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Bureau of Indian Affairs hit with another harassment scandal
Bureau of Indian Affairs hit with another harassment scandal (December 14, 2018)

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.


Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump
Congress sends more Indian Country bills to President Trump (December 11, 2018)

Indian energy, Indian education and Indian health are gaining a boost as the 115th Congress comes to a close.


Bureau of Indian Education manager investigated for sexual misconduct
Bureau of Indian Education manager investigated for sexual misconduct (December 5, 2018)

A manager at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute had a sexual relationship with a student.


Mark Trahant: Congress still working on Indian Country funding bill
Mark Trahant: Congress still working on Indian Country funding bill (December 4, 2018)

The spending bill includes Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.


Investigation finds 'abusive' environment at Haskell University
Investigation finds 'abusive' environment at Haskell University (November 20, 2018)

Some employees and students blame President Venida Chenault for creating an atmosphere of fear at Haskell Indian Nations University.


Secretary Ryan Zinke rumored to be up for United Nations post
Secretary Ryan Zinke rumored to be up for United Nations post (October 12, 2018)

Is Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke about to say sayonara to Indian Country?


Tribes lose challenge to reorganization of Bureau of Indian Education
Tribes lose challenge to reorganization of Bureau of Indian Education (October 2, 2018)

A federal judge just got around to ruling on an Obama-era restructuring of the Bureau of Indian Education.


Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools
Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools (September 25, 2018)

Two tribal communities will be getting new schools thanks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Leader of Bureau of Indian Education was investigated for misconduct
Leader of Bureau of Indian Education was investigated for misconduct (September 6, 2018)

Two new reports detail 'unusual' and questionable behavior by the highest-ranking education official at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade
Indian school went without fire alarm system for more than a decade (July 3, 2018)

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.


Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee
Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee (July 3, 2018)

Tara Sweeney waited a long time to be confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Who is to blame?


Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era
Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era (June 29, 2018)

More than 18 months into the Trump administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally has a new leader and it's a historic choice.


'Very little progress': Lawmakers question Trump administration's Indian affairs record
'Very little progress': Lawmakers question Trump administration's Indian affairs record (June 14, 2018)

Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are not making enough progress to satisfy key members of Congress.


Witness list for Senate hearing on 'high risk' federal Indian Country programs
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.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets another hearing on 'high risk' programs
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?


Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from troubled homes to boarding school
Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from troubled homes to boarding school (May 30, 2018)

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.


Bureau of Indian Education faces questions about safety and security
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.


Cronkite News: Native students are still lagging behind rest of the nation
Cronkite News: Native students are still lagging behind rest of the nation (May 14, 2018)

American Indian and Alaska Native students trail in graduation rates and test scores.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment
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
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.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on school safety
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.


Bill John Baker: Johnson-O'Malley education program needs full funding
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
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.


Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe
Bureau of Indian Affairs teachers accepted illegal payments from tribe (April 10, 2018)

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 students subjected to higher rates of discipline in public schools
Native students subjected to higher rates of discipline in public schools (April 4, 2018)

Native American students are subjected to higher rates of discipline than their counterparts at public schools, according to a new government report.


Indian students win round in bid to hold government accountable
Indian students win round in bid to hold government accountable (April 2, 2018)

Indian students who are seeking a better education have won an early round in their historic lawsuit against the federal government.


Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota values obliterated in school system
Ivan Star Comes Out: Lakota values obliterated in school system (March 28, 2018)

Our youth deserve a life far better than the one we have endured.


Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill
Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill (March 26, 2018)

Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts, victims of crime and other key initiatives are now law thanks to bipartisan action in Congress.


Bureau of Indian Affairs strips blood quantum from proposed Johnson O'Malley rule
Bureau of Indian Affairs strips blood quantum from proposed Johnson O'Malley rule (March 23, 2018)

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.


Indian students demand action to prevent violence at their schools
Indian students demand action to prevent violence at their schools (March 15, 2018)

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.


Cronkite News: Lawmakers question management of Indian schools
Cronkite News: Lawmakers question management of Indian schools (February 15, 2018)

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.


Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan
Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan (February 13, 2018)

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.


Denise Juneau: The Bureau of Indian Education is failing our people
Denise Juneau: The Bureau of Indian Education is failing our people (February 9, 2018)

The federal government has a history of failure when it comes to Native students.


President Trump signs bill to end three days of government shutdown
President Trump signs bill to end three days of government shutdown (January 23, 2018)

The shutdown of the federal government is over after three days of confusion.


Quileute Tribe starts process to move village to safer ground in Washington
Quileute Tribe starts process to move village to safer ground in Washington (November 1, 2017)

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.


National Congress of American Indians looks forward to Tara Sweeney confirmation
National Congress of American Indians looks forward to Tara Sweeney confirmation (October 18, 2017)

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.


Lawsuit seeks damages for death of girl at Bureau of Indian Education school
Lawsuit seeks damages for death of girl at Bureau of Indian Education school (October 13, 2017)

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.


Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program
Senate committee advances bill to update Johnson O'Malley education program (October 4, 2017)

A bipartisan bill to update the Johnson-O'Malley Program and ensure more adequate funding for Indian students is inching forward on Capitol Hill.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance Johnson O'Malley reform bill
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance Johnson O'Malley reform bill (October 2, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be taking up a bill to modernize the Johnson O'Malley Program at a business meeting.


Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs
Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs (September 14, 2017)

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.


Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs
Cronkite News: Trump administration cites progress on 'high risk' tribal programs (September 14, 2017)

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.


Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms
Cronkite News: Tribal programs land on 'high risk' list despite push for reforms (September 13, 2017)

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.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes testimony on three bills at hearing
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.


Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget threatens to disrupt Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget threatens to disrupt Indian Country (June 12, 2017)

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.


Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education
Secretary Zinke suggests more money won't help Indian education (June 8, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior wants a 'candid conversation' about Indian education but it apparently doesn't include more funding.


Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)

The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.


Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization (May 25, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke has promised potentially 'bold' changes at the Department of the Interior.


Kevin Washburn: Indian Country feels the pain with Donald Trump
Kevin Washburn: Indian Country feels the pain with Donald Trump (May 25, 2017)

Indian country will feel ‘tremendous fiscal pain’ if the Trump budget is passed.


Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school
Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school (May 11, 2017)

Attorneys for the Bureau of Indian Affairs admitted the student suffered burns while making fry bread but a judge said the federal government can't be held liable.


Widow awarded $1.9M for Bureau of Indian Affairs school bus crash
Widow awarded $1.9M for Bureau of Indian Affairs school bus crash (May 8, 2017)

A federal judge determined that a bus driver for the Riverside Indian School in Oklahoma was negligent.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks at 'high risk' Indian programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks at 'high risk' Indian programs (May 3, 2017)

The Government Accountability Office recently urged Congress to pay more attention to Indian education, health and energy development.


Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts
Funding bill holds the line for Indian Country ahead of Trump cuts (May 2, 2017)

The 2017 omnibus appropriations package includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and $5 billion for the Indian Health Service.


Cronkite News: High school on Hopi Reservation hires investigators after complaints
Cronkite News: High school on Hopi Reservation hires investigators after complaints (May 2, 2017)

Students on the Hopi Reservation are going without key services, according to parents and guardians.


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute team wins NASA prize
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute team wins NASA prize (April 25, 2017)

The students and their professor walked away with $5,000 at the 2017 NASA Swarmathon.


Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior Department
Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since joining the Trump administration.


Kevin Washburn: Advice for the next leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Kevin Washburn: Advice for the next leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (March 7, 2017)

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs: ‘must run a thousand miles to move policy by an inch.’


Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (March 6, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior is already living up to promises to keep Indian Country on the top of his agenda.


New Interior Secretary Zinke confirms rumors of reorganization
New Interior Secretary Zinke confirms rumors of reorganization (March 3, 2017)

The new leader of the Interior Department is promising 'bold' changes that are slated to include the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (March 1, 2017)

The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.


Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in Senate
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in Senate (February 28, 2017)

It's taken longer than expected but the Interior Department is slated to get a new leader.