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Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump
Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe sues Trump (July 2, 2020)

The Trump administration is threatening to take away law enforcement from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief
Judge deals major blow to tribes in dispute over delayed COVID-19 relief (June 29, 2020)

A federal judge has handed the Trump administration a much-needed victory for its coronavirus response efforts, ruling that Alaska Native corporations are entitled to shares of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund.


Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief
Native Sun News Today: Tribes obtain another court order for delayed pandemic relief (June 26, 2020)

It took over 80 days for the Trump administration to deliver the full COVID-19 relief promised to tribal governments.


Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty
Trump administration lands in trouble for threatening tribe's sovereignty (June 8, 2020)

Indian Country is declaring victory after a federal judge blasted the Trump administration for threatening the sovereignty of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and breaking its promises to the People of the First Light.


Native women confront missing and murdered task force over Trump's role in crisis
Native women confront missing and murdered task force over Trump's role in crisis (June 3, 2020)

The Trump administration's efforts to address the crisis of the missing and murdered in Indian Country are being undermined by the president himself, Native women asserted as outrage over police violence continues to sweep the nation.


'Am I cutting out again?': Missing and murdered task force off to shaky start amid COVID-19 challenges
'Am I cutting out again?': Missing and murdered task force off to shaky start amid COVID-19 challenges (May 28, 2020)

The Trump administration's missing and murdered task force got off to a rocky start in the age of COVID-19, leaving a number of Native women silenced amid technical and logistical challenges.


'You're gonna have a lot of trouble': Judge trashes Trump over changes in tribal homelands policy
'You're gonna have a lot of trouble': Judge trashes Trump over changes in tribal homelands policy (May 20, 2020)

A federal judge trashed the Trump administration for changing course on Indian Country homelands policy during the worst public health crisis in decades.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal lawsuits force government to turn over 60 percent of Covid-19 money
Native Sun News Today: Tribal lawsuits force government to turn over 60 percent of Covid-19 money (May 20, 2020)

After tribal governments sued the Treasury Department for withholding COVID-19 relief money promised by Congress, the Trump administration announced the release of 60 percent of the $8 billion fund.


'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House
'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House (April 29, 2020)

Tribal leaders are once again questioning the Trump administration's commitment to their people, with the official who has been working on Indian Country issues being moved out of the White House in the middle of a pandemic.


Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute
Judge sides with tribal governments in first round of $8 billion coronavirus dispute (April 28, 2020)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are celebrating after securing an initial victory against the Trump administration over its handling of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to their governments.


Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief
Indian Country set for historic showdown in fight for $8 billion in COVID-19 relief (April 23, 2020)

With the coronavirus continuing to exact a heavy toll on the first Americans, a historic showdown is taking place in federal court as Indian Country fights over the future of an $8 billion COVID-19 relief fund promised to tribal governments.


Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money
Indian Country awaits decision on $8 billion in coronavirus relief money (April 21, 2020)

With just days left before an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund is supposed to go out to Indian Country, the Trump administration has yet to decide how to distribute the much-needed money.


Donovan White: Alaska Native villages are Indian tribes. ANC Corporations are Not.
Donovan White: Alaska Native villages are Indian tribes. ANC Corporations are Not. (April 20, 2020)

The Seven Council Fires—Oceti Sakowin—of our Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota nations always stand up for our lands and treaties.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: The time is now to #StandWithMashpee
Brian Lightfoot Brown: The time is now to #StandWithMashpee (April 20, 2020)

Over the past 11 years, Indian Country has made several attempts to gain a clean Carcieri fix. So it is at this point, I come to Indian Country yet again.


'Broken promises': Tribes decry leak of private data from $8 billion coronavirus relief fund
'Broken promises': Tribes decry leak of private data from $8 billion coronavirus relief fund (April 20, 2020)

An investigation by Indianz.Com shows the White House was one of the first recipients of sensitive information on nearly 700 tribes and Native entities.


Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief
Alaska Native corporations outpace tribes in race for $8 billion in coronavirus relief (April 17, 2020)

Alaska Native corporations were among the first in line for an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund, preliminary data obtained by Indianz.Com shows, confirming fears of tribes in the lower 48 about for-profit entities receiving a share of money promised to their governments.


'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund
'A robbery happening in broad daylight': Indian Country in revolt over $8 billion coronavirus fund (April 16, 2020)

Furor is growing among Indian nations in the lower 48 as the Trump administration refuses to change course on what one prominent leader calls a 'robbery happening in broad daylight.'


Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes
Alaska Native corporations in line for billions in coronavirus relief promised to tribes (April 14, 2020)

With a major assist from the Trump administration, Alaska Native corporations are poised to claim a large share of an $8 billion coronavirus relief fund despite not being tribal governments.


Tribes rush to respond to new coronavirus emergency created by Trump administration
Tribes rush to respond to new coronavirus emergency created by Trump administration (April 13, 2020)

As tribes work day and night to protect their already vulnerable communities from the deadly coronavirus, a new crisis has emerged from the Trump administration.


'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.