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Alaska Natives on opposite sides of energy development in Arctic refuge
Alaska Natives on opposite sides of energy development in Arctic refuge (March 20, 2019)

A bill to block energy development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge exposes a long-running divide among Native peoples in Alaska.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs takes yet another look at 'high-risk' programs (March 11, 2019)

'Where Are They Now' sounds like an old cable television show, only this week it's about the trust and treaty responsibility.


United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era
United South and Eastern Tribes pledge unity amid uncertainty in the Trump era (March 4, 2019)

'This is Indian land,' tribal leaders were told. But does the Trump administration believe it?


Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country
Bipartisan public lands bill includes provisions benefiting Indian Country (February 28, 2019)

A 698-page bill that helps tribes and Alaska Natives is on its way to President Trump for his signature.


Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters
Tribes remain wary of Trump administration despite apparent concessions on policy disasters (February 21, 2019)

With one figure forced out under a cloud, the official tapped to lead the Department of the Interior is promising a new era of relations with Indian Country.


White House listening session turns messy as one tribe walks out in protest
White House listening session turns messy as one tribe walks out in protest (February 14, 2019)

The Trump administration's attempt to reset its troubled relationship with Indian Country got off to a rocky start after one tribe walked out on what was billed as a historic meeting.


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.


Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes annual list of federally recognized tribes
Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes annual list of federally recognized tribes (February 4, 2019)

Right on schedule, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published its annual list of federally recognized tribes.


Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate
Indian Country experts warn of gridlock in troubled political climate (February 1, 2019)

A divided Congress and an unpredictable president spell trouble for tribes and their advocates.


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.


Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs works through government shutdown (January 15, 2019)

The Trump administration wants tribes to know that Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney has not been furloughed.


Pueblo of Acoma reclaims sacred items with help of federal authorities
Pueblo of Acoma reclaims sacred items with help of federal authorities (December 19, 2018)

The Pueblo of Acoma celebrated the return of sacred objects and other items of cultural patrimony that were stolen from the tribe.


Report into 'unprofessional behavior' at Bureau of Indian Affairs
Report into 'unprofessional behavior' at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 18, 2018)

Bryan Rice, the former director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was the subject of multiple harassment complaints.


Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Indian health law killed by same judge behind Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 17, 2018)

A federal judge who invalidated the Indian Child Welfare Act has issued a new ruling that could devastate tribal nations.


Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing
Secretary Ryan Zinke resigns amid 'false allegations' of wrongdoing (December 15, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is stepping down from the Trump administration following yet another report of pervasive misconduct at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Bureau of Indian Affairs hit with another harassment scandal
Bureau of Indian Affairs hit with another harassment scandal (December 14, 2018)

Since the arrival of Tara Sweeney as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, there have been at least five investigations of harassment, misconduct and other questionable behaviors.


Bureau of Indian Education manager investigated for sexual misconduct
Bureau of Indian Education manager investigated for sexual misconduct (December 5, 2018)

A manager at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute had a sexual relationship with a student.


Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court puts hold on controversial Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (December 4, 2018)

Tribes will have to move quickly to save the Indian Child Welfare Act from being invalidated across the nation.


Alaska Native corporation celebrated drilling victory at White House
Alaska Native corporation celebrated drilling victory at White House (December 3, 2018)

The Trump era hasn't been the greatest for tribes in the lower 48 but it's been a different story for one wealthy Alaska Native corporation.


Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law
Peter d'Errico: Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe falls victim to anti-Indian law (November 26, 2018)

Federal Indian law is a field of law designed by the United States to dominate Native Nations.


Trump administration issues first federal recognition decision
Trump administration issues first federal recognition decision (November 26, 2018)

The Trump administration has issued its first federal recognition decision and the news isn't looking good for the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation.


'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration
'Termination is here': Tribes rally against Trump administration (November 14, 2018)

Tribal leaders are calling on Congress to repudiate the Trump administration in light of recent decisions that undermine the federal government's trust relationship.


Secretary Zinke faces scrutiny over dealings at Interior
Secretary Zinke faces scrutiny over dealings at Interior (October 31, 2018)

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is denying any wrongdoing after news of a possible criminal inquiry surfaced in the media.


'Intentional and direct attack': Tribes vow fight for Indian Child Welfare Act
'Intentional and direct attack': Tribes vow fight for Indian Child Welfare Act (October 25, 2018)

One of the biggest threats facing tribal sovereignty are the coordinated attacks on the Indian Child Welfare Act.


National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat
National Congress of American Indians unites in face of termination threat (October 24, 2018)

Indian Country continues to stand behind the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, whose homelands are slated to be taken out of trust by the Trump administration.


New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history
New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history (October 16, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Trump administration, is back home in Alaska.


Secretary Ryan Zinke rumored to be up for United Nations post
Secretary Ryan Zinke rumored to be up for United Nations post (October 12, 2018)

Is Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke about to say sayonara to Indian Country?


More tribal leaders criticize ruling in Indian Child Welfare Act case
More tribal leaders criticize ruling in Indian Child Welfare Act case (October 10, 2018)

A federal judge struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 as unconstitutional.


Indian Country outraged by decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Indian Country outraged by decision in Indian Child Welfare Act case (October 8, 2018)

A federal judge's decision to strike down the Indian Child Welfare Act continues to draw strong reactions.


Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools
Bureau of Indian Affairs awards contracts for new tribal schools (September 25, 2018)

Two tribal communities will be getting new schools thanks to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association opens conference
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association opens conference (September 18, 2018)

Tourism in Indian Country is getting a big boost from the federal government.


'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
'Land is not lawfully in trust': Opponents seek action on Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (September 12, 2018)

Indian Country is entering uncharted territory with the Trump administration's move to take a tribe's reservation out of trust.


Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era
Trump administration takes Indian Country back to termination era (September 10, 2018)

Less than two months into the job, the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has set an ominous tone for tribal nations.


Leader of Bureau of Indian Education was investigated for misconduct
Leader of Bureau of Indian Education was investigated for misconduct (September 6, 2018)

Two new reports detail 'unusual' and questionable behavior by the highest-ranking education official at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Bureau of Indian Affairs awards grants to tribes for business development
Bureau of Indian Affairs awards grants to tribes for business development (September 5, 2018)

The Trump administration has awarded $400,000 in business development grants in Indian Country.


Tara Sweeney: The late John McCain never forgot the first Americans
Tara Sweeney: The late John McCain never forgot the first Americans (September 5, 2018)

John McCain worked hard to support and strengthen tribal sovereignty and tribal self-determination.


Three tribes sign cooperative agreements for Cobell land program
Three tribes sign cooperative agreements for Cobell land program (September 4, 2018)

Three tribes stand to benefit from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations, with two returning to the Cobell initiative for more offers.


Tara Sweeney quietly takes helm at Bureau of Indian Affairs
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.


Trump administration moves quickly on drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Trump administration moves quickly on drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (July 24, 2018)

The Trump administration's Alaska agenda is moving forward as Indian Country awaits the arrival of Tara Sweeney in Washington, D.C.


Outlook for tribal homelands remains bleak in the Trump era
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.


Bill John Baker: Tara Sweeney a 'strong voice' for Indian Country
Bill John Baker: Tara Sweeney a 'strong voice' for Indian Country (July 10, 2018)

The Cherokee Nation looks forward to working with Tara Sweeney on issues important to Indian Country.


'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era
'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.'


Secretary Zinke blames Democrats for delaying Indian Affairs nominee
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
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.


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.


Graham Lee Brewer: Indian Country needs a voice in the Trump administration
Graham Lee Brewer: Indian Country needs a voice in the Trump administration (June 18, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, an Inupiaq woman from Alaska, could become the second Native woman to head Indian Affairs.


Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.


Leader of National Park Service apologizes for 'inappropriate' behavior
Leader of National Park Service apologizes for 'inappropriate' behavior (June 5, 2018)

What is it with hallways at the Department of the Interior? A top official admits acting badly in one but denies it was sexual harassment.


Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again
Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again (May 14, 2018)

For the third time in an Indian law case, the nation's highest court has asked the Trump administration for guidance despite a lack of leadership in key executive positions.


Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill
Mark Trahant: Tara Sweeney finally gets her day on Capitol Hill (May 11, 2018)

Tara Sweeney’s confirmation hearing for the post of Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs was almost a celebration.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee vows 'zero tolerance' for harassment (May 10, 2018)

President Trump's pick to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs is promising to take on harassment in a place where it seems all too common.


Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
Recap: Tara Sweeney confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (May 9, 2018)

After a long wait, Tara Sweeney finally went to Capitol Hill to share her vision for Indian Country.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee Tara Sweeney set for confirmation hearing (May 8, 2018)

Clear your calendar: Tara Sweeney's confirmation hearing takes place on Wednesday at 4pm Eastern, or noon if you're in Alaska.


Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide'
Chinook Nation heads to court to battle federal government's 'genocide' (May 8, 2018)

The tribe whose ancestors welcomed Lewis and Clark to the Northwest more than 200 years ago is still fighting for federal recognition.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing
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
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.


Spouse of Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee lands deal with ex-Trump aide
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.


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.


Secretary Zinke tells Interior employees 'diversity isn't important'
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.