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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at business meeting
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at business meeting (June 19, 2019)

A bill to improve aging roads and bridges in Indian Country and another to correct a failing of the disastrous tribal termination era are advancing on Capitol Hill.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to schedule
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to schedule (June 18, 2019)

Bills to address aging roads and bridges in Indian Country and to correct a failing of the tribal termination era are moving forward on Capitol Hill.


Native Sun News Today: Chickasaw citizen Tom Love is a billionaire
Native Sun News Today: Chickasaw citizen Tom Love is a billionaire (May 28, 2019)

You can Google 'Richest Native Americans,' and you won’t get Tom Love, or any other person.


Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition
Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition (May 24, 2019)

The Shinnecock Nation is asserting sovereignty in New York, drawing complaints and threats of litigation along the way.


Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads make it harder for students to learn
Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads make it harder for students to learn (May 15, 2019)

Three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads are unpaved, leaving schools on reservations to spend money on frequent maintenance for the buses that have to travel those roads.


Budget hearing focuses on public safety funding in Indian Country
Budget hearing focuses on public safety funding in Indian Country (May 13, 2019)

It's the Department of Justice's turn to present its budget to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs


Cronkite News: Unique school bus serves as inspiration for Navajo students
Cronkite News: Unique school bus serves as inspiration for Navajo students (May 6, 2019)

For 26 years, Freddie Yazzie has driven school buses for a quiet community on the Navajo Nation.


Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunities
Cronkite News: Poor reservation roads hinder economic and educational opportunities (April 4, 2019)

To the list of issues affecting education, Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis would add a new problem: deteriorating roads.


AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on reservation roads
AUDIO: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on reservation roads (April 3, 2019)

Safety of reservation roads and efforts to expand tribal self-governance were discussed by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Cronkite News: Death of tribal officer prompts calls for ban on distracted driving
Cronkite News: Death of tribal officer prompts calls for ban on distracted driving (January 25, 2019)

Family and friends of a Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community police officer who was killed on duty are seeking a new law.


Rep. Haaland and Rep. Davids land first committee assignments in 116th Congress
Rep. Haaland and Rep. Davids land first committee assignments in 116th Congress (January 17, 2019)

Committee assignments are slowly trickling in for new members of Congress and the first Native women have landed key spots.


'The reservation is our homeland': Paskenta Band dedicates highway signs
'The reservation is our homeland': Paskenta Band dedicates highway signs (July 12, 2018)

Drivers in northern California will now know when they are in the homelands of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians.


Crow Tribe can't account for nearly $14.5 million in federal funds
Crow Tribe can't account for nearly $14.5 million in federal funds (June 26, 2018)

The Crow Tribe has been designated as 'high risk' by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for failing to account for federal funds.


South Dakota now offering specialty license plates for all nine Sioux tribes
South Dakota now offering specialty license plates for all nine Sioux tribes (April 18, 2018)

The state of South Dakota is now offering specialty license plates for all nine tribes based within its borders.


Spending bill includes large infusion of funds for Indian housing
Spending bill includes large infusion of funds for Indian housing (March 27, 2018)

The $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress and signed into law last week includes the largest infusion of funds for Indian housing in nearly a decade.


Rep. Tom Cole safe after train carrying Republican lawmakers derails
Rep. Tom Cole safe after train carrying Republican lawmakers derails (January 31, 2018)

Rep. Tom Cole, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is reported safe after a train carrying Republican lawmakers derailed in an incident that has led to one fatality and some injuries.


Trump administration paves way for contested road to Native village
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.


Native Sun News Today: Family raises awareness after Lakota man dies in Rapid City
Native Sun News Today: Family raises awareness after Lakota man dies in Rapid City (December 12, 2017)

The family of a man killed in a pedestrian accident in November gathered to pray and bring awareness to pedestrian safety in North Rapid City.


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.


House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska
House approves bill to authorize life-saving road for Native village in Alaska (July 21, 2017)

A bill to authorize a life-saving road for a Native village in Alaska has cleared a big hurdle on Capitol Hill but not without considerable debate.


Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet
Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet (July 19, 2017)

Since the start of the 115th Congress in January, lawmakers have yet to send a stand-alone Indian bill to President Donald Trump for his signature.


Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C.
Life-saving road for Native village inches forward in Alaska and in D.C. (June 27, 2017)

A life-saving road that will connect an Alaska Native village to a nearby airport is seeing some progress.


Swinomish Tribe still pursuing lawsuit against oil trains on reservation
Swinomish Tribe still pursuing lawsuit against oil trains on reservation (June 14, 2017)

The Swinomish Tribe has won another ruling in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the transport of crude oil through its reservation in Washington.


Yakama Nation spars with county official over road resurfacing
Yakama Nation spars with county official over road resurfacing (May 17, 2017)

The tribe is firing back after a local official questioned why a road on the reservation in Washington is being resurfaced.


Widow awarded $1.9M for Bureau of Indian Affairs school bus crash
Widow awarded $1.9M for Bureau of Indian Affairs school bus crash (May 8, 2017)

A federal judge determined that a bus driver for the Riverside Indian School in Oklahoma was negligent.


Tribes secure over $9M in grants to improve transportation safety
Tribes secure over $9M in grants to improve transportation safety (April 10, 2017)

Some 74 tribes in 20 states will use for the funds for a variety of road, bridge, pedestrian and safety projects.


Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sites
Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sites (April 4, 2017)

The state of Rhode Island refused to transfer the land until the tribe waived its immunity and accepted state jurisdiction.


House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village
House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village (April 4, 2017)

Residents of King Cove have been pushing for the road for decades as a way to save lives in their Aleut community.


Cherokee Nation donates a record $5M to public school districts
Cherokee Nation donates a record $5M to public school districts (March 29, 2017)

The tribe shares 38 percent of revenues with 107 school districts in its 14-county jurisdictional area in Oklahoma.


Brandon Ecoffey: Be safe and be prepared as winter hits the Great Plains
Brandon Ecoffey: Be safe and be prepared as winter hits the Great Plains (January 18, 2017)

Although many of us are used to navigating the roads during this time of year it is always helpful to remember to prepare for the worst.


Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road'
Alaska Native village still seeking approval for 'life-saving road' (January 11, 2017)

Indian Country remains wary of Republican president-elect Donald Trump but change in the nation's capital could benefit a rural Native community in Alaska.


Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe promotes safety
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe promotes safety (January 5, 2017)

A coalition of programs and staff on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation have organized to promote the increased use of seatbelts and child safety seats.


Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe fails to make progress on roads
Jeffrey Whalen: Oglala Sioux Tribe fails to make progress on roads (September 15, 2016)

I’ve done my best to keep silent about the condition of our roads on Pine Ridge.


Brandon Ecoffey: Let's drive safely for the sake of our young ones
Brandon Ecoffey: Let's drive safely for the sake of our young ones (September 7, 2016)

With the school year now underway it is important that we all make an effort to keep our reservation roads safe.


Gila River Indian Community continues fight against new freeway
Gila River Indian Community continues fight against new freeway (September 1, 2016)

The Arizona tribe says the South Mountain Freeway will destroy one of its most sacred sites.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 'not happy' with change to highway signs
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe 'not happy' with change to highway signs (August 10, 2016)

The state is removing the likeness of Marcellus Red Tomahawk, a historic tribal leader, from the signs.


North Dakota sign change stirs strong feelings at Standing Rock
North Dakota sign change stirs strong feelings at Standing Rock (July 20, 2016)

Marcellus Red Tomahawk was the first elected chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


North Dakota removes image of Lakota man from highway signs
North Dakota removes image of Lakota man from highway signs (July 18, 2016)

Marcellus Red Tomahawk was a federal police officer who shot and killed Sitting Bull.


Supreme Court puts an end to another tribal jurisdiction dispute
Supreme Court puts an end to another tribal jurisdiction dispute (June 28, 2016)

A case that Indian Country all but forgot was disposed by the nation's highest court without comment after a lengthy delay.


Northwest tribes call for end to oil shipments in treaty territory
Northwest tribes call for end to oil shipments in treaty territory (June 15, 2016)

The 96-car train carrying crude oil derailed in the usual and accustomed fishing grounds of the Columbia River treaty tribes.


Bill Coates: Accident claimed 9 lives on Tohono O'odham Nation
Bill Coates: Accident claimed 9 lives on Tohono O'odham Nation (April 11, 2016)

Writer Bill Coates shares details about the tragic October 25, 1991, accident that claimed the lives of nine tribal members, ages 15 to 40, and caused injuries to others, including a four-year-old boy.


Wounded Warriors Family Support reaches out to tribal veterans
Wounded Warriors Family Support reaches out to tribal veterans (February 3, 2016)

Seven tribes have received vehicles to help veterans who need transportation and transition assistance on their reservations.


Alaska tribe claims victory in dispute over transportation funding
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Alaska tribe claims victory in dispute over transportation funding (January 26, 2016)

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes can't be sued without its consent, much to the disappointment of the Douglas Indian Association.


Mark Trahant: A new era in energy development with low oil prices
Mark Trahant: A new era in energy development with low oil prices (January 26, 2016)

So many of our people (both reservation and urban) drive pickup trucks and the price at the pump becomes a daily worry.


John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country
John Barrasso: Building a prosperous and thriving Indian Country (January 25, 2016)

Last January, as the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I outlined an aggressive set of priorities.


More transportation funds head to Indian Country in new law
More transportation funds head to Indian Country in new law (December 18, 2015)

The Tribal Transportation Program will see an immediate boost to $465 million in the current fiscal year and the amount will grow by $10 million through fiscal year 2020.


Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community hosts $60M auto park
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community hosts $60M auto park (December 4, 2015)

The Scottsdale Autoshow will be located on 70 acres on the reservation and will house several auto dealerships and a special area for test drives.


President of Navajo Nation vetoes $20M loan for new aircraft
President of Navajo Nation vetoes $20M loan for new aircraft (November 10, 2015)

President Russell Begaye raised concerns about the need for the loan and the collateral.


Ann Kirkpatrick: Fix reservation roads to help Indian students
Ann Kirkpatrick: Fix reservation roads to help Indian students (November 9, 2015)

Tribal roads are a federal trust responsibility, but without funding to do more, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs blades these roads just once or twice a year, carving deep channels below the surrounding ground level.


Navajo Nation considers $20M loan to purchase new air fleet
Navajo Nation considers $20M loan to purchase new air fleet (November 3, 2015)

The tribe plans to replace three aging aircraft that were placed in service in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Judge won't force Fort Belknap Tribe to turn over documents
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Judge won't force Fort Belknap Tribe to turn over documents (October 14, 2015)

A tribal member who is suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs for building a road through her property tried to bring the tribe's president into the dispute.


Carolyn Lubenau: Snoqualmie Tribe aims to protect sacred site
Carolyn Lubenau: Snoqualmie Tribe aims to protect sacred site (October 14, 2015)

In honor of our ancestors and in honor of the generations yet to come, it is our responsibility to protect Snoqualmie Falls.


Fort Belknap Tribe cites immunity in feud over reservation road
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Fort Belknap Tribe cites immunity in feud over reservation road (September 23, 2015)

A tribal member is accusing the Bureau of Indian Affairs of building a road across her property without her consent.


Snoqualmie Tribe fights transportation project at sacred site
Snoqualmie Tribe fights transportation project at sacred site (September 17, 2015)

The tribe is rallying opposition to a transportation project near the sacred Snoqualmie Falls.


Morongo Band becomes first tribe on regional governing board
Morongo Band becomes first tribe on regional governing board (September 15, 2015)

The tribe will have a say on transportation and environmental issues in Riverside County.


Judge sides with DOI in dispute over Alaska Native village road
Judge sides with DOI in dispute over Alaska Native village road (September 9, 2015)

Residents of King Cove say a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge will save lives.


Pueblo water system held hostage by county in trespassing spat
Pueblo water system held hostage by county in trespassing spat (August 31, 2015)

Officials in Santa Fe County are denying about $23 million for a regional water system that will benefit communities on and off the reservation.


Snoqualmie Tribe upset with construction on sacred grounds
Snoqualmie Tribe upset with construction on sacred grounds (August 14, 2015)

A road project in the city of Snoqualmie is generating some controversy.


Sen. Barrasso defends quick movement on transportation bill
Sen. Barrasso defends quick movement on transportation bill (July 24, 2015)

The chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee is pushing for more funding for tribal transportation programs.


Senate panel backs victim services and transportation bills
Senate panel backs victim services and transportation bills (July 23, 2015)

Democrats raised concerns about the lack of tribal consultation and funding commitments at a business meeting on Capitol Hill.