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Tara Sweeney quietly takes helm at Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Tara Sweeney quietly takes helm at Bureau of Indian Affairs (August 16, 2018)

Tara Sweeney has been serving as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for more than two weeks but the Trump administration has kept her out of view.

Native advocates challenge Trump administration's royalty policy committee
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Native advocates challenge Trump administration's royalty policy committee (August 8, 2018)

A coalition that includes Native advocate groups is suing the Trump administration over an advisory committee they say is stacked in favor of the energy industry.

Trump administration plans drilling on ancestral tribal territory
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Trump administration plans drilling on ancestral tribal territory (July 26, 2018)

The Trump administration will allow oil and gas drilling on ancestral territory in New Mexico despite pledges to seek additional views from tribes.

Muscogee Creek Freedmen file lawsuit to restore citizenship
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Muscogee Creek Freedmen file lawsuit to restore citizenship (July 26, 2018)

The Freedmen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation are suing the Trump administration and the leader of their tribe.

Pueblo tribes welcome action on bill to boost economic development

Pueblo tribes welcome action on bill to boost economic development (July 25, 2018)

Another Indian bill will be crossing President Trump's desk and it's one that seemed doomed just a couple of months ago.

Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
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Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era (July 18, 2018)

Due to litigation, the Trump administration might be forced to do something unprecedented -- take a tribe's trust land out of trust.

'You know, Andrew Jackson': Hearing scheduled into Trump reorganization
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'You know, Andrew Jackson': Hearing scheduled into Trump reorganization (July 13, 2018)

Key lawmakers are looking into the Trump administration's controversial reorganization amid ongoing complaints in Indian Country.

'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era
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'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era (July 10, 2018)

Key lawmakers have described the Bureau of Indian Affairs as lacking 'leadership' and even being 'in complete disarray.'

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees progress on federal recognition bill
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Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees progress on federal recognition bill (July 9, 2018)

A bill to recognize the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians is taking an important step forward on Capitol Hill.

Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee
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Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee (July 3, 2018)

Tara Sweeney waited a long time to be confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Who is to blame?

Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era
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Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era (June 29, 2018)

More than 18 months into the Trump administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally has a new leader and it's a historic choice.

Navajo Nation raises treaty in opposition to Trump reorganization
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Navajo Nation raises treaty in opposition to Trump reorganization (June 27, 2018)

The Navajo Nation has come up a pointed argument against the Trump administration's reorganization of the Department of the Interior.

Secretary Zinke censors photo of his 'Make America Great Again' socks
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Secretary Zinke censors photo of his 'Make America Great Again' socks (June 26, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke likes to focus on his feet.

Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke pressed on uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon
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Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke pressed on uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon (June 20, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke has no plans to revisit uranium mining in and around the Grand Canyon but a coalition of sportsmen’s groups is worried.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.

Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe honors fallen warriors
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Native Sun News Today: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe honors fallen warriors (June 1, 2018)

Native veterans and their families gathered at the Black Hills National Cemetery for a special honoring ceremony on Memorial Day.

Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from troubled homes to boarding school
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Secretary Zinke suggests sending children from troubled homes to boarding school (May 30, 2018)

The leader of the Department of the Interior has an interesting response to the substance abuse crisis: send kids from troubled homes to an Indian boarding school far away.

Trump administration backs Crow hunter in tribal treaty rights case
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Trump administration backs Crow hunter in tribal treaty rights case (May 24, 2018)

The Trump administration has come through for a Crow citizen in a treaty rights dispute. Will it sway the nation's highest court?

Trump administration finally informs tribes about dramatic reorganization
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Trump administration finally informs tribes about dramatic reorganization (May 23, 2018)

After keeping Indian Country in the dark for more than a year, the Trump administration is ready to consult with tribes about a dramatic reorganization.

A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track
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A 'dark period' in American history: Repatriation committee gets back on track (May 23, 2018)

The Trump administration has finally announced new advocates for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push
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Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push (May 22, 2018)

Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.

Scrambled Eggs: How the Trump team is mixing up the Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Scrambled Eggs: How the Trump team is mixing up the Bureau of Indian Affairs (May 22, 2018)

Still wondering about that reorganization? A former Bureau of Indian Affairs official explains it.

Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization
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Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization (May 17, 2018)

A funding bill advancing on Capitol Hill is a win overall for Indian Country except for one big issue: a reorganization that tribes have been told little to nothing about.

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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs in disarray with another mysterious departure
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Bureau of Indian Affairs in disarray with another mysterious departure (April 27, 2018)

Another day, another mysterious departure in the Trump administration, this time the director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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.

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.

Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide
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Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide (April 9, 2018)

As the nomination of Tara Sweeney to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs sits in limbo, her husband has entered into a new deal.

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.

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.

Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site
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Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site (March 14, 2018)

Republicans are reaching back to the Obama administration to justify a bill that prevents any changes to the namesake of Devils Tower National Monument.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jacqueline Keeler: President Trump again uses Navajo elders as props for political purposes
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Jacqueline Keeler: President Trump again uses Navajo elders as props for political purposes (December 6, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke brought a Navajo grandmother onstage and held her by the shoulders and President Donald Trump turned to engage her awkwardly from time to time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill
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Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill (October 13, 2017)

A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important places.