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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 (02/20)
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' (02/20)
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 (02/20)
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 (02/17)
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 (02/09)
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 (02/09)
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 (02/09)
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 (02/08)
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 (02/07)
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 (02/06)
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 (02/06)
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 (02/03)
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 (02/02)
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 (02/01)
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 (02/01)
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 (01/31)
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 (01/31)
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 (01/30)
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 (01/26)
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 (01/25)
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 (01/25)
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 (01/24)
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 (01/24)
Rick Perry has vowed to stay away from matters affecting the controversial pipeline if he is confirmed as Secretary of Energy.
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation voteFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (01/23)
The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.
Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of ObamacareFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare (01/16)
Congress has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Kinda, sorta.
Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzlyFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzly (01/12)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received more than 650,000 comments about protections for the sacred animal.
Bill requires tribal consent for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste siteFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Bill requires tribal consent for Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site (01/12)
The controversial nuclear waste repository, widely opposed in Nevada, could be revived by the incoming Trump administration.
Donald Trump's Energy nominee vows to stay away from Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Energy nominee vows to stay away from Dakota Access Pipeline (01/12)
Former Texas governor Rick Perry has disclosed his financial interests in the companies backing the controversial pipeline.
Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road' Filed Under: Environment | Health | National | Politics
Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road' (01/11)
Indian Country remains wary of Republican president-elect Donald Trump but change in the nation's capital could benefit a rural Native community in Alaska.
Confirmation hearing delayed for Donald Trump's Education pickFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Confirmation hearing delayed for Donald Trump's Education pick (01/11)
Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire, doesn't have experience in Indian issues but her policies would affect the overwhelming majority of Indian students.
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nomineeFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nominee (01/10)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has earned praise for his work on protections for Native women, federal recognition, water rights, energy and economic development.
Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nomineesFiled Under: National | Politics
Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nominees (01/10)
Eight of the Republican president-elect's picks are going before the Senate this week.
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust rulingFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Tom Cole takes another stab at addressing land-into-trust ruling (01/09)
The Oklahoma lawmaker, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is once again offering fixes to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v .Salazar.
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears EarsFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears (01/09)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition successfully lobbied President Barack Obama to protect 1.35 million acres of sacred sites and ancestral lands in Utah.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadershipFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership (01/06)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) are taking control of the key panel.
Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care lawFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law (01/04)
The GOP pledge to repeal Obamacare leaves the Indian Health Care Improvement Act at risk.
Donald Trump supporter benefits from gutting of ethics office in CongressFiled Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump supporter benefits from gutting of ethics office in Congress (01/03)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), the chair of Donald Trump's Native American Coalition, has been under an ethics investigation for a little over three years.
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administrationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administration (12/07)
Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, sovereign immunity and taxation fronts.
Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian AffairsFiled Under: National | Politics
Sen. John Barrasso passing on gavel at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (12/07)
Democrats have already named Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) as vice chair while Republicans have not announced who will serve as chair.
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes (11/18)
Major hurdles include funding for Indian programs and understanding the incoming president's new leadership team.
Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian AffairsFiled Under: National | Politics
Democrats pick new vice chair for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (11/16)
Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will take on a new leadership role during the next session of Congress.
Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in officeFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in office (11/11)
Tribes are worried about losing a key Indian health care law with Republicans in control of Washington.
Native candidates fare poorly in three Congressional challengesFiled Under: National | Politics
Native candidates fare poorly in three Congressional challenges (11/09)
Native candidates for U.S. Congress fared poorly on Election Day, with all three easily losing to Republican incumbents at the ballot boxes.

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