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Senate Indian Affairs Committee debates tribal energy measureFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee debates tribal energy measure (05/02)
The Obama administration urged Congress to trust tribes with energy development at a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on energy billFiled Under: Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on energy bill (04/21)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing next week on an energy bill.
ICT interview with Loretta Tuell on stalled land-into-trust billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
ICT interview with Loretta Tuell on stalled land-into-trust bill (09/20)
A bill to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar almost came up for a vote at the end of the 112th Congress.
Tribal provisions of Violence Against Women Act survive fightFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribal provisions of Violence Against Women Act survive fight (02/28)
After months of opposition from Republicans, it looks like the Violence Against Women Act will finally clear Congress this week.
Opinion: House Republicans remain determined to ignore womenFiled Under: Opinion
Opinion: House Republicans remain determined to ignore women (01/04)
"2012 was a rough year for the Republican Party’s relationship with women. From Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments to the party’s efforts to cut funding for preventative...
Tribal provisions of  Violence Against Women Act die in HouseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Tribal provisions of Violence Against Women Act die in House (01/03)
Pro-tribal provisions in the Violence Against Women Act died in the House after Republican leaders again refused to bring the Senate version of the bill up for a vote. S.1925...
President Obama signs Barona Band land   clarification into lawFiled Under: Politics | Trust
President Obama signs Barona Band land clarification into law (01/02)
President Barack Obama signed S.3193, the Barona Band of Mission Indians Land Transfer Clarification Act, into law on December 28. The bill clarifies which land is held in trust...
Fiscal cliff measure includes tax provisions for Indian CountryFiled Under: Business | Politics
Fiscal cliff measure includes tax provisions for Indian Country (01/02)
H.R.8, the bill that averts the fiscal cliff, includes three tax provisions aimed at boosting employment and economic development in Indian Country. The Indian Employment Tax Credit encourages businesses to...
Congress extends Special Diabetes Program for another yearFiled Under: Health | Politics
Congress extends Special Diabetes Program for another year (01/02)
Congress extended the Special Diabetes Program for Indians by one year in the bill that averted the fiscal cliff. The program was due to expire this September. H.R.8 extends it...
US  averts fiscal cliff after Congress approves last minute dealFiled Under: National | Politics
US averts fiscal cliff after Congress approves last minute deal (01/02)
The United States avoided the so-called fiscal cliff after members of the 112th Congress voted to approve a last-minute deal that prevents deep spending cuts at every federal agency. The...
Opinion: House   GOP protects  white men from tribal prosecution Filed Under: Opinion
Opinion: House GOP protects white men from tribal prosecution (12/21)
"If you were watching “Melissa Harris Perry” last Sunday, you saw my head explode over the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Not over the bill itself but over the opposition...
President Obama signs Bridgeport land and Pascua Yaqui billsFiled Under: Politics | Trust
President Obama signs Bridgeport land and Pascua Yaqui bills (12/21)
President Barack Obama signed two Indian bills into law on Thursday. H.R.2467 places approximately 39.36 acres in trust for the Bridgeport Indian Colony of California The tribe gained federal recognition...
House approves bill to help Quapaw Tribe resolve trust disputeFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
House approves bill to help Quapaw Tribe resolve trust dispute (12/20)
The House voted 398-5 on Wednesday to pass H.Res.668, a bill that helps the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma resolve a trust fund dispute. In 2002, the tribe filed a lawsuit...
Anderson Law: Republican VAWA bill a deal breaker for tribesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Anderson Law: Republican VAWA bill a deal breaker for tribes (12/19)
"OPPOSE THE DRAFT CANTOR VAWA BILL (Cantor Draft) Prepared by Anderson Indian Law We strongly urge tribes to reject the Cantor draft VAWA bill because it is a diminishment of...
Blog: Tribal bills that didn't get passed during 112th CongressFiled Under: Politics
Blog: Tribal bills that didn't get passed during 112th Congress (12/17)
"A commenter thought it would be more telling to list what bills in the 112th Congress will not be enacted. Ask and you shall receive. Below are lists of bills...
Blog: Few Indian bills enacted into law during 112th CongressFiled Under: Politics
Blog: Few Indian bills enacted into law during 112th Congress (12/14)
"Below are bills that were considered in either one or both the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs or the House Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, and...
NCAI remains hopeful on legislation to protect Indian womenFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
NCAI remains hopeful on legislation to protect Indian women (12/13)
The National Congress of American Indians remains hopeful for legislation to protect American Indian and Alaska Native women from violence. American Indian and Alaska Native women suffer from the highest...
Salon: Abusers get away with violence against Indian womenFiled Under:
Salon: Abusers get away with violence against Indian women (12/13)
"“We have serial rapists on the reservation — that are non-Indian — because they know they can get away with it,” said Charon Asetoyer, executive director of the Native American...
Opinion: Native women still waiting on Congress to take actionFiled Under: Opinion
Opinion: Native women still waiting on Congress to take action (12/12)
"On April 24, Deborah Parker, vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes in Washington State, visited Congress regarding an environmental protection matter. She stopped by Senator Patty Murray’s office and asked...
Senate passes Bridgeport land-into-trust, Pascua Yaqui billsFiled Under: Law | Trust
Senate passes Bridgeport land-into-trust, Pascua Yaqui bills (12/12)
The Senate approved two Indian bills by unanimous consent on Tuesday. H.R.2467 places approximately 39.36 acres in trust for the Bridgeport Indian Colony of California. The tribe gained federal recognition...
NCAI warns of negative effects of fiscal cliff on tribal programsFiled Under: National | Politics
NCAI warns of negative effects of fiscal cliff on tribal programs (12/05)
The National Congress of American Indians sent a letter to Congressional leaders to warn of the negative impacts of budget cuts in Indian Country. Members of Congress have until the...
Rep.  Darrell  Issa introduces Violence Against Indian Women ActFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Rep. Darrell Issa introduces Violence Against Indian Women Act (12/04)
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) introduced H.R.6625, the Violence Against Indian Women Act of 2012, on Monday. The bill allows participating tribes to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit domestic violence...
House Resources Committee   markup for  Barona  Band land  billFiled Under: Politics | Trust
House Resources Committee markup for Barona Band land bill (12/04)
The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a markup session tomorrow on three bills. One of the bills on the agenda is S. 3193. The bill clarifies which land is...
Land-into-trust fix remains in limbo as end of year approachesFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Land-into-trust fix remains in limbo as end of year approaches (12/04)
A fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar faces a tough road as the 112th Congress winds down. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the majority leader in...
Sen.  Daniel Akaka presides over his last   Indian Affairs   hearingFiled Under: Politics
Sen. Daniel Akaka presides over his last Indian Affairs hearing (11/30)
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) chaired what was likely his last Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday. Akaka took over the committee at the start of the 112th Congress...
Chris Wondolowski discussed Indian health issues on Hill visitFiled Under: Health | National | Politics | Sports
Chris Wondolowski discussed Indian health issues on Hill visit (11/30)
Chris Wondolowski, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma who was named Most Valuable Player by Major League Soccer on Thursday, discussed Indian health issues on a visit...
Senate Indian Affairs Commitee hearing on image and identityFiled Under:
Senate Indian Affairs Commitee hearing on image and identity (11/29)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this afternoon on Native image and identity. The hearing lasted about two hours. You can listen to the hearing below. Committee Notice:Reclaiming...
Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, named  MVP in Major League SoccerFiled Under: National | Sports
Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, named MVP in Major League Soccer (11/29)
Chris Wondolowski, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, was named Most Valuable Player by Major League Soccer today. Wondolowski, 29, plays forward for the San Jose Earthquakes....
Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, up for Major League Soccer awardFiled Under: National | Sports
Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, up for Major League Soccer award (11/28)
Chris Wondolowski, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, is up for a Major League Soccer award. Wondolowski plays forward for the San Jose Earthquakes. He is one...
Sen.   Reid cites continuing negotiations for a land-into-trust fixFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Sen. Reid cites continuing negotiations for a land-into-trust fix (11/27)
Negotiations continue in the Senate on a fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said on Monday. At the start of the...
Land-into-trust fix could come up for consideration in SenateFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Land-into-trust fix could come up for consideration in Senate (11/26)
A fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar could come up for a vote this week in the Senate, according to Turtle Talk. The decision restricts...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing  on November 29Filed Under: Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on November 29 (11/21)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing next Thursday, November 29. The hearing is titled "Reclaiming Our Image and Identity for the Next Seven Generations." It takes place...
NCAI optimistic on a  land-into-trust fix,  VAWA during  lame-duckFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
NCAI optimistic on a land-into-trust fix, VAWA during lame-duck (11/09)
Tribes are optimistic that Congress will take action on two important bills during the lame-duck session, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians said on Thursday. A...
Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats stoke fears about Republican budgetFiled Under: Opinion
Rep. Tom Cole: Democrats stoke fears about Republican budget (11/06)
"In their recent letter to Indian Country Today Media Network, Congressmen Ed Markey and Ben Ray Lujan expressed concern that chronically underfunded tribal programs are in jeopardy of damaging further...
Nancy Pelosi: Democrats working to help Native communitiesFiled Under: Opinion
Nancy Pelosi: Democrats working to help Native communities (11/02)
"Under Democratic leadership, we are no longer turning a blind eye to the conditions and circumstances in Indian country. We are working to remedy them: by improving health care for...
Ed Markey and  Ben Lujan: Republican cuts hurt Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion
Ed Markey and Ben Lujan: Republican cuts hurt Indian Country (11/02)
"As the Ranking Members of the Natural Resources Committee and the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, which has primary jurisdiction over Indian issues in the House of Representatives,...
Sen.  Johnson: Addressing domestic violence in Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion
Sen. Johnson: Addressing domestic violence in Indian Country (10/31)
The following is the opinion of Sen. Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota). Late last month, I met with several domestic violence advocates and law enforcement personnel to discuss domestic violence and...
Aide to Sen. Akaka confident on   support for a land-into-trust fixFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Aide to Sen. Akaka confident on support for a land-into-trust fix (10/25)
A fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar has enough votes to pass the Senate, an aide to Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) said on Wednesday. Akaka,...
Obama administration trying to revive Hopi-Navajo water dealFiled Under: Environment | Law | Politics
Obama administration trying to revive Hopi-Navajo water deal (10/18)
The Obama administration is trying to revive a water rights settlement with the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation. The tribes have claims to the Little Colorado River in Arizona....
ICT asks  Senate Majority Leader Harry  Reid about tribal   issuesFiled Under: Politics
ICT asks Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about tribal issues (10/18)
"What’s your familiarity level with Indian country? You have several tribes in Nevada. How connected to them are you? Well, this is one of the few times in my life...
Sen. Akaka to push   land-into-trust fix after November electionFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Sen. Akaka to push land-into-trust fix after November election (10/12)
Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, will push for a fix to U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar after the November election,...
Letter: Rep. Noem disrespectful at House Indian Affairs hearingFiled Under: Opinion
Letter: Rep. Noem disrespectful at House Indian Affairs hearing (10/01)
"I have viewed a portion of the July 25 hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs on which Rep. Kristi Noem...
Slain ambassador was descendant of Chinook Chief Comcomly Filed Under: National
Slain ambassador was descendant of Chinook Chief Comcomly (09/27)
Chris Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador to Libya who was killed in an attack on September 11, was the great-great-great-great grandchild of Chinook Chief Comcomly, The Seattle Times reports. Comcomly...
Radio: Tribal provisions in VAWA caught up in partisan debateFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Radio: Tribal provisions in VAWA caught up in partisan debate (09/25)
"Native American women are being sexually and violently assaulted at shockingly high rates in the United States. According to Justice Department statistics, not only are Native American women ten times...
Senate passes three Indian measures during late night sessionFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Senate passes three Indian measures during late night session (09/24)
After a late night session that saw the confirmation of Kevin Washburn as the new leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Senate approved three Indian bills early Saturday...
Senate confirms Kevin Washburn as  Assistant Secretary   at BIAFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate confirms Kevin Washburn as Assistant Secretary at BIA (09/24)
The Senate on Saturday confirmed Kevin Washburn as the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, will now be in charge of the Bureau...
Kevin Washburn nears confirmation as  BIA Assistant SecretaryFiled Under: National | Politics
Kevin Washburn nears confirmation as BIA Assistant Secretary (09/21)
Kevin Washburn is one step closer to becoming the next leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, went before the Senate Indian Affairs...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves Indian energy billFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves Indian energy bill (09/20)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee last Thursday approved S.1684, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act Amendments of 2011. The National Energy Policy Act of 2005 created a voluntary...
House backs Mescalero Apache Nation water leasing measureFiled Under: Politics
House backs Mescalero Apache Nation water leasing measure (09/20)
By a voice vote, the House passed H.R.1461, the Mescalero Apache Tribe Leasing Authorization Act, on Wednesday. The bill allows the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico to lease contract...
House backs bill to recognize disaster declarations from tribes Filed Under: National | Politics
House backs bill to recognize disaster declarations from tribes (09/20)
By a voice vote, the House on Wednesday passed the FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2012, which includes a section to allow tribes to request disaster declarations from the federal government....
IRS official questioned about taxation of per capita paymentsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
IRS official questioned about taxation of per capita payments (09/19)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing last Friday to discuss taxation of per capita payments. Prior to the hearing, the Internal Revenue Service issued...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to consider  5 bills at meetingFiled Under: Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to consider 5 bills at meeting (09/19)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold business meeting tomorrow to consider five bills. The meeting takes place at 2:15pm and will be immediately followed by a hearing on self-determination...
Witness list for SCIA hearing on the federal-tribal relationshipFiled Under: Politics
Witness list for SCIA hearing on the federal-tribal relationship (09/19)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee holds a hearing tomorrow to discuss the federal-tribal relationship. The hearing will focus on self-determination and self-governance. The witness list follows: Panel # 1 Mr....
Only 193 laws have made it out of the 112th Congress so farFiled Under: Politics
Only 193 laws have made it out of the 112th Congress so far (09/19)
The 112th Congress has only passed 173 public laws, The New York Times reports, making it one of the least productive in history. Individually, the Republican-led House and the Democrat-controlled...
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on ThursdayFiled Under: Politics
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets hearing on Thursday (09/17)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing this Thursday. The hearing is entitled "Advancing the Federal-Tribal Relationship through Self-Governance and Self-Determination." It will take place at 2:15pm...
SoundCloud: Audio for Kevin Washburn nomination hearing Filed Under: Politics
SoundCloud: Audio for Kevin Washburn nomination hearing (09/14)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing this afternoon for Kevin Washburn to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. The hearing lasted about an hour. Audio can be...
SoundCloud: House hearing on taxation and per capitasFiled Under: Politics | Trust
SoundCloud: House hearing on taxation and per capitas (09/14)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing this morning to discuss taxation of per capita payments. The hearing lasted about an hour and 13 minutes....
Kevin Washburn set for confirmation hearing to run the BIA Filed Under: Politics
Kevin Washburn set for confirmation hearing to run the BIA (09/14)
Kevin Washburn will go before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee this afternoon for his confirmation hearing as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, was...
Former US Attorneys support Kevin Washburn for BIA postFiled Under: National | Politics
Former US Attorneys support Kevin Washburn for BIA post (09/13)
Five former U.S. Attorneys, including two tribal members, are supporting Kevin Washburn to be Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. Washburn, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, served as a federal...
SCIA to consider three bills before    land-into-trust hearingFiled Under: Politics
SCIA to consider three bills before land-into-trust hearing (09/13)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a business meeting this afternoon prior to a hearing on the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Carcieri v. Salazar and Salazar v. Patchak....

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