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Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions
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Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions (October 20, 2017)
Congress is moving forward with an overdue budget plan that fails to take some of Indian Country's key interests into account.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures (October 19, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is moving quickly on legislation to address pressing public safety and justice issues in tribal communities.

Congress approves yet another short-term extension for Indian diabetes program
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Congress approves yet another short-term extension for Indian diabetes program (October 9, 2017)
Congress has renewed the Special Diabetes Program for Indians but only for three months, the shortest extension on record.

President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service
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President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service (October 9, 2017)
It's taken longer than expected but President Donald Trump is finally addressing the leadership void at the beleaguered Indian Health Service.

Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
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Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.

Sen. McCaskill unveils unprecedented bill to abrogate tribal sovereign immunity
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Sen. McCaskill unveils unprecedented bill to abrogate tribal sovereign immunity (October 5, 2017)
A member of Congress who generated controversy by going after tribal businesses is wading into hot-button territory with a new bill aimed at abrogating tribal sovereign immunity.

Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations
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Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations (October 4, 2017)
The Trump administration is dropping a bomb on Indian Country by proposing dramatic changes to the land-into-trust process.

Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program
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Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program (October 4, 2017)
A bipartisan bill to update the Johnson-O'Malley Program and ensure more adequate funding for Indian students is inching forward on Capitol Hill.

Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism
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Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism (October 3, 2017)
The Trump administration announced another round of Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism on Capitol Hill about its commitments to the first Americans.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance Johnson O'Malley reform bill
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance Johnson O'Malley reform bill (October 2, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be taking up a bill to modernize the Johnson O'Malley Program at a business meeting.

Lawmakers seek to reauthorize Indian housing programs questioned by Trump
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Lawmakers seek to reauthorize Indian housing programs questioned by Trump (September 29, 2017)
Lawmakers are launching a second attempt to reauthorize a critical Indian housing law that expired four years ago.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts session on consultation and infrastructure
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts session on consultation and infrastructure (September 27, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is hosting a session on a tough topic that has taken on added significance due to the #NoDAPL movement, the Trump administration's push for more infrastructure and some high-profile legal disputes.

Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims
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Department of Justice won't collect data on Native human trafficking victims (September 27, 2017)
The Department of Justice continues to resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native women and key members of Congress.

Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes
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Cronkite News: Republican health bill collapses as Democrats air concerns about tribes (September 27, 2017)
Senate leaders abandoned their latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying they would turn their attention to tax reform after key GOP defections doomed the health care proposal.

Lytton Band questions poll that shows opposition to land-into-trust legislation
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Lytton Band questions poll that shows opposition to land-into-trust legislation (September 25, 2017)
The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is questioning a poll that uncovered significant opposition to the tribe's land-into-trust bill, which passed the House with no objections.

Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country
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Wife of Sen. McCain on witness list for hearing on trafficking in Indian Country (September 25, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is bringing in a high-profile witness as it looks into trafficking of Native Americans.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain delivers blow to latest Republican health care bill
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain delivers blow to latest Republican health care bill (September 25, 2017)
Sen. John McCain cannot 'in good conscience' vote for the latest plan to replace Obamacare, a surprise announcement that may have killed the bill for Republican leaders.

President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent
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President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent (September 22, 2017)
President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.

Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care
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Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care (September 22, 2017)
Wouldn’t it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people?

Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement
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Cronkite News: Republicans in Senate aim for vote on Obamacare replacement (September 21, 2017)
Sen. John McCain, a key vote in the failure of the last Obamacare repeal attempt, refused to say how he will vote on a new Republican bill to overhaul the nation's health care system.

Cronkite News: Senate committee takes up bill to combat online sex trafficking
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Cronkite News: Senate committee takes up bill to combat online sex trafficking (September 20, 2017)
The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act has bipartisan support but is facing opposition from free speech advocates and the tech industry.

Mark Trahant: Another Republican health care bill fails to help Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Another Republican health care bill fails to help Indian Country (September 19, 2017)
Let’s be clear about the latest Republican plan: It would drain resources away from the Indian health system.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking (September 19, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on September 27 to focus on human trafficking of Native Americans.

Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs
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Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs (September 14, 2017)
Just a few months after calling for drastic cuts to health, education, social service and other programs in Indian Country, the Trump administration has changed course.

Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs
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Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 14, 2017)
Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country said they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits but lawmakers said much more needs to be done.

Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward
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Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward (September 13, 2017)
It's been more than two decades since Congress passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill but six tribes in Virginia are hoping to turn the tide in their favor.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici (September 13, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs took a moment of silence to honor of one of its former members, the late Pete Domenici.

Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms
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Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms (September 13, 2017)
Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office.

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.

Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service
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Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service (September 13, 2017)
Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his version of health care reform, a plan he calls 'Medicare for all.'

Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients
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Indian Health Service finally promises to reduce lengthy wait times for patients (September 12, 2017)
More than a year after facing criticism for lacking quality of care standards, the Indian Health Service is finally promising to address wait times for patients.

Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office
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Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office (September 11, 2017)
A controversial Indian energy bill that faced intense opposition during the Obama era is on the agenda again only this time it might get a friendlier reception from the White House.

'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs
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'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs (September 11, 2017)
Nine months into the Trump administration and Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for tribal interests at the federal level.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting (September 11, 2017)
Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia, economic development for tribes in Oregon and housing for Native veterans are on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds hearing on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 6, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work by taking another look at 'high risk' programs that serve tribes and their citizens.

Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September
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Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September (August 10, 2017)
September is going to be a mess -- Congress must sort out some really complicated issues.

Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow
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Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow (August 8, 2017)
A bill to designate a clinic for the late Joe Medicine Crow, a celebrated veteran from the Crow Tribe, is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain sees big drop in popularity among voters in own state
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain sees big drop in popularity among voters in own state (August 8, 2017)
A poll by Morning Consult looked at the popularity of each senator in his or her home state and put Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake in the bottom three – trailing only Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Cronkite News: Congress goes home for a month with big list of unfinished bills
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Cronkite News: Congress goes home for a month with big list of unfinished bills (August 7, 2017)
Congress has gone home for its regular monthly August recess -- after talking about a delay -- but faces a long list of work when it comes back after Labor Day.

Cronkite News: President Trump backs bill to impose limits on immigration
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Cronkite News: President Trump backs bill to impose limits on immigration (August 3, 2017)
President Donald Trump threw his support behind a bill that would slash immigration and create a merit-based system favoring those who speak English, have higher education and high-paying job offers.

Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl
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Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl (August 2, 2017)
A citizen of the Navajo Nation was sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty for the murder of an 11-year-old girl.

Navajo citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl
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Navajo citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl (July 31, 2017)
A Navajo Nation citizen who is accused of murdering an 11-year-old girl is due for a change of plea hearing in federal court.

Cronkite News: Unpopular Republican lawmaker rebukes party in new book
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Cronkite News: Unpopular Republican lawmaker rebukes party in new book (July 31, 2017)
Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to 'traditional conservatism' in a book that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign.

Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska
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Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska (July 28, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Interior Department threatened Alaska's two Senators, The Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote
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Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote (July 28, 2017)
Key Democrats in the Senate were prepared to fight for Indian health care but it turns out they didn't need to, thanks to three Republicans.

Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress?
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Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress? (July 28, 2017)
Congress has never even considered, let alone acted, to fully fund Indian health programs.

Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care
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Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care (July 27, 2017)
Today is humor day in the Senate. But at least the healthcare debate will go on and on without a conclusion

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs cancels business meeting and hearing
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs cancels business meeting and hearing (July 26, 2017)
Partisan bickering has once again derailed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department
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Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department (July 26, 2017)
Jim Cason continues to wield significant power at the Department of the Interior even though he's never been confirmed by the Senate.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform
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Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform (July 26, 2017)
As the debate unfolds, the Senate is in a way making the case for why we need Native Americans in the legislative process.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise as Senate opens health debate
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise as Senate opens health debate (July 26, 2017)
Sen. John McCain had 16 minutes of floor time and he used every minute of it, capping an already emotional return to the Senate with a call to action for his fellow lawmakers that hit every emotion on the scale.

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.

Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States
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Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States (July 24, 2017)
American Indian and Alaska Native women experience one of the highest homicide rates in the nation and nearly half die at the hands of an intimate partner.

Mark Trahant: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care
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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.

Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo
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Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo (July 21, 2017)
A new report confirms that American Indians and Alaska Natives are disproportionately impacted by diabetes but Congress has been slow to renew a program helps fight the disease.

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.

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