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'We need the money right now': Tribes await billions of dollars in coronavirus relief
'We need the money right now': Tribes await billions of dollars in coronavirus relief (April 1, 2020)

With the number of COVID-19 cases in Indian Country continuing to rise, the Trump administration is embarking on the most consequential tribal consultation in recent history.


Trump administration changes course with withdrawal of pro-tribal homelands policy
Trump administration changes course with withdrawal of pro-tribal homelands policy (March 10, 2020)

Indian Country is once again falling victim to the Trump administration's disastrous tribal homelands agenda with the withdrawal of a pro-tribal legal opinion.


Witness list for hearing on Trump administration destroying sacred sites for border wall
Witness list for hearing on Trump administration destroying sacred sites for border wall (February 26, 2020)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States will be discussing the Trump administration's destruction of sacred sites at a hearing in Washington, D.C.


'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.


'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands
'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands (February 12, 2020)

The Trump administration's point person on Indian policy took a brutal beating as tribal leaders warned about dire threats to their sovereignty.


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.


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.


Operation Lady Justice features artwork by D.G. Smalling of Choctaw Nation
Operation Lady Justice features artwork by D.G. Smalling of Choctaw Nation (November 26, 2019)

The work of a Choctaw Nation artist inspired the name of a government-wide initiative aimed at addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans.


'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item
'Homecoming': Pueblo of Acoma set to reclaim sacred item (November 18, 2019)

The Acoma Shield is finally coming home after years in legal and political limbo.


Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation faces federal recognition deadline
Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation faces federal recognition deadline (November 18, 2019)

It's National Native American Heritage Month and one tribe is trying to prove that it qualifies for federal recognition.


Hearing focuses on sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior
Hearing focuses on sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior (October 30, 2019)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians suffer from the highest rates of all forms of harassment, according to an employee study.


Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington
Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington (October 22, 2019)

The diminished power of the Trump administration's face of Indian Affairs was on strong display as tribal leaders opened one of their biggest meetings of the year.


Tribal broadband in focus with hearing and summit in nation's capital
Tribal broadband in focus with hearing and summit in nation's capital (September 17, 2019)

The dismal state of broadband in tribal communities will be the focus of a pair of events in Washington, D.C.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis (September 11, 2019)

What is the Trump administration doing about missing and murdered Indigenous women? Lawmakers are seeking answers.


A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition
A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition (September 9, 2019)

How can one branch of the federal government have a more than 100-year relationship and sign a 30-year agreement with an Indian tribe, while another denies its very existence?


House subcommittee schedules hearing on infrastructure in Indian Country
House subcommittee schedules hearing on infrastructure in Indian Country (July 8, 2019)

Aging roads, bridges and facilities in tribal communities are in need of critical improvements, maintenance and outright replacement.


Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill
Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill (July 8, 2019)

Federal recognition, tribal homelands and compensation for Native Americans exposed to uranium await further action in the nation's capital.


Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence
Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence (June 13, 2019)

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.


Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country
Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country (June 5, 2019)

The federal government is failing to meet its trust and treaty obligations, according to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era
Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era (May 31, 2019)

In the first two years of the Trump presidency, complaints of wrongdoing, corruption, fraud and misuse of funds increased 16 percent at the agency with the most responsibilities in Indian Country.


Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court
Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court (May 29, 2019)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is once again facing a reckoning in Indian Country.


Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law
Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law (May 21, 2019)

Federal agencies spent about $6 billion on energy for their facilities in 2017 yet tribes are being passed over for contracts.


Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update
Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update (May 21, 2019)

A long-overdue update to the popular Johnson O'Malley Indian education program is finally on the horizon.


'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation (May 10, 2019)

The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.


'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting
'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting (May 9, 2019)

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney was at the White House but won't say whether tribal legislation came up before President Trump tweeted about it.


Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget
Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget (May 6, 2019)

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.


AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either
AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either (May 2, 2019)

The Trump administration remains silent on a key issue -- forward funding for tribal programs.


AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations
AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations (May 1, 2019)

Tribes and lawmakers support forward funding for Indian Country but the Trump administration is not on board.


Bureau of Indian Affairs gets a permanent director, long after mysterious exit
Bureau of Indian Affairs gets a permanent director, long after mysterious exit (April 29, 2019)

It's been a year since the Trump administration mysteriously disappeared the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour (April 11, 2019)

A hearing on community development in Indian Country turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of officials were forced to explain why they turned in their testimony late.


AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development
AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development (April 10, 2019)

The Trump administration has put a loan guarantee program at the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the chopping block.


Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration
Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration (April 10, 2019)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney made her first appearance before Congress and had to apologize for being late with her testimony.


Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing
Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing (April 8, 2019)

It's taken nearly nine months, but Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney is finally ready to testify before Congress.


Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior (April 4, 2019)

The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky at the Department of the Interior.


AUDIO: Confirmation hearing for David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior
AUDIO: Confirmation hearing for David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior (March 28, 2019)

The government post with the most responsibility in Indian Country might soon be filled by a longtime lawyer and lobbyist.


Alaska Natives on opposite sides of energy development in Arctic refuge
Alaska Natives on opposite sides of energy development in Arctic refuge (March 20, 2019)

A bill to block energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge exposes a long-running divide among Native peoples in Alaska.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs (March 11, 2019)

'Where Are They Now' sounds like an old cable television show, only this week it's about the trust and treaty responsibility.


United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era
United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era (March 4, 2019)

'This is Indian land,' tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters
Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters (February 21, 2019)

With one figure forced out under a cloud, the official tapped to lead the Department of the Interior is promising a new era of relations with Indian Country.


White House listening session turns messy as one tribe walks out in protest
White House listening session turns messy as one tribe walks out in protest (February 14, 2019)

The Trump administration's attempt to reset its troubled relationship with Indian Country got off to a rocky start after one tribe walked out on what was billed as a historic meeting.


Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations
Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations (February 11, 2019)

With key Trump officials in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week in Washington with a stinging rebuke of the president and his policies.


Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up
Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up (February 7, 2019)

The Indian Child Welfare Act is under attack and tribes are pushing back after conservative and Christian groups joined the battle.


Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes annual list of federally recognized tribes
Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes annual list of federally recognized tribes (February 4, 2019)

Right on schedule, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published its annual list of federally recognized tribes.


Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate
Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate (February 1, 2019)

A divided Congress and an unpredictable president spell trouble for tribes and their advocates.


Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case (January 22, 2019)

A battle to save the Indian Child Welfare Act is shaping up to be one of the most consequential court cases in recent history.


Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown (January 15, 2019)

The Trump administration wants tribes to know that Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney has not been furloughed.


Pueblo of Acoma reclaims sacred items with help of federal authorities
Pueblo of Acoma reclaims sacred items with help of federal authorities (December 19, 2018)

The Pueblo of Acoma celebrated the return of sacred objects and other items of cultural patrimony that were stolen from the tribe.


Report into 'unprofessional behavior' at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Report into 'unprofessional behavior' at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 18, 2018)

Bryan Rice, the former director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was the subject of multiple harassment complaints.


Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 17, 2018)

A federal judge who invalidated the Indian Child Welfare Act has issued a new ruling that could devastate tribal nations.


Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing
Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing (December 15, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is stepping down from the Trump administration following yet another report of pervasive misconduct at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Bureau of Indian Affairs hit with another harassment scandal
Bureau of Indian Affairs hit with another harassment scandal (December 14, 2018)

Since the arrival of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, there have been at least five investigations of harassment, misconduct and other questionable behaviors.


Bureau of Indian Education manager investigated for sexual misconduct
Bureau of Indian Education manager investigated for sexual misconduct (December 5, 2018)

A manager at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute had a sexual relationship with a student.


Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 4, 2018)

Tribes will have to move quickly to save the Indian Child Welfare Act from being invalidated across the nation.


Alaska Native corporation celebrated drilling victory at White House
Alaska Native corporation celebrated drilling victory at White House (December 3, 2018)

The Trump era hasn't been the greatest for tribes in the lower 48 but it's been a different story for one wealthy Alaska Native corporation.


Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law
Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law (November 26, 2018)

Federal Indian law is a field of law designed by the United States to dominate Native Nations.


Trump administration issues first federal recognition decision
Trump administration issues first federal recognition decision (November 26, 2018)

The Trump administration has issued its first federal recognition decision and the news isn't looking good for the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation.


'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration
'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration (November 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government's trust relationship.