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Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda (March 6, 2018)

The Trump administration is asking tribes about easing burdens in environmental reviews even as it seeks to add more hurdles in other areas.

Red Lake Nation land swap is 'never going to happen' under Trump (March 5, 2018)

The Red Lake Nation pulled out of a land swap with an energy company amid concerns that the deal would be held up in Washington, D.C.

Umatilla Tribes enter cooperative agreement for Cobell land program (March 1, 2018)

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are getting a second shot at the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Jefferson Keel and Ernie Stevens: A moral obligation to help tribes restore homelands (February 1, 2018)

The Department of the Interior has embarked upon changes to Federal Indian policy that could negatively impact our tribal nations for generations to come.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills (February 1, 2018)

Two tribal land bills are getting their first hearing in the 115th Congress.

Bill to restore Eastern Cherokee homelands moves forward in Congress (January 18, 2018)

A bill to return ancestral lands in Tennessee to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case (January 18, 2018)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe can sue the federal government for mismanaging its trust funds all the way back to 1946, a federal judge said in a ruling with major implications for Indian Country.

House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians (January 15, 2018)

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a big step forward in the 115th Congress this week.

Osage Nation's 'Reign of Terror' gains renewed attention with book and film (January 11, 2018)

Jim Gray won’t forget. His parents made sure of that, naming him for a great-grandfather who fell victim to greed and racism, along with so many Osage people.

Secretary Zinke outlines nationwide reorganization of Interior Department (January 11, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is seeking 'bipartisan' support for a major reorganization at the Department of the Interior that will impact Indian Country.

Eastern Cherokees see strong support for Tennessee land-into-trust bill (January 10, 2018)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is seeing strong support for a bill to restore some of its ancestral lands in Tennessee.

President Trump signs second Indian bill into law to help tribes in Oregon (January 9, 2018)

Less than a month after securing his first Indian legislative achievement, President Donald Trump has signed a second tribal bill into law.

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.

Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes (December 12, 2017)

The Trump administration has quietly reinstated a waiting period for land-into-trust applications, reversing an Obama-era policy without consulting tribes about the change.

Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change (November 28, 2017)

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a major step forward on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration considers changes widely opposed in Indian Country.

Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory (November 27, 2017)

After delaying action for more than two months, the Supreme Court finally delivered victory to the Oneida Nation in a long-running land case. But there's some drama thanks to Justice Clarence Thomas.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal self-determination and land bills (November 9, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will take testimony on three tribal self-determination and land bills on November 15.

Trump administration delays roll-out of controversial trust land rule after uproar (November 3, 2017)

In a temporary victory for Indian Country, the Trump administration is delaying the roll-out of controversial changes to the land-into-trust process

Chumash Tribe finally secures county approval for land-into-trust agreement (October 31, 2017)

It took years of work and prodding from Congress but the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians finally reached a land-into-trust agreement in California.

Bryan Newland: Trump administration must explain need for new tribal land rules (October 26, 2017)

Why is the Trump administration trying to make it harder for tribes to restore their homelands? Attorney Byran Newland has questions.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances bill to benefit Klamath Tribes (October 26, 2017)

A bill to repeal one of the many remnants of the termination era is advancing in Congress.

Cronkite News: Tribal leaders call 'empowerment' bill a step in the right direction (October 26, 2017)

Tribal leaders backed a House bill that would give them the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for virtually any use.

Tribes press Congress for greater authority -- including taxation -- over their lands (October 25, 2017)

Tribal leaders and their advocates are embracing a once-controversial Indian land bill, seeing it as a means for exercising greater control of their economic futures.

Osage Nation clears another hurdle in long-running fight with wind farm in Oklahoma (October 24, 2017)

The Osage Nation has cleared another hurdle its long-running dispute with a wind farm in Oklahoma but the battle is far from over.

Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs among witnesses for controversial tribal land bill (October 23, 2017)

The Trump team's views on the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities will get a public airing this week as lawmakers take testimony on a controversial tribal lands bill.

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.

House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act (October 19, 2017)

A controversial Indian lands bill that faced repeated opposition during the Obama administration is seeing new life in the Trump era.

Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process (October 17, 2017)

Tribal leaders are lashing out at the Trump administration again, this time over rule changes they said will make it all but impossible to restore their homelands.

Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands (October 12, 2017)

Where Congress has failed to take action on one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases, tribes are seeing successes elsewhere as they seek to restore their homelands.

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.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma (October 3, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on three tribal bills, including one of significant interest in Oklahoma.

Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.

Chumash Tribe reaches tentative agreement in long-running land-into-trust fight (September 26, 2017)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is close to a deal to end a long-running dispute over its land-into-trust application in California.

Lytton Band questions poll that shows opposition to land-into-trust legislation (September 25, 2017)

The Lytton Band of Pomo Indians is questioning a poll that uncovered significant opposition to the tribe's land-into-trust bill, which passed the House with no objections.

President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent (September 22, 2017)

President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.