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Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward (September 13, 2017)
It's been more than two decades since Congress passed a stand-alone federal recognition bill but six tribes in Virginia are hoping to turn the tide in their favor.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at business meeting (September 11, 2017)
Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia, economic development for tribes in Oregon and housing for Native veterans are on the agenda for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow
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Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow (August 8, 2017)
A bill to designate a clinic for the late Joe Medicine Crow, a celebrated veteran from the Crow Tribe, is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Morongo Band enters into agreement to help tribal veterans secure home loans
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Morongo Band enters into agreement to help tribal veterans secure home loans (August 8, 2017)
The Morongo Band of Mission Indians will be helping tribal veterans in southern California secure home loans as part of an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)
Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.

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.

Denver American Horse: Water protectors are always in my prayers
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Denver American Horse: Water protectors are always in my prayers (December 19, 2016)
Denver American Horse, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, writes his column in the Lakota language

Denver American Horse: Native veterans travel far for health care
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Denver American Horse: Native veterans travel far for health care (December 12, 2016)
Denver American Horse, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, writes his weekly column in the Lakota language.

Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending bills
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Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending bills (September 29, 2016)
Lawmakers again failed to approve funding for Indian Country programs but averted a shutdown of the federal government.

Lakota Country Times: Clinic for Native veterans in South Dakota shut down
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Lakota Country Times: Clinic for Native veterans in South Dakota shut down (September 27, 2016)
Some Native veterans will be forced to take a long journey once health care services supported by the Veterans Administration on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation come to an end on October 1.

Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosts Department of Veterans Affairs
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Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosts Department of Veterans Affairs (June 21, 2016)
Participants will be able to speak with VA officials and learn about home loans, the GI Bill and other services for veterans.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting
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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.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting (June 6, 2016)
The committee will take up S.2916, a bill to address leasing issues for two New Mexico tribes, and S.2417, the Tribal Veterans Health Care Enhancement Act.

Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe debuts veterans housing
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Lakota Country Times: Oglala Sioux Tribe debuts veterans housing (May 10, 2016)
The South Dakota tribe is participating in the new Veterans Affairs Support Housing program.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two bills
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Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two bills (May 9, 2016)
Lawmakers will take testimony on a bill to help Native veterans with health care services and another to update data used for the Johnson-O'Malley education program.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing (May 5, 2016)
Three bills are on the agenda for the business meeting while the hearing will focus on a veterans health and the Johnson O’Malley program.

Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act protects federal funds for tribes
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Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act protects federal funds for tribes (April 20, 2016)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin) wants to make sure tribes aren't punished for developing their own cannabis laws and policies.

Gila River Indian Community sues over health care for veterans
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Gila River Indian Community sues over health care for veterans (March 24, 2016)
A provision in the Affordable Care Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to reimburse tribes for care provided to veterans who are eligible for services at a VA facility.

Wounded Warriors Family Support reaches out to tribal veterans
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Wounded Warriors Family Support reaches out to tribal veterans (February 3, 2016)
Seven tribes have received vehicles to help veterans who need transportation and transition assistance on their reservations.

Tribes awarded $5.9M to combat homelessness among veterans
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Tribes awarded $5.9M to combat homelessness among veterans (January 8, 2016)
The 26 tribal recipients will be able to meet the specific needs of their warriors by providing them with rental vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and services from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Oklahoma tribes receive VA grants for veterans cemeteries
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Oklahoma tribes receive VA grants for veterans cemeteries (August 18, 2015)
The Seminole Nation completed its cemetery in November 2014 and the Ponca Tribe is completing work on its cemetery.

Lawsuit threatened over halt of sweat lodge ceremony at VA
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Lawsuit threatened over halt of sweat lodge ceremony at VA (July 17, 2015)
Monthly sweat lodges at the Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, have been canceled twice so far this year.

Appropriations bill allows VA hospitals to recommend marijuana
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Appropriations bill allows VA hospitals to recommend marijuana (May 26, 2015)
Doctors in states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes will be able to discuss the drug with veterans.

Crow Tribe to use $1.2M grant to establish veterans cemetery
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Crow Tribe to use $1.2M grant to establish veterans cemetery (April 30, 2015)
The Apsaalooke Veterans Cemetery in Crow Agency ensures that tribal veterans will be buried close to home.

MTPR: Native Americans urged to sign up for healthcare plans
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MTPR: Native Americans urged to sign up for healthcare plans (November 18, 2014)
Native Americans who are eligible for the Indian Health Service are being encouraged to sign up for additional coverage at HealthCare.Gov.

National Congress of American Indians set to open convention
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National Congress of American Indians set to open convention (October 27, 2014)
Several Cabinet secretaries will be making appearances at this year's meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pueblo man chosen as chair of VA minority advisory committee
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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.

Mark Rogers: Money alone won't fix problems at Veterans Affairs
Opinion
Mark Rogers: Money alone won't fix problems at Veterans Affairs (August 5, 2014)
Mark Rogers welcomes $17 billion plan to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mark Rogers: System exploits misery of our nation's veterans
Opinion
Mark Rogers: System exploits misery of our nation's veterans (July 24, 2014)
Mark Rogers shares his struggle with the Veterans Affairs Department.

Heidi Heitkamp: Doing more to help  Native American veterans
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Heidi Heitkamp: Doing more to help Native American veterans (July 2, 2014)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) hosted a Native American Veterans Summit last month.

Steve Russell: Blame for VA and IHS shortfalls rests on  Congress
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Steve Russell: Blame for VA and IHS shortfalls rests on Congress (May 23, 2014)
Steve Russell looks at the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal and links it to the Indian Health Service.

Navajo Nation struggles with adequate housing for its veterans
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Navajo Nation struggles with adequate housing for its veterans (March 10, 2014)
The Navajo Nation set up a $6 million trust fund in 1998 to provide housing for its veterans but many go without adequate housing.

Audio & Video from White House Tribal Nations Conference
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Audio & Video from White House Tribal Nations Conference (November 13, 2013)
The White House Tribal Nations Conference began this morning at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C.

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux veterans reach out to peers
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Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux veterans reach out to peers (November 11, 2013)
For many veterans, generational divides prevent servicemen from connecting and addressing the issues they all face collectively.

Native Sun News: Dedication set for Oglala veterans cemetery
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Native Sun News: Dedication set for Oglala veterans cemetery (September 13, 2013)
Honoring the warriors who have made their commitment to protecting their people continues on, even after death.

Native veterans seek support for memorial on  National Mall
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Native veterans seek support for memorial on National Mall (May 28, 2013)
Native American veterans deserve their own memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., supporters say. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who sits on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, introduced a...

IHS due to take bigger cut  than expected  with budget sequester
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IHS due to take bigger cut than expected with budget sequester (March 12, 2013)
Sequestration of the federal budget will take a bigger hit on the Indian Health Service than expected, Indian Country Today reports. IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux initially told tribal leaders to...

Agreement allows VA to reimburse IHS for veterans' services
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Agreement allows VA to reimburse IHS for veterans' services (December 7, 2012)
The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Service reached an agreement to address health care for American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. Under the agreement,...

Native Sun News:  Oglala Sioux Tribe  starts veterans cemetery
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Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe starts veterans cemetery (October 16, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Myron Pourier, Office of the Fifth Member of the...

Oglala Sioux Tribe receives $6.5M to build    veterans cemetery
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Oglala Sioux Tribe receives $6.5M to build veterans cemetery (September 25, 2012)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe has received a $6.5 million grant to build a veterans cemetery on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The money came from the Department of...

Sen. Tester: Taking better care of our Native American veterans
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Sen. Tester: Taking better care of our Native American veterans (June 29, 2012)
Montana is home to more than 5,000 Native American veterans. The percentage of Indian people who serve America’s military is higher than any other ethnic group. To all of them,...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe plans veterans cemetery
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Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe plans veterans cemetery (May 15, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Talli Nauman, Native Sun News Health & Environment Editor. All content © Native Sun News. The Rapid City-based FourFront Design Inc. team...

Native Sun News: Move of VA facility affects Indian veterans
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Native Sun News: Move of VA facility affects Indian veterans (February 29, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Karin Eagle, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. Veterans of all races unite, with the support of...

Native Sun News: Closure of VA hospital hurts Indian veterans
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Native Sun News: Closure of VA hospital hurts Indian veterans (December 22, 2011)
Avis Little Eagle. Photo Amanda Takes War Bonnett. RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- For Native American veterans, closing down the VA Hospital at Hot Springs could bring many hardships....

Pascua Yaqui  Tribe receives  grant to build  veterans cemetery
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Pascua Yaqui Tribe receives grant to build veterans cemetery (October 4, 2011)
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona has received a $322,554 grant to build a veterans cemetery on the reservation. The tribe will use the money for a two-acre cemetery. The...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe  receives $7M grant   for veterans cemetery
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe receives $7M grant for veterans cemetery (September 21, 2011)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota has received a $7 million grant to build the first veterans cemetery in Indian Country. The tribe is the first receive money from...

Native Sun News: Field hearing examines Indian veteran care
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Native Sun News: Field hearing examines Indian veteran care (September 8, 2011)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy. All content © Native Sun News. Don Lounder RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA -- Native Americans have served in the armed...

Opinion: Native American veterans deserve housing assistance
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Opinion: Native American veterans deserve housing assistance (March 8, 2011)
"With American Indians and Alaska Natives more than 2 1/2 more likely to join the armed services than all other ethnicities, care of our veterans is of vital importance to...

Rosebud Sioux Tribe plans the first VA cemetery in Indian Country
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe plans the first VA cemetery in Indian Country (February 8, 2011)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is working with the Department of Veterans Affairs to plan what would be the first national cemetery in Indian Country. The $5.3 million...

Veterans Affairs establishes Office of Tribal Government Relations
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Veterans Affairs establishes Office of Tribal Government Relations (February 1, 2011)
The Department of Veterans Affairs has created a new Office of Tribal Government Relations. The office will assist American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian veterans. "There is a long,...

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