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Mark Trahant: Paulette Jordan could be the first Native governor
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Mark Trahant: Paulette Jordan could be the first Native governor (May 22, 2018)

Conventional wisdom says Paulette Jordan has no chance, but Idaho is changing fast.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates in New Mexico react to polls and controversy
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Mark Trahant: Native candidates in New Mexico react to polls and controversy (May 21, 2018)

As voters head to the polls in New Mexico, Deb Haaland is in a tight three-way race while Gavin Clarkson is still stirring controversy.

Cronkite News: Republican version of Farm Bill defeated in House
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Cronkite News: Republican version of Farm Bill defeated in House (May 21, 2018)

Two Arizona lawmakers were among the 30 Republicans who crossed the aisle and joined all Democrats to send the $868 billion farm bill to defeat.

Mark Trahant: Paulette Jordan cruises to victory on primary night
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Mark Trahant: Paulette Jordan cruises to victory on primary night (May 16, 2018)

Paulette Jordan, a citizen of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, won a convincing primary victory in her bid to be the next governor of Idaho.

Tribes continue to rely on key lawmakers for help with funding
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Tribes continue to rely on key lawmakers for help with funding (May 15, 2018)

With few people in their corner in the Trump administration, tribes are once again relying on Congress to fulfill the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on pro-tribal farm bill (May 15, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is working to ensure the Farm Bill doesn't leave tribal communities behind.

Congress set to clear economic development bill for tribes in Oregon
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Congress set to clear economic development bill for tribes in Oregon (May 15, 2018)

President Donald Trump will soon be getting another Indian bill to sign thanks to bipartisan action on Capitol Hill.

Mark Trahant: Paulette Jordan makes history again with run for governor
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Mark Trahant: Paulette Jordan makes history again with run for governor (May 14, 2018)

Paulette Jordan is making a lot of history as a young Native woman atop an all-female ticket.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: It's time to exercise your right (and duty) and vote
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Native Sun News Today Editorial: It's time to exercise your right (and duty) and vote (May 14, 2018)

June 5 is just around the corner and Native voters in South Dakota have some important choices to make.

Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 candidates aren't just Republicans or Democrats
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Mark Trahant: #NativeVote18 candidates aren't just Republicans or Democrats (May 9, 2018)

The American election process does not make it easy for independent and third-party candidates.

Mark Trahant: The number of #NativeVote18 candidates continues to grow
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Mark Trahant: The number of #NativeVote18 candidates continues to grow (May 7, 2018)

Arvina Martin in Wisconsin and Erik Rydberg in California are among the Native vote candidates in a record year.

Mark Trahant: It's time to cast the first ballots in a record year for Native candidates
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Mark Trahant: It's time to cast the first ballots in a record year for Native candidates (May 2, 2018)

The first #NativeVote18 tests are in Idaho, South Dakota and New Mexico, with candidates running for Congress, state attorney general and more.

Trump's pick to lead Department of Veterans Affairs withdraws amid doubts
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Trump's pick to lead Department of Veterans Affairs withdraws amid doubts (April 26, 2018)

Another one of President Donald Trump's nominees has dropped out of the confirmation process after questions were raised by key lawmakers.

House panel in charge of Indian legislation goes through some changes again
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House panel in charge of Indian legislation goes through some changes again (April 25, 2018)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs has a new Democratic leader and a new Democratic member.

Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington
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Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache Tribe water project stalls in Washington (April 24, 2018)

Labor unions and Indian water rights aren’t usually associated with one another. But to the White Mountain Apache Tribe they’re currently tightly entwined.

Graham Lee Brewer: A bipartisan meltdown over the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
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Graham Lee Brewer: A bipartisan meltdown over the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (April 24, 2018)

A bill exempting tribal nations from labor regulations fails in the Senate as union concerns trump sovereignty.

Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill
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Tribes secure hearing on homelands legislation amid drama on Capitol Hill (April 18, 2018)

When it comes to tribal homelands, the Senate has some catching up to do with the House.

'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails
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'We will be back' vows leader of National Congress of American Indians after sovereignty vote fails (April 17, 2018)

A vote on the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act failed in spectacular fashion evening but a key leader says the fight isn't over.

Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty
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Gyasi Ross: Democrats turn on tribes and vote against our sovereignty (April 17, 2018)

'Democrats show, once again, that they are no allies, accomplices, friends or champions of tribal sovereignty.'

Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote
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Mark Trahant: Tribes lose a battle as sovereignty bill comes up for vote (April 17, 2018)

Tribes lost a battle in Congress when Democrats tanked a bill giving tribes authority over labor relations.

Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill
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Indian Country caught in drama as lawmakers clash on controversial bill (April 17, 2018)

A controversial bill to exempt tribes from federal labor law is fueling an all-out partisan war on Capitol Hill, the likes of which one top Democrat is calling unprecedented.

Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill
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Budget cuts for Indian programs again come under fire on Capitol Hill (April 12, 2018)

Here we go again. The Trump administration is defending cuts to Indian Country programs amid bipartisan fire from Congress.

Republican leader Paul Ryan from Wisconsin won't seek re-election
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Republican leader Paul Ryan from Wisconsin won't seek re-election (April 11, 2018)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), the Speaker of the House with unusual ties to Indian Country, won't seek re-election.

James Giago Davies: We're just Native puppets in some politician's game
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James Giago Davies: We're just Native puppets in some politician's game (April 9, 2018)

Your smartest move, is to stop allowing tribal councils to run every reservation to its ruin.

Mark Trahant: Native candidate faces test in deep-red state of Idaho
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Mark Trahant: Native candidate faces test in deep-red state of Idaho (April 3, 2018)

Paulette Jordan is running as a Democrat in what is perhaps the reddest, most Republican state in the country.

White House office in charge of Trump nominees run by inexperienced staffers
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White House office in charge of Trump nominees run by inexperienced staffers (March 30, 2018)

An office responsible for reviewing thousands of Trump nominees has been run by inexperienced staffers who hosted happy hours, played drinking games and smoked electronic cigarettes while on the job.

All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case
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All eyes on Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in contentious patent case (March 29, 2018)

A closely-watched patent dispute involving the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is moving into the federal court system.

Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities
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Key committee in House invites tribes to discuss funding priorities (March 26, 2018)

Indian Country still has a lot of work to do to ensure the federal government lives up to its treaty and trust responsibilities.

Mark Trahant: Business as usual in D.C. is good for Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Business as usual in D.C. is good for Indian Country (March 26, 2018)

Federal Indian programs, some of which had been slated for either elimination or deep cuts by the Trump administration, continue on course.

Tribes prepare court challenge after FCC adopts contentious policy
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Tribes prepare court challenge after FCC adopts contentious policy (March 22, 2018)

Tribes are ready to fight after the Federal Communications Commission approved a new policy that they say will make it harder to protect sacred sites and ancestral territories.

Lawmakers reject Trump cuts with increases for Indian programs in massive spending bill
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Lawmakers reject Trump cuts with increases for Indian programs in massive spending bill (March 22, 2018)

Lawmakers from both parties are rebuking the Trump administration's budget cuts with the release of a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes increases for Indian Country.

Democrats demand consultation on FCC policy opposed by tribes
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Democrats demand consultation on FCC policy opposed by tribes (March 21, 2018)

More Democrats and at least one member of the Federal Communications Commission are calling for additional tribal consultation as a critical vote approaches.

Tribes object as Trump appointees 'streamline' interests of wireless industry
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Tribes object as Trump appointees 'streamline' interests of wireless industry (March 20, 2018)

Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission are poised to 'streamline' the interests of the wireless industry despite strong objections from Indian Country.

Former San Manuel Band leader aims to make history in California
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Former San Manuel Band leader aims to make history in California (March 15, 2018)

James Ramos, a former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, is seeking to make history with his run for office in California.

Mark Trahant: Ready for change? 11 Native candidates are running
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Mark Trahant: Ready for change? 11 Native candidates are running (March 15, 2018)

A special election in Pennsylvania is a good sign for Native American #NativeVote18 candidates running for office.

Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site
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Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site (March 14, 2018)

Republicans are reaching back to the Obama administration to justify a bill that prevents any changes to the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren still facing Indian heritage questions and jokes (March 13, 2018)

With jokes about powwows and questions about DNA tests, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is still facing doubts about her Indian heritage.

Senate candidate Mitt Romney supports dismantling of Bears Ears
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Senate candidate Mitt Romney supports dismantling of Bears Ears (March 9, 2018)

Though he has distanced himself from President Donald Trump in the past, Mitt Romney is in lockstep with the administration now that he needs votes for his Senate campaign.

Mark Trahant: Native woman joins record year with run for Congress
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Mark Trahant: Native woman joins record year with run for Congress (March 5, 2018)

Is it a record year for Native women running for Congress? It sure looks to be so.

Republican investigation links Russian trolls to #NoDAPL movement
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Republican investigation links Russian trolls to #NoDAPL movement (March 1, 2018)

The movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline originated in Indian Country but some on Capitol Hill are seeing links from somewhere far, far away.

Texas Tribune: Tigua woman aims to be first Native in Texas Legislature
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Texas Tribune: Tigua woman aims to be first Native in Texas Legislature (February 26, 2018)

MarySue Femath is hoping to make history by being the first Native American elected to the Texas Legislature.

Indictment cites 'wokeaztec' account in Russian influence campaign
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Indictment cites 'wokeaztec' account in Russian influence campaign (February 20, 2018)

An agency of the Russian government created fake accounts in order to promote Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, according to a federal indictment.

Mark Trahant: Another Native woman aims to make history in 2018
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Mark Trahant: Another Native woman aims to make history in 2018 (February 19, 2018)

Another Native American woman is ready to make history.

Cronkite News: Congress passes bill to end another short shutdown
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Cronkite News: Congress passes bill to end another short shutdown (February 9, 2018)

A brief government shutdown ended amid opposition from an unusual coalition of budget hawks and immigration advocates.

National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C.
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National Congress of American Indians adds more speakers for big meeting in D.C. (February 8, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians is finalizing the schedule for its big meeting in Washington, D.C., next week.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates make strides in Minnesota and Idaho
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Mark Trahant: Native candidates make strides in Minnesota and Idaho (February 8, 2018)

Peggy Flanagan of Minnesota and Paulette Jordan of Idaho are on the move as their historic campaigns advance.

Cronkite News: Marathon speech serves as rallying cry for Dreamers
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Cronkite News: Marathon speech serves as rallying cry for Dreamers (February 8, 2018)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s unprecedented, all-day floor speech demanding a vote on #Dreamers legislation became a rallying cry for advocates, as Congress prepares to vote on another budget extension to keep the government open.

Mark Trahant: Native candidates chase money in election season
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Mark Trahant: Native candidates chase money in election season (February 6, 2018)

It’s time to look at the money. How much money are #NativeVote18 candidates raising?

Mark Trahant: Native candidate Peggy Flanagan faces critical test in Minnesota
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Mark Trahant: Native candidate Peggy Flanagan faces critical test in Minnesota (February 5, 2018)

The November election seems far off. It’s almost a year away, right?

Cronkite News: Another shutdown deadline approaches in Washington
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Cronkite News: Another shutdown deadline approaches in Washington (February 2, 2018)

With a week to go before the budget expires, and Congress not meeting again until Monday, there is little outward sign of progress on spending or DACA bills that could head off the next government shutdown.

National Congress of American Indians lines up speakers for big meeting in D.C.
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National Congress of American Indians lines up speakers for big meeting in D.C. (January 24, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians is preparing for a big meeting in Washington, D.C., as tribes continue to deal with ongoing political challenges.

Border wall opposed by Tohono O'odham Nation 'off the table' in D.C.
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Border wall opposed by Tohono O'odham Nation 'off the table' in D.C. (January 24, 2018)

An offer to fund a wall along the United States border with Mexico is 'off the table,' according to the top Democrat in the Senate.

President Trump signs bill to end three days of government shutdown
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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.

Mark Trahant: Indian Country will be hit hard by government shutdown
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Mark Trahant: Indian Country will be hit hard by government shutdown (January 22, 2018)

Of course Indian Country (and the economy) will be hit hard if this shutdown lasts very long.

Coeur d'Alene citizen Paulette Jordan makes historic run for governor
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Coeur d'Alene citizen Paulette Jordan makes historic run for governor (January 22, 2018)

A Coeur d’Alene woman seeking to become the first Native state governor in the nation’s history cites the example set by her grandmother for her decision to run.

House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears
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House panel schedules a second hearing on GOP bill to gut Bears Ears (January 18, 2018)

Republican leaders are taking another stab at a controversial bill that would gut the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and restrict tribal involvement on their ancestral lands.

Cronkite News: Children of immigrants eye permanent 'Dreamers' solution
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Cronkite News: Children of immigrants eye permanent 'Dreamers' solution (January 17, 2018)

A permanent solution for the so-called 'Dreamers' will require an act of Congress, pro-DACA activists, along with dozens of DACA recipients, said at a rally in Arizona.

A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades
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A historic moment as Congress approves first tribal recognition bill in decades (January 12, 2018)

A landmark bill to recognize six tribes in Virginia is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Mark Trahant: Let's make 2018 the year we focus on policy instead of tweets
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Mark Trahant: Let's make 2018 the year we focus on policy instead of tweets (January 12, 2018)

Elections in America are usually fought over nonsense. Trivial topics. Stuff that grabs headlines

Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache water bill sidetracked in partisan fight
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Cronkite News: White Mountain Apache water bill sidetracked in partisan fight (January 12, 2018)

A bill to provide desperately needed water project funding for the White Mountain Apache tribe was expected to pass easily this week, but instead became the focus of a partisan fight over labor regulations.