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Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
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Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.

Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee
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Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee (June 12, 2018)

Bills to address blood quantum in Oklahoma, tribal recognition and the Indian Health Service are taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
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Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.

Deb Haaland's great-grandfather was taken from family and sent to boarding school

Deb Haaland's great-grandfather was taken from family and sent to boarding school (June 7, 2018)

Deb Haaland is connecting with voters by linking her Laguna Pueblo background to her progressive Democratic campaign in New Mexico.

Mark Trahant: Congress faces deadline to pass big spending bill
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Mark Trahant: Congress faces deadline to pass big spending bill (March 22, 2018)

Indian programs are not a part of the policy disputes in Congress, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service would have operations suspended during a government shutdown

Mark Trahant: Native candidates chase money in election season
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Mark Trahant: Native candidates chase money in election season (February 6, 2018)

It’s time to look at the money. How much money are #NativeVote18 candidates raising?

Rep. Tom Cole safe after train carrying Republican lawmakers derails
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Rep. Tom Cole safe after train carrying Republican lawmakers derails (January 31, 2018)

Rep. Tom Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is reported safe after a train carrying Republican lawmakers derailed in an incident that has led to one fatality and some injuries.

Republicans stir drama by adding controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to unrelated bill
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Republicans stir drama by adding controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to unrelated bill (January 11, 2018)

A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law has been revived on Capitol Hill, sparking divisions between Republicans and Democrats and putting other Indian legislation in doubt.

Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat
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Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat (December 13, 2017)

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) passed over a historic opportunity to name a Native woman to a Senate seat being vacated by a disgraced lawmaker.

GOP lawmakers side with Indian Country amid President Trump's 'Pocahontas' controversy
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GOP lawmakers side with Indian Country amid President Trump's 'Pocahontas' controversy (November 28, 2017)

Key Republican lawmakers are siding with Indian Country as controversy over President Donald Trump and his 'Pocahontas' comment continues to generate headlines.

Rep. Tom Cole: Tribes are improving the lives of their people and their neighbors
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Rep. Tom Cole: Tribes are improving the lives of their people and their neighbors (November 20, 2017)

I know my heritage as a member of the Chickasaw Nation has shaped and influenced my life in more ways than I can count.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns
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Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns (October 23, 2017)

We have the first round of campaign finance reports out and there are seven Native American candidates for Congress, three Republicans and four Democrats.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma
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House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma (October 3, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on three tribal bills, including one of significant interest in Oklahoma.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
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Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)

Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
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Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.

Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget
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Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget (June 19, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke, the new leader of the Department of the Interior, is making his third appearance before Congress this week.

Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education
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Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education (June 8, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)

The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.

Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program
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Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program (May 31, 2017)

The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is in doubt after comments made by a top Trump administration official.

Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
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Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)

Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.

Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
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Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)

Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.

Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs
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Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (May 24, 2017)

Leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians say the new administration isn't listening to Indian Country.

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.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
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Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)

Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service
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Bipartisan task force announced to look into Indian Health Service (May 18, 2017)

The 14-member working group will look for ways to improve the delivery of health care to the first Americans.

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.

Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts
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Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts (May 2, 2017)

The 2017 omnibus appropriations package includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $5 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law
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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.

Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare
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Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare (March 8, 2017)

The Indian Health Care Improvement Act isn't affected by the repeal provisions of the new Republican health proposal.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native Republicans
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Mark Trahant: Indian Country can't ignore Native Republicans (March 6, 2017)

Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures.

Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era
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Tribal leaders hear dueling messages on Indian health in the new Donald Trump era (February 14, 2017)

Indian issues have always been portrayed as non-partisan but it looks like that's no longer the case, at least when it comes to health care.

Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare
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Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare (January 16, 2017)

Congress has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Kinda, sorta.

Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling
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Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (January 9, 2017)

The Oklahoma lawmaker, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is once again offering fixes to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v .Salazar.

Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C.
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Donald Trump's Native American Coalition hosts meeting in D.C. (December 16, 2016)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) invited tribal leaders and others to share their views with the incoming Republican administration.

Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress
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Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (December 13, 2016)

Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.

Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald Trump
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Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald Trump (November 21, 2016)

During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, but said there would be a replacement insurance program of some kind.

Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes
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Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (November 18, 2016)

Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.

Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage
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Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage (November 14, 2016)

The life and culture of our nation’s Native American tribes are written in nearly every chapter of America’s story.

Native candidates fare poorly in three Congressional challenges
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Native candidates fare poorly in three Congressional challenges (November 9, 2016)

Native candidates for U.S. Congress fared poorly on Election Day, with all three easily losing to Republican incumbents at the ballot boxes.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates stand to benefit from a Hillary Clinton landslide
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Mark Trahant: Native candidates stand to benefit from a Hillary Clinton landslide (October 25, 2016)

What does a landslide look like? And, more important, what would that mean for Native American candidates?

Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald Trump
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Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald Trump (October 14, 2016)

When the issues involve tribes, and especially, tribal sovereignty, Tom Cole has been one of the most important members in the history of Congress.

Top GOP lawmaker abandons Donald Trump ahead of election
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Top GOP lawmaker abandons Donald Trump ahead of election (October 11, 2016)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), the Speaker of the House, became the highest-ranking Republican leader to abandon presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Mark Trahant: Donald Trump is disqualified from the presidency
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Mark Trahant: Donald Trump is disqualified from the presidency (October 10, 2016)

Donald Trump’s recorded revelation of felony intent — and yes, it’s that serious — ought to disqualify him from the presidency.

Native Republicans in Congress silent as GOP abandons Donald Trump
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Native Republicans in Congress silent as GOP abandons Donald Trump (October 10, 2016)

Tom Cole and Markwayne Mullin haven't said anything in the days since an explosive report in The Washington Post documented Donald Trump's comments about women.

Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal
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Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal (September 29, 2016)

A settlement for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation is close to becoming law even though it has never been put to a hearing.

Mark Trahant: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country?
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Mark Trahant: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country? (August 15, 2016)

If you look at history, there are a lot more American Indians and Alaska Natives who have won office under the Republican banner.

Second Native American in Congress backs Republican Donald Trump
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Second Native American in Congress backs Republican Donald Trump (August 12, 2016)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Cherokee, is joining Rep. Tom Cole, Chickasaw, in supporting their party's controversial presidential nominee.

Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House
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Rep. Tom Cole suffers defeat as land-into-trust fix goes down in House (July 13, 2016)

Fellow Republicans did little to help the Chickasaw Nation citizen advance a key legislative priority.

Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill
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Controversial land-into-trust fix removed from appropriations bill (July 12, 2016)

Indian Country's best shot at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar is officially dead.

Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill
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Battle erupts over partial land-into-trust fix in appropriations bill (July 11, 2016)

Republicans are leading efforts to kill what might be Indian Country's best hope at fixing the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation slams Donald Trump for 'bigoted' attacks
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Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation slams Donald Trump for 'bigoted' attacks (July 7, 2016)

The real estate mogul's incendiary comments are extremely personal to members of the Connecticut tribe, whose ancestors survived wars, massacres and slavery.

Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands
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Poarch Band seeks a partial Carcieri fix for existing trust lands (June 20, 2016)

H.R.5486, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Land Reaffirmation Act, protects the Alabama tribe from ongoing litigation.

Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country
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Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (June 17, 2016)

Key members of Congress vowed to support an expansion of tribal jurisdiction after a new report exposed the extent of the crisis.

A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill
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A 'partial' land-into-trust fix added to Interior appropriations bill (June 16, 2016)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), a member of the Chickasaw Nation, acknowledged that his amendment isn't what Indian Country wants.

Mark Trahant: Indian Republican Tom Cole backs Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics

Mark Trahant: Indian Republican Tom Cole backs Donald Trump (May 18, 2016)

So what is a Republican candidate for Congress to do? Support Donald Trump and some of his nonsensical policies?

Mark Trahant: Donald Trump brings good news to Native candidates
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Mark Trahant: Donald Trump brings good news to Native candidates (May 9, 2016)

Let’s start with an understatement: Donald Trump is not the usual Republican Party nominee for president.

Mark Trahant: Investing in our Native candidates for US Congress
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Mark Trahant: Investing in our Native candidates for US Congress (April 19, 2016)

Let’s measure how American Indians and Alaska Natives are investing in our our candidates, in our future, in ourselves.

Mark Trahant: GOP isn't getting much attention in Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: GOP isn't getting much attention in Indian Country (March 28, 2016)

Who’s winning Indian Country this presidential election season?

Mark Trahant: Native candidate drops out of race for Congress
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Mark Trahant: Native candidate drops out of race for Congress (March 22, 2016)

There have been a lot of developments this week in the story of Native candidates running for Congress: A Democrat-turned-Republican is running in Arizona; Tom Cole has a challenger from the right; and a Nevada congressional bid ends.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates fall behind in the big money wars
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Mark Trahant: Native candidates fall behind in the big money wars (February 9, 2016)

Native Americans make up .37 percent of Congress (that’s about one-third of one percent) compared to about 2 percent of the country’s population as a whole.