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Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
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Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)
The leader of the National Congress of American Indians singled out a controversial bill as a threat to tribal sovereignty as he called on lawmakers to work on more productive ways to improve public safety in tribal communities.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Census count
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Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Census count (February 13, 2018)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs continues its busy schedule with an oversight hearing on the upcoming 2020 Census.

Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations
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Sen. Tom Udall delivers response to the State of Indian Nations (February 12, 2018)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, delivered the Congressional response to the State of Indian Nations in Washington, D.C.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds meeting for busy week (February 12, 2018)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will advance a bill to compensate the Spokane Tribe and another to update the Tribal Law and Order Act at a business meeting.

Yurok Tribe hosts screening of film focused on traditional justice
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Yurok Tribe hosts screening of film focused on traditional justice (February 12, 2018)
Attendees of the National Congress of American Indians winter meeting will learn more about traditional forms of justice as part of an event hosted by the Yurok Tribe.

Cronkite News: Congress passes bill to end another short shutdown
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Cronkite News: Congress passes bill to end another short shutdown (February 9, 2018)
A brief government shutdown ended amid opposition from an unusual coalition of budget hawks and immigration advocates.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets schedule for a busy week
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets schedule for a busy week (February 8, 2018)
Hundreds of tribal leaders and advocates are heading to nation's capital and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is preparing to host them during a particularly busy week.

Cronkite News: Marathon speech serves as rallying cry for Dreamers
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Cronkite News: Marathon speech serves as rallying cry for Dreamers (February 8, 2018)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented, all-day floor speech demanding a vote on #Dreamers legislation became a rallying cry for advocates, as Congress prepares to vote on another budget extension to keep the government open.

Indian diabetes program included in bill to keep government running
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Indian diabetes program included in bill to keep government running (February 7, 2018)
The Special Diabetes Program for Indians is poised to see another day thanks to new developments on Capitol Hill.

Alaska Natives barred from selling traditional goods on popular website
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Alaska Natives barred from selling traditional goods on popular website (February 7, 2018)
Alaska Native artists are no longer allowed to sell certain goods on the popular website Etsy.com despite being allowed to do so under federal law.

Cronkite News: Immigration bills see little White House support
National | Politics | World
Cronkite News: Immigration bills see little White House support (February 6, 2018)
Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Monday that gives Dreamers a path to citizenship and calls for beefed-up border security – but excludes border wall funding, causing the president to brand it a 'waste of time.'

Sen. Udall pushes for extension of key Indian diabetes program
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Sen. Udall pushes for extension of key Indian diabetes program (February 5, 2018)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) is pushing Congress to extend the Special Diabetes Program for Indians before the funds run out next month.

Witness list for House hearing on Alaska and Arizona tribal bills

Witness list for House hearing on Alaska and Arizona tribal bills (February 5, 2018)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on land bills affecting tribes in Alaska and Arizona.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill
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Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill (February 5, 2018)
There is major concern amongst South Dakota’s tribal leaders about a bill to authorize the arrest of fugitives in Indian Country.

Defendant sentenced for kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman
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Defendant sentenced for kidnapping and murder of Spirit Lake Nation woman (February 2, 2018)
One of two defendants charged in connection with the kidnapping and murder of Savanna Marie Greywind, a young citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation, was sentenced for her role in the crime.

Cronkite News: Another shutdown deadline approaches in Washington
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Cronkite News: Another shutdown deadline approaches in Washington (February 2, 2018)
With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or DACA bills that could head off the next government shutdown.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills
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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.

Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
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Cronkite News: Tribes stand united against GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (February 1, 2018)
Leaders of five tribes accused Republican lawmakers of 'cherry-picking' tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears National Monument.

GOP co-sponsor of bill with 'racist undertones' won't seek re-election
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GOP co-sponsor of bill with 'racist undertones' won't seek re-election (January 31, 2018)
It's looking more and more like a Republican law and order bill is a political stunt, written at Indian Country's expense.

State of the Union guest pushes for AMBER Alert in Indian Country
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State of the Union guest pushes for AMBER Alert in Indian Country (January 31, 2018)
The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped and murdered on the Navajo Nation was among the guests at the State of the Union.

Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition
Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition (January 30, 2018)
It's official -- there are now 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
Environment | Law | National
Tribal leaders finally invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 29, 2018)
Tribal leaders with connections to the Bears Ears National Monument are finally getting their say on Capitol Hill amid efforts to erode protections on their ancestral lands.

Indian Health Service enters another year without permanent leader
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Indian Health Service enters another year without permanent leader (January 25, 2018)
New leadership is coming to the Department of Health and Human Services but it's not for one of the most important positions in Indian Country.

National Congress of American Indians lines up speakers for big meeting in D.C.
National | Politics
National Congress of American Indians lines up speakers for big meeting in D.C. (January 24, 2018)
The National Congress of American Indians is preparing for a big meeting in Washington, D.C., as tribes continue to deal with ongoing political challenges.

Sorry but that 'talking stick' used in the Senate isn't Native American
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Sorry but that 'talking stick' used in the Senate isn't Native American (January 24, 2018)
A 'talking stick' that became the talk of the media and certain corners of the internet isn't Native, The New York Times said in a correction to a widely-read story.

President Trump signs bill to end three days of government shutdown
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President Trump signs bill to end three days of government shutdown (January 23, 2018)
The shutdown of the federal government is over after three days of confusion.

Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village
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Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village (January 22, 2018)
The change in power in the nation's capital has proven beneficial for a Native community thousands of miles away.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country will be hit hard by government shutdown
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Mark Trahant: Indian Country will be hit hard by government shutdown (January 22, 2018)
Of course Indian Country (and the economy) will be hit hard if this shutdown lasts very long.

Bill to restore Eastern Cherokee homelands moves forward in Congress
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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.

House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
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House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 18, 2018)
Republican leaders are taking another stab at a controversial bill that would gut the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and restrict tribal involvement on their ancestral lands.

House subcommittee takes up bill aimed at improving tribal economies
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House subcommittee takes up bill aimed at improving tribal economies (January 17, 2018)
H.R.4506, the Jobs for Tribes Act, promotes entrepreneurship and economic development in Indian Country.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on agribusiness opportunities
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on agribusiness opportunities (January 16, 2018)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is holding its first hearing of 2018.

House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians
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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.

A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades (January 12, 2018)
A landmark bill to recognize six tribes in Virginia is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache water bill sidetracked in partisan fight
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Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache water bill sidetracked in partisan fight (January 12, 2018)
A bill to provide desperately needed water project funding for the White Mountain Apache tribe was expected to pass easily this week, but instead became the focus of a partisan fight over labor regulations.

Republicans stir drama by adding controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to unrelated bill
National | Politics
Republicans stir drama by adding controversial Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act to unrelated bill (January 11, 2018)
A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law has been revived on Capitol Hill, sparking divisions between Republicans and Democrats and putting other Indian legislation in doubt.

Eastern Cherokees see strong support for Tennessee land-into-trust bill
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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.

Sen. Tina Smith from Minnesota joins Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Sen. Tina Smith from Minnesota joins Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (January 10, 2018)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is welcoming its newest member, Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minnesota).

President Trump signs second Indian bill into law to help tribes in Oregon
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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.

Only one tribal leader invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears National Monument
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Only one tribal leader invited to hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears National Monument (January 8, 2018)
Republicans in Congress are moving quickly with a bill they say will establish the 'first' tribally managed national monument. But tribes didn't ask for it.

Indian Country left behind as Republicans push tax cuts through Congress
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Indian Country left behind as Republicans push tax cuts through Congress (December 19, 2017)
A $1.5 trillion tax reform bill represents a rare and now missed opportunity to address the many economic development disparities in Indian Country, Democratic members of Congress said.

Tribal jobs program becomes permanent with President Trump's signature
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Tribal jobs program becomes permanent with President Trump's signature (December 19, 2017)
It's official -- President Donald Trump can claim his first Indian legislative achievement.

Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country
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Report faults Department of Justice for public safety issues in Indian Country (December 18, 2017)
The Department of Justice isn't doing enough to improve public safety in Indian Country, seven years after the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act.

Navajo Nation signs contract to implement AMBER Alert system on reservation
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Navajo Nation signs contract to implement AMBER Alert system on reservation (December 14, 2017)
The Navajo Nation is finally close to implementing an AMBER Alert system on the reservation.

Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat
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Minnesota governor passes over Native lawmaker with appointment to Senate seat (December 13, 2017)
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) passed over a historic opportunity to name a Native woman to a Senate seat being vacated by a disgraced lawmaker.

Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium
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Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium (December 13, 2017)
The Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups saw a mixed victory as they seek to protect the Grand Canyon in Arizona from uranium mining.

Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal
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Democrat Doug Jones claims win in Senate race roiled by sexual misconduct scandal (December 13, 2017)
Democrat Doug Jones claimed victory in a closely-watched race in Alabama but Republican Roy Moore has not conceded after being repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct.

Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics | Trust
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.

Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma
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Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma (December 12, 2017)
A ceremonial swearing-in is taking place for R. Trent Shores, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who serves as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Oklahoma.

Cronkite News: Republican lawmaker resigns immediately after details of misconduct surface
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Cronkite News: Republican lawmaker resigns immediately after details of misconduct surface (December 11, 2017)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), abruptly announced his immediate resignation from Congress Friday, just hours after he said he would step down in the face of a House Ethics inquiry.

House committee schedules markup on Alaska Native health and Oregon tribal bills
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House committee schedules markup on Alaska Native health and Oregon tribal bills (December 11, 2017)
Two Indian bills, one helping Alaska Natives with a health facility and the other benefiting tribes in Oregon, are taking another big step forward on Capitol Hill.

Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Minnesota could make history with first Native woman in Congress (December 11, 2017)
Since 1789 there have been 12,244 people serving in Congress. Never has there been a Native woman.

Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment
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Lawmakers with connections to Indian Country resign due to sexual harassment (December 8, 2017)
Two lawmakers, one Democrat and one Republican and both with ties to Indian Country, announced their resignations due to sexual harassment allegations.

Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks
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Congress passes bill to avert shutdown of federal agencies for another two weeks (December 8, 2017)
Congress cleared a bill to keep the federal government up and running until Christmas but there are no increases for Indian programs for now.

Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements
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Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements (December 7, 2017)
The Trump administration is expressing major concerns about the first new tribal water rights settlements being considered in Congress.

Tribal employment measure officially presented to President Trump for his signature
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Tribal employment measure officially presented to President Trump for his signature (December 7, 2017)
Tribes are watching the White House as President Donald Trump is presented with his first stand-alone Indian bill.

Senate committee approves bill to fund victim services programs in Indian Country
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Senate committee approves bill to fund victim services programs in Indian Country (December 7, 2017)
A bill to provide victim services funding directly to tribes for the first time is making its way through Congress.

Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration
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Indian Country public safety bills advance amid silence from Trump administration (December 5, 2017)
Thanks to bipartisan support from lawmakers, bills to improve public safety in Indian Country are advancing in Congress despite limited commitments from the Trump administration.

Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill
National | Politics
Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill (November 30, 2017)
President Donald Trump is getting a much-needed opportunity to move past his 'Pocahontas' controversy and sign his first stand-alone Indian bill into law.

David Ganje: Army Corps can't be trusted to manage water in the Missouri River
Opinion
David Ganje: Army Corps can't be trusted to manage water in the Missouri River (November 30, 2017)
Tribes and several states are opposing plans by the Army Corps to deal with 'surplus water' in the Missouri River.

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