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Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September
National | Politics
Mark Trahant: Get ready for a big mess once Congress returns to work in September (August 10, 2017)
September is going to be a mess -- Congress must sort out some really complicated issues.

Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow
Health | National | Politics
Senate approves bill to designate clinic in honor of late veteran Joe Medicine Crow (August 8, 2017)
A bill to designate a clinic for the late Joe Medicine Crow, a celebrated veteran from the Crow Tribe, is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county
National | Politics | Trust
Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county (August 8, 2017)
A bill to place about 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens
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Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens (August 8, 2017)
Federal authorities continue to investigate a shooting that left three citizens of the Crow Tribe dead and two others injured.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain sees big drop in popularity among voters in own state
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Sen. McCain sees big drop in popularity among voters in own state (August 8, 2017)
A poll by Morning Consult looked at the popularity of each senator in his or her home state and put Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake in the bottom three – trailing only Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country sees incremental progress on obesity among youth
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Mark Trahant: Indian Country sees incremental progress on obesity among youth (August 7, 2017)
A new study, one that is built on a massive amount of data, reports that obesity among Native American youth is staying mostly the same.

Cronkite News: Congress goes home for a month with big list of unfinished bills
National | Politics
Cronkite News: Congress goes home for a month with big list of unfinished bills (August 7, 2017)
Congress has gone home for its regular monthly August recess -- after talking about a delay -- but faces a long list of work when it comes back after Labor Day.

Cronkite News: President Trump backs bill to impose limits on immigration
National | Politics | World
Cronkite News: President Trump backs bill to impose limits on immigration (August 3, 2017)
President Donald Trump threw his support behind a bill that would slash immigration and create a merit-based system favoring those who speak English, have higher education and high-paying job offers.

Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition
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Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition (August 2, 2017)
The leader of the Lumbee Tribe is meeting with the White House to make the case for federal recognition.

Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl
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Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl (August 2, 2017)
A citizen of the Navajo Nation was sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty for the murder of an 11-year-old girl.

Navajo citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl
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Navajo citizen scheduled for change of plea hearing for death of 11-year-old girl (July 31, 2017)
A Navajo Nation citizen who is accused of murdering an 11-year-old girl is due for a change of plea hearing in federal court.

Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska
Health | National | Politics
Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska (July 28, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Interior Department threatened Alaska's two Senators, The Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Cronkite News: House passes bill with $1.6 billion to start wall along border
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Cronkite News: House passes bill with $1.6 billion to start wall along border (July 28, 2017)
The House passed a $713.4 billion defense spending bill that includes almost $1.6 billion to begin construction of a wall along the United States border with Mexico.

Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote
Health | National | Politics
Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote (July 28, 2017)
Key Democrats in the Senate were prepared to fight for Indian health care but it turns out they didn't need to, thanks to three Republicans.

Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress?
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress? (July 28, 2017)
Congress has never even considered, let alone acted, to fully fund Indian health programs.

Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care (July 27, 2017)
Today is humor day in the Senate. But at least the healthcare debate will go on and on without a conclusion

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs cancels business meeting and hearing
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs cancels business meeting and hearing (July 26, 2017)
Partisan bickering has once again derailed the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform (July 26, 2017)
As the debate unfolds, the Senate is in a way making the case for why we need Native Americans in the legislative process.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise as Senate opens health debate
Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise as Senate opens health debate (July 26, 2017)
Sen. John McCain had 16 minutes of floor time and he used every minute of it, capping an already emotional return to the Senate with a call to action for his fellow lawmakers that hit every emotion on the scale.

Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior
National | Politics
Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior (July 25, 2017)
A lawyer and former lobbyist who was at the center of some high-profile controversies during the Bush administration is going back to work at the Department of the Interior.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain returns to Washington amid health care debate
Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Sen. McCain returns to Washington amid health care debate (July 25, 2017)
Less than a week after he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer, Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) is returning to work in the nation's capital.

Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States
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Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States (July 24, 2017)
American Indian and Alaska Native women experience one of the highest homicide rates in the nation and nearly half die at the hands of an intimate partner.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
National | Politics | Trust
House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)
Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska
Environment | National | Politics
House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska (July 21, 2017)
A bill to authorize a life-saving road for a Native village in Alaska has cleared a big hurdle on Capitol Hill but not without considerable debate.

Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo
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Indian Country suffers from highest diabetes rate as key program hangs in limbo (July 21, 2017)
A new report confirms that American Indians and Alaska Natives are disproportionately impacted by diabetes but Congress has been slow to renew a program helps fight the disease.

Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications
National | Politics | Trust
Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications (July 20, 2017)
For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain vows to return to Capitol Hill after brain cancer diagnosis
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain vows to return to Capitol Hill after brain cancer diagnosis (July 20, 2017)
Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former two-term chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet
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Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet (July 19, 2017)
Since the start of the 115th Congress in January, lawmakers have yet to send a stand-alone Indian bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise on health care reform amid health crisis
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain calls for compromise on health care reform amid health crisis (July 19, 2017)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) is weighing in on the health care debate as he recovers from an unexpected surgery.

Key House committee moves forward with funding bill for tribal programs
Health | National | Politics
Key House committee moves forward with funding bill for tribal programs (July 18, 2017)
Lawmakers are resisting President Donald Trump's budget cuts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.

Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act (July 18, 2017)
So plan B, supported by President Donald J. Trump, is a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, without a plan to figure out the what’s next?

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking (July 17, 2017)
According to the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies are failing to collect data on Native trafficking victims.

Mark Trahant: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill
Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republicans once again forced to delay vote on health bill (July 17, 2017)
The Republican healthcare bill looked like it was going to pass but then Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) announced his own health crisis.

House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process
National | Politics | Trust
House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process (July 14, 2017)
Despite a rocky couple of days on Capitol Hill for tribal interests, it wasn't all bad news this week for Indian Country.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)
Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing
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Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing (July 12, 2017)
Lawmakers from both parties expressed anger and frustration at the Indian Health Service as they vowed to seek more resources to fulfill the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Leaders of Indian Health Service testify on Trump's new budget request
Health | National | Politics
Leaders of Indian Health Service testify on Trump's new budget request (July 12, 2017)
Lawmakers from both parties say President Trump's proposed budget does not meet the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes testimony on three bills at hearing
Education | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes testimony on three bills at hearing (July 12, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on bills affecting the Johnson O'Malley education program and several tribes in Oregon.

Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests (July 11, 2017)
If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's not going to happen this week.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
Law | National | Politics | Trust
House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)
A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.

Witness list for field hearing on Indian Arts and Crafts Act in New Mexico
Arts & Entertainment | Law | National | Politics
Witness list for field hearing on Indian Arts and Crafts Act in New Mexico (July 5, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be taking testimony on the Indian Arts and Crafts Act on Friday, July 7.

Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid
National | Politics
Cherokee Nation citizen Markwayne Mullin announces re-election bid (July 5, 2017)
Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma, is one of just two tribal citizens in Congress.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to July schedule
Education | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to July schedule (June 29, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets on July 12 to consider bills affecting the Johnson O'Malley education program and several tribes in Oregon.

President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources
Business | Environment | National | Politics
President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources (June 29, 2017)
President Donald Trump blamed the federal government for hindering prosperity in Indian Country in his first official event with tribal leaders.

Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C.
Environment | National | Politics
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.

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