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Senate panel takes up bill to bring AMBER Alert funding to tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Senate panel takes up bill to bring AMBER Alert funding to tribes (April 28, 2017)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) introduced S.772, the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, on March 29.
Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending billFiled Under: National | Politics
Republicans seek to avoid shutdown with temporary spending bill (April 27, 2017)
The federal government might not shut down after all if Congress takes action before the end of the week.
Cronkite News: Shutdown deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day in officeFiled Under: National | Politics
Cronkite News: Shutdown deadline falls on Donald Trump's 100th day in office (April 25, 2017)
Unless Congress acts to replace or extend the budget, nonessential government services would stop at 12:01 a.m. Saturday – Donald Trump’s 100th day in office.
Shutdown of federal government looms ahead of April 28 deadlineFiled Under: National | Politics
Shutdown of federal government looms ahead of April 28 deadline (April 24, 2017)
With President Donald Trump in the picture, talks have become complicated by his demands for a wall along the Mexican border.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for first field oversight hearingFiled Under:
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for first field oversight hearing (April 19, 2017)
The hearing will look into the implementation of the Native American Children's Safety Act, which became law in 2016.
Bill brings funding for AMBER Alert systems to Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bill brings funding for AMBER Alert systems to Indian Country (April 18, 2017)
States already receive federal funds to help develop child abduction alert systems but tribes are currently left out.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heading to Spirit Lake NationFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heading to Spirit Lake Nation (April 10, 2017)
Lawmakers will be looking at the Native American Children's Safety Act, a new law aimed at addressing tribal foster care issues.
Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal supportFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court pick heads toward confirmation with tribal support (April 6, 2017)
Tribal leaders and advocates are embracing Neil Gorsuch but it wasn't enough to affect a showdown between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate.
House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native villageFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village (April 4, 2017)
Residents of King Cove have been pushing for the road for decades as a way to save lives in their Aleut community.
Cronkite News: Tribes pushing for renewal of key diabetes fundingFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Tribes pushing for renewal of key diabetes funding (March 30, 2017)
Alton Villegas, a citizen of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, offered an unusual call to action for an 11-year-old boy.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meetingFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)
The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.
Witness list for hearing on diabetes prevention among Native youthFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Witness list for hearing on diabetes prevention among Native youth (March 27, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing takes place in Washington, D.C., on March 29.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of billsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)
Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.
Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdueFiled Under: Opinion | Federal Recognition
Editorial: Federal recognition for tribes in Virginia is long overdue (March 24, 2017)
The recognition is overdue — in the extreme.
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee acknowledges poor treatment of 'sovereign' tribes (March 22, 2017)
The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't always been kind to Indian Country but a federal judge from Colorado appears ready to ensure tribes will be treated fairly.
Cronkite News: Copper mine on sacred Apache land in Arizona complains about delaysFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Copper mine on sacred Apache land in Arizona complains about delays (March 22, 2017)
The Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would be operating by now in most countries, but is still years away from getting all the permits it needs in the U.S., a company official testified.
Mary Annette Pember: Awareness for missing and murdered sistersFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Mary Annette Pember: Awareness for missing and murdered sisters (March 22, 2017)
'It’s a hard struggle when a member of your family passes away. But this Day of Awareness can mean that her memory will live on forever.'
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetesFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetes (March 21, 2017)
The hearing comes as tribes lobby Congress to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.
Lawmakers pushing for federal recognition of six tribes in VirginiaFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Lawmakers pushing for federal recognition of six tribes in Virginia (March 21, 2017)
The tribes were among the first to sign treaties with European nations and they helped the first European settlers survive at Jamestown.
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law recordFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court nominee fares well in review of Indian law record (March 20, 2017)
Donald Trump's nominee has a far better record when it comes to tribes than the man he would be replacing on the nation's highest court.
Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budgetFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget (March 16, 2017)
The parent agencies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are seeing major cuts to offset increases in defense spending.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts infrastructure roundtableFiled Under: Business | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts infrastructure roundtable (March 14, 2017)
Four panels of tribal leaders and tribal officials will present information on infrastructure needs in their communities.
Markwayne Mullin: Promise kept to protect Indian health care lawFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Markwayne Mullin: Promise kept to protect Indian health care law (March 13, 2017)
This Congress, one of my priorities is to improve Indian health care.
Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming lawFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law (March 13, 2017)
Instead of a repeal, the Republican leadership took the framework of the Affordable Care Act.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)
The stars seem to be aligning for the Montana-based tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century.
Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior DepartmentFiled Under: Education | National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since joining the Trump administration.
Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets ObamacareFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare (March 8, 2017)
The Indian Health Care Improvement Act isn't affected by the repeal provisions of the new Republican health proposal.
Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service (March 8, 2017)
Secretary David Shulkin says veterans deserve to receive care as close to home as possible.
House panel looks at Indian Health Service infrastructure needsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
House panel looks at Indian Health Service infrastructure needs (March 6, 2017)
Aging Indian Health Service facilities are under scrutiny at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearanceFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (March 6, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is already living up to promises to keep Indian Country on the top of his agenda.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructureFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructure (March 6, 2017)
Lawmakers want to make sure tribes are at the table as President Donald Trump proposes new investments.
House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal infrastructureFiled Under: National | Politics
House subcommittee schedules hearing on tribal infrastructure (March 3, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is meeting for the first time in the 115th Congress.
Senate confirms Dakota Access ally to lead Energy DepartmentFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law | National
Senate confirms Dakota Access ally to lead Energy Department (March 2, 2017)
Former Texas governor Rick Perry was paid by the two firms building the controversial pipeline and owns stock in them.
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (March 1, 2017)
The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on ObamacareFiled Under: Health | National
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (March 1, 2017)
As the nation's politicians spar over the fate of Obamacare, tribes are still waiting on the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibilities.
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in SenateFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in Senate (February 28, 2017)
It's taken longer than expected but the Interior Department is slated to get a new leader.
Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian landFiled Under: Business | Law | Politics | Trust
Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land (February 27, 2017)
The so-called 'war on coal' is coming to an end thanks to the new Republican occupant of the White House.
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior SecretaryFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary (February 20, 2017)
It's unusual for Indian Country to wait so long for someone to be confirmed at the Interior Department, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities'Filed Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities' (February 20, 2017)
Tribes are still in the dark about the future of Indian health and the Cabinet position most important to Indian Country remains vacant.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Sen. John Hoeven raises red flags in Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Sen. John Hoeven raises red flags in Indian Country (February 20, 2017)
Your words of working together is a slap in the face of Indian country.
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nomineeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribes find common ground with Donald Trump on Supreme Court nominee (February 17, 2017)
It's been a rocky start for the Trump administration but the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the nation's highest court is drawing praise in Indian Country.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances nine bills at first meetingFiled Under: 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.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal statusFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (February 9, 2017)
The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistanceFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance (February 9, 2017)
Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel.
Tribal leaders and Indian educators concerned about Donald Trump's new Cabinet memberFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Tribal leaders and Indian educators concerned about Donald Trump's new Cabinet member (February 8, 2017)
A billionaire with no experience in public education will have major sway over Indian youth as part of the president's new administration.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearingFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearing (February 7, 2017)
Lawmakers will hear from tribal leaders and federal officials about emergency management in Indian Country.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on bipartisan billsFiled Under: 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.
Rob Bishop: Republicans aren't trying to get rid of Indian health lawFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Rob Bishop: Republicans aren't trying to get rid of Indian health law (February 6, 2017)
A short statement from the leader of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
House panel with jurisdiction over Indian issues gains a new leaderFiled Under: 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 tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's CabinetFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet (February 2, 2017)
As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation.
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian lawFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian law (February 1, 2017)
Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge, has sided with Indian interests in some major cases.
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructureFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure (February 1, 2017)
As President Donald Trump pushes unwanted projects on tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to improve aging dams and outdated irrigation systems.
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe (January 31, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) has refused to say whether he will defend the tribal jurisdiction provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choicesFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices (January 31, 2017)
Ryan Zinke for Interior and Rick Perry for Energy saw opposition from Democrats and Independents but both are expected to win final confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Leaders of key Senate panel divided on Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Leaders of key Senate panel divided on Dakota Access Pipeline (January 30, 2017)
Like most Republicans, Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) supports completion of the controversial project even though Indian Country doesn't want it.
Another slow start for House committee in charge of tribal affairsFiled Under: 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 panel reschedules vote on President Trump's Interior and Energy nomineesFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate panel reschedules vote on President Trump's Interior and Energy nominees (January 25, 2017)
Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy and Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior are still waiting to join the Cabinet.
Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelinesFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribes push back as President Donald Trump revives unwanted pipelines (January 25, 2017)
For decades, and even centuries, massive dams, sprawling highways, poisonous mines, radioactive nuclear facilities, dangerous military ranges and similar developments have been imposed on tribes by Washington.
Democrats blast President Trump for ignoring Native opposition to pipelinesFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Democrats blast President Trump for ignoring Native opposition to pipelines (January 24, 2017)
Tribes thought Keystone XL was long dead and they have been preparing to deal the same fate to Dakota Access as part of a new environmental review.
Senate committee postpones vote on Donald Trump's Dakota Access allyFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics
Senate committee postpones vote on Donald Trump's Dakota Access ally (January 24, 2017)
Rick Perry has vowed to stay away from matters affecting the controversial pipeline if he is confirmed as Secretary of Energy.

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