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House subcommittee schedules hearing on infrastructure in Indian Country
House subcommittee schedules hearing on infrastructure in Indian Country (July 8, 2019)

Aging roads, bridges and facilities in tribal communities are in need of critical improvements, maintenance and outright replacement.


Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill
Another tribal provision submitted for inclusion in 'must pass' defense bill (July 8, 2019)

Federal recognition, tribal homelands and compensation for Native Americans exposed to uranium await further action in the nation's capital.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe pressed to amend constitution
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe pressed to amend constitution (July 5, 2019)

All across the country many tribes are calling for reform of their respective constitutions.


'A proud day': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe moves closer to federal recognition
'A proud day': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe moves closer to federal recognition (June 27, 2019)

Legislation to extend federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe has cleared both chambers of Congress but there's still more work to be done.


Schaghticoke Indian Tribe launches bid for federal recognition
Schaghticoke Indian Tribe launches bid for federal recognition (June 25, 2019)

The Schaghticoke Indian Tribe is once again pursuing federal recognition even after another faction was rejected by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court (June 25, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is battling the Trump administration in a lawsuit that will stay in the nation's capital.


'One step closer': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe optimistic on federal recognition
'One step closer': Little Shell Chippewa Tribe optimistic on federal recognition (June 20, 2019)

Federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been included in a 'must pass' bill.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at business meeting (June 19, 2019)

A bill to improve aging roads and bridges in Indian Country and another to correct a failing of the disastrous tribal termination era are advancing on Capitol Hill.


RECAP: Trump administration unprepared for hearing on #MMIW and tribal jurisdiction bills
RECAP: Trump administration unprepared for hearing on #MMIW and tribal jurisdiction bills (June 19, 2019)

The Trump administration came under fire for showing up unprepared to a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs despite being notified a month ago.


House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country
House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country (June 18, 2019)

Democrats are hoping to avoid another shutdown of the federal government, like the one that crippled tribal and urban Indian communities earlier in the year.


Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands (June 7, 2019)

Legislation to protect ancestral and sacred tribal lands is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.


Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country
Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country (June 5, 2019)

The federal government is failing to meet its trust and treaty obligations, according to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on Indian legislation
Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on Indian legislation (June 5, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on tribal homelands and tribal treaty bills.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up tribal homelands legislation
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples takes up tribal homelands legislation (June 3, 2019)

Land bills for tribes in California, Minnesota and Washington, plus a bill affecting a disputed treaty in Oregon, are on the Capitol Hill agenda.


Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era
Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era (May 31, 2019)

In the first two years of the Trump presidency, complaints of wrongdoing, corruption, fraud and misuse of funds increased 16 percent at the agency with the most responsibilities in Indian Country.


Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court
Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court (May 29, 2019)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is once again facing a reckoning in Indian Country.


Indian Country Today: Educator got new job despite sexual harassment complaints
Indian Country Today: Educator got new job despite sexual harassment complaints (May 29, 2019)

A superintendent at a Bureau of Indian Education school was terminated for sexual harassment after several women came forward.


Schaghticoke Tribal Nation seeks answers after judge dismisses land theft case
Schaghticoke Tribal Nation seeks answers after judge dismisses land theft case (May 23, 2019)

The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation has hit another snag in its $610 million land theft case.


Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law
Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law (May 21, 2019)

Federal agencies spent about $6 billion on energy for their facilities in 2017 yet tribes are being passed over for contracts.


Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update
Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update (May 21, 2019)

A long-overdue update to the popular Johnson O'Malley Indian education program is finally on the horizon.


Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation
Tim Giago: Boarding school survivors deserve long overdue compensation (May 20, 2019)

I speak as an abused boarding school survivor. I was there; I saw it, I felt it, and I recovered from it.


Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood
Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood (May 16, 2019)

Should the federal government stop issuing Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood?


House subcommittee hearing focuses of safety at Indian boarding schools
House subcommittee hearing focuses of safety at Indian boarding schools (May 16, 2019)

'No more of our children should die due to negligence of the schools,' a grieving parent says.


Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads make it harder for students to learn
Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads make it harder for students to learn (May 15, 2019)

Three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads are unpaved, leaving schools on reservations to spend money on frequent maintenance for the buses that have to travel those roads.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Some law enforcement officers never make it home
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Some law enforcement officers never make it home (May 14, 2019)

The men and women of our law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect our families and our communities.


'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation
'Our inherent sovereignty': Yurok Tribe legalizing hemp on reservation (May 10, 2019)

The Yurok Tribe is asserting its sovereignty with the passage of a new hemp law.


'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting
'I came from the White House': Trump tweet coincides with Indian Affairs meeting (May 9, 2019)

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney was at the White House but won't say whether tribal legislation came up before President Trump tweeted about it.


'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills
'A Racial Slur': President Trump blamed for derailing passage of two pro-tribal bills (May 8, 2019)

A tweet about Pocahontas spooked Republicans on Capitol Hill. Indian Country was the loser.


Bill John Baker: The Not Invisible Act is vital to the safety of Native women
Bill John Baker: The Not Invisible Act is vital to the safety of Native women (May 8, 2019)

Every Cherokee woman - every American Indian woman for that matter - has the absolute right to feel safe.


'An afterthought': Tribal consultation in doubt as Trump's reorganization rolls on
'An afterthought': Tribal consultation in doubt as Trump's reorganization rolls on (May 8, 2019)

The Trump administration claims its controversial reorganization won't apply to Indian Country. But tribes are still being affected by it.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Bipartisan bill protects Native women and girls
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Bipartisan bill protects Native women and girls (May 7, 2019)

The silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women is wreaking havoc on our families and our communities.


Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Trump budget
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Trump budget (May 6, 2019)

A panel of federal officials and tribal leaders will talk about the budgets for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.


Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget
Assistant Secretary Sweeney slated for another hearing on Indian Country budget (May 6, 2019)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, and her new boss, Secretary David Bernhardt, are on Capitol Hill to talk about the Trump administration's budget.


AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either
AUDIO: Indian Health Service won't commit to advanced appropriations either (May 2, 2019)

The Trump administration remains silent on a key issue -- forward funding for tribal programs.


AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations
AUDIO: Assistant Secretary Sweeney won't commit to advance appropriations (May 1, 2019)

Tribes and lawmakers support forward funding for Indian Country but the Trump administration is not on board.


AUDIO: House hearing on reorganization at Department of the Interior
AUDIO: House hearing on reorganization at Department of the Interior (May 1, 2019)

Lawmakers heard competing views about the controversial initiative. One from a tribal leader. The other from the Trump administration.


'No Road Map': Leader of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe testifies about reorganization
'No Road Map': Leader of Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe testifies about reorganization (April 30, 2019)

With the help of a tribal leader and maybe the Trump administration, a House subcommittee will try to get to the bottom of a reorganization at the Department of the Interior.


Assistant Secretary Sweeney on Capitol Hill for first Indian Country budget hearing
Assistant Secretary Sweeney on Capitol Hill for first Indian Country budget hearing (April 30, 2019)

Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney is back on Capitol Hill for her second hearing as the Trump administration's face of Indian policy.


Bureau of Indian Affairs gets a permanent director, long after mysterious exit
Bureau of Indian Affairs gets a permanent director, long after mysterious exit (April 29, 2019)

It's been a year since the Trump administration mysteriously disappeared the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work with hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work with hearing (April 29, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will take testimony on bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and tribal homelands.


Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress
Indian Country's legislative priorities inch forward in divided Congress (April 29, 2019)

Lawmakers are getting back to work after an extended recess and their schedule is jam-packed with Indian Country happenings.


Defendant acquitted in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman
Defendant acquitted in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman (April 25, 2019)

Sheena Between Lodges is in recovery after being attacked on the Pine Ridge Reservation.


Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office
Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office (April 18, 2019)

After two losses at the polls, Gavin Clarkson is back in the race in New Mexico.


Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny
Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny (April 16, 2019)

Tribes, Democrats and watchdog groups are paying close attention to David Bernhardt, derided by some as a creature of Washington's swamp.


'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency (April 11, 2019)

With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.


Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour (April 11, 2019)

A hearing on community development in Indian Country turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of officials were forced to explain why they turned in their testimony late.


AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development
AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on community development (April 10, 2019)

The Trump administration has put a loan guarantee program at the Bureau of Indian Affairs on the chopping block.


Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration
Twitter Recap: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing with Trump administration (April 10, 2019)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney made her first appearance before Congress and had to apologize for being late with her testimony.


'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump (April 9, 2019)

With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on ancestral territory.


Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing
Trump administration's face of Indian policy heads to Capitol Hill for first hearing (April 8, 2019)

It's taken nearly nine months, but Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney is finally ready to testify before Congress.


Suspect arrested in connection with murder on Mescalero Apache Reservation
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Suspect arrested in connection with murder on Mescalero Apache Reservation (April 8, 2019)

William Hosetosavit was arrested after the Bureau of Indian Affairs put out an alert for him.


Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior (April 4, 2019)

The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky at the Department of the Interior.


Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunities
Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunities (April 4, 2019)

To the list of issues affecting education, Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis would add a new problem: deteriorating roads.


Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down
Ivan Star Comes Out: So-called 'tribal' constitution keeps our people down (April 4, 2019)

The U.S. forced its plenary power on our people and basically negated the old traditional system and any opportunity to prosper.


AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing
AUDIO: House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing (April 3, 2019)

Legislation to correct a disastrous Supreme Court ruling affecting tribal homelands and to improve tribal consultation were aired on Capitol Hill.


AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on reservation roads
AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on reservation roads (April 3, 2019)

Safety of reservation roads and efforts to expand tribal self-governance were discussed by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Defendant found guilty in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman
Defendant found guilty in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman (April 1, 2019)

Sheena Between Lodges was brutally beaten on Pine Ridge Reservation and prosecutors blame her boyfriend and his sister for the crime.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States takes up Carcieri fix (March 29, 2019)

Will Congress finally fix one of the most destructive U.S. Supreme Court decisions?


AUDIO: Confirmation hearing for David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior
AUDIO: Confirmation hearing for David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior (March 28, 2019)

The government post with the most responsibility in Indian Country might soon be filled by a longtime lawyer and lobbyist.