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U.S. Interior secretary to promote big spending jump for tribal, climate programs

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will ask a U.S. House spending panel to increase funding for the department's tribal programs and climate resilience efforts, according to written testimony released ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday.... Read more»

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Interior Dep't announces funding opportunity for tribal nations to address climate change

Tribal nations across the country have the opportunity to receive funding as part of the $46 million Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Climate Resilience Program to address the unique impacts climate change has within their communities.... Read more»

As tribes wait for investigation to conclude, debate over Indian schools continues

Tribes across the Southwest dread the possibility that thousands of unmarked graves might be uncovered by a federal investigation into abandoned Native American boarding schools expected to wrap up early this year.... Read more»

‘Like a demon that’s always behind us’, Jackpile Mine's toxic legacy continues

Uranium mines over the Navajo Nation and around the West are being left as orphan mines - abandoned mines for which no financially responsible party can be found - so the Superfund remedy is the only remedy that’s been identified for the Navajo sites, as well as Jackpile.... Read more»

New BIA website spotlights Missing and Murdered Indigenous people

The new Bureau of Indian Affairs website dedicated to solving missing and murdered cases in Indian Country provides attention to unresolved cases involving Indigenous people that the BIA, Office of Justice Services, and Missing and Murdered Unit is working on.... Read more»

Legislation would let an Arizona tribe lease its Colorado River water allocation

A new proposal in Congress would let Arizona’s Colorado River Indian Tribes lease portions of their federal Colorado River allocations for the first time, a move the tribes said would benefit both the river and tribal economies.... Read more»

Indigenous solutions to climate change could inform Arizona and nationwide policies

The impacts of climate change pose a unique threat to Indigenous cultures and economies, which have long been tied to place - now, Native Americans are leading efforts to bolster reservations and other communities against the damaging effects of climate change. ... Read more»


Spotty data & media bias delay justice for missing & murdered Indigenous people

Though there are estimates, no one knows just how many Indigenous girls or women go missing each year, so how can Native communities convince the media to pay attention to missing Indigenous people - and how can they convince authorities to investigate these cases?... Read more»

Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding

Tribal officials this week raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for House lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner on critical projects.... Read more»

Courts reject environmental lawsuit to block Navajo coal mine expansion

A federal appeals court said environmental groups cannot sue to block expansion of a coal mine owned by the Navajo Transitional Energy Co., because it is an arm of the Navajo government and thus immune from civil suits.... Read more»

Tribal advocates urge passage of anti-violence bills

Native American advocates told lawmakers on a Senate panel Wednesday that tribal police should have jurisdiction over violent cases committed by non-Natives on tribal land and the federal government should improve databases tracking such crimes.... Read more»

In Indian Country, potholes can be a bump in the road to an education

Three-fourths of roads owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs are unpaved, leaving reservation schools to spend money on maintenance for the buses that have to travel those roads. The graduation rate for American Indians/Alaskan Natives in public schools in 2016 was 72% – lower than any other race or ethnicity.... Read more»

House panel OKs bill to change how tribes get federal recognition

A House committee last week gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give Congress greater control over which Native American tribes are granted federal recognition. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar, was approved 23-13 on a largely party-line vote, despite objections from Democrats that the measure would just make the process even more cumbersome and erode tribal rights.... Read more»

Tribal officials lukewarm to plan to use federal funds for school vouchers

Tribal leaders were noncommittal Friday about a proposal that would divert Bureau of Indian Education funds into education savings accounts that individual Native American children could use to attend schools of their choosing.... Read more»

Feds fund Navajo schools 11 years after replacement deemed a priority

Eleven years after it identified two deteriorating Navajo schools as priorities for replacement, the federal government could finally be ready to fully fund those projects. Next year.... Read more»

Feds streamline leasing rules to ease development on tribal lands

The Interior Department unveiled a streamlined process last week for approving leases on tribal lands that federal officials hope will spur development by replacing outdated and unresponsive 50-year-old regulations.... Read more»

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