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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.


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.


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.


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.


'An amazing person': Friends and family mourn loss of Leonda Levchuk
'An amazing person': Friends and family mourn loss of Leonda Levchuk (May 15, 2019)

The Navajo Nation citizen spent more than 20 years telling the stories of Native people.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set to advance three bills at meeting (May 13, 2019)

Bills affecting Indian education, treaty rights and water rights are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


'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.


'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.


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.


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.


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.


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 opportunites
Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunites (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.


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.


President Trump releases new budget with cuts for Indian Country programs
President Trump releases new budget with cuts for Indian Country programs (March 11, 2019)

The Trump administration finally released its fiscal year 2020 budget and the numbers aren't looking good for Indian Country.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs (March 11, 2019)

'Where Are They Now' sounds like an old cable television show, only this week it's about the trust and treaty responsibility.


Haskell University mourns loss of basketball standout Darrian Diwayan
Haskell University mourns loss of basketball standout Darrian Diwayan (March 8, 2019)

Haskell Indian Nations University is mourning the loss of Darrian Diwayan, a basketball standout from the Pueblo of Laguna.


Embattled president of Haskell University remains on campus despite 'abusive' behavior
Embattled president of Haskell University remains on campus despite 'abusive' behavior (March 5, 2019)

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.


Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters
Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters (February 21, 2019)

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.


'We shouldn't have to fight': Tribes worried about the next shutdown
'We shouldn't have to fight': Tribes worried about the next shutdown (January 29, 2019)

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.


Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown (January 15, 2019)

The Trump administration wants tribes to know that Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney has not been furloughed.


Navajo President: Government shutdown violates treaty obligations
Navajo President: Government shutdown violates treaty obligations (January 11, 2019)

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.


'Recipe for disaster': The #TrumpShutdown and Indian Country
'Recipe for disaster': The #TrumpShutdown and Indian Country (January 9, 2019)

With tribal communities feeling the pinch of the #TrumpShutdown, Democrats in Congress are working to restore federal funding to Indian Country.


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.