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Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case
Still no sign of Supreme Court arguments in closely-watched Indian Country case (November 11, 2019)

The nation's highest court continues to keep Indian Country in the dark when it comes to one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty
'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty (November 7, 2019)

Fawn Sharp grew up steeped in the tribal activist culture of the Pacific Northwest.


Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development
Tribes cheer passage of bills to protect ancestral lands from development (October 31, 2019)

Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to secure permanent protections for ancestral tribal territory after winning initial passage of legislation to stop energy development on sacred lands in two states.


Hearing focuses on sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior
Hearing focuses on sexual harassment at the Department of the Interior (October 30, 2019)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians suffer from the highest rates of all forms of harassment, according to an employee study.


Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington
Top Indian Affairs official trumped out on key tribal issues in Washington (October 22, 2019)

The diminished power of the Trump administration's face of Indian Affairs was on strong display as tribal leaders opened one of their biggest meetings of the year.


Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies
Gianforte lobbies Interior to delist Northern Continental Divide grizzlies (October 9, 2019)

The Trump administration is being pressed to remove protections for the grizzly bear, an animal held sacred by numerous tribes.


Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland
Navajo, Hopi will have objects, human remains repatriated by Finland (October 7, 2019)

The Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation are among 26 tribes that will see the return of ancestral remains from Finland, where the items have been held in a museum after being taken from Colorado almost 130 years ago.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes demand consultation to protect ancestral lands (September 25, 2019)

The federal government has treaty and trust responsibilities to tribal governments, including the protection of tribal cultural resources.


'Does the White House support VAWA?': Trump officials won't say
'Does the White House support VAWA?': Trump officials won't say (September 24, 2019)

The Trump administration's commitment to Indian Country was tested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol when representatives of the White House refused to answer questions about expanding protections for Native women.


Ponca Chief Standing Bear completes one last journey of triumph
Ponca Chief Standing Bear completes one last journey of triumph (September 23, 2019)

Forced out of his people's homelands by the United States, Ponca Chief Standing Bear ended up becoming one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders.


Tribal broadband in focus with hearing and summit in nation's capital
Tribal broadband in focus with hearing and summit in nation's capital (September 17, 2019)

The dismal state of broadband in tribal communities will be the focus of a pair of events in Washington, D.C.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis (September 11, 2019)

What is the Trump administration doing about missing and murdered Indigenous women? Lawmakers are seeking answers.


United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case
United Keetoowah Band celebrates historic decision in homelands case (September 9, 2019)

The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians can acquire homelands over the objections of a much larger and more politically engaged tribe, a federal appeals court ruled.


Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law
Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law (September 9, 2019)

The Trump Administration violated federal law when it diverted funds for national park improvements during the recent government shutdown, the Government Accountability Office determined.


A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition
A 'sham': Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation being denied federal recognition (September 9, 2019)

How can one branch of the federal government have a more than 100-year relationship and sign a 30-year agreement with an Indian tribe, while another denies its very existence?


Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program
Deadlines loom for Navajo looking to take part in land buy-back program (September 2, 2019)

Time is running out for landowners on the Navajo Nation who want to take part in the second round of a $1.9 billion federal program.


Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country
Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country (August 13, 2019)

Bald and golden eagle remains that are found in Indian Country will be able to stay there under a new policy adopted by the federal government.


Former White Mountain Apache Tribe chairman Ronnie Lupe passes on
Former White Mountain Apache Tribe chairman Ronnie Lupe passes on (August 13, 2019)

'He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages,' Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood said of the legendary Ronnie Lupe.


Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain
Indian Child Welfare Act survives legal attack but obstacles remain (August 12, 2019)

Tribal leaders and advocates celebrated after an appeals court rebuffed opponents of the Indian Child Welfare Act in one of the most contentious cases in recent history.


Bureau of Indian Affairs confronts huge backlog in aging school system
Bureau of Indian Affairs confronts huge backlog in aging school system (July 24, 2019)

The $725 million backlog in maintenance at Indian schools is just the tip of the iceberg.


Trump administration again fails to respond to #MMIW and tribal jurisdiction bills
Trump administration again fails to respond to #MMIW and tribal jurisdiction bills (July 16, 2019)

The Trump administration has yet to offer comments on bills to address the #MMIW crisis and tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at business meeting (July 16, 2019)

Legislation to support tribal water rights and repeal outdated federal Indian laws are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development set to advance
Bills to protect ancestral tribal lands from development set to advance (July 16, 2019)

Tribes are supporting legislation to ban energy development on ancestral lands in Arizona and in New Mexico.


Witness list for Indigenous Peoples hearing on Indian Country legislation
Witness list for Indigenous Peoples hearing on Indian Country legislation (July 16, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is taking testimony on tribal land claims, tribal self-governance, Indian education and Indian policy.


Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' cost taxpayers $5.4 million
Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' cost taxpayers $5.4 million (July 12, 2019)

The share paid by the National Park Service ran more than the entire budget for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Cherokee citizen Tyler Fish hired to work on Indian issues at White House
Cherokee citizen Tyler Fish hired to work on Indian issues at White House (July 10, 2019)

Midway through the third year of the Trump presidency, someone is finally dedicated to tribal issues at the White House.


House subcommittee adds legislative hearing on Indian bills to agenda
House subcommittee adds legislative hearing on Indian bills to agenda (July 9, 2019)

The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States is gearing up for more activity following the recent holiday recess.


'Salute to America' or NAGPRA? The Donald Trump 'show' takes priority
'Salute to America' or NAGPRA? The Donald Trump 'show' takes priority (July 3, 2019)

The Trump administration is diverting funds from the agency in charge of Native ancestors and artifacts to pay for a Fourth of July spectacle.


Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill
Cronkite News: Tribal leaders push for water rights settlements on Capitol Hill (June 27, 2019)

Tribal leaders are seeking support for bills that would guarantee water to their people in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.


Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case
Indian Country braces for Supreme Court decision in closely-watched case (June 26, 2019)

The nation's highest court made Indian Country wait a really, really long time for a decision in one of most consequential cases in recent history.


House subcommittee takes testimony on tribal water settlement bills
House subcommittee takes testimony on tribal water settlement bills (June 26, 2019)

Water rights for the Navajo Nation, the Hualapai Tribe and Pueblo tribes are being taken up on Capitol Hill.


Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe defeats bid to move homelands lawsuit to another court (June 25, 2019)

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is battling the Trump administration in a lawsuit that will stay in the nation's capital.


RECAP: Trump administration unprepared for hearing on #MMIW and tribal jurisdiction bills
RECAP: Trump administration unprepared for hearing on #MMIW and tribal jurisdiction bills (June 19, 2019)

The Trump administration came under fire for showing up unprepared to a hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs despite being notified a month ago.


House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country
House takes up legislation to increase funding to Indian Country (June 18, 2019)

Democrats are hoping to avoid another shutdown of the federal government, like the one that crippled tribal and urban Indian communities earlier in the year.


Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence
Key lawmakers renew efforts to protect Native women from violence (June 13, 2019)

With the Violence Against Women Act mired in partisan politics, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to turn the focus back to the most vulnerable in Indian Country.


Trump administration weighs new headquarters for Bureau of Land Management
Trump administration weighs new headquarters for Bureau of Land Management (June 11, 2019)

Is newly-confirmed Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt about to present a nice gift to his home state of Colorado?


Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country
Congressional panel focuses on 'Broken Promises' report on Indian Country (June 5, 2019)

The federal government is failing to meet its trust and treaty obligations, according to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon (June 4, 2019)

Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another.


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.


Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court
Trump administration offers another concession to tribes after loss in court (May 29, 2019)

The Trump administration's 'energy dominance' agenda is once again facing a reckoning 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.


Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress
Protections for Native women in limbo amid party divisions in Congress (May 22, 2019)

A bill to protect Native women from violence and address the #MMIW crisis has stalled on Capitol Hill.


Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law
Trump order hinders tribal energy contracts despite preference in federal law (May 21, 2019)

Federal agencies spent about $6 billion on energy for their facilities in 2017 yet tribes are being passed over for contracts.


Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail bill up for first hearing
Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail bill up for first hearing (May 21, 2019)

A bill that recognizes the removal and resilience of the Ponca people is seeing movement in the 116th Congress.


Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood
Gabe Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood (May 16, 2019)

Should the federal government stop issuing Certificates of Degree of Indian Blood?


'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.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Some law enforcement officers never make it home
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Some law enforcement officers never make it home (May 14, 2019)

The men and women of our law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect our families and our communities.


Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer
Jefferson Keel enters new phase of service in Indian Country after battle with cancer (May 10, 2019)

Jefferson Keel is stepping down as Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation but he won't be going far from his people.


'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.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Bipartisan bill protects Native women and girls
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Bipartisan bill protects Native women and girls (May 7, 2019)

The silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women is wreaking havoc on our families and our communities.


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: 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.


Bureau of Indian Affairs gets a permanent director, long after mysterious exit
Bureau of Indian Affairs gets a permanent director, long after mysterious exit (April 29, 2019)

It's been a year since the Trump administration mysteriously disappeared the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era
Tribal consultation policies still lacking amid challenges of Trump era (April 23, 2019)

Nearly two decades after the first executive order on tribal consultation, the federal government is still struggling to meet their trust and treaty responsibilities.


Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office
Mark Trahant: Choctaw citizen Gavin Clarkson makes another run for office (April 18, 2019)

After two losses at the polls, Gavin Clarkson is back in the race in New Mexico.


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.