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Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era
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Tribal homelands hit a wall under President Trump after historic Obama era (April 25, 2018)

Newly disclosed figures show Indian Country is losing ground when into comes to land-into-trust in the Trump era.

HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands
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HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands (April 24, 2018)

Tribes are making the federal government get out of the way when it comes to leasing on their homelands.

Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization
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Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization (April 19, 2018)

Despite claims by the Trump administration that it won't move forward with a reorganization without Indian Country's input, tribes continue to be excluded.

Native Sun News Today: Tribes continue fight to protect grizzly bears
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Native Sun News Today: Tribes continue fight to protect grizzly bears (April 17, 2018)

Referring to tribes’ lawsuit to protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s grizzly bears, Crow Creek Sioux Chairman Brandon Sazue noted that a top lawmaker is on their side.

House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists
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House committee sets markup on bill to protect Alaska Native artists (April 16, 2018)

A bill to protect Alaska Native artists from being punished for practicing their traditions is taking a step forward on Capitol Hill.

Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill
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Yet another tribal homelands measure slated for action on Capitol Hill (April 16, 2018)

With land-into-trust in limbo under the Trump administration, tribes continue to turn to allies on Capitol Hill for assistance.

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.

House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility
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House committee looks to boost troubled Indian Country coal facility (April 12, 2018)

President Donald Trump famously ended the so-called war on coal when he took office more than a year ago but that hasn't improved the outlook for a troubled coal-fired power plant in Indian Country.

Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry
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Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry (April 11, 2018)

What started off as a single lawsuit has turned into a full-blown movement in Indian Country against the opioid industry.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs gets back to work after 'work' break (April 9, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is getting back to work this week by catching up with some unfinished business.

Tribal citizens disproportionately affected by Trump reorganization
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Tribal citizens disproportionately affected by Trump reorganization (April 3, 2018)

Of the 33 senior career officials who were reassigned by the Trump administration at the Department of the Interior last year, a third are Native Americans.

Secretary Zinke tells Interior employees 'diversity isn't important'
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Secretary Zinke tells Interior employees 'diversity isn't important' (March 27, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke values diversity in the workplace, a spokesperson said as CNN reported questionable comments from the leader of the Department of the Interior.

Warm Springs landowners see nearly $3.7 million in Cobell offers
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Warm Springs landowners see nearly $3.7 million in Cobell offers (March 22, 2018)

Landowners from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs are seeing nearly $3.7 million in offers for their fractional interests on the reservation.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs postpones activity due to snow
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs postpones activity due to snow (March 21, 2018)

It's a snow day in the nation's capital, with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs taking a break due to inclement weather.

Tohono O'odham Nation reaffirms opposition to wall along border
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Tohono O'odham Nation reaffirms opposition to wall along border (March 20, 2018)

The Tohono O’odham Nation remains strongly opposed to a wall along the United States border even as the Trump administration continues to push for one.

Secretary Zinke criticized for offering Japanese greeting at hearing
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Secretary Zinke criticized for offering Japanese greeting at hearing (March 16, 2018)

The leader of the Department of the Interior is coming under fire for offering n incorrect Japanese greeting when asked about funding for Japanese internment camps.

High Country News: Harassment pervades Bureau of Indian Affairs
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High Country News: Harassment pervades Bureau of Indian Affairs (March 16, 2018)

One of the oldest agencies in the Department of Interior appears to have some of its worst harassment problems.

Secretary Zinke 'was not aware' of new doors costing nearly $139,000
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Secretary Zinke 'was not aware' of new doors costing nearly $139,000 (March 9, 2018)

The Department of the Interior is spending nearly $139,000 on three doors in Washington, D.C.

Report cites 'disturbing' conduct of former Bureau of Indian Affairs official
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Report cites 'disturbing' conduct of former Bureau of Indian Affairs official (March 7, 2018)

A former Bureau of Indian Affairs official who left the Trump administration under a cloud was the subject of an ethics inquiry after employees found his behavior to be 'disturbing' and left them 'in shock.'

Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda
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Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda (March 6, 2018)

The Trump administration is asking tribes about easing burdens in environmental reviews even as it seeks to add more hurdles in other areas.

Red Lake Nation land swap is 'never going to happen' under Trump
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Red Lake Nation land swap is 'never going to happen' under Trump (March 5, 2018)

The Red Lake Nation pulled out of a land swap with an energy company amid concerns that the deal would be held up in Washington, D.C.

Umatilla Tribes enter cooperative agreement for Cobell land program
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Umatilla Tribes enter cooperative agreement for Cobell land program (March 1, 2018)

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are getting a second shot at the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Aide to Secretary Zinke resigns after posting racist statements online
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Aide to Secretary Zinke resigns after posting racist statements online (March 1, 2018)

A 'special assistant' to Secretary Ryan Zinke resigned from the Department of the Interior after CNN uncovered her racist and bigoted statements posted online.

Top Indian positions in Trump administration remain without leaders
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Top Indian positions in Trump administration remain without leaders (February 20, 2018)

Tribal leaders are complaining about a lack of leadership in key Indian policy posts but one of them might soon be filled.

Trump administration includes Indian schools in infrastructure plan
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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.

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.

Environmental groups sue to block road for Native village in Alaska
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Environmental groups sue to block road for Native village in Alaska (February 1, 2018)

Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to prevent the construction of a life-saving road for a Native village in Alaska.

Bureau of Indian Affairs reaffirms oversight in Nooksack Tribe dispute
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Bureau of Indian Affairs reaffirms oversight in Nooksack Tribe dispute (January 24, 2018)

The Trump administration is continuing to assert oversight in a long-running leadership and disenrollment dispute within the Nooksack Tribe.

Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village
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Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village (January 22, 2018)

The change in power in the nation's capital has proven beneficial for a Native community thousands of miles away.

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.

White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case
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White Mountain Apache Tribe scores important win in trust fund case (January 18, 2018)

The White Mountain Apache Tribe can sue the federal government for mismanaging its trust funds all the way back to 1946, a federal judge said in a ruling with major implications for Indian Country.

Government shutdown looms as President Trump confuses his own party
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Government shutdown looms as President Trump confuses his own party (January 18, 2018)

The federal government, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service, is getting closer to a shutdown.

National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again
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National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke again (January 17, 2018)

Tribal leaders will be hearing from Secretary Ryan Zinke at an upcoming National Congress of American Indians meeting in Washington, D.C.

Secretary Zinke refused to meet with National Park Service advisory board
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Secretary Zinke refused to meet with National Park Service advisory board (January 17, 2018)

Nearly all of the members of a federal advisory board have quit in protest of their treatment by the Trump administration.

House subcommittee takes up bill aimed at improving tribal economies
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House subcommittee takes up bill aimed at improving tribal economies (January 17, 2018)

H.R.4506, the Jobs for Tribes Act, promotes entrepreneurship and economic development in Indian Country.

Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears
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Uranium mining company pushed Trump administration to reduce Bears Ears (January 16, 2018)

A uranium mining company based in Canada stands to benefit from the gutting of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Secretary Zinke outlines nationwide reorganization of Interior Department
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Secretary Zinke outlines nationwide reorganization of Interior Department (January 11, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is seeking 'bipartisan' support for a major reorganization at the Department of the Interior that will impact Indian Country.

Interior Department wants grants to align with Secretary Zinke's 'priorities'
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Interior Department wants grants to align with Secretary Zinke's 'priorities' (January 9, 2018)

Grants awarded by the Department of the Interior must comply with the 'priorities' of Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight
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Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight (December 22, 2017)

The cultural assault on sexual misconduct in America is moving beyond the halls of Capitol Hill and Hollywood and into Indian Country.

Quapaw Tribe paid $50,000 to senior Trump administration official for 'research'
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Quapaw Tribe paid $50,000 to senior Trump administration official for 'research' (December 15, 2017)

As the 2016 presidential election came to a close, Quapaw Tribe paid $50,000 to a former Department of the Interior official who then joined the Trump administration,

Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 14, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is taking action to improve working conditions at the Department of the Interior after a landmark study showed a higher rate of harassment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium
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Havasupai Tribe sees mixed victory in litigation to protect Grand Canyon from uranium (December 13, 2017)

The Havasupai Tribe and environmental groups saw a mixed victory as they seek to protect the Grand Canyon in Arizona from uranium mining.

Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 12, 2017)

A years-long effort by tribes is coming to fruition as the Trump administration prepares to return the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to its familiar roots.

Secretary Zinke defends use of government helicopters for trips near Washington
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Secretary Zinke defends use of government helicopters for trips near Washington (December 8, 2017)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on two trips on government helicopters over the summer.

YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts
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YES! Magazine: President Trump's shrinking of Bears Ears won't survive in courts (December 8, 2017)

Research by environmental and natural resources law scholars shows the president’s action will likely be overturned by the courts.

Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements
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Trump administration throws up hurdles for first new tribal water rights settlements (December 7, 2017)

The Trump administration is expressing major concerns about the first new tribal water rights settlements being considered in Congress.

Blackfeet Nation seeks co-management of area under consideration as monument
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Blackfeet Nation seeks co-management of area under consideration as monument (December 7, 2017)

President Donald Trump is being urged to consider a national monument on ancestral Blackfeet Nation land in Montana.

Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears
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Secretary Zinke slams 'special interests' after tribes go to court to save Bears Ears (December 5, 2017)

Tribes are fighting back after President Donald Trump announced a dramatic dismantling of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up two tribal water rights settlements
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up two tribal water rights settlements (December 5, 2017)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up the first new tribal water rights settlements of the Trump era this week.

Pechanga Band celebrates execution of first water settlement in the Trump era
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Pechanga Band celebrates execution of first water settlement in the Trump era (November 29, 2017)

The first tribal water rights settlement of the Trump era, for the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, has been executed by the Department of the Interior.

Tribes plan lawsuit as President Trump schedules visit to reduce size of Bears Ears in Utah
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Tribes plan lawsuit as President Trump schedules visit to reduce size of Bears Ears in Utah (November 29, 2017)

Over the objections of Indian Country, President Donald Trump will be reducing the size of the Bears Ears National Monument during a visit to Utah.

Final push to locate Indian beneficiaries owed money from Cobell settlement
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Final push to locate Indian beneficiaries owed money from Cobell settlement (November 21, 2017)

A November 27 deadline is fast approaching to locate an estimated 17,000 Indian beneficiaries who are entitled to a share of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement.

Secretary Zinke under renewed scrutiny for travel practices and role of spouse
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Secretary Zinke under renewed scrutiny for travel practices and role of spouse (November 21, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is in charge of the Department of the Interior but he's blaming his predecessor for lapses in oversight.

Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears
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Tribes still in the dark as Trump administration moves to roll back Bears Ears (November 16, 2017)

Tribal leaders continue to complain of lack of consultation as the Trump administration keeps them in the dark about the Bears Ears National Monument.

Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program
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Senior Trump administration official resigns after scrutiny of Indian loan program (November 14, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has seen its first casualty of the Trump era with the resignation of a senior official whose connection to a failed loan generated renewed scrutiny.

Secretary Ryan Zinke among those excited to take part in #RockYourMocs this year
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Secretary Ryan Zinke among those excited to take part in #RockYourMocs this year (November 14, 2017)

It's #RockYourMocs week and thousands across the nation are expressing Native pride by wearing moccasins to work, to school and just about anywhere.

Bureau of Indian Affairs makes changes to loan guarantee program amid scrutiny
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Bureau of Indian Affairs makes changes to loan guarantee program amid scrutiny (November 14, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is making changes to a business loan program that has faced renewed scrutiny under the Trump administration.

House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations
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House panel advances bill to replace 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' terms in federal regulations (November 13, 2017)

Lawmaker are moving forward with a bill to replace the words 'Eskimo' and 'Aleut' in regulations at the Department of the Interior.

Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items
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Trump administration sets up roadblocks as tribes call for return of sacred items (November 8, 2017)

Efforts to repatriate tribal property and even tribal ancestors are hitting roadblocks within the Trump administration.

Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans
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Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans (November 3, 2017)

Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration to obtain documents about plans for several national monuments, including those supported by tribes.