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Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service (May 25, 2017)
The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act address long-standing management, staffing and transparency issues at the agency.
Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republican ruleFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
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.
Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs (May 19, 2017)
With the president raising doubts about funding for Indian programs, tribal leaders are worried that his words will be used against them.
Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for IndiansFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians (May 18, 2017)
The program has bipartisan support and has demonstrated success but it's due to expire before the end of the year unless Congress takes action.
House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribesFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (May 18, 2017)
The tribes enjoy a long relationship with foreign nations but have yet to be acknowledged by the United States.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meetingFiled Under: Business | Education | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (May 17, 2017)
Legislation to bring more teachers to Indian Country, recognize the tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers and improve economic opportunities on reservations are advancing on Capitol Hill.
Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership teamFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team (May 15, 2017)
More than 100 days into the Trump administration, Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for their interests in the nation's capital.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules business meetingFiled Under: Business | Education | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules business meeting (May 15, 2017)
Lawmakers are taking action on bills to recruit and retain Native teachers, extend federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia and boost economic development in Indian Country.
Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy ruleFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
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.
Confirmation hearing scheduled for top Interior Department officialFiled Under: Abramoff Scandal | National | Politics
Confirmation hearing scheduled for top Interior Department official (May 12, 2017)
A lawyer and lobbyist who weathered a series of storms during the Bush administration has been nominated as Deputy Secretary of the Interior.
Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian AffairsFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
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.
Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through CongressFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress (May 10, 2017)
Provisions of S.245, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act, are aimed at reducing bureaucratic hurdles that have cost tribes time and money.
Senate approves water bill for one tribe and land bill for two othersFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics
Senate approves water bill for one tribe and land bill for two others (May 9, 2017)
Bills for the White Mountain Apache Tribe and two Pueblo tribes in New Mexico are moving forward on Capitol Hill.
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two billsFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two bills (May 8, 2017)
Lawmakers will take testimony on a bill to bring AMBER Alert funds to Indian Country and another to benefit Alaska Native health care.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agendaFiled Under: Education | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda (May 8, 2017)
A bill to recruit and retain teachers in Indian Country, plus another to extend federal recognition to six tribe in Virginia, are on the agenda.
Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care billFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
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 ActFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
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.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks at 'high risk' Indian programsFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks at 'high risk' Indian programs (May 3, 2017)
The Government Accountability Office recently urged Congress to pay more attention to Indian education, health and energy development.
Senate panel takes up bill to bring AMBER Alert funding to tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Senate panel takes up bill to bring AMBER Alert funding to tribes (April 28, 2017)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) introduced S.772, the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, on March 29.
Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending billFiled Under: National | Politics
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.
Mark Trahant: Senate candidate cites Standing Rock as 'awakening'Filed Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Senate candidate cites Standing Rock as 'awakening' (April 27, 2017)
James Singer is the first candidate to cite Standing Rock as the answer to the question, ‘why run?’
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for first field oversight hearingFiled Under:
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for first field oversight hearing (April 19, 2017)
The hearing will look into the implementation of the Native American Children's Safety Act, which became law in 2016.
Bill brings funding for AMBER Alert systems to Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bill brings funding for AMBER Alert systems to Indian Country (April 18, 2017)
States already receive federal funds to help develop child abduction alert systems but tribes are currently left out.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heading to Spirit Lake NationFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heading to Spirit Lake Nation (April 10, 2017)
Lawmakers will be looking at the Native American Children's Safety Act, a new law aimed at addressing tribal foster care issues.
Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal supportFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal support (April 6, 2017)
Tribal leaders and advocates are embracing Neil Gorsuch but it wasn't enough to affect a showdown between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.
Robert Odawi Porter: Indian Country gains with Supreme Court pickFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Politics
Robert Odawi Porter: Indian Country gains with Supreme Court pick (April 4, 2017)
Neil Gorsuch brings a wealth of Indian law knowledge to the courts not likely to be matched by the next nominee if he is not confirmed.
Cronkite News: Tribes pushing for renewal of key diabetes fundingFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Tribes pushing for renewal of key diabetes funding (March 30, 2017)
Alton Villegas, a citizen of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, offered an unusual call to action for an 11-year-old boy.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meetingFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)
The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.
Witness list for hearing on diabetes prevention among Native youthFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Witness list for hearing on diabetes prevention among Native youth (March 27, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing takes place in Washington, D.C., on March 29.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of billsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)
Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (March 22, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't always been kind to Indian Country but a federal judge from Colorado appears ready to ensure tribes will be treated fairly.
Mary Annette Pember: Awareness for missing and murdered sistersFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Mary Annette Pember: Awareness for missing and murdered sisters (March 22, 2017)
'It’s a hard struggle when a member of your family passes away. But this Day of Awareness can mean that her memory will live on forever.'
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetesFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetes (March 21, 2017)
The hearing comes as tribes lobby Congress to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.
Lawmakers pushing for federal recognition of six tribes in VirginiaFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Lawmakers pushing for federal recognition of six tribes in Virginia (March 21, 2017)
The tribes were among the first to sign treaties with European nations and they helped the first European settlers survive at Jamestown.
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law recordFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record (March 20, 2017)
Donald Trump's nominee has a far better record when it comes to tribes than the man he would be replacing on the nation's highest court.
Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budgetFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget (March 16, 2017)
The parent agencies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are seeing major cuts to offset increases in defense spending.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts infrastructure roundtableFiled Under: Business | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts infrastructure roundtable (March 14, 2017)
Four panels of tribal leaders and tribal officials will present information on infrastructure needs in their communities.
Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming lawFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law (March 13, 2017)
Instead of a repeal, the Republican leadership took the framework of the Affordable Care Act.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)
The stars seem to be aligning for the Montana-based tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century.
Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior DepartmentFiled Under: Education | National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since joining the Trump administration.
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearanceFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (March 6, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is already living up to promises to keep Indian Country on the top of his agenda.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructureFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructure (March 6, 2017)
Lawmakers want to make sure tribes are at the table as President Donald Trump proposes new investments.
Senate confirms Dakota Access ally to lead Energy DepartmentFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law | National
Senate confirms Dakota Access ally to lead Energy Department (March 2, 2017)
Former Texas governor Rick Perry was paid by the two firms building the controversial pipeline and owns stock in them.
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (March 1, 2017)
The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on ObamacareFiled Under: Health | National
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (March 1, 2017)
As the nation's politicians spar over the fate of Obamacare, tribes are still waiting on the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibilities.
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in SenateFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in Senate (February 28, 2017)
It's taken longer than expected but the Interior Department is slated to get a new leader.
Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian landFiled Under: Business | Law | Politics | Trust
Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land (February 27, 2017)
The so-called 'war on coal' is coming to an end thanks to the new Republican occupant of the White House.
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agendaFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda (February 20, 2017)
Scott Pruitt, as attorney general in Oklahoma, repeatedly fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation fronts.
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior SecretaryFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary (February 20, 2017)
It's unusual for Indian Country to wait so long for someone to be confirmed at the Interior Department, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities'Filed Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities' (February 20, 2017)
Tribes are still in the dark about the future of Indian health and the Cabinet position most important to Indian Country remains vacant.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Sen. John Hoeven raises red flags in Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Sen. John Hoeven raises red flags in Indian Country (February 20, 2017)
Your words of working together is a slap in the face of Indian country.
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (February 17, 2017)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocatesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates (February 13, 2017)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't support tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians while Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price wants to dismantle Obamacare.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances nine bills at first meetingFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances nine bills at first meeting (February 9, 2017)
Members of the panel are hoping bipartisanship wins the day even as Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on Capitol Hill.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal statusFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (February 9, 2017)
The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistanceFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance (February 9, 2017)
Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel.
Tribal leaders and Indian educators concerned about Donald Trump's new Cabinet memberFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Tribal leaders and Indian educators concerned about Donald Trump's new Cabinet member (February 8, 2017)
A billionaire with no experience in public education will have major sway over Indian youth as part of the president's new administration.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearingFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearing (February 7, 2017)
Lawmakers will hear from tribal leaders and federal officials about emergency management in Indian Country.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on bipartisan billsFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on bipartisan bills (February 6, 2017)
The committee is set to advance a slew of bills that address economic development, employment, Native languages, water rights and other issues.
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's CabinetFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet (February 2, 2017)
As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation.

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