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Updates from National Congress of American Indians DC session (February 25, 2016)

Reauthorization of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act, tribes and marijuana and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign were some of the highlights on the closing day of the NCAI winter meeting.

Rep. Don Young vows quick action on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (February 25, 2016)

H.R.3477, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, and H.R.3599, the Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, saw strong support at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

House approves bill to reform trust duties at Interior Department (February 25, 2016)

H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, lays the groundwork to return the functions of Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Family from Quapaw Tribe enters marijuana consulting business (February 25, 2016)

Flying Eagle Advisors is led by Thomas Mathews, the current vice chairman of the tribe, and his father, J.R. Mathews, a former chairman and former vice chairman of the tribe.

Ivan Star Comes Out: American history based on a series of lies (February 25, 2016)

I sincerely believe in the precept that our ancestors adhered stringently to the philosophy that the truth cannot be hidden forever and that it will surface one day.

Native Sun News: Deaths of tribal members draw little attention (February 25, 2016)

When the family of Loren 'Low' Two Eagle asked for help in solving the death of their relative, not a single person from federal, state, or tribal law enforcement contacted the family in response to the article published in the Native Sun News.

Additional charges expected in armed takeover at wildlife refuge (February 25, 2016)

The 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon cost taxpayers at least $3.3 million.

Ex-Interior Department attorney joins prominent Indian law firm (February 25, 2016)

Vanessa Ray-Hodge, who spent nearly six years as senior counselor to the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior, has joined Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry.

Indian lawmakers voted against transgender discrimination bill in South Dakota (February 25, 2016)

The controversial measure bars transgendered public school students from using the bathroom or locker room of their choice.

Tribes to receive funds from $940M contract support costs case (February 25, 2016)

Nearly 600 tribes and tribal organizations will receive a share of the settlement to address shortfalls in self-determination contracts at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Lakota Country Times: Rosebud youth research Carlisle relatives (February 25, 2016)

The Sicangu Youth Council is asking local families to search their family tree to see if they could possibly be related to any of the students buried in the cemetery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Mike Myers: Exposing problems at the Indian Homicide Service (February 25, 2016)

I started referring to the I.H.S. as the Indian Homicide Service a number of years back because there wasn’t, and still isn’t, a month or so that goes by that we don’t hear about another atrocity, a mis-diagnosis, a death or other example of gross malpractice occurring at the hospitals or clinics.