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Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda
National | Politics | Trust
Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda (June 21, 2017)
A Congressional committee with jurisdiction over tribal issues continues to move slowly on Indian Country's agenda, raising concerns about its intentions.

Witness list for hearing on bill to reform the Indian Health Service
Health | National | Politics
Witness list for hearing on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 20, 2017)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is meeting on Wednesday to take testimony on a bill to reform the Indian Health Service.

Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service
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Second hearing scheduled on bill to reform the Indian Health Service (June 16, 2017)
Efforts to reform the Indian Health Service continue to see attention on Capitol Hill.

Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again
Health | National | Politics
Embattled Indian Health Service hospital in Nebraska losing top executive again (June 14, 2017)
One of the worst-performing hospitals in Indian Country remains hobbled after losing certification nearly two years ago.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting
Health | Law | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves two bills at meeting (June 14, 2017)
A bill for AMBER Alert grants in Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Trump administration gets chance to explain views on tribal housing
National | Politics
Trump administration gets chance to explain views on tribal housing (June 12, 2017)
President Donald Trump incorrectly described tribal housing programs as being based on 'race' and hasn't repudiated his statement despite criticism from Indian Country.

Indian Health Service reform bill up for first hearing on Capitol Hill
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Indian Health Service reform bill up for first hearing on Capitol Hill (June 12, 2017)
The 'broken' Indian Health Service is once again under scrutiny.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers two bills at meeting (June 12, 2017)
A bill to bring AMBER Alert grants to Indian Country and another for Alaska Native health care are due to be advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

John Thune: The Indian Health Service must be held accountable
Health | Opinion | Politics
John Thune: The Indian Health Service must be held accountable (June 2, 2017)
The Indian Health Service is broken and it has been for a long time, writes Senator John Thune from South Dakota.

Virginia tribes still pushing for federal recognition after 400 years
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Virginia tribes still pushing for federal recognition after 400 years (June 1, 2017)
Six tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers at Jamestown are inching closer to federal recognition.

Senate bill reauthorizes tribal housing programs questioned by President Trump
National | Politics
Senate bill reauthorizes tribal housing programs questioned by President Trump (May 31, 2017)
President Donald Trump raised alarms when he questioned the legality of tribal housing programs but key lawmakers aren't buying into his line of thinking.

President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request
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President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request (May 23, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the many losers in the Trump world.

Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes
Environment | National | Politics
Documents show few meetings between Secretary Zinke and tribes (May 22, 2017)
'Sovereignty should mean something,' the new leader of the Department of the Interior has repeatedly said.

House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes
National | Federal Recognition
House passes bill to extend federal recognition to Virginia tribes (May 18, 2017)
The tribes enjoy a long relationship with foreign nations but have yet to be acknowledged by the United States.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting
Business | Education | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves three bills at meeting (May 17, 2017)
Legislation to bring more teachers to Indian Country, recognize the tribes whose ancestors welcomed the first European settlers and improve economic opportunities on reservations are advancing on Capitol Hill.

Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team
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Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team (May 15, 2017)
More than 100 days into the Trump administration, Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for their interests in the nation's capital.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules business meeting
Business | Education | National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs reschedules business meeting (May 15, 2017)
Lawmakers are taking action on bills to recruit and retain Native teachers, extend federal recognition to six tribes in Virginia and boost economic development in Indian Country.

Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (May 10, 2017)
Partisan outrage over the sudden firing of the nation's top law enforcement official is affecting Indian Country's agenda on Capitol Hill.

Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress
Environment | National | Politics
Key Republican hoping to get Indian energy bill through Congress (May 10, 2017)
Provisions of S.245, the Indian Tribal Energy Development and Self-Determination Act, are aimed at reducing bureaucratic hurdles that have cost tribes time and money.

Senate approves water bill for one tribe and land bill for two others
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Senate approves water bill for one tribe and land bill for two others (May 9, 2017)
Bills for the White Mountain Apache Tribe and two Pueblo tribes in New Mexico are moving forward on Capitol Hill.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two bills
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Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on two bills (May 8, 2017)
Lawmakers will take testimony on a bill to bring AMBER Alert funds to Indian Country and another to benefit Alaska Native health care.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda
Education | Politics | Federal Recognition
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds business meeting to agenda (May 8, 2017)
A bill to recruit and retain teachers in Indian Country, plus another to extend federal recognition to six tribe in Virginia, are on the agenda.

Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act
Health | National | Politics
Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act (May 5, 2017)
With the Indian Health Service severely underfunded, tribal advocates are worried about the impacts of the repeal and replace effort.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks at 'high risk' Indian programs
Education | Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs looks at 'high risk' Indian programs (May 3, 2017)
The Government Accountability Office recently urged Congress to pay more attention to Indian education, health and energy development.

Senate panel takes up bill to bring AMBER Alert funding to tribes
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Senate panel takes up bill to bring AMBER Alert funding to tribes (April 28, 2017)
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) introduced S.772, the AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act, on March 29.

Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power
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Trump singles out new Bears Ears monument as an 'abuse' of government's power (April 26, 2017)
The new monument enjoys strong support across Indian Country but the president sounded more concerned about the views of non-Indians in Utah.

More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country
Law | National | Politics
More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country (April 19, 2017)
Of the four federal agencies that investigate or prosecute human trafficking, three aren't required to confirm whether a victim is Native American.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for first field oversight hearing

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs set for first field oversight hearing (April 19, 2017)
The hearing will look into the implementation of the Native American Children's Safety Act, which became law in 2016.

Bill brings funding for AMBER Alert systems to Indian Country
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Bill brings funding for AMBER Alert systems to Indian Country (April 18, 2017)
States already receive federal funds to help develop child abduction alert systems but tribes are currently left out.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heading to Spirit Lake Nation
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs heading to Spirit Lake Nation (April 10, 2017)
Lawmakers will be looking at the Native American Children's Safety Act, a new law aimed at addressing tribal foster care issues.

Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under Trump
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Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under Trump (March 30, 2017)
The Trump administration is heading into new territory with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Cronkite News: Tribes pushing for renewal of key diabetes funding
Health | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Tribes pushing for renewal of key diabetes funding (March 30, 2017)
Alton Villegas, a citizen of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, offered an unusual call to action for an 11-year-old boy.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)
The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.

Witness list for hearing on diabetes prevention among Native youth
Health | National | Politics
Witness list for hearing on diabetes prevention among Native youth (March 27, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing takes place in Washington, D.C., on March 29.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)
Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetes
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on diabetes (March 21, 2017)
The hearing comes as tribes lobby Congress to reauthorize the Special Diabetes Program for Indians.

Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget
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Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget (March 16, 2017)
The parent agencies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are seeing major cuts to offset increases in defense spending.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts infrastructure roundtable
Business | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts infrastructure roundtable (March 14, 2017)
Four panels of tribal leaders and tribal officials will present information on infrastructure needs in their communities.

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe sees brighter future with Ryan Zinke at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)
The stars seem to be aligning for the Montana-based tribe, whose federal status has been in limbo for more than a century.

Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior Department
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Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior Department (March 9, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since joining the Trump administration.

Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service
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Veterans Affairs aims to expand efforts with Indian Health Service (March 8, 2017)
Secretary David Shulkin says veterans deserve to receive care as close to home as possible.

Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance
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Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (March 6, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is already living up to promises to keep Indian Country on the top of his agenda.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructure
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee schedules roundtable on infrastructure (March 6, 2017)
Lawmakers want to make sure tribes are at the table as President Donald Trump proposes new investments.

Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department
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Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (March 1, 2017)
The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.

Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare
Health | National
Bill seeks comprehensive audit of Indian Health Service amid debate on Obamacare (March 1, 2017)
As the nation's politicians spar over the fate of Obamacare, tribes are still waiting on the federal government to fulfill its trust responsibilities.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities'
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities' (February 20, 2017)
Tribes are still in the dark about the future of Indian health and the Cabinet position most important to Indian Country remains vacant.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Sen. John Hoeven raises red flags in Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: Sen. John Hoeven raises red flags in Indian Country (February 20, 2017)
Your words of working together is a slap in the face of Indian country.

New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access Pipeline
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New leader of key House panel defends handling of Dakota Access Pipeline (February 14, 2017)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-California) is toeing the Republican party line when it comes to the controversial project.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances nine bills at first meeting
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs advances nine bills at first meeting (February 9, 2017)
Members of the panel are hoping bipartisanship wins the day even as Republicans and Democrats remain far apart on Capitol Hill.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance
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Cronkite News: Navajo Nation is still waiting for disaster assistance (February 9, 2017)
Multiple federal agencies were unable to provide disaster relief to the Navajo Nation after the Gold King Mine disaster that spilled 3 million gallons of toxins into the Animas River, the tribe’s president told a Senate panel.

Trump administration formally approves easement for Dakota Access Pipeline
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Trump administration formally approves easement for Dakota Access Pipeline (February 7, 2017)
A series of documents filed in federal court confirmed the heavily-anticipated decision after the new occupant of the White House set the motion in place.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearing
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meets for first oversight hearing (February 7, 2017)
Lawmakers will hear from tribal leaders and federal officials about emergency management in Indian Country.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on bipartisan bills
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs moves quickly on bipartisan bills (February 6, 2017)
The committee is set to advance a slew of bills that address economic development, employment, Native languages, water rights and other issues.

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure
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Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure (February 1, 2017)
As President Donald Trump pushes unwanted projects on tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to improve aging dams and outdated irrigation systems.

Trump administration quickly approves Dakota Access Pipeline over tribal objections
Environment | Law | National | Politics
Trump administration quickly approves Dakota Access Pipeline over tribal objections (January 31, 2017)
Barely a week after a White House directive, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has taken action.

Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe
Law | National | Politics
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe (January 31, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) has refused to say whether he will defend the tribal jurisdiction provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.

Leaders of key Senate panel divided on Dakota Access Pipeline
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Leaders of key Senate panel divided on Dakota Access Pipeline (January 30, 2017)
Like most Republicans, Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) supports completion of the controversial project even though Indian Country doesn't want it.

Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote
National | Politics
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (January 23, 2017)
The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership
National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs comes under new leadership (January 6, 2017)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota) and Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) are taking control of the key panel.

John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country
Opinion | Politics
John Barrasso: Working together for better lives in Indian Country (December 29, 2016)
As a Republican, I truly believe that tribes and their members are better off when Washington stays out of the way.

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