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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.

Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 145-acre island at Lake Superior (September 21, 2017)

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is celebrating a historic achievement by reclaiming its ancestral lands in Minnesota.

Osage Nation secures landmark decision in dispute over construction of wind farm (September 18, 2017)

A landmark decision from a federal appeals court clears the way for the Osage Nation to recover damages from the operators of a contested wind farm in Oklahoma.

Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process (September 8, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is attempting to reform the lengthy environmental review process, an initiative that could benefit Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke appoints tribal representatives to committee for royalty policy (September 6, 2017)

The Royalty Policy Committee is once again active at the Department of the Interior and will help guide decisions affecting Indian lands.

Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county (August 8, 2017)

A bill to place about 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Cherokee Nation hails approval of land-into-trust application for health center (August 3, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation now has more than 61,000 acres in trust in Oklahoma.

Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications (July 27, 2017)

The Trump administration has made its first major land-into-trust decision and it doesn't look good for Indian Country.

Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion (July 25, 2017)

Another pro-tribal legal opinion is on the chopping block as the Trump administration struggles with the land-into-trust process.

Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process (July 24, 2017)

Changes to the land-into-trust process will never satisfy critics, attorney Bryan Newland writes on Turtle Talk.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)

Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications (July 20, 2017)

For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)

In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process (July 14, 2017)

Despite a rocky couple of days on Capitol Hill for tribal interests, it wasn't all bad news this week for Indian Country.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)

Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests (July 11, 2017)

If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's not going to happen this week.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)

A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.