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Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence
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Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence (June 19, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on Native subsistence just as the Supreme Court takes up a case with potential impacts.

Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam
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Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gains steam (June 18, 2018)

Bipartisan efforts to repeal an outdated ban on distilleries in Indian Country continue to gain momentum on Capitol Hill.

Colville Tribes enter second year of hemp production with bigger grow
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Colville Tribes enter second year of hemp production with bigger grow (June 18, 2018)

The Colville Tribes are expanding their hemp operation in Washington state.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence (June 18, 2018)

Key members of Congress are taking a look a subsistence, just a week after tribes scored an unusual victory in a treaty rights case.

Republican leaders derail bipartisan immigration reform legislation
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Republican leaders derail bipartisan immigration reform legislation (June 15, 2018)

Republican leaders derailed an attempt to force a vote on a bipartisan package of immigration reform bills, drawing outrage from Democrats.

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians welcomes action on homelands bill (June 14, 2018)

A bill to place 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is closer to becoming law.

Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill
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Land-into-trust fix added to controversial federal recognition bill (June 13, 2018)

A controversial bill to strip the Bureau of Indian Affairs of its federal recognition powers has just gotten more messy.

Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee
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Republican-sponsored Indian bills are back on agenda for key House committee (June 12, 2018)

Bills to address blood quantum in Oklahoma, tribal recognition and the Indian Health Service are taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs
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Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs (June 12, 2018)

Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Indian Health Service are back on Capitol Hill to discuss whether they are making any progress in improving the people they serve.

Trump will 'probably end up supporting' marijuana bill that helps tribes
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Trump will 'probably end up supporting' marijuana bill that helps tribes (June 12, 2018)

President Donald Trump is expressing support for a bipartisan bill that recognizes tribal and state sovereignty over marijuana.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets another hearing on 'high risk' programs
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets another hearing on 'high risk' programs (June 11, 2018)

Is the Trump administration making progress in improving Indian education, health and energy programs?

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill
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Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians inches forward with homelands bill (June 11, 2018)

Another tribal homelands bill is moving forward on Capitol Hill after years of bitter battles in California.

Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
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Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.

Bill recognizes tribal sovereignty over marijuana amid uncertainty in Washington
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Bill recognizes tribal sovereignty over marijuana amid uncertainty in Washington (June 7, 2018)

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to clear up a cloud hanging over marijuana in Indian Country and in states across the nation.

Why can't tribes operate their own distilleries? Blame Andrew Jackson
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Why can't tribes operate their own distilleries? Blame Andrew Jackson (June 5, 2018)

A bill to repeal an old ban on distilleries in Indian Country is gaining steam on Capitol Hill and it turns out tribes can blame a familiar figure for the paternalistic law.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek no-drill zone on ancestral territory
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Native Sun News Today: Tribes seek no-drill zone on ancestral territory (June 5, 2018)

Tribal leaders are hailing legislation to protect Chaco Culture National Historical Park from new energy development.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.

High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress
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High Country News: Tribes await action on water settlements in Congress (June 1, 2018)

Tribal nations are currently asserting water rights as a way to ensure economic vitality, affirm sovereignty and provide basic services that some communities lack.

Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push
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Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push (May 22, 2018)

Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.

Indian Health Service back in the hot seat with budget hearing
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Indian Health Service back in the hot seat with budget hearing (May 22, 2018)

It's almost been a year since the Indian Health Service came under heavy fire before lawmakers who control the agency's funding.

House committee set to advance Republican-sponsored Indian bills
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House committee set to advance Republican-sponsored Indian bills (May 22, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is due to advance three Indian bills at a markup session on Capitol Hill.

Cronkite News: Republican version of Farm Bill defeated in House
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Cronkite News: Republican version of Farm Bill defeated in House (May 21, 2018)

Two Arizona lawmakers were among the 30 Republicans who crossed the aisle and joined all Democrats to send the $868 billion farm bill to defeat.

Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization
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Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization (May 17, 2018)

A funding bill advancing on Capitol Hill is a win overall for Indian Country except for one big issue: a reorganization that tribes have been told little to nothing about.

Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act
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Tribal items still going up for sale as lawmakers advance STOP Act (May 17, 2018)

A bipartisan bill aimed at stopping the trafficking of tribal items is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill amid ongoing concern over the sale of cultural property.

'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada
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'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada (May 16, 2018)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Walker River Paiute Tribe are slamming a land transfer bill that was drafted without their input.

Tribes continue to rely on key lawmakers for help with funding
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Tribes continue to rely on key lawmakers for help with funding (May 15, 2018)

With few people in their corner in the Trump administration, tribes are once again relying on Congress to fulfill the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities.

Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security
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Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security (May 15, 2018)

Are Bureau of Indian Education schools safe and secure? That's a question being posed on Capitol Hill.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill (May 15, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is working to ensure the Farm Bill doesn't leave tribal communities behind.

Congress set to clear economic development bill for tribes in Oregon
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Congress set to clear economic development bill for tribes in Oregon (May 15, 2018)

President Donald Trump will soon be getting another Indian bill to sign thanks to bipartisan action on Capitol Hill.

Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill
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Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2018)

Tara Sweeney’s confirmation hearing for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs was almost a celebration.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment (May 10, 2018)

President Trump's pick to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs is promising to take on harassment in a place where it seems all too common.

Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
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Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (May 9, 2018)

After a long wait, Tara Sweeney finally went to Capitol Hill to share her vision for Indian Country.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing (May 8, 2018)

Clear your calendar: Tara Sweeney's confirmation hearing takes place on Wednesday at 4pm Eastern, or noon if you're in Alaska.

Tahj Gomes: Ruffey Rancheria seeks to correct 'historical injustice'
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Tahj Gomes: Ruffey Rancheria seeks to correct 'historical injustice' (May 8, 2018)

With lawmakers set to advance a bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria, Chairman Tahj Gomes explains why his tribe needs help.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on school safety
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on school safety (May 7, 2018)

With shootings, walkouts and calls for reform at public schools dominating the news, attention is finally turning to the Bureau of Indian Education.

Dozens of Indian Country leaders present their budget priorities
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Dozens of Indian Country leaders present their budget priorities (May 7, 2018)

Lawmakers have lined up an impressive slate of witnesses to help them write the funding bill for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills
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House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills (May 7, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to advance four bills, including a controversial federal recognition measure.

Tribes seek another hearing on controversial federal recognition bill
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Tribes seek another hearing on controversial federal recognition bill (May 3, 2018)

Even more tribes are raising questions about a bill to restore federal recognition to the Ruffey Rancheria in California.

Bill John Baker: Johnson-O'Malley education program needs full funding
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Bill John Baker: Johnson-O'Malley education program needs full funding (May 2, 2018)

At Cherokee Nation, we strive to ensure every Indian child in our 14-county service area receives the educational opportunities they deserve.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing (May 1, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is finally getting her day on Capitol Hill.

Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters
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Senate declares May 5 as day of awareness for missing and murdered sisters (April 26, 2018)

Efforts continue in the nation's capital to raise awareness of the large numbers of Native women and girls who go missing and murdered every year.

Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era
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Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era (April 25, 2018)

Newly disclosed figures show Indian Country is losing ground when into comes to land-into-trust in the Trump era.

House panel in charge of Indian legislation goes through some changes again
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House panel in charge of Indian legislation goes through some changes again (April 25, 2018)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs has a new Democratic leader and a new Democratic member.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation (April 25, 2018)

After years of work in California and on Capitol Hill, two tribes are finally getting another chance to present their homelands bills.

Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to include tribes in jobs for every American program
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Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to include tribes in jobs for every American program (April 24, 2018)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is drafting legislation to guarantee a job to every willing American.

Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington
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Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington (April 24, 2018)

Labor unions and Indian water rights aren’t usually associated with one another. But to the White Mountain Apache Tribe they’re currently tightly entwined.

Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital
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Tribes prepare for takeover of troubled Indian Health Service hospital (April 23, 2018)

Citing chronic underfunding and inaction at the federal level, tribes in the Great Plains are planning to take over a troubled Indian Health Service hospital.

Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing
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Bill to repeal old ban on distilleries in Indian Country gets first hearing (April 23, 2018)

A bill that repeals a remnant of a more paternalistic era in federal Indian policy is getting its first airing on Capitol Hill.

Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS'
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Tribal self-governance celebrates 30th anniversary with some 'PROGRESS' (April 18, 2018)

The tribal self-governance program, a key development in the self-determination era, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with some achievements.

Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill
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Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill (April 18, 2018)

When it comes to tribal homelands, the Senate has some catching up to do with the House.

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails
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'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails (April 17, 2018)

A vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act failed in spectacular fashion evening but a key leader says the fight isn't over.

Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty
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Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty (April 17, 2018)

'Democrats show, once again, that they are no allies, accomplices, friends or champions of tribal sovereignty.'

Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote
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Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote (April 17, 2018)

Tribes lost a battle in Congress when Democrats tanked a bill giving tribes authority over labor relations.

Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill
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Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill (April 17, 2018)

A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law is fueling an all-out partisan war on Capitol Hill, the likes of which one top Democrat is calling unprecedented.

House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists
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House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists (April 16, 2018)

A bill to protect Alaska Native artists from being punished for practicing their traditions is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill
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Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill (April 16, 2018)

With land-into-trust in limbo under the Trump administration, tribes continue to turn to allies on Capitol Hill for assistance.

Cronkite News: Hearing grapples with fate of troubled coal power plant in Indian Country
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Cronkite News: Hearing grapples with fate of troubled coal power plant in Indian Country (April 13, 2018)

Solutions were hard to come by at a hearing focused on saving a troubled coal-fired power in Indian Country.

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
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Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill (April 12, 2018)

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.

House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility
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House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility (April 12, 2018)

President Donald Trump famously ended the so-called war on coal when he took office more than a year ago but that hasn't improved the outlook for a troubled coal-fired power plant in Indian Country.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break (April 9, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work this week by catching up with some unfinished business.