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Mark Trahant: Prepare for tribal budget cuts under President Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Prepare for tribal budget cuts under President Donald Trump (01/23)
If this is day one, remember there are fourteen hundred and fifty-nine to go.
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new presidentFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Native youth remain hopeful as nation transitions to new president (11/30)
The #NoDAPL movement, preventing suicide and promoting educational opportunities are among the top priorities of the new generation in Indian Country.
Two key leadership positions filled at Bureau of Indian Affairs in DCFiled Under: Education | National
Two key leadership positions filled at Bureau of Indian Affairs in DC (11/02)
The Bureau of Indian Education has a new director to replace one who left amid scandal.
Haskell University confirms president is still under investigationFiled Under: Education | National
Haskell University confirms president is still under investigation (10/20)
President Venida Chenault is being accused of nepotism because her son is employed at the federally-operated institution.
President of Haskell University criticized for son's employmentFiled Under: Education | National
President of Haskell University criticized for son's employment (09/14)
Some faculty members and some students at the tribal college in Kansas see nepotism at work.
Carlyle Begay: Indian parents and students deserve school choiceFiled Under: Education | Opinion | Politics
Carlyle Begay: Indian parents and students deserve school choice (09/14)
'The results have been in for some time and the conclusion is alarming: government-run schools have failed and continue to fail Native American kids from coast to coast.'
Scandal continues to hinder Bureau of Indian Education effortsFiled Under: Education | Law | National | Politics
Scandal continues to hinder Bureau of Indian Education efforts (09/13)
Mistrust runs deep in Indian Country and key members of Congress can't agree on reforms at the troubled agency.
Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line voteFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Controversial Indian education bill advances on party-line vote (09/08)
Sen. McCain (R-Arizona) blew up when faced with opposition to his bill to take funds from Bureau of Indian Education schools for a voucher program.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meetingFiled Under: Education | Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (09/02)
Water rights, Indian education and the theft of tribal property are on the agenda for the September 7 meeting.
Leech Lake Band celebrates groundbreaking for new high schoolFiled Under: Education | National
Leech Lake Band celebrates groundbreaking for new high school (08/26)
The replacement Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School should be ready in time for the fall 2017 school year.
Advisory Board for Exceptional Children sets next meeting in KansasFiled Under: Education | National
Advisory Board for Exceptional Children sets next meeting in Kansas (08/08)
The board advises the Bureau of Indian Affairs on ways to meet the needs of Indian children with disabilities.
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana caseFiled Under: Education | Law | National | Politics
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana case (08/05)
Amid widespread attention, federal prosecutors are planning to drop their case against Devontre Thomas, 19.
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes hit with marijuana chargeFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes hit with marijuana charge (08/04)
A year-old incident at Chemawa Indian School in Oregon led to a single charge against Devontre Thomas, 19, who graduated in May.
Emanuel Vigil: What it's like to be a Native American teen todayFiled Under: Opinion
Emanuel Vigil: What it's like to be a Native American teen today (07/08)
We in the native youth community celebrate together, we cry together, and we experience important events with each other.
Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programsFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition | Trust
Lawmakers set to take up funding bill for Indian Country programs (07/05)
The appropriations measure offers increases for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
Carlyle Begay: Native American youth deserve a better educationFiled Under: Education | Opinion | Politics
Carlyle Begay: Native American youth deserve a better education (06/09)
While political differences divide us, one common goal we should all have is to expand opportunity for our youth by improving their access to a quality education.
Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Appropriations bill includes boosts for Indian Country programs (06/01)
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hoping to get the troubled appropriations process back on track this year.
Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Santa Fe Indian SchoolFiled Under: Education | National
Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Santa Fe Indian School (05/26)
Remarks, as prepared for delivery, by First Lady Michelle Obama at the Santa Fe Indian School 2016 commencement ceremony.
First Lady Michelle Obama shares message of hope with Indian schoolFiled Under: Education | National
First Lady Michelle Obama shares message of hope with Indian school (05/26)
Santa Fe Indian School, a Bureau of Indian Education instituion in New Mexico, welcomed a high-profile guest for its 2016 graduation ceremony.
Fort Peck Tribes oppose new directive on transgender studentsFiled Under: Education | Law | National | Politics
Fort Peck Tribes oppose new directive on transgender students (05/25)
The tribal council voted 7-0 to in favor a policy that requires 'separate public use of bathrooms according to gender.'
Santa Fe Indian School preparing for First Lady Michelle ObamaFiled Under: Education | National
Santa Fe Indian School preparing for First Lady Michelle Obama (05/23)
All of the leaders of the 19 Pueblo tribes in New Mexico are expected to attend the historic graduation ceremony.
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Hold tribal leaders accountable for schoolsFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Hold tribal leaders accountable for schools (05/23)
What is needed? Holding tribal leaders accountable.
Bureau of Indian Education subject to transgender student guidanceFiled Under: Education | National
Bureau of Indian Education subject to transgender student guidance (05/13)
The new directive requires public schools and those that receive federal funds to ensure that all students can learn in a discrimination-free environment.
Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fireFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Bill to create new Indian education agency draws Democratic fire (05/11)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approved a bill to reform the Bureau of Indian Education amid objections about funding levels.
Bureau of Indian Affairs reports progress in inspections at schoolsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs reports progress in inspections at schools (05/11)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is promising to inspect all 180 institutions by August 31, or close to the start of the new school year.
Leech Lake Band to get new high school after long wait for fundingFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Leech Lake Band to get new high school after long wait for funding (05/09)
For nearly 21 years, students at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School in Minnesota have been attending classes in structures that were never meant to house people.
Lennie Jarratt: Bill offers more school choices for Indian studentsFiled Under: Education | Opinion | Politics
Lennie Jarratt: Bill offers more school choices for Indian students (05/09)
If passed, the Native American Education Opportunity Act would open up a new array of education opportunities for Native American children and would give them access to a quality education.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearingFiled Under: Education | Environment | Health | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules meeting and hearing (05/05)
Three bills are on the agenda for the business meeting while the hearing will focus on a veterans health and the Johnson O’Malley program.
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe updates education codeFiled Under: Education | National
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe updates education code (05/05)
Tribal education staff plans to schedule other meetings with tribal citizens over the next several months to seek input, as well as volunteers, to assist with the update process.
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe pressed to hold school board electionFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe pressed to hold school board election (05/04)
At the first Tribal Council meeting in May, Busby District Chairman Dana Eaglefeathers will once again request a school board election of community members for the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Schools.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves eight bills at meetingFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves eight bills at meeting (04/28)
The bills address Indian education, dam safety, Dine College on the Navajo Nation, Alaska Native health care and a New Mexico tribe.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meetingFiled Under: Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (04/25)
Eight bills affecting Indian education, dam safety, Dine College on the Navajo Nation, Alaska Native health and a New Mexico tribe are on the agenda.
Cronkite News: Indian schools in Arizona going without inspectionsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Indian schools in Arizona going without inspections (04/25)
At least 19 tribal schools in Arizona went four years or more without the inspections that are supposed to be performed every year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit.
Dave Archambault: South Dakota aims to boost Indian educationFiled Under: Education | Opinion
Dave Archambault: South Dakota aims to boost Indian education (04/14)
In a historic move, the South Dakota Legislature authorized Gov. Dennis Daugaard to use his budget to fund three Indian public schools as alternatives to the conventional K-12 schooling model.
Bureau of Indian Affairs inches forward with school constructionFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs inches forward with school construction (04/11)
It's taken more than a decade but the Obama administration finally cleared the way for 10 new school campuses along with another deserving facility.
Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform effortsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform efforts (04/07)
The lack of inspections at Indian schools and the demotion of the top Indian education official drew focus at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on education billsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on education bills (04/04)
Lawmakers will take testimony on four bills aimed at improving education systems in Indian Country.
Bureau of Indian Education racked by another top-level scandalFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Education racked by another top-level scandal (03/31)
Director Charles “Monty” Roessel admitted he hired a romantic partner and intervened to help a relative land a job at the beleaguered agency.
Cronkite News: McCain bill diverts Indian school funds from BIEFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Cronkite News: McCain bill diverts Indian school funds from BIE (03/22)
Tribal leaders were noncommittal about a proposal that would divert Bureau of Indian Education funds into education savings accounts that individual Native American children could use to attend schools of their choosing.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education billsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education bills (03/21)
A dramatic proposal to create a new Indian education agency within the Interior Department is on the agenda for an April 6 hearing.
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs promises to inspect all schoolsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs promises to inspect all schools (03/17)
Acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts vowed to take action after a report uncovered alarming conditions that put Indian children at risk.
Bureau of Indian Affairs slammed for safety conditions at schoolsFiled Under: Education | Health | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs slammed for safety conditions at schools (03/14)
Indian students and staff are being placed in high-risk conditions as schools go without essential fixes, the Government Accountability Office reported.
House subcommittee to hear from tribes and tribal organizationsFiled Under: National | Politics
House subcommittee to hear from tribes and tribal organizations (03/14)
Dozens of tribal leaders and representatives of tribal organizations will present their funding priorities at four sessions this week.
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe revises education codeFiled Under: Education | National
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe revises education code (03/11)
The Rosebud Sioux Tribal Education Code was the focus of a forum held during the Annual Founder’s Day Celebration hosted by Sinte Gleska University.
House panel schedules hearing on Bureau of Indian Affairs budgetFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
House panel schedules hearing on Bureau of Indian Affairs budget (03/08)
Lawmakers from both parties have been pushing for more funds to fix crumbling Indian schools.
Lakota Country Times: Great Plains tribes halt BIE reorganizationFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Great Plains tribes halt BIE reorganization (03/02)
A recent effort by the federal government to centralize the Bureau of Indian Education and closure of several reservation based tribal education offices has been thwarted by a coalition of Lakota stakeholders.
Indian school fires basketball coaches after race-related incidentFiled Under: Education | National | Sports
Indian school fires basketball coaches after race-related incident (02/26)
Former head boys basketball coach Ceci Moses and her husband, former assistant coach Rick Schimmel, accused staff at another school of making race-related comments about Native Americans.
President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian AffairsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian Affairs (02/09)
The request includes $278 million for contract support costs and $138.3 million for Indian school construction.
SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal collegesFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges (01/27)
The bill brings tribes into the school construction process and also addresses tribal colleges and housing for teachers at Indian schools.
BIE schools compete for five spots on new priority construction listFiled Under: Education | National
BIE schools compete for five spots on new priority construction list (01/26)
Seven of the 10 finalists are on the Navajo Nation, home to the largest number of worst condition schools.
John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country Filed Under: Opinion | Politics
John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country (01/25)
Last January, as the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I outlined an aggressive set of priorities.
Rep. McCollum urges tribes to 'adopt' all members of CongressFiled Under: National | Politics
Rep. McCollum urges tribes to 'adopt' all members of Congress (01/14)
The co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus notes there are more than enough tribes to cover all 535 lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
BIA allocates $45M to replace two aging Navajo Nation schoolsFiled Under: Education | National
BIA allocates $45M to replace two aging Navajo Nation schools (01/14)
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited the reservation to announce the long overdue funding commitment.
Tribes seek support for Native language instruction programsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Tribes seek support for Native language instruction programs (11/24)
A few simple changes in federal law will go a long way toward preserving Native languages, tribal leaders and educators said at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Oglala Sioux Tribe loses grant for suicide prevention programFiled Under: Education | Health | National
Oglala Sioux Tribe loses grant for suicide prevention program (11/23)
At least 20 young people on the Pine Ridge Reservation have taken their lives since December and more than 250 have attempted suicide.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hear three education billsFiled Under: Education | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hear three education bills (11/17)
The bills address a wide range of issues affecting public schools, Bureau of Indian Education schools, tribal colleges, Native language grants and teacher recruitment.
Secretary Jewell goes to Arizona to meet with BIE studentsFiled Under: Education | Environment | National
Secretary Jewell goes to Arizona to meet with BIE students (11/16)
The trip highlights a high-speed Internet partnership and the Every Kid in a Park initiative.
BIE schedules consultations for Johnson-O'Malley programFiled Under: Education
BIE schedules consultations for Johnson-O'Malley program (11/16)
Topics include the JOM student count and the funding methodology for the program.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets meeting and hearingFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets meeting and hearing (11/16)
Two land-into-trust bills for tribes in Oregon and three Indian education bills are on the agenda.
Sen. Jon Tester: Congress must do right for Indian Country Filed Under: Opinion | Politics
Sen. Jon Tester: Congress must do right for Indian Country (11/13)
I am working on issues important to Native American families that will increase self-governance, promote tribal sovereignty, strengthen Indian communities, and ensure the federal government upholds its trust responsibilities.

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