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'We have a voice': Biden administration hosts first Tribal Nations Summit since 2016

State, federal and tribal leaders came together during the White House Tribal Nations Summit on Monday to talk about commitments towards Indian Country and highlight the importance of the nation-to-nation relationship between tribal nations and the U.S. government.... Read more»

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House passes bill to expand Pascua Yaqui tribal lands near Grant & I-10

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is closer to gaining control of Old Pascua, site of tribe’s first settlement in Tucson, after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill awarding to the tribe the Northwest Side area of several city blocks, which includes the site of a planned casino. ... Read more»

Native American Heritage Month celebrates Indigenous communities across the nation

November is Native American Heritage Month, and for Indigenous people across the country, it’s a chance to share the unique ancestry, traditions, and contributions their communities make today and have made throughout history.... Read more»

House rejects extra funding to help tribal courts after McGirt ruling

The House this week rejected a proposal that would have added $154 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget to help tribal courts cope with an influx of cases after a 2020 Supreme Court ruling that expanded tribal jurisdiction. ... Read more»

Tribal leaders from Tucson and across the nation bring litany of needs to federal funding hearing

While members of the House Natural Resources subcommittee sparred over the American Jobs Plan, tribal leaders focused more on the laundry list of needs for Native Americans, from schools and healthcare to roads and public safety, and less on where the money comes from.... Read more»

Run the land: Native women from Tucson and across the U.S. take to the roads and trails

Native Women Running, an Instagram page highlighting her half-marathons, 10Ks and other races, restores an Indigenous perspective to running and gives Indigenous women a platform to showcase their cultures and their passion for this ancient celebration of life.... Read more»

New unit launched at Interior Dep't to investigate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous people

The U.S. Department of the Interior is creating a new unit to lead and help coordinate investigations into the ongoing crisis of murdered and missing American Indian and Alaska Native people. ... Read more»

Arizona tribal leaders ask for more funding, less meddling for water projects

Arizona tribal officials told a Senate committee that the federal government can help address a crisis with water infrastructure on their lands through more funding, and less meddling. It’s not just lack of money that’s holding tribes back, but federal laws that hamstring their ability to make decisions for themselves.... Read more»

Senate confirms Haaland as first-ever Native American to serve in the Cabinet

U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland made history on Monday when she became the first Native American to ever be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to hold a position in a president's Cabinet. ... Read more»

Committee vote moves Haaland one step closer to historic Interior post

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 11-9 to advance Rep. Debra Haaland’s nomination to be the next secretary of Interior, moving her one step closer to becoming the first Native American to head a Cabinet-level agency. The vote passed over the objections of Republicans who said her “radical views” are “squarely at odds with the mission of the Department of the Interior and outside of the mainstream.”... Read more»

Action on missing, murdered women legislation caps years of advocacy

Native American advocates and victim’s families have worked for years to draw attention to Indian Country’s epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.... Read more»

Despite funds, lawmakers say tribes still shortchanged in COVID-19 aid

Native American tribes have been severely hit by the coronavirus but have received only a fraction of the help they need from the federal government, said lawmakers, who called the impact on businesses and health on reservations “particularly worrisome.” ... Read more»

House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women

Arizona lawmakers questioned administration officials Wednesday on what they are doing to deal with the problem of missing and murdered indigenous women – and they weren’t always satisfied with the answers.... Read more»

Tribal affairs agencies make progress, not enough to satisfy senators

Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are making progress toward fixing management shortcomings that landed them on a list of “high-risk” agencies, but not enough progress to satisfy some senators.... Read more»

Ongoing problems land tribal oversight agencies on GAO 'high-risk' list

Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources, despite nearly a decade of prodding from the Government Accountability Office.... Read more»

Agencies cite progress, work still remaining on Navajo uranium cleanup

A consortium of federal and tribal agencies reported that a five-year, $110 million project to clean up uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation had addressed the most urgent risks there. But the report also said that much more work needs to be done to deal with the health threat. ... Read more»

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