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US Attorney recused in Crow Creek Sioux Tribe chairman's case (10/14)
For unexplained reasons, the U.S. Attorney in South Dakota and the entire office is recused in the case against Duane Big Eagle, the chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. The indictment against Big Eagle, 60, on bribery charges was...

Sen. Johnson hails urban Indian health clinic in South Dakota (10/12)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said he will try to secure more funds for urban Indian health programs. Johnson praised the work of the South Dakota Urban Indian Health during a tour on Monday. The clinic is one of 34...

Tim Johnson: Thoughts on South Dakota Native American Day (10/11)
The following is the opinion of Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota). In 1990, the State of South Dakota declared the second Monday in October as Native American Day. This initial effort was to highlight the significant contributions that American Indians...

HUD Secretary testifies at South Dakota field hearing on housing (08/18)
Shaun Donovan, the Secretary for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will testify at a field hearing on Indian housing next week in South Dakota. Donovan will appear before a joint hearing of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee...

Sen. Johnson schedules hearing on Indian housing in South Dakota (08/02)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the Senate Banking Committee will hold a joint hearing on Indian housing in South Dakota on August 25. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota), a member of both committees, said he requested the hearing to...

Tim Johnson: Health reform law responds to tribal needs (04/23)
The following is the opinion of Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota). As a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I have worked tirelessly to help improve health care across South Dakota’s reservations. Unfortunately, that battle has often been an...

Senate confirms Rosebud Sioux woman to HHS position (03/04)
By unanimous consent, the Senate on Wednesday night confirmed Lillian Sparks as Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Sparks is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe...

Lawmakers concerned about auction of tribal land (12/11)
Members of South Dakota's Congressional delegation are concerned about the auction of land belonging to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota), Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) said they...

Indian Health Care Improvement Act clears hurdle (12/04)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved S.1790, the Indian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization and Extension Act, at a business meeting on Thursday. The bill permanently reauthorizes all current Indian health programs, eliminating the need for tribes to go to Congress...

Johnson and Thune cool to Black Hills talk (10/08)
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) aren't eager to talk about the Black Hills even as Sioux tribes have been holding historic meetings to discuss a potential settlement. Johnson isn't taking a position because he...

Tim Giago: Coffee and bagels with Tim Johnson (08/24)
He still has an open eye and ear for anything and everything happening in Indian Country. It is one of the main interests in his life and it shows. Senator Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) moves a little slower, shakes hands with...

South Dakota tribes meet with US Senators (08/18)
Leaders of all nine South Dakota tribes met with Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Sen. John Thune (R-South Dakota) on Monday. Tribal leaders discussed a wide range of issues, from law enforcement to education to health care. "It’s time...

Oglala woman recommended for USDA position (02/27)
Elsie Meeks, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, could soon be joining new administration of President Barack Obama. Meeks has been recommended to serve as the director of Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office. She is...

Omnibus bill includes reservation projects (02/24)
An omnibus spending bill under consideration in Congress includes millions of dollars in tribal projects, Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) said. The FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act funds numerous federal agencies and includes several appropriations bills that are normally considered...