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Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement (April 21, 2017)
The agreement confirms and quantifies the tribe's water rights in Montana and authorizes $471 million in investments on the reservation.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances nine bills at first meeting
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances nine bills at first meeting (February 9, 2017)
Members of the panel are hoping bipartisanship wins the day even as Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on Capitol Hill.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on bipartisan bills
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on bipartisan bills (February 6, 2017)
The committee is set to advance a slew of bills that address economic development, employment, Native languages, water rights and other issues.

House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues gains a new leader
National | Politics
House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues gains a new leader (February 3, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is getting a reboot after going through a rough patch in the last session of Congress.

Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs
National | Politics
Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairs (January 26, 2017)
Having Republicans in control of Congress hasn't resulted in much progress for Indian Country's legislative agenda, at least on the House side of Capitol Hill.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership (January 6, 2017)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) are taking control of the key panel.

John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country (December 29, 2016)
As a Republican, I truly believe that tribes and their members are better off when Washington stays out of the way.

President Obama signs land bills for two tribes in Oregon into law
Politics | Trust
President Obama signs land bills for two tribes in Oregon into law (December 15, 2016)
The legislation makes it easier for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde to restore their homelands.

Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior Secretary
Environment | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Republican lawmaker with a better tribal record tapped for Interior Secretary (December 15, 2016)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has supported tribes on water rights, federal recognition, sovereignty and other matters.

National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country
Environment | National | Politics | Trust
National water bill offers a bunch of goodies for Indian Country (December 13, 2016)
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes one repatriation provision, two major infrastructure packages, three land-into-trust acquisitions and four water settlements.

Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress
Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Oklahoma tribes win approval of water deal without so much as a hearing in Congress (December 13, 2016)
Tribes have been having trouble getting water settlements through Congress but those hurdles posed no problems for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation.

Northwest tribes set to reclaim ancestor known as the Ancient One
Environment | National | Politics
Northwest tribes set to reclaim ancestor known as the Ancient One (December 12, 2016)
The Kennewick Man will finally be coming home once President Barack Obama signs a national water bill into law.

Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
National | Politics
Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (December 7, 2016)
Democrats have already named Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as vice chair while Republicans have not announced who will serve as chair.

Congress passes long-awaited land bills for two tribes in Oregon
Politics | Trust
Congress passes long-awaited land bills for two tribes in Oregon (December 6, 2016)
The bills help the Siletz Tribes and the Grand Ronde Tribes restore their homelands.

Senate committee ready for hearing on Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Education | National | Politics
Senate committee ready for hearing on Cobell buy-back program (December 5, 2016)
A panel of tribal and federal witnesses will discuss the $1.9 billion land consolidation effort at the December 7 hearing.

Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Senate committee schedules hearing on Cobell buy-back program (November 22, 2016)
The 114th Congress is drawing to a close and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has added a hearing to its agenda.

Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
National | Politics
Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (November 16, 2016)
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will take on a new leadership role during the next session of Congress.

Tribes reminded about new rule affecting overtime for employees
Business | National | Politics
Tribes reminded about new rule affecting overtime for employees (November 1, 2016)
Tribes will be required to increase overtime wages for employees but some say it will hurt programs and services.

Lakota Country Times: Tribes oppose transfer of treaty territory
National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Tribes oppose transfer of treaty territory (October 28, 2016)
The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Association has passed a resolution against a proposed land transfer in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Raúl Grijalva: Republicans still won't listen to Indian Country
Environment | Opinion | Politics
Raúl Grijalva: Republicans still won't listen to Indian Country (October 26, 2016)
'Over the past two years, the House has failed to fulfill one of its most fundamental responsibilities to Indian country: approving and funding Indian water rights settlements.'

Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill
National | Politics
Ute Tribe goes to war against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill (October 19, 2016)
The Utah tribe is hoping to defeat Republican Congressman Rob Bishop at the polls next month.

Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates 'sacred' items kept in boxes
Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates 'sacred' items kept in boxes (October 19, 2016)
Tribal leaders sat in shock as a non-Indian witnesses brought out cardboard boxes containing what he said were sacred items.

Tribes seek greater protections for sacred and cultural property
Environment | Law | National | Politics | World
Tribes seek greater protections for sacred and cultural property (October 18, 2016)
Tribes have become increasingly alarmed as auction houses around the world have put hundreds of items up for sale to the highest bidder.

Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Republicans upset with lack of criminal charges in Gold King Mine disaster (October 17, 2016)
An August 2015 spill at the abandoned mine in Colorado sent at estimated 3 million gallons of toxic waste into the waters of three reservations.

President Obama signs Native youth commission bill into law
Education | Health | National | Politics
President Obama signs Native youth commission bill into law (October 14, 2016)
More so than any other president, Barack Obama has maintained a strong connection with Native youth.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up sale of tribal property at field hearing
Environment | Law | National | Politics | World
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up sale of tribal property at field hearing (October 13, 2016)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) is chairing the October 18 hearing at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal
National | Politics | Trust
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal (October 12, 2016)
More than 500,000 acres has been placed in trust but the figure includes properties that weren't the subject of land-into-trust applications.

President Obama signs Nevada Native Nations Land Act into law
National | Politics | Trust
President Obama signs Nevada Native Nations Land Act into law (October 7, 2016)
Six tribes in Nevada will be regaining some of their ancestral territory under H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act.

Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy
Environment | National | Politics
Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy (October 3, 2016)
The Ute Tribe, a leader in energy development, is curiously absent from the witness list amid a dispute with a powerful Republican.

Cochiti Pueblo reclaims ancestral land in deal with New Mexico
Environment | Politics
Cochiti Pueblo reclaims ancestral land in deal with New Mexico (September 30, 2016)
The tribe secured about 9,000 acres of sacred sites and other important areas near its reservation.

Lawmakers take action on Native youth and Indian Country bills
National | Politics
Lawmakers take action on Native youth and Indian Country bills (September 29, 2016)
Four Indian Country bills cleared the Senate as lawmakers head into an extended break before the November election.

Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal (September 29, 2016)
A settlement for the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation is close to becoming law even though it has never been put to a hearing.

Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending bills
National | Politics
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.

House approves national water bill without #NoDAPL amendment
Environment | Law | National | Politics
House approves national water bill without #NoDAPL amendment (September 28, 2016)
Lawmakers worked late into the night to address a water crisis but not the one being followed by Indian Country.

Field hearing scheduled on energy development in Indian Country
Environment | National | Politics
Field hearing scheduled on energy development in Indian Country (September 28, 2016)
The House Committee on Natural Resources will be meeting in New Mexico to discuss barriers to development on tribal lands.

Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab'
Environment | National | Politics
Ute Tribe continues battle against 'modern day Indian land grab' (September 28, 2016)
Chairman Shaun Chapoose attended the White House Tribal Nations Conference and met with the White House Council on Native American Affairs amid the controversy.

President Barack Obama signs bill to promote Native tourism into law
Business | National | Politics
President Barack Obama signs bill to promote Native tourism into law (September 26, 2016)
The NATIVE Act makes a simple change that supporters hope will send more tourism dollars to Native communities.

House passes measure to combat illegal sale of tribal property
Law | National | Politics | World
House passes measure to combat illegal sale of tribal property (September 23, 2016)
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-New Mexico) is working closely with tribes to help them recover their sacred and spiritual items.

Mike Rounds: Righting the historical wrongs against Native citizens
Opinion | Politics
Mike Rounds: Righting the historical wrongs against Native citizens (September 23, 2016)
Imagine a scenario today in which the federal government, with no due process, forcibly removes children of a specific race from their homes and places them into a boarding school more than a thousand miles away from their family and friends.

Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward (September 22, 2016)
Tribes and Democrats have branded the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act as a 'modern day Indian land grab' but Republicans are pushing it through anyway.

Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for tribes in Virginia
Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Long overdue federal recognition for tribes in Virginia (September 22, 2016)
'It is time for the government to put this issue to rest and acknowledge the legitimacy of the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes.'

Democrats host forum on Dakota Access Pipeline on Capitol Hill
Environment | National | Politics
Democrats host forum on Dakota Access Pipeline on Capitol Hill (September 21, 2016)
With Republican lawmakers continuing to ignore the growing #NoDAPL movement, Democrats on Capitol Hill are taking matters into their own hands.

Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close (September 21, 2016)
With a new president on the horizon, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has just four more months to reach its goal of placing 500,000 acres in trust.

Bill to protect tribal cultural property gains steam on Capitol Hill
Law | National | Politics | World
Bill to protect tribal cultural property gains steam on Capitol Hill (September 20, 2016)
H.Con.Res.122, the PROTECT Patrimony Resolution, condemns the sale, transfer and export of tribal property.

House panel sets markup on Pechanga Band and Alaska Native bills
Environment | National | Politics
House panel sets markup on Pechanga Band and Alaska Native bills (September 19, 2016)
Allotments for Alaska Native veterans, water rights for the Pechanga Band and the controversial Utah Public Lands are on the agenda.

Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab'
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Utah Republican moves quickly on 'modern day Indian land grab' (September 19, 2016)
H.R.5780, the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act, has already been scheduled for a markup, barely a week after an emotional hearing in Washington, D.C.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting
Business | Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (September 19, 2016)
Bills to reform the Indian Health Service and improve economic development opportunities in Indian Country are on the agenda.

Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill
Politics | Federal Recognition
Montana and Virginia tribes 'duped' with federal recognition bill (September 16, 2016)
Congress hasn't extended federal recognition to a tribe since 2000 but six tribes in Virginia and another in Montana think they have a shot this year.

Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment
Environment | National | Politics
Senate passes water bill but fails to include #NoDAPL amendment (September 15, 2016)
The Water Resources Development Act includes a slew of pro-tribal provisions but doesn't address the current crisis at Standing Rock.

Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill
Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Emotions run strong as #NoDAPL seeps into debate on controversial public lands bill (September 14, 2016)
Provisions in the 215-page bill affect the rights of the Navajo Nation and the Ute Tribe and were included without their consent.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances the RESPECT Act
Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances the RESPECT Act (September 14, 2016)
The bill repeals a series of outdated federal laws, including one that allows Indian children to be removed from their homes without parental consent.

House committee considers bill to reform Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
House committee considers bill to reform Indian Health Service (September 14, 2016)
A tribally-supported bill to reform the troubled agency is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

Key House Democrats call for hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline
Environment | National | Politics
Key House Democrats call for hearing on Dakota Access Pipeline (September 14, 2016)
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Arizona) and Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-California) have visited the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to see the struggle first-hand.

Ute Tribe: Utah Republican pushes modern day Indian land grab
Opinion | Politics
Ute Tribe: Utah Republican pushes modern day Indian land grab (September 14, 2016)
In the next few weeks Congressman Rob Bishop will attempt to push through the U.S. House of Representatives the first Indian land grab in over 100 years.

Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe slams land transfer bill
National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe slams land transfer bill (September 14, 2016)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribe has issued a statement opposing the federal transfer of land located in the Black Hills to the state of South Dakota.

Scandal continues to hinder Bureau of Indian Education efforts
Education | Law | National | Politics
Scandal continues to hinder Bureau of Indian Education efforts (September 13, 2016)
Mistrust runs deep in Indian Country and key members of Congress can't agree on reforms at the troubled agency.

House easily approves bills for Native youth and tribal tourism
Business | Education | Health | National | Politics
House easily approves bills for Native youth and tribal tourism (September 13, 2016)
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act and the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act are non-controversial although neither comes with federal funds.

House committee considers controversial Utah public lands bill
Environment | National | Politics
House committee considers controversial Utah public lands bill (September 12, 2016)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition continues to seek stronger protections for sacred lands, burial grounds, ancestral sites and other important places in Utah.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (September 12, 2016)
Land-into-trust, state jurisdiction in Indian Country, Columbia River treaty rights and a water settlement are on the agenda.

Bill to repeal 'hateful' and 'paternalistic' federal laws on agenda
National | Politics
Bill to repeal 'hateful' and 'paternalistic' federal laws on agenda (September 12, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up S.2796, the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes Act.

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