Tribes, Democrats and watchdog groups are paying close attention to David Bernhardt, derided by some as a creature of Washington's swamp.
With David Bernhardt at the helm, the Department of the Interior has been one disaster after another, tribes and their advocates assert.
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.
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.
To the list of issues affecting education, Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis would add a new problem: deteriorating roads.
The government post with the most responsibility in Indian Country might soon be filled by a longtime lawyer and lobbyist.
Haskell Indian Nations University is mourning the loss of Darrian Diwayan, a basketball standout from the Pueblo of Laguna.
The embattled leader of the Haskell Indian Nations University has been removed from her position at the federally-operated tribal college but won't be going far.
With one figure forced out under a cloud, the official tapped to lead the Department of the Interior is promising a new era of relations with Indian Country.
With the threat of another shutdown looming, tribal leaders are supporting legislation they hope will protect their communities from the drama and disorder in the nation's capital.
The Trump administration wants tribes to know that Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney has not been furloughed.
As longest government shutdown continues with no solution in sight, Navajo President Russell Begaye urges U.S. President Donald Trump to end the impasse and fund tribal services.
Since the arrival of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, there have been at least five investigations of harassment, misconduct and other questionable behaviors.
A manager at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute had a sexual relationship with a student.
The spending bill includes Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.
Some employees and students blame President Venida Chenault for creating an atmosphere of fear at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Is Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke about to say sayonara to Indian Country?
A federal judge just got around to ruling on an Obama-era restructuring of the Bureau of Indian Education.
Two tribal communities will be getting new schools thanks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Two new reports detail 'unusual' and questionable behavior by the highest-ranking education official at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
A school on the Navajo Nation went without fire protection systems for more than a decade and the problem still hasn't been completely fixed.
Tara Sweeney waited a long time to be confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Who is to blame?
More than 18 months into the Trump administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally has a new leader and it's a historic choice.
Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are not making enough progress to satisfy key members of Congress.
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.
Is the Trump administration making progress in improving Indian education, health and energy programs?
The leader of the Department of the Interior has an interesting response to the substance abuse crisis: send kids from troubled homes to an Indian boarding school far away.
Are Bureau of Indian Education schools safe and secure? That's a question being posed on Capitol Hill.
American Indian and Alaska Native students trail in graduation rates and test scores.
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.
After a long wait, Tara Sweeney finally went to Capitol Hill to share her vision for Indian Country.
With shootings, walkouts and calls for reform at public schools dominating the news, attention is finally turning to the Bureau of Indian Education.
At Cherokee Nation, we strive to ensure every Indian child in our 14-county service area receives the educational opportunities they deserve.
Tara Sweeney, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is finally getting her day on Capitol Hill.
As school teachers across the nation walk out in protest of inadequate funding, some in Indian Country found a way to cope with their below-average salaries.
Native American students are subjected to higher rates of discipline than their counterparts at public schools, according to a new government report.
Indian students who are seeking a better education have won an early round in their historic lawsuit against the federal government.
Our youth deserve a life far better than the one we have endured.
Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts, victims of crime and other key initiatives are now law thanks to bipartisan action in Congress.
Depending how you look at it, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is either catching up with old business or making things more complicated for the popular Johnson O'Malley education program.
Students across the nation, including many in Indian Country, are demanding action on gun reform in hopes of preventing violence at their places of learning.
A Bureau of Indian Education official told lawmakers that his agency is making 'strong improvements' in the oversight of tribal schools, despite a long history of problems and proposed cuts to the bureau’s budget.
President Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure appears to offer little more than a nod to tribal governments, though his new budget promises support for fixing deteriorating Indian schools.
The federal government has a history of failure when it comes to Native students.
The shutdown of the federal government is over after three days of confusion.
The Quileute Tribe is moving its largest community to higher ground in Washington, with construction of a new school expected in the spring of 2018.
The National Congress of American Indians is looking forward to the 'swift confirmation' of Tara Sweeney as the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The grandfather of a 14-year-old girl who died at a Bureau of Indian Education boarding school in South Dakota has filed a lawsuit against the federal government.
A bipartisan bill to update the Johnson-O'Malley Program and ensure more adequate funding for Indian students is inching forward on Capitol Hill.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be taking up a bill to modernize the Johnson O'Malley Program at a business meeting.
Just a few months after calling for drastic cuts to health, education, social service and other programs in Indian Country, the Trump administration has changed course.
Leaders of federal agencies serving Indian Country said they have made some progress on dozens of problems cited in Government Accountability Office audits but lawmakers said much more needs to be done.
Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on bills affecting the Johnson O'Malley education program and several tribes in Oregon.
It’s not too strong to say that Donald Trump's budget plan would mean an early death for too many people in Indian Country, writes Mark Trahant.
The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.