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Bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans advaces on Capitol Hill
Bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans advaces on Capitol Hill (March 11, 2020)

A bipartisan bill to improve health care for urban Indian veterans is taking another step forward on Capitol Hill.


Native veterans legislation gaining steam on Capitol Hill
Native veterans legislation gaining steam on Capitol Hill (February 4, 2020)

American Indians and Alaska Natives enlist in the U.S. military at the highest rates, per capita, of any racial or ethnic group.


Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised
Native American veterans still struggling to get the health care they were promised (January 17, 2020)

Access to health care has been a challenge for Native American veterans for decades, and they suffer some of the worst health outcomes


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing (December 11, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.


RECAP: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs #MMIW meeting and Native veterans hearing
RECAP: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs #MMIW meeting and Native veterans hearing (November 21, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs had a busy day, taking up #MMIW legislation and Native veterans issues.


Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House
Native veterans head to Capitol Hill after event at White House (November 20, 2019)

American Indians and Alaska Natives serve in the U.S. military at the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group but their needs often go ignored or are overshadowed by other developments.


Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town
Clara Caufield: Life in a reservation border town (October 8, 2019)

It’s good to live off the Rez, but still be close enough to visit home.


Cronkite News: Veterans Affairs touts improvement in patient wait times
Cronkite News: Veterans Affairs touts improvement in patient wait times (July 25, 2019)

Five years after a hospital for veterans made headlines for falsifying patient wait time records, officials promoted a 'tremendous transformation.'


Ivan Star Comes Out: Where does Donald Trump want Indians to 'go back' to?
Ivan Star Comes Out: Where does Donald Trump want Indians to 'go back' to? (July 19, 2019)

I endured a war on their behalf and acquired diseases as a result, yet I am still a 'damn Indian.'


Recap: Opening day of 10th annual National Tribal Health Summit
Recap: Opening day of 10th annual National Tribal Health Summit (May 13, 2019)

More than 600 tribal health leaders are attending the 10th annual annual National Tribal Public Health Summit.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances more legislation in troubled climate (February 6, 2019)

After a somewhat disappointing start in the Trump era, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues to hit the ground running.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules second business meeting (February 4, 2019)

Native languages, Native veterans and tribal economic development are the subject of three bills being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Native Sun News Today: Flandreau Santee Sioux veteran lauded for efforts
Native Sun News Today: Flandreau Santee Sioux veteran lauded for efforts (January 22, 2019)

Dr. Allen Ross has been recognized as the South Dakota Veteran Supporter of the Year.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to support veterans
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation continues to support veterans (December 14, 2018)

America’s veterans, including many Cherokee men and women, committed a portion of their lives to preserving our collective freedoms.


Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans
Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans (August 17, 2018)

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not have to reimburse the Gila River Indian Community for services provided to tribal veterans.


'Who do you think you are?': Lakota veteran encounters resistance at the VA
'Who do you think you are?': Lakota veteran encounters resistance at the VA (May 14, 2018)

With the Department of Veterans Affairs still lacking leadership, one Native veteran is glad Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) helped derail the man who was supposed to lead the agency.


Trump's pick to lead Department of Veterans Affairs withdraws amid doubts
Trump's pick to lead Department of Veterans Affairs withdraws amid doubts (April 26, 2018)

Another one of President Donald Trump's nominees has dropped out of the confirmation process after questions were raised by key lawmakers.


Native Sun News Today: Homeless veterans in South Dakota share their stories
Native Sun News Today: Homeless veterans in South Dakota share their stories (November 14, 2017)

Even with the United States’ large military budget, we cannot seem to properly care for our veterans.


Federal recognition bill for six tribes in Virginia inches another step forward
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Gila River Indian Community sues over health care for veterans (March 24, 2016)

The Affordable Care Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to reimburse tribes for care provided to eligible veterans.


Wounded Warriors Family Support reaches out to tribal veterans
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,...