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Trump signs $2 trillion relief bill hours after House rushes it through
Trump signs $2 trillion relief bill hours after House rushes it through (March 30, 2020)

Lawmakers said tribal communities will receive much needed funding from the CARES Act to fight COVID-19.


'We were asking for a lot more': Lawmakers fought hard for Indian Country coronavirus relief funds
'We were asking for a lot more': Lawmakers fought hard for Indian Country coronavirus relief funds (March 26, 2020)

A coronavirus relief bill includes an $8 billion fund for tribal governments but it almost got cut out of the final package.


Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation
Coronavirus relief coming to Indian Country with passage of bipartisan legislation (March 26, 2020)

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.


Economic stimulus bill stalls in Senate, as Democrats, Republicans feud
Economic stimulus bill stalls in Senate, as Democrats, Republicans feud (March 24, 2020)

The Senate deadlocked for a second day on more than $1 trillion in proposed support for an economy buffeted by coronavirus, as Democrats said the bill gives too much to corporations and Republicans accuse Democrats of making it a liberal wish list.


Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country
Trump administration moves slowly on coronavirus funding for Indian Country (March 23, 2020)

The Trump administration finally announced plans to distribute much-needed funding to Indian Country as the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow in communities that have long been underserved by the federal government.


'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington
'Lives are at risk': Coronavirus cases continue to grow in Indian Country as tribes push for action in Washington (March 19, 2020)

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.


Senate OKs COVID-19 bill mandating paid leave, readies new relief bill
Senate OKs COVID-19 bill mandating paid leave, readies new relief bill (March 19, 2020)

The Senate gave overwhelming approval to a multibillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill, the second such bill in two weeks, and immediately turned its attention to a third bill that could have a $1 trillion price tag.


At filing deadline, Bullock announces challenge to Daines for U.S. Senate seat
At filing deadline, Bullock announces challenge to Daines for U.S. Senate seat (March 16, 2020)

Democrat Steve Bullock is challenging Steve Daines for his seat in the U.S. Senate, giving the incumbent Republican a daunting opponent in 2020.


'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.


Bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans advaces on Capitol Hill
Bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans advaces on Capitol Hill (March 11, 2020)

A bipartisan bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans is taking another step forward on Capitol Hill.


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.


Charmaine White Face: What stereotyping does
Charmaine White Face: What stereotyping does (March 5, 2020)

If you take out the words 'tribal' and 'Indian' all you have left are a group of patients fighting a federal government agency for the right to health care.


Lawmakers look at Trump's Indian Country budget request
Lawmakers look at Trump's Indian Country budget request (March 4, 2020)

President Trump is proposing cuts to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up Indian energy and tribal wildlife bills
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up Indian energy and tribal wildlife bills (March 3, 2020)

Tribal energy development and tribal wildlife management are on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


House Committee on Ways and Means schedules first ever hearing on tribal taxation
House Committee on Ways and Means schedules first ever hearing on tribal taxation (March 2, 2020)

The Democratic-led House Committee on Ways and Means will be taking up tribal taxation issues for the first time at a hearing in the nation's capital.


Trail in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear takes big step forward
Trail in honor of Ponca Chief Standing Bear takes big step forward (February 26, 2020)

Efforts to memorialize the 550-mile path that the Ponca people were forced to walk in the late 1800s are getting a major boost.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later
Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later (February 24, 2020)

Ever since Europeans began venturing to and settling in the New World, the ultimate removal of the Indigenous peoples was to be the plan.


Refuge transfer sparks concern about land transfers, and a disclaimer
Refuge transfer sparks concern about land transfers, and a disclaimer (February 20, 2020)

A proposal to convey the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes has generated a mixture of excitement, concern, and outright opposition


Spokane Tribe celebrates long-overdue compensation legislation
Spokane Tribe celebrates long-overdue compensation legislation (February 19, 2020)

It took nearly 80 years for the federal government to agree to pay the Spokane Tribe for the loss of homes, lands and sacred sites.


'We want tribal consultation': Trump administration pushed to improve missing and murdered task force
'We want tribal consultation': Trump administration pushed to improve missing and murdered task force (February 12, 2020)

The Trump administration is looking to incorporate more voices into its new missing and murdered task force following complaints from Indian Country.


Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (February 10, 2020)

The Trump administration plans to spend more money on the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans amid complaints that it isn't doing enough to address what is widely considered an epidemic.


Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The GOP has no sense of shame
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: The GOP has no sense of shame (February 7, 2020)

Lakotas and Dakotas are reminded that the role of shame in our cultures is a time-honored way to show our humanness.


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.


Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians acquires ancestral property in Tennessee
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians acquires ancestral property in Tennessee (February 5, 2020)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is pursuing economic development opportunities at a site near a busy interstate.


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.'


'All hands on deck': Indian Country diabetes program faces loss of funding again
'All hands on deck': Indian Country diabetes program faces loss of funding again (February 4, 2020)

A successful program that helps tribes address high rates of diabetes in their communities is once again in danger of expiring despite widespread and bipartisan support.


Sinema, McSally split as Senate rejects call for impeachment witnesses
Sinema, McSally split as Senate rejects call for impeachment witnesses (February 3, 2020)

President Donald Trump is headed toward an acquittal in his impeachment trial after Republicans blocked a call for witness testimony.


Presidential task force tackles 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Presidential task force tackles 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (January 29, 2020)

Despite committing no new federal funds for the initiative, the Trump administration is moving forward with efforts to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.


Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact
Who’s yea and who’s nay on the CSKT water compact (January 27, 2020)

Where do the key players stand on a bill to settle the water rights of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes?


Rep. Tom Cole: Flawed impeachment of Donald Trump continues
Rep. Tom Cole: Flawed impeachment of Donald Trump continues (January 27, 2020)

Since President Trump was elected, Democrats have wanted him out of office.


Tim Giago: How many clowns can one fit into the Senate car?
Tim Giago: How many clowns can one fit into the Senate car? (January 20, 2020)

I expect that the impeachment of Donald Trump hearings will closely resemble a circus by the time the head clown and his supporting clowns go into their acts.


Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised
Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised (January 17, 2020)

Access to health care has been a challenge for Native American veterans for decades, and they suffer some of the worst health outcomes


Olszewski and Republican cohort asks Daines to withdraw CSKT compact bill
Olszewski and Republican cohort asks Daines to withdraw CSKT compact bill (January 16, 2020)

Republicans in Montana are once again trying to derail a long-awaited water rights settlement for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.


Arizona inched up among states on rates of women murdered by men
Arizona inched up among states on rates of women murdered by men (January 15, 2020)

Native American women are more likely to be murdered by men than white women, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center.


Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush
Lawmakers set to advance more Indian Country legislation after end of year rush (January 13, 2020)

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.


Trump administration's push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon
Trump administration's push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon (January 9, 2020)

The Hopi Tribe is among the opponents of uranium mining on sacred lands in Arizona.


As trade war simmers, Montana farmers get federal relief. Here’s where the 2019 subsidies hit home.
As trade war simmers, Montana farmers get federal relief. Here’s where the 2019 subsidies hit home. (January 8, 2020)

As agricultural commodity prices suffer in President Donald Trump’s multi-fronted trade war, Montana farmers have received at least $114 million in payments in 2019.


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.


'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition
'A long journey for our people': Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians on cusp of federal recognition (December 18, 2019)

After more than a century of efforts, the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is on the cusp of federal recognition.


Rep. Tom Cole: A bipartisan commitment to America's defense
Rep. Tom Cole: A bipartisan commitment to America's defense (December 16, 2019)

For nearly 60 years, lawmakers in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle have affirmed their bipartisan commitment to providing for our common defense.


More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama
More Indian Country bills advance on Capitol Hill amid impeachment drama (December 16, 2019)

With Democrats prepared to impeach President Donald Trump, lawmakers continue to advance legislation to benefit Indian Country's interests.


Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement
Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement (December 13, 2019)

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.


Debate continues over BLM move as workers face decision deadline
Debate continues over BLM move as workers face decision deadline (December 13, 2019)

Bureau of Land Management employees in Washington have to decide whether to accept a transfer out West – a move that some advocates and former bureau managers see as an attempt at 'dismantling' the agency.


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 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.


Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute
Daines says he’ll introduce new agreement to settle CSKT water dispute (December 5, 2019)

An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the federal government over long-disputed water rights is taking a major step forward.


'Sovereignty is nonpartisan'
'Sovereignty is nonpartisan' (December 4, 2019)

Tribal leaders have practical reasons for not siding for or against President Trump's impeachment.


'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles
'Remove the Stain': Wounded Knee bill draws attention in presidential circles (December 3, 2019)

Legislation to revoke the Medals of Honor awarded to those who participated in the massacre of the Lakota people is gaining steam.


Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing
Lumbee Tribe federal recognition bill up for first hearing (December 2, 2019)

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.


Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony (November 27, 2019)

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?


Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump
Tribal sovereignty foe Slade Gorton speaks out against Donald Trump (November 26, 2019)

Slade Gorton, a former U.S. Senator who was ousted from office after tribal leaders slammed his anti-sovereignty record, is still alive. Surprised?


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.


House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona
House panel OKs pot decriminalization, as poll shows support in Arizona (November 22, 2019)

A House committee gave approval to a comprehensive marijuana reform bill that would decriminalize the drug while erasing pot convictions stretching back decades.


'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate
'Political football': Protections for Native women caught up in partisan stalemate (November 21, 2019)

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.


RECAP: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs #MMIW meeting and Native veterans hearing
RECAP: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs #MMIW meeting and Native veterans hearing (November 21, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs had a busy day, taking up #MMIW legislation and Native veterans issues.


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.


Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women
Senate committee takes up #MMIW bills amid doubts about protections for Native women (November 19, 2019)

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.


Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act advances on Capitol Hill
Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act advances on Capitol Hill (November 18, 2019)

A bipartisan bill that would help tribes address homelessness in their communities is due for passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.