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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.

Mark Trahant: Republicans still unable to govern in the Donald Trump era
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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?

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking (July 17, 2017)
According to the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies are failing to collect data on Native trafficking victims.

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
National | Politics | Trust
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 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.

Leaders of Indian Health Service testify on Trump's new budget request
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Leaders of Indian Health Service testify on Trump's new budget request (July 12, 2017)
Lawmakers from both parties say President Trump's proposed budget does not meet the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes testimony on three bills at hearing
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes testimony on three bills at hearing (July 12, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on bills affecting the Johnson O'Malley education program and several tribes in Oregon.

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.

Witness list for field hearing on Indian Arts and Crafts Act in New Mexico
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Witness list for field hearing on Indian Arts and Crafts Act in New Mexico (July 5, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be taking testimony on the Indian Arts and Crafts Act on Friday, July 7.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is the most diverse on Capitol Hill
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is the most diverse on Capitol Hill (July 5, 2017)
The Democratic staff on the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs are the most diverse on Capitol Hill, according to a first-ever report.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to July schedule
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to July schedule (June 29, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets on July 12 to consider bills affecting the Johnson O'Malley education program and several tribes in Oregon.

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.

Fort Peck Tribes demand investigation into treatment at public schools
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Fort Peck Tribes demand investigation into treatment at public schools (June 29, 2017)
The Fort Peck Tribes are asking the Trump administration to investigate discrimination and racism at public schools on their reservation in Montana.

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
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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.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs headed to New Mexico for hearing
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs headed to New Mexico for hearing (June 26, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is hitting the road again, this time for a hearing on the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

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.

Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda
National | Politics | Trust
Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda (June 21, 2017)
A Congressional committee with jurisdiction over tribal issues continues to move slowly on Indian Country's agenda, raising concerns about its intentions.

Witness list for hearing on bill to reform the Indian Health Service
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Witness list for hearing on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 20, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is meeting on Wednesday to take testimony on a bill to reform the Indian Health Service.

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.

Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service
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Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 16, 2017)
Efforts to reform the Indian Health Service continue to see attention on Capitol Hill.

Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again
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Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again (June 14, 2017)
One of the worst-performing hospitals in Indian Country remains hobbled after losing certification nearly two years ago.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting (June 14, 2017)
A bill for AMBER Alert grants in Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Trump administration gets chance to explain views on tribal housing
National | Politics
Trump administration gets chance to explain views on tribal housing (June 12, 2017)
President Donald Trump incorrectly described tribal housing programs as being based on 'race' and hasn't repudiated his statement despite criticism from Indian Country.

Indian Health Service reform bill up for first hearing on Capitol Hill
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Indian Health Service reform bill up for first hearing on Capitol Hill (June 12, 2017)
The 'broken' Indian Health Service is once again under scrutiny.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting (June 12, 2017)
A bill to bring AMBER Alert grants to Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health care are due to be advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

President Trump names pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation
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President Trump names pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation (June 7, 2017)
If confirmed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher A. Wray would run an agency that investigates crime in Indian Country.

John Thune: The Indian Health Service must be held accountable
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John Thune: The Indian Health Service must be held accountable (June 2, 2017)
The Indian Health Service is broken and it has been for a long time, writes Senator John Thune from South Dakota.

Virginia tribes still pushing for federal recognition after 400 years
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Virginia tribes still pushing for federal recognition after 400 years (June 1, 2017)
Six tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers at Jamestown are inching closer to federal recognition.

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.

Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service
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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 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.

Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs
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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 Indians
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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 tribes
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 meeting
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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 team
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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 meeting
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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 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.

Confirmation hearing scheduled for top Interior Department official
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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 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.

Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress
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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 others
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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 bills
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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 agenda
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 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.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks at 'high risk' Indian programs
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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 tribes
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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 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.

Mark Trahant: Senate candidate cites Standing Rock as 'awakening'
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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 hearing

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 Country
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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 Nation
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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.

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