Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts, victims of crime and other key initiatives are now law thanks to bipartisan action in Congress.
The Colorado River Indian Tribes are interested in leasing their water rights to entities throughout Arizona.
The rates for the most part have not changed dramatically at irrigation systems in Indian Country.
As President Trump pushes unwanted projects on tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to improve aging dams and outdated irrigation systems.
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act includes one repatriation provision, two major infrastructure packages, three land-into-trust acquisitions and four water settlements.
Lawmakers worked late into the night to address a water crisis but not the one being followed by Indian Country.
The tribe will help oversee restoration of the Big Wind River following an illegal diversion that dates back more than 20 years.
Last January, as the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I outlined an aggressive set of priorities.
Two federal recognition bills, the IRRIGATE Act and the nomination of Jonodev Chaudhuri for the National Indian Gaming Commission are on the agenda.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs didn't outright state a position on the bill.
The bill authorizes $35 million a year from 2015 to 2036 to cover the costs of operations and maintenance at irrigation projects in Indian Country
The Irrigation Rehabilitation and Renovation for Indian Tribal Governments and Their Economies Act authorizes $35 million a year from 2015 to 2036 for irrigation operations and maintenance.
The IRRIGATE Act provides $35 million a year from 2015 to 2036 to address operation and maintenance.
Indian Country can expect hearings on energy development, government waste, irrigation projects and juvenile justice.
Tribal leaders said not much has changed since a 2006 report from the Government Accountability Office.
The committee will hear from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal leaders.
The hearing takes place Wednesday, September 10.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a field hearing next Wednesday, April 20, in Wyoming. The hearing will examine deferred maintenance and management issues at the Wind River Irrigation...