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Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case
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Supreme Court sides with tribal interests in sovereign immunity case (May 21, 2018)

In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation's highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.

Hopi Tribe seeks support for long-overdue land transfer
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Hopi Tribe seeks support for long-overdue land transfer (May 18, 2018)

The Hopi Tribe is looking to federal government to fulfill a long-overdue promise that's connected to a seemingly endless land dispute.

House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills
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House committee schedules markup on four Indian Country bills (May 7, 2018)

The House Committee on Natural Resources is set to advance four bills, including a controversial federal recognition measure.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing (May 1, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is finally getting her day on Capitol Hill.

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.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes up tribal homelands legislation (April 25, 2018)

After years of work in California and on Capitol Hill, two tribes are finally getting another chance to present their homelands bills.

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.

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.

Gun Lake Tribe seeks more trust land after victory at Supreme Court
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Gun Lake Tribe seeks more trust land after victory at Supreme Court (March 19, 2018)

The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians is seeking to restore more of its homelands in Michigan.

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.

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.

Jefferson Keel and Ernie Stevens: A moral obligation to help tribes restore homelands
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Jefferson Keel and Ernie Stevens: A moral obligation to help tribes restore homelands (February 1, 2018)

The Department of the Interior has embarked upon changes to Federal Indian policy that could negatively impact our tribal nations for generations to come.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills
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House subcommittee schedules hearing on two more tribal land bills (February 1, 2018)

Two tribal land bills are getting their first hearing in the 115th Congress.

Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition
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Tribes in Virginia in line for big changes after gaining federal recognition (January 30, 2018)

It's official -- there are now 573 federally recognized tribes in the United States.

Bill to restore Eastern Cherokee homelands moves forward in Congress
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Bill to restore Eastern Cherokee homelands moves forward in Congress (January 18, 2018)

A bill to return ancestral lands in Tennessee to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

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.

House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians
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House set to approve land 'reaffirmation' bill for Poarch Band of Creek Indians (January 15, 2018)

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a big step forward in the 115th Congress this week.

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.

Eastern Cherokees see strong support for Tennessee land-into-trust bill
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Eastern Cherokees see strong support for Tennessee land-into-trust bill (January 10, 2018)

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is seeing strong support for a bill to restore some of its ancestral lands in Tennessee.

President Trump signs second Indian bill into law to help tribes in Oregon
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President Trump signs second Indian bill into law to help tribes in Oregon (January 9, 2018)

Less than a month after securing his first Indian legislative achievement, President Donald Trump has signed a second tribal bill into law.

Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes
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Trump team reinstates delay for land-into-trust applications without consulting tribes (December 12, 2017)

The Trump administration has quietly reinstated a waiting period for land-into-trust applications, reversing an Obama-era policy without consulting tribes about the change.

Ponca Tribe prepares for brighter future with plans for $26 million health center
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Ponca Tribe prepares for brighter future with plans for $26 million health center (December 6, 2017)

The Ponca Tribe's Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center is poised for a big move in Omaha, Nebraska.

Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change
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Lawmakers advance another tribal land bill as Indian Country braces for change (November 28, 2017)

Another tribal homelands bill is taking a major step forward on Capitol Hill as the Trump administration considers changes widely opposed in Indian Country.

Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory
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Justice Thomas attacks land-into-trust process as Oneida Nation secures victory (November 27, 2017)

After delaying action for more than two months, the Supreme Court finally delivered victory to the Oneida Nation in a long-running land case. But there's some drama thanks to Justice Clarence Thomas.

President Trump told tribes to 'just do it' when it comes to energy development
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President Trump told tribes to 'just do it' when it comes to energy development (November 6, 2017)

President Donald Trump so far has hosted just one public event with tribes and a new report about the meeting is raising eyebrows.

Trump administration delays roll-out of controversial trust land rule after uproar
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Trump administration delays roll-out of controversial trust land rule after uproar (November 3, 2017)

In a temporary victory for Indian Country, the Trump administration is delaying the roll-out of controversial changes to the land-into-trust process

Chumash Tribe finally secures county approval for land-into-trust agreement
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Chumash Tribe finally secures county approval for land-into-trust agreement (October 31, 2017)

It took years of work and prodding from Congress but the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians finally reached a land-into-trust agreement in California.

Bryan Newland: Trump administration must explain need for new tribal land rules
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Bryan Newland: Trump administration must explain need for new tribal land rules (October 26, 2017)

Why is the Trump administration trying to make it harder for tribes to restore their homelands? Attorney Byran Newland has questions.

Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs among witnesses for controversial tribal land bill
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Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs among witnesses for controversial tribal land bill (October 23, 2017)

The Trump team's views on the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities will get a public airing this week as lawmakers take testimony on a controversial tribal lands bill.

Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions
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Senate narrowly approves budget resolution without taking up pro-tribal provisions (October 20, 2017)

Congress is moving forward with an overdue budget plan that fails to take some of Indian Country's key interests into account.

'Ominous shadow' of President Trump looms over annual meeting of tribal leaders
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'Ominous shadow' of President Trump looms over annual meeting of tribal leaders (October 20, 2017)

The uncertain intentions of the Trump administration cast a shadow over the National Congress of American Indians as tribal leaders struggled to decode the sparse policies put forth since the president took office.

House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act
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House subcommittee takes up controversial American Indian Empowerment Act (October 19, 2017)

A controversial Indian lands bill that faced repeated opposition during the Obama administration is seeing new life in the Trump era.

Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process
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Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process (October 17, 2017)

Tribal leaders are lashing out at the Trump administration again, this time over rule changes they said will make it all but impossible to restore their homelands.

Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands
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Second federal appeals court chimes in with decision favoring tribal homelands (October 12, 2017)

Where Congress has failed to take action on one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases, tribes are seeing successes elsewhere as they seek to restore their homelands.

Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations
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Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations (October 4, 2017)

The Trump administration is dropping a bomb on Indian Country by proposing dramatic changes to the land-into-trust process.

House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma
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House subcommittee schedules hearing on bill affecting Indian land in Oklahoma (October 3, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking testimony on three tribal bills, including one of significant interest in Oklahoma.

Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon
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Supreme Court opens term with new justice and with Indian law cases on horizon (October 2, 2017)

The U.S. Supreme Court is back at work this week with a new member and a slew of Indian law cases on the horizon.

Chumash Tribe reaches tentative agreement in long-running land-into-trust fight
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Chumash Tribe reaches tentative agreement in long-running land-into-trust fight (September 26, 2017)

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is close to a deal to end a long-running dispute over its land-into-trust application in California.

President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent
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President Trump headed to Alabama to campaign for land-into-trust opponent (September 22, 2017)

President Donald Trump is hoping his popularity will help a Senate candidate who fought the Poarch Band of Creek Indians on land-into-trust issues.

Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 145-acre island at Lake Superior
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Grand Portage Band celebrates trust status for 145-acre island at Lake Superior (September 21, 2017)

The Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is celebrating a historic achievement by reclaiming its ancestral lands in Minnesota.

Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers
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Key Republican revives bill to strip Bureau of Indian Affairs of recognition powers (September 21, 2017)

A key Republican lawmaker is once again pushing a bill that requires all tribes seeking federal recognition to go through Congress.

Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
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Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process (September 8, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is attempting to reform the lengthy environmental review process, an initiative that could benefit Indian Country.

Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county
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Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county (August 8, 2017)

A bill to place about 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Cherokee Nation hails approval of land-into-trust application for health center
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Cherokee Nation hails approval of land-into-trust application for health center (August 3, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation now has more than 61,000 acres in trust in Oklahoma.

Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications
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Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications (July 27, 2017)

The Trump administration has made its first major land-into-trust decision and it doesn't look good for Indian Country.

Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion
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Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion (July 25, 2017)

Another pro-tribal legal opinion is on the chopping block as the Trump administration struggles with the land-into-trust process.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe welcomes recognition of authority on ancestral land
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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe welcomes recognition of authority on ancestral land (July 25, 2017)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will continue to provide law enforcement services on its ancestral territory thanks to a bill signed into law in New York state.

Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process
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Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process (July 24, 2017)

Changes to the land-into-trust process will never satisfy critics, attorney Bryan Newland writes on Turtle Talk.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
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House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)

Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications
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Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications (July 20, 2017)

For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
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Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)

In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process
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House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process (July 14, 2017)

Despite a rocky couple of days on Capitol Hill for tribal interests, it wasn't all bad news this week for Indian Country.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
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Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)

Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
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Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests (July 11, 2017)

If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's not going to happen this week.

Secretary Zinke complains about long waits for approvals at Interior
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Secretary Zinke complains about long waits for approvals at Interior (July 7, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is promising to give energy companies faster decisions on their applications but isn't doing the same for tribes.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
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House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)

A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.

Quapaw Tribe still waiting for answer on land-into-trust bid in Arkansas
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Quapaw Tribe still waiting for answer on land-into-trust bid in Arkansas (July 6, 2017)

The Quapaw Tribe owns 160 acres within its former reservation in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Lummi Nation reclaims land where ancestors were dug up and removed
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Lummi Nation reclaims land where ancestors were dug up and removed (June 30, 2017)

The Lummi Nation officially accepted title to an ancestral burial ground in Washington.

President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources
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President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources (June 29, 2017)

President Donald Trump blamed the federal government for hindering prosperity in Indian Country in his first official event with tribal leaders.