a long-awaited bill that would settle a century-old dispute over water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the state and federal governments.
What a difference a strong nominee makes when it comes to Indian Country's health and wellness.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.
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.
The Lumbee Tribe, the largest Indian nation in the eastern United States, lacks full federal recognition due to a law passed during the disastrous termination era.
Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?
Efforts to protect Native women and children from violence and to address the crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans are being thrust into fresh partisan rancor on Capitol Hill.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs had a busy day, taking up #MMIW legislation and Native veterans issues.
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.
With expanded protections for Native women and children still in doubt on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers are advancing legislation to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in tribal communities.
A bipartisan bill that would help tribes address homelessness in their communities is due for passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.
Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.
Year three of the Donald Trump presidency is almost over but his administration now has someone in charge of Indian housing.
The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on two tribal bills.
Tribal leaders, federal officials and advocates will testify about the effects of radiation in Indian Country at a field hearing in New Mexico.
Tribal representatives told a Senate committee that the Federal Communications Commission is not doing enough to ease the regulatory burdens that keep Indian Country from getting wireless broadband access.
The dismal state of broadband in tribal communities will be the focus of a pair of events in Washington, D.C.
A bill to repeal a termination-era law that affects citizens of the Spirit Lake Nation is being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
The Indian Health Service cited 'staffing changes and limited resources' when shutting down a tribe's emergency room back in 2015. That wasn't the whole story.
Throughout history, Native Americans have been subjected to federal laws that are offensive, immoral and outright racist.
The Trump administration has yet to offer comments on bills to address the #MMIW crisis and tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.
The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on tribal land claims, tribal self-governance, Indian education and Indian policy.
Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been included in a 'must pass' bill.
A bill to improve aging roads and bridges in Indian Country and another to correct a failing of the disastrous tribal termination era are advancing on Capitol Hill.
The Trump administration came under fire for showing up unprepared to a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs despite being notified a month ago.
Bills to address aging roads and bridges in Indian Country and to correct a failing of the tribal termination era are moving forward on Capitol Hill.
With the Violence Against Women Act mired in partisan politics, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to turn the focus back to the most vulnerable in Indian Country.
Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.
Land bills for tribes in California, Minnesota and Washington, plus a bill affecting a disputed treaty in Oregon, are on the Capitol Hill agenda.
A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.
Three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads are unpaved, leaving schools on reservations to spend money on frequent maintenance for the buses that have to travel those roads.
It's the Department of Justice's turn to present its budget to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney was at the White House but won't say whether tribal legislation came up before President Trump tweeted about it.
A panel of federal officials and tribal leaders will talk about the budgets for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, and her new boss, Secretary David Bernhardt, are on Capitol Hill to talk about the Trump administration's budget.
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.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will take testimony on bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and tribal homelands.
Nearly two decades after the first executive order on tribal consultation, the federal government is still struggling to meet their trust and treaty responsibilities.
The opioid crisis has hit Indian Country hard, with high rates of addiction, overdoses and deaths been seen across the nation.