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A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track
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A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track (May 23, 2018)

The Trump administration has finally announced new advocates for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push
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Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push (May 22, 2018)

Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.

Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act
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Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act (May 17, 2018)

A bipartisan bill aimed at stopping the trafficking of tribal items is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill amid ongoing concern over the sale of cultural property.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill (May 15, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is working to ensure the Farm Bill doesn't leave tribal communities behind.

Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill
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Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2018)

Tara Sweeney’s confirmation hearing for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs was almost a celebration.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment (May 10, 2018)

President Trump's pick to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs is promising to take on harassment in a place where it seems all too common.

Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era
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Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era (April 25, 2018)

Newly disclosed figures show Indian Country is losing ground when into comes to land-into-trust in the Trump era.

Graham Lee Brewer: A bipartisan meltdown over the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
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Graham Lee Brewer: A bipartisan meltdown over the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (April 24, 2018)

A bill exempting tribal nations from labor regulations fails in the Senate as union concerns trump sovereignty.

Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
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Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital (April 23, 2018)

Citing chronic underfunding and inaction at the federal level, tribes in the Great Plains are planning to take over a troubled Indian Health Service hospital.

Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS'
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Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS' (April 18, 2018)

The tribal self-governance program, a key development in the self-determination era, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with some achievements.

Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill
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Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill (April 18, 2018)

When it comes to tribal homelands, the Senate has some catching up to do with the House.

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails
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'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails (April 17, 2018)

A vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act failed in spectacular fashion evening but a key leader says the fight isn't over.

Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill
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Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill (April 17, 2018)

A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law is fueling an all-out partisan war on Capitol Hill, the likes of which one top Democrat is calling unprecedented.

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
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Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill (April 12, 2018)

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.

Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill
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Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill (March 26, 2018)

Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts, victims of crime and other key initiatives are now law thanks to bipartisan action in Congress.

Bill to help tribes with AMBER Alert systems set to clear another hurdle
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Bill to help tribes with AMBER Alert systems set to clear another hurdle (February 26, 2018)

A bill to help tribes develop AMBER Alert systems on their reservations is getting closer to final passage on Capitol Hill.

Failed Indian Health Service nominee lashes out after being abandoned
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Failed Indian Health Service nominee lashes out after being abandoned (February 22, 2018)

Robert Weaver, President Donald Trump’s failed pick to lead the Indian Health Service, is lashing out after the White House abandoned his nomination without so much as an explanation.

Trump nominee for Indian Health Service drops out amid doubts about record
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Trump nominee for Indian Health Service drops out amid doubts about record (February 21, 2018)

Robert Weaver, President Donald Trump’s embattled nominee to lead the Indian Health Service, is no longer under consideration for the job.

Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
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Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

The leader of the National Congress of American Indians singled out a controversial bill as a threat to tribal sovereignty as he called on lawmakers to work on more productive ways to improve public safety in tribal communities.

Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan
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Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan (February 13, 2018)

President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure appears to offer little more than a nod to tribal governments, though his new budget promises support for fixing deteriorating Indian schools.

Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations
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Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2018)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered the Congressional response to the State of Indian Nations in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Udall pushes for extension of key Indian diabetes program
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Sen. Udall pushes for extension of key Indian diabetes program (February 5, 2018)

Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) is pushing Congress to extend the Special Diabetes Program for Indians before the funds run out next month.

Funding for Indian diabetes program in limbo as shutdown looms in Washington
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Funding for Indian diabetes program in limbo as shutdown looms in Washington (February 2, 2018)

Tribal advocates continue to lobby Congress in hopes of securing long-term funding for a key diabetes program.

Shutdown ends but the battle for Indian health care funding continues
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Shutdown ends but the battle for Indian health care funding continues (January 23, 2018)

The recent federal government shutdown exposed shortcomings within the Indian health care system, including the vulnerability of tribal health care programs.

Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 12, 2017)

A years-long effort by tribes is coming to fruition as the Trump administration prepares to return the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to its familiar roots.

Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears
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Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears (December 5, 2017)

Tribes are fighting back after President Donald Trump announced a dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes
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President Trump stuns Indian Country with 'Pocahontas' slur in front of Navajo war heroes (November 27, 2017)

President Donald Trump sparked widespread outrage in Indian Country after marring an event featuring Navajo war heroes with a derogatory slur.

Cronkite News: Tribes left out of Republican push for tax reform in Washington
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Cronkite News: Tribes left out of Republican push for tax reform in Washington (November 2, 2017)

A day before Republicans were expected to unveil their plan to overhaul the tax code, tribal leaders and senators complained that Indian Country once again does not have a seat at the table.

Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions
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Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions (October 20, 2017)

Congress is moving forward with an overdue budget plan that fails to take some of Indian Country's key interests into account.

Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations
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Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations (October 4, 2017)

The Trump administration is dropping a bomb on Indian Country by proposing dramatic changes to the land-into-trust process.

Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism
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Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism (October 3, 2017)

The Trump administration announced another round of Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism on Capitol Hill about its commitments to the first Americans.

Lawmakers seek to reauthorize Indian housing programs questioned by Trump
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Lawmakers seek to reauthorize Indian housing programs questioned by Trump (September 29, 2017)

Lawmakers are launching a second attempt to reauthorize a critical Indian housing law that expired four years ago.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules hearing on human trafficking (September 19, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold an oversight hearing on September 27 to focus on human trafficking of Native Americans.

Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs
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Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 14, 2017)

Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country said they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits but lawmakers said much more needs to be done.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs mourns death of colleague Pete Domenici (September 13, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs took a moment of silence to honor of one of its former members, the late Pete Domenici.

Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote
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Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote (July 28, 2017)

Key Democrats in the Senate were prepared to fight for Indian health care but it turns out they didn't need to, thanks to three Republicans.

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.

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.

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.

President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
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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 meeting
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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 Service
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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 Department
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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 Obamacare
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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 Pipeline
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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 meeting
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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 foe
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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 Pipeline
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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 vote
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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 leadership
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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 Affairs
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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 movement
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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 Affairs
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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 property
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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 hearing
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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.