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Tribal officials, advocates hail renewal of Violence Against Women Act

Tribal leaders and others across the country are applauding the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which includes the extension of tribal jurisdiction over non-Native perpetrators of sexual violence, sex trafficking, stalking, child violence, and obstruction of justice.... Read more»

Despite gains, tribal nations seek more inclusion in national affairs

Tribal governments have “a foot in the door” with the federal government but they don’t yet have a seat at the table where decisions concerning them are being made, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Monday. ... 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»

State of tribal nations 'strong' despite crises, but feds need to help

National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp said the state of Indian nations is strong despite long-running problems of disrespect for tribal sovereignty and of missing and murdered Indigenous women, as well as new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharp did acknowledge hopeful signs in the early days of the Biden administration.... Read more»

Tribes: Delayed release of COVID-19 funds hurt coronavirus relief, other efforts

At a time when some Native American communities continue to struggle with the most basic needs, tribal leaders Wednesday called it “an outrage” that tribes had to wait months for coronavirus relief funds.... Read more»

Indian Congress president: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’

Despite some “encouraging developments,” threats to tribal sovereignty still come “from every branch and every corner of federal and state governments,” the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Monday. ... Read more»

Native leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said the “controlled blasting” for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes. ... Read more»

'Broken promises' report details government’s history of failing tribes

Tribal leaders went before Congress Tuesday to demand the government address longstanding problems in Indian Country – and not for the first time. ... Read more»