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Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Putting an end to the opioid epidemic
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Putting an end to the opioid epidemic (September 30, 2019)

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.


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.


Trump administration seeks to hold migrant families indefinitely
Trump administration seeks to hold migrant families indefinitely (August 29, 2019)

A new rule allows the federal government to detain minors and their families indefinitely in 'safe and sanitary' facilities, reflecting concern for minors’ 'vulnerability.'


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.


Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service 'continues to fail in its duty'
Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service 'continues to fail in its duty' (July 24, 2019)

The Indian Health Service has a trust and treaty responsibility to provide proper health care to tribal members and it continues to fail in its duty.


Indian Health Service faulted for closure of Rosebud Sioux emergency room
Indian Health Service faulted for closure of Rosebud Sioux emergency room (July 22, 2019)

The Indian Health Service cited 'staffing changes and limited resources' when shutting down a tribe's emergency room back in 2015. That wasn't the whole story.


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.


Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies
Indian Health Service budget in focus amid ongoing controversies (April 8, 2019)

The Indian Health Service is back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration struggles with old and emerging controversies.


'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny
'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny (March 26, 2019)

An Indian Health Service pediatrician abused young patients on two reservations for years without being held accountable.


Trump administration abandons the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in court case
Trump administration abandons the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in court case (March 26, 2019)

A federal law that makes key improvements at the Indian Health Service is on the chopping block in the Trump era.


Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case
Indian Country asks appeals court to protect #NativeChildren in critical case (March 13, 2019)

A closely watched court case will determine whether the Indian Child Welfare Act lives to see another day.


AUDIO: Indian Country leaders share funding priorities with Congress
AUDIO: Indian Country leaders share funding priorities with Congress (March 11, 2019)

The House Committee on Appropriations continued an annual tradition by inviting Indian Country leaders to share their funding priorities with key members of Congress.


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.


VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse
VIDEO: Indian Health Service official discusses pediatrician convicted of abuse (March 6, 2019)

Stanley Patrick Weber worked at the Indian Health Service for two decades before being indicted for abusing young male patients.


Witness list for Senate hearing on Administration for Native Americans
Witness list for Senate hearing on Administration for Native Americans (February 26, 2019)

A panel of tribal leaders and one federal official will testify about the efforts of the Administration for Native Americans.


Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations
Sen. Mike Rounds: Indian Health Service fails its trust and treaty obligations (February 22, 2019)

We need an assessment of the direct-service facilities within the Indian Health Service as soon as possible.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on Administration for Native Americans (February 13, 2019)

The law that established the Administration for Native Americans is marking its 45th anniversary.


Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations
Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations (February 11, 2019)

With key Trump officials in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week in Washington with a stinging rebuke of the president and his policies.


Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up
Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up (February 7, 2019)

The Indian Child Welfare Act is under attack and tribes are pushing back after conservative and Christian groups joined the battle.


Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Tribal nations present united front in Indian Child Welfare Act case (January 22, 2019)

A battle to save the Indian Child Welfare Act is shaping up to be one of the most consequential court cases in recent history.


'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.


Native Sun News Today: Battle continues over urban Indian hospital
Native Sun News Today: Battle continues over urban Indian hospital (December 20, 2018)

Native activists are trying to stop three tribes from taking over management of an Indian Health Service facility in South Dakota.


Mike Rounds: Celebrating the culture and contributions of Native Americans
Mike Rounds: Celebrating the culture and contributions of Native Americans (September 28, 2018)

When state, federal and tribal governments work together, we have the opportunity to make real changes that will improve the lives of tribal members in our state.


New member of Trump team makes first appearance on Capitol Hill
New member of Trump team makes first appearance on Capitol Hill (August 21, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is looking into Native language revitalization efforts and a new Trump administration official will be there.


Children separated from families abused at migrant shelters
Children separated from families abused at migrant shelters (August 6, 2018)

Employees at two migrant shelters, including one visited by First Lady Melania Trump, have been charged with abusing children who were separated from their families.


Trump administration defends handling of family separations at hearing
Trump administration defends handling of family separations at hearing (August 1, 2018)

Immigration officials continue to face fire for separating migrant families at the U.S. border.


Democrats: We must build on the successes of self-determination
Democrats: We must build on the successes of self-determination (July 23, 2018)

Congress must remain committed and attentive to fulfilling the United States’ obligations to Indian Country.


Trump's proposal to cut public health professionals impacts Indian Country
Trump's proposal to cut public health professionals impacts Indian Country (June 27, 2018)

The Indian Health Service could see a dramatic reduction in personnel if the Trump administration goes ahead with a major reorganization.


Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing
Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing (June 21, 2018)

In what appears to be a first, one of the Trump administration's Indian policy nominees has been confirmed without so much as a confirmation hearing.


'The administration has the power': Trump team defends family separation policy
'The administration has the power': Trump team defends family separation policy (June 20, 2018)

Republican John McCain called the forced separation of families an 'affront to the decency of the American people' as the Trump administration continued to defend the controversial policy.


Graham Lee Brewer: President Trump injects 'race' into tribal health care debate
Graham Lee Brewer: President Trump injects 'race' into tribal health care debate (May 1, 2018)

Yes, tribal nations are sovereign, but the U.S. still has obligations for their wellbeing.


Top Trump officials skipped out on tribal consultation session amid big changes
Top Trump officials skipped out on tribal consultation session amid big changes (April 23, 2018)

Tribes are being excluded as the Department of Health and Human Services refuses to take a stand on Medicaid and the first Americans.


White House office in charge of Trump nominees run by inexperienced staffers
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.


Navajo Nation claims victory over Trump in federal funding fight
Navajo Nation claims victory over Trump in federal funding fight (March 28, 2018)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are rejoicing after a federal judge rebuked the Trump administration for reducing the tribe's Head Start funds.


Failed Indian Health Service nominee lashes out after being abandoned
Failed Indian Health Service nominee lashes out after being abandoned (February 22, 2018)

Robert Weaver, President Donald Trump’s failed pick to lead the Indian Health Service, is lashing out after the White House abandoned his nomination without so much as an explanation.


Trump nominee for Indian Health Service drops out amid doubts about record
Trump nominee for Indian Health Service drops out amid doubts about record (February 21, 2018)

Robert Weaver, President Donald Trump’s embattled nominee to lead the Indian Health Service, is no longer under consideration for the job.


Top Indian positions in Trump administration remain without leaders
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 continues to back Indian Health Service pick
Trump administration continues to back Indian Health Service pick (February 15, 2018)

The nomination of Robert Weaver, a citizen of the Quapaw Tribe, to lead the Indian Health Service remains in limbo amid questions about his qualifications and his past.


Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic
Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic (February 13, 2018)

Among the few bright spots for Indian Country within President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is a $413 million increase for the Indian Health Service.


Indian Health Service enters another year without permanent leader
Indian Health Service enters another year without permanent leader (January 25, 2018)

New leadership is coming to the Department of Health and Human Services but it's not for one of the most important positions in Indian Country.


Shutdown ends but the battle for Indian health care funding continues
Shutdown ends but the battle for Indian health care funding continues (January 23, 2018)

The recent federal government shutdown exposed shortcomings within the Indian health care system, including the vulnerability of tribal health care programs.


Mark Trahant: Indian Country will be hit hard by government shutdown
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.


President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary
President Trump taps Bush-era official as Health and Human Services Secretary (November 13, 2017)

Alex Azar, a pharmaceutical executive, served in top leadership posts at the department in George W. Bush administration, an era of resistance to Indian health care.


President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service
President Trump nominates Quapaw citizen Robert Weaver to lead Indian Health Service (October 9, 2017)

It's taken longer than expected but President Donald Trump is finally addressing the leadership void at the beleaguered Indian Health Service.


Secretary Zinke under investigation over 'motivational speech' to hockey team
Secretary Zinke under investigation over 'motivational speech' to hockey team (October 4, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is facing a second investigation connected to his trip on a private plane that cost taxpayers more than $12,000.


Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's health secretary gone after reaching out to Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's health secretary gone after reaching out to Indian Country (October 2, 2017)

Are we back to square one when it comes to the Indian Health Service and the Trump administration?


Secretary Zinke flew home to Montana on charter flight that cost over $12K
Secretary Zinke flew home to Montana on charter flight that cost over $12K (September 29, 2017)

Controversy over the Trump administration's travel practices is growing, with Secretary Ryan Zinke's unusual trip from Nevada to his home in Montana coming under scrutiny.


President Trump upset with Secretary of Health and Human Services over private flights
President Trump upset with Secretary of Health and Human Services over private flights (September 28, 2017)

President Donald Trump is upset with the official who oversees the Indian Health Service due to his frequent use of private planes.


Secretary of Health and Human Services took private plane to tribal meetings
Secretary of Health and Human Services took private plane to tribal meetings (September 25, 2017)

The Indian Health Service remains woefully underfunded but taxpayers have been footing the costs of Secretary Tom Price's private jet travel.


Secretary of Health and Human Services continues outreach in Indian Country
Secretary of Health and Human Services continues outreach in Indian Country (September 19, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of Health and Human Services is in Oklahoma this week to meet with tribes and learn more about their health care efforts.


Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors
Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors (June 19, 2017)

The Republican health reform bill will destroy the economy, independent journalist Mark Trahant writes.


Kickapoo Tribe welcomes $1.18M grant for child and family programs
Kickapoo Tribe welcomes $1.18M grant for child and family programs (June 8, 2017)

The Kickapoo Tribe is using a $1.18 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to support child and family programs in Kansas.


President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request
President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request (May 23, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the many losers in the Trump world.


Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)

Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.


Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings
Indian Health Service budget and 'high risk' tribal programs on agenda for upcoming hearings (May 17, 2017)

Lawmakers who control the federal government's spending levels are continuing to focus on Indian Country.


Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team
Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team (May 15, 2017)

More than 100 days into the Trump administration, Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for their interests in the nation's capital.


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.


Native Sun News Today: Tribal group advocates for Indian health
Native Sun News Today: Tribal group advocates for Indian health (March 30, 2017)

The Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board serves tribes and tribal citizens in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.


Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country
Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country (March 21, 2017)

The hidden costs of Affordable Care Act repeal with American Health Care Act replacement on Native Americans.


Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget means less for the first Americans
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget means less for the first Americans (March 16, 2017)

The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction.