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Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C.

Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C. (June 27, 2017)
A life-saving road that will connect an Alaska Native village to a nearby airport is seeing some progress.

Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country (June 27, 2017)
The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill -- the ironically titled 'Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017' -- ought to be enough to put to rest any idea that Republicans want to improve health care in this country.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs headed to New Mexico for hearing
Arts & Entertainment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs headed to New Mexico for hearing (June 26, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is hitting the road again, this time for a hearing on the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

House committee again leaves out Indian Country in hearing on Interior Department
Law | National | Politics
House committee again leaves out Indian Country in hearing on Interior Department (June 26, 2017)
The House Committee on Natural Resources is once again ignoring Indian Country as it pursues a more conservative agenda.

New York Times features Dina Gilio-Whitaker in editorial on health care
Health | Opinion | Politics
New York Times features Dina Gilio-Whitaker in editorial on health care (June 26, 2017)
Colville citizen Dina Gilio-Whitaker talks to The New York Times about the omission of Indian Country from the Republican health care bill.

Montana tribes get new member of Congress who pleaded guilty to assault
Politics
Montana tribes get new member of Congress who pleaded guilty to assault (June 22, 2017)
The state of Montana has a new representative in the halls of Congress though he didn't garner much support in Indian Country.

Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda
National | Politics | Trust
Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda (June 21, 2017)
A Congressional committee with jurisdiction over tribal issues continues to move slowly on Indian Country's agenda, raising concerns about its intentions.

Witness list for hearing on bill to reform the Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
Witness list for hearing on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 20, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is meeting on Wednesday to take testimony on a bill to reform the Indian Health Service.

Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget (June 19, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke, the new leader of the Department of the Interior, is making his third appearance before Congress this week.

Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors (June 19, 2017)
The Republican health reform bill will destroy the economy, independent journalist Mark Trahant writes.

Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 16, 2017)
Efforts to reform the Indian Health Service continue to see attention on Capitol Hill.

Kristi Noem: Enough is enough - It's time to fix the Indian Health Service
Health | Opinion | Politics
Kristi Noem: Enough is enough - It's time to fix the Indian Health Service (June 16, 2017)
For years, federal reports have documented shocking cases of mismanagement and poorly delivered care within the Indian Health Service.

Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again
Health | National | Politics
Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again (June 14, 2017)
One of the worst-performing hospitals in Indian Country remains hobbled after losing certification nearly two years ago.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting
Health | Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting (June 14, 2017)
A bill for AMBER Alert grants in Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Trump administration gets chance to explain views on tribal housing
National | Politics
Trump administration gets chance to explain views on tribal housing (June 12, 2017)
President Donald Trump incorrectly described tribal housing programs as being based on 'race' and hasn't repudiated his statement despite criticism from Indian Country.

Indian Health Service reform bill up for first hearing on Capitol Hill
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service reform bill up for first hearing on Capitol Hill (June 12, 2017)
The 'broken' Indian Health Service is once again under scrutiny.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting
Health | Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting (June 12, 2017)
A bill to bring AMBER Alert grants to Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health care are due to be advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education
Education | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education (June 8, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.

Incoming member of Congress negotiating plea deal for assault
Law | Politics
Incoming member of Congress negotiating plea deal for assault (June 8, 2017)
Republican Greg Gianforte lost the Native vote but was successful overall in his bid to represent Montana in the U.S. House.

Secretary Zinke testimony overshadowed by Trump's FBI controversy
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke testimony overshadowed by Trump's FBI controversy (June 7, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior will be talking about Indian Country's budget cuts but not many will be paying attention.

President Trump names pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation
Law | National | Politics
President Trump names pick for Federal Bureau of Investigation (June 7, 2017)
If confirmed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher A. Wray would run an agency that investigates crime in Indian Country.

Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills
Health | Law | National | Politics
Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills (June 6, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is holding its first legislative hearing of the year but the witness list isn't quite there yet.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
Education | Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust | World
Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)
The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.

Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back (June 5, 2017)
The Interior Department has 'not accomplished much' in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund, a top official said recently.

Secretary Zinke slated for hearing on Interior Department budget
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke slated for hearing on Interior Department budget (June 5, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is slated for a big budget cut unless Congress takes action.

John Thune: The Indian Health Service must be held accountable
Health | Opinion | Politics
John Thune: The Indian Health Service must be held accountable (June 2, 2017)
The Indian Health Service is broken and it has been for a long time, writes Senator John Thune from South Dakota.

Virginia tribes still pushing for federal recognition after 400 years
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Virginia tribes still pushing for federal recognition after 400 years (June 1, 2017)
Six tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers at Jamestown are inching closer to federal recognition.

Senate bill reauthorizes tribal housing programs questioned by President Trump
National | Politics
Senate bill reauthorizes tribal housing programs questioned by President Trump (May 31, 2017)
President Donald Trump raised alarms when he questioned the legality of tribal housing programs but key lawmakers aren't buying into his line of thinking.

House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent
Business | Health | National | Politics
House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent (May 31, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking up three pro-tribal bills at a hearing on June 7.

Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program (May 31, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is in doubt after comments made by a top Trump administration official.

Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)
Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.

Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
National | Politics | Trust
Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)
Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.

Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
Lawmakers once again seek fixes to 'broken' Indian Health Service (May 25, 2017)
The Restoring Accountability in the Indian Health Service Act address long-standing management, staffing and transparency issues at the agency.

Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics | Trust
Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (May 24, 2017)
A top official at the Department of the Interior drew a rebuke for characterizing Indian Country as greedy.

Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska receive Cobell buy-back offers
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Landowners on two reservations in Nebraska receive Cobell buy-back offers (May 22, 2017)
Some $28.1 million went out to Winnebago Reservation and another $16.9 million was directed to he Omaha Reservation.

Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs (May 19, 2017)
With the president raising doubts about funding for Indian programs, tribal leaders are worried that his words will be used against them.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
Education | Health | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)
Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians
Health | National | Politics
Lawmakers push to renew Special Diabetes Program for Indians (May 18, 2017)
The program has bipartisan support and has demonstrated success but it's due to expire before the end of the year unless Congress takes action.

House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes
National | Federal Recognition
House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (May 18, 2017)
The tribes enjoy a long relationship with foreign nations but have yet to be acknowledged by the United States.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting
Business | Education | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (May 17, 2017)
Legislation to bring more teachers to Indian Country, recognize the tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers and improve economic opportunities on reservations are advancing on Capitol Hill.

Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings
Health | National | Politics
Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings (May 17, 2017)
Lawmakers who control the federal government's spending levels are continuing to focus on Indian Country.

House panel sets hearing on future of Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
House panel sets hearing on future of Cobell buy-back program (May 16, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is finally getting back to work.

Indian Country leaders testify about funding needs on Capitol Hill
Education | Health | National | Politics
Indian Country leaders testify about funding needs on Capitol Hill (May 16, 2017)
The House Appropriations Committee is holding four sessions to learn about health, housing, education and other needs in tribal communities.

Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team
Health | National | Politics
Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team (May 15, 2017)
More than 100 days into the Trump administration, Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for their interests in the nation's capital.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules business meeting
Business | Education | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules business meeting (May 15, 2017)
Lawmakers are taking action on bills to recruit and retain Native teachers, extend federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia and boost economic development in Indian Country.

Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule
Environment | National | Politics
Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule (May 12, 2017)
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, support a federal regulation that carries environmental and economic benefits in Indian Country.

Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Health | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (May 10, 2017)
Partisan outrage over the sudden firing of the nation's top law enforcement official is affecting Indian Country's agenda on Capitol Hill.

Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress
Environment | National | Politics
Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress (May 10, 2017)
Provisions of S.245, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act, are aimed at reducing bureaucratic hurdles that have cost tribes time and money.

Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands
National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (May 9, 2017)
A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.

Senate approves water bill for one tribe and land bill for two others
Business | Environment | National | Politics
Senate approves water bill for one tribe and land bill for two others (May 9, 2017)
Bills for the White Mountain Apache Tribe and two Pueblo tribes in New Mexico are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two bills
Health | Law | National | Politics
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two bills (May 8, 2017)
Lawmakers will take testimony on a bill to bring AMBER Alert funds to Indian Country and another to benefit Alaska Native health care.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda
Education | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda (May 8, 2017)
A bill to recruit and retain teachers in Indian Country, plus another to extend federal recognition to six tribe in Virginia, are on the agenda.

Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill (May 8, 2017)
Every Republican who voted for this mean-spirited bill must now defend against every American who has any problem with insurance or health care.

Yurok Tribe seeks federal funds to recover from fisheries disaster
Environment | Politics
Yurok Tribe seeks federal funds to recover from fisheries disaster (May 5, 2017)
Salmon runs have been bad for the last two years and 2017 is shaping up to be the worst in the history of the Klamath River in California.

Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act
Health | National | Politics
Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act (May 5, 2017)
With the Indian Health Service severely underfunded, tribal advocates are worried about the impacts of the repeal and replace effort.

Mark Trahant: Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care (May 4, 2017)
How much does it cost to buy the vote of a ‘moderate’ Republican? Today the going rate is $8 billion.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks at 'high risk' Indian programs
Education | Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks at 'high risk' Indian programs (May 3, 2017)
The Government Accountability Office recently urged Congress to pay more attention to Indian education, health and energy development.

Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth
National | Politics
Funding bill directs Department of Justice to 'support' commission on Native youth (May 3, 2017)
The Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children is slowly getting off the ground.

Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts
Health | National | Politics
Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts (May 2, 2017)
The 2017 omnibus appropriations package includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $5 billion for the Indian Health Service.

Crow Tribe supports legislation to make coal tax credit permanent
Business | National | Politics
Crow Tribe supports legislation to make coal tax credit permanent (May 2, 2017)
A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to extend the Indian Coal Production Credit to spur economic development on and near reservations.

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