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President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget requestFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request (May 23, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the many losers in the Trump world.
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.
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.
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.
Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cutsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
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.
Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's powerFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power (April 26, 2017)
The new monument enjoys strong support across Indian Country but the president sounded more concerned about the views of non-Indians in Utah.
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The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.
Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service (March 8, 2017)
Secretary David Shulkin says veterans deserve to receive care as close to home as possible.
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.
New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access Pipeline (February 14, 2017)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California) is toeing the Republican party line when it comes to the controversial project.
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.
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe (January 31, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) has refused to say whether he will defend the tribal jurisdiction provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Leaders of key Senate panel divided on Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Leaders of key Senate panel divided on Dakota Access Pipeline (January 30, 2017)
Like most Republicans, Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) supports completion of the controversial project even though Indian Country doesn't want it.
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation voteFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (January 23, 2017)
The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadershipFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership (January 6, 2017)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) are taking control of the key panel.
Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian AffairsFiled Under: National | Politics
Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (December 7, 2016)
Democrats have already named Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as vice chair while Republicans have not announced who will serve as chair.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp again parts with Indian Country on #NoDAPL movementFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp again parts with Indian Country on #NoDAPL movement (December 5, 2016)
Key Democrats in Congress are joining Indian Country in celebrating the historic decision to deny an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline but one lawmaker isn't on board.
Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian AffairsFiled Under: National | Politics
Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (November 16, 2016)
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will take on a new leadership role during the next session of Congress.
Tribes seek greater protections for sacred and cultural propertyFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | World
Tribes seek greater protections for sacred and cultural property (October 18, 2016)
Tribes have become increasingly alarmed as auction houses around the world have put hundreds of items up for sale to the highest bidder.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up sale of tribal property at field hearingFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | World
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up sale of tribal property at field hearing (October 13, 2016)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) is chairing the October 18 hearing at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
Lawmakers take action on Native youth and Indian Country billsFiled Under: National | Politics
Lawmakers take action on Native youth and Indian Country bills (September 29, 2016)
Four Indian Country bills cleared the Senate as lawmakers head into an extended break before the November election.
Bill to protect tribal cultural property gains steam on Capitol HillFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | World
Bill to protect tribal cultural property gains steam on Capitol Hill (September 20, 2016)
H.Con.Res.122, the PROTECT Patrimony Resolution, condemns the sale, transfer and export of tribal property.
Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendmentFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment (September 15, 2016)
The Water Resources Development Act includes a slew of pro-tribal provisions but doesn't address the current crisis at Standing Rock.
Association on American Indian Affairs hosts repatriation conferenceFiled Under: Law | National | World
Association on American Indian Affairs hosts repatriation conference (September 14, 2016)
The Indigenous International Repatriation Conference comes amid renewed attention on the theft and sale of tribal property.
Judge won't grant injunction to protect sacred sites in DAPL pathFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Judge won't grant injunction to protect sacred sites in DAPL path (September 12, 2016)
The #NoDAPL fight continues on legal and political fronts even after the Obama administration put a crucial portion of the controversial project on hold.
Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line voteFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line vote (September 8, 2016)
Sen. McCain (R-Arizona) blew up when faced with opposition to his bill to take funds from Bureau of Indian Education schools for a voucher program.
Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spillFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation sues Environmental Protection Agency for mine spill (August 17, 2016)
Key members of Congress are supporting the tribe's call for accountability one year after the Gold King Mine disaster.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meetingFiled Under: Business | Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting (June 9, 2016)
An Indian veterans health bill and an economic development bill for two New Mexico tribes can now be considered by the full Senate.
Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fireFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fire (May 11, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to reform the Bureau of Indian Education amid objections about funding levels.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves eight bills at meetingFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves eight bills at meeting (April 28, 2016)
The bills address Indian education, dam safety, Dine College on the Navajo Nation, Alaska Native health care and a New Mexico tribe.
Cronkite News: College on Navajo Nation seeks construction fundsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Cronkite News: College on Navajo Nation seeks construction funds (April 18, 2016)
A Diné College official asked a Senate committee Wednesday to fund “vitally needed” construction at the school – money that Congress has approved three times already since 1971 but has never allocated.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sends subpoena to leader of EPAFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sends subpoena to leader of EPA (April 13, 2016)
A business meeting to consider the subpoena was canceled after the chairman and vice chairman of the panel exercised their authority to issue the request.
Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facilityFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service aims to save certification for troubled facility (March 9, 2016)
The new leader of the beleaguered agency vowed to do 'whatever it takes' to prevent more facilities in the troubled Great Plains Area from losing a key source of funding.
New leader of Indian Health Service to testify about budget requestFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
New leader of Indian Health Service to testify about budget request (March 8, 2016)
Mary Smith, a member of the Cherokee Nation, took over the troubled agency just last week.
Tribes receive grants from Special Diabetes Program for IndiansFiled Under: Health
Tribes receive grants from Special Diabetes Program for Indians (January 28, 2016)
Congress authorized the program to provide $300 million over two years to help Indian Country fight high rates of the disease.
Tribes seek support for Native language instruction programsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Tribes seek support for Native language instruction programs (November 24, 2015)
A few simple changes in federal law will go a long way toward preserving Native languages, tribal leaders and educators said at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Senate passes resolution for Native American Heritage MonthFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate passes resolution for Native American Heritage Month (November 9, 2015)
The measure recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the United States and highlights their cultures and heritages.
Congress approves land-into-trust bill for Pueblos in New MexicoFiled Under: Business | National | Politics | Trust
Congress approves land-into-trust bill for Pueblos in New Mexico (October 7, 2015)
The tribes have transformed the former Albuquerque Indian School into a cultural and economic hub in the state's most populous city.
Senate passes land-into-trust measure for tribes in New MexicoFiled Under: Business | National | Politics | Trust
Senate passes land-into-trust measure for tribes in New Mexico (September 23, 2015)
The 19 Pueblos plan to use the land to expand economic development opportunities at the site of the former Albuquerque Indian School.
AmeriCorps awards grants to tribes in New Mexico and OklahomaFiled Under: Environment | National
AmeriCorps awards grants to tribes in New Mexico and Oklahoma (September 8, 2015)
Tribes will use the money for environmental, heath, veterans and elder-youth programs.
Navajo Nation welcomes Erin Brockovich in aftermath of disasterFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Navajo Nation welcomes Erin Brockovich in aftermath of disaster (September 7, 2015)
The tribe is still putting pressure on the Obama administration to do more to address the toxic waste spill at the Gold King Mine.
Navajo Nation remains cautious after spill impacts water systemFiled Under: Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation remains cautious after spill impacts water system (August 21, 2015)
Tribal leaders have refused to reopen the San Juan River and questioned the Environmental Protection Agency for delivering what they said were contaminated water tanks.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center set to break ground for StarbucksFiled Under: National
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center set to break ground for Starbucks (June 9, 2015)
The 4,000 square-foot facility will be one of the largest in New Mexico.
Bill introduced to exempt Indian Country from sequestration cutsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Bill introduced to exempt Indian Country from sequestration cuts (June 8, 2015)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) warn that the cuts could return in 2016 unless Congress takes action.
Senate headed toward final vote on Keystone XL Pipeline billFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate headed toward final vote on Keystone XL Pipeline bill (January 13, 2015)
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), the ranking member on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, joined Republicans in advancing debate on the measure.
Pueblo man chosen as chair of VA minority advisory committee Filed Under: National
Pueblo man chosen as chair of VA minority advisory committee (September 30, 2014)
Marvin Trujillo served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes seven bills at meetingFiled Under: Politics | Trust
Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes seven bills at meeting (May 21, 2014)
Bills address land-into-trust, Native youth, water rights, Alaska Native safety and energy development.
In The Loop: Sen. Tom Udall suggested as Interior SecretaryFiled Under: Politics
In The Loop: Sen. Tom Udall suggested as Interior Secretary (January 23, 2013)
"So much for a short list. Add another name to the possible candidates for Interior secretary, a post that will be vacant when Ken Salazar departs the agency in March:...
Santa Clara Pueblo waits on federal funds a year after major blazeFiled Under: Environment | National
Santa Clara Pueblo waits on federal funds a year after major blaze (July 9, 2012)
Sen. Tom Udall (far right) speaks with Kris Schafer (far left), Army Corps of Engineers, and Santa Clara Gov. Walter Dasheno (middle). Photo Courtesy Santa Clara Pueblo. Officials in...
Sen. Tom Udall floor statement on tribes and VAWA measureFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Sen. Tom Udall floor statement on tribes and VAWA measure (April 26, 2012)
The following is the text of a floor statement by Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) on the tribal provisions of S.1925, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act....

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