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Administration Holds Up $40M Emergency Aid Funds for Native Americans, ‘Most Vulnerable Population’

“This is not the place you want to skimp on resources if you want to hold the tide on this disease,'' Stacy Bohlen, the CEO of the National Indian Health Board, told Politico. News on the spread among tribes is also on complaints about a lack of readiness at IHS clinics.

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8/6/2020

article SWEENEY: What Corporate Media Won’t Tell You About How Trump’s Administration Is Protecting Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- The prevalence of violence, drugs, and illicit activities disproportionately affects Indian Country and Alaska Native villages. Using the tools at...

8/5/2020

article NAC: Is that true?
(Indian Country) -- A video promoted by President Trump and viewed by millions of people touts a cure for the coronavirus that is disputed by every reputable medical...

8/3/2020

article A 'bigoted and divisive extremist': NAACP takes on BLM chief
(Washington D.C.) -- The opposition keeps growing against William Perry Pendley, President Trump's nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management. A large coalition...

8/1/2020

article Trump’s Pick to Manage Public Lands Has Four-Decade History of “Overt Racism” Toward Native People
(Washington D.C.) -- In the five books authored by President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management, William...
article E.P.A. Inspector General to Investigate Trump’s Biggest Climate Rollback
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog said Monday it had opened an investigation into the agency’s weakening of Obama-...

7/25/2020

article 30,000 New Mexicans could be impacted by new SNAP benefit rule
(New Mexico) -- A new SNAP rule could impact 30,000 New Mexican’s ability to put food on the table for their families. “Everyone should have access to food....

7/18/2020

article Trump administration pushing to block new money for testing, tracing and CDC in upcoming coronavirus relief bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars for states to conduct testing and contact tracing in the upcoming coronavirus relief...
article Secretary DeVos Launches New Grant Competition to Promote Education Choice for Native American Students
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today a $15 million grant competition to promote tribally-directed education choice for Native...

7/13/2020

article EPA Limits States’ Power to Review Projects That Affect Water Quality
(Washington D.C.) -- For almost 50 years, states and tribal governments have played an outsized role in deciding whether projects that can harm water quality should...

7/9/2020

article Pendley's Own Words Disqualify Him from Leading the BLM
(Washington D.C.) -- Almost a year after he was first appointed acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), William Perry Pendley is finally set to go before...

6/26/2020

article Two Wisconsin tribes join lawsuit against Trump administration, EPA over water protections
(Wisconsin) -- Two Wisconsin Native American tribes have joined in a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration and the Environmental Protection Agency on June 22...

6/24/2020

article Tribal Leaders Rebuke Trump Administration's Indian Policy In Panel Discussion
(USA) -- The leaders of five tribal nations, including the chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal council, recalled their negative experiences with the federal...

6/23/2020

article Tribal leaders say Trump administration is failing them
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders from five nations across the country blasted the Trump administration in an online webinar on Tuesday. The webinar, titled Protecting...

6/22/2020

article Tribes, Labor, And Environmental Advocates File Lawsuit As The Trump Administration Finalizes WOTUS
(Washington D.C.) -- Today millions of streams and wetlands across the country lost protections as Trump’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule officially went into...

6/15/2020

article Inspectors general warn that Trump administration is blocking scrutiny of coronavirus rescue programs
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration’s intensifying efforts to block oversight of its coronavirus-related rescue programs are raising new alarms with...

6/13/2020

article Trans Mountain pipeline shuts as crews clean spill in Abbotsford, B.C.
(British Columbia) -- A crude oil spill from the Trans Mountain pipeline in Abbotsford, B.C., has been contained and crews are working to clean up the site. The company...

6/8/2020

article Trump administration to make it easier for hunters to kill bear cubs and wolf pups in Alaska
(Alaska) -- Hunters will soon be allowed to venture into national parks in Alaska and engage in practices that conservation groups say are reprehensible: baiting...

6/4/2020

article LEGAL BLOG: EPA Final Rule Narrows State and Tribal Review Under the Clean Water Act
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule on June 1, 2020, intended to limit the ability of states and tribes to block or delay...

6/2/2020

article 'Incompetence': Trump administration warns of delayed COVID-19 relief for tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- With a status report due in federal court by the end of the day, the Trump administration is once again making Indian Country wait for the COVID-19...
article Apparent Trump Cronyism results in the Navajo Nation receiving Inferior Respirator Masks
(Arizona) -- The journal ProPublica has revealed that the Navajo Nation, along with other tribal communities, has received, at inflated prices, one million respirator...

6/1/2020

article EPA limits states and tribes’ ability to protest pipelines and other energy projects
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency finalized a rule Monday curtailing the rights of states, tribes and the public to object to federal permits for...

5/29/2020

article 'Absolutely maddening': Trump administration falters on coronavirus relief promised to tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- It was a federal judge's mistake but it forced the Trump administration into disclosing the troubles tribes are facing as they seek the COVID-19...

5/26/2020

article HAALAND & WARREN: The federal government fiddles as covid-19 ravages Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- For generations, the federal government has failed to honor its promises to Native American people. Now, covid-19 is ravaging Native communities,...
article Calls in Congress for probe on how former Trump aide won $3 million respirator contract
(Washington D.C.) -- A leading Democrat on the House Oversight Committee asked an inspector general on Tuesday to investigate how a former deputy chief of staff to...
article RICKERT: With the Trump Administration, It’s All About Energy — and Sweeney is Complicit
(Washington D.C.) -- Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Tara MacLean Sweeney may be taking the heat, but the problem at the Department of the Interior goes beyond her...

5/21/2020

article Trump is a gambling man on Bloomberg Businessweek’s latest cover
(Washington D.C.) -- The May 25 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, out today, examines President Trump’s push to reopen the American economy, starting with a...
article Trump Is Gambling on a Resurrection, With Lives and Livelihoods
(Washington D.C.) -- David Rocke, a mathematician at the University of California at Davis, has been watching President Trump’s pandemic performance with a scholar...

5/20/2020

article The small Native American tribe fighting Trump's wall in South Texas
(Texas) -- When President Trump announced plans to build a wall along the Rio Grande River, Juan Mancias smelled a rat. Mancias is the Carrizo/Comecrudo tribal leader...

5/19/2020

article Trump Administration preserving health and safety of American Indians during pandemic
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump Administration announces its commitment to keep Native Americans safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. President Trump says his...

5/15/2020

article The Coronavirus Makes Trump’s Cruelty Toward Indian Country Even More Deadly
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is slow-walking $8 billion in desperately needed pandemic aid to Native American tribes, many of whose lands have become...

5/8/2020

article Trump's transparency? Coronavirus relief formula subject of intense discussion in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Ever since the Trump administration began consultation on the $8 billion coronavirus relief fund promised to tribal governments more than a month...

5/6/2020

article Trump Pledges Help and Touts Border Wall in Arizona Meeting With Native Leaders
(Arizona) -- As part of his whirlwind trip to Arizona, President Donald Trump held a roundtable meeting with select state and tribal leaders on Tuesday, talking up...

5/5/2020

article MUST READ: Native American health center asked for COVID-19 supplies. It got body bags instead.
(Washington) -- In mid-March, as the Seattle region grappled with a coronavirus outbreak, a community health center caring for the area's Native American population...
article How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies
(Washington D.C.) -- This spring, as the United States faced a critical shortage of masks, gloves and other protective equipment to battle the coronavirus pandemic, a...

5/2/2020

article 'He got demoted': Trump administration moves Indian Country official out of White House
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders and their advocates are once again questioning the Trump administration's commitment to their people, with the official who has...

4/30/2020

article Trump meets with Wynn CEO during business roundtable
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump posed one of his favorite questions — when will the Strip open? — Wednesday during a business roundtable about...

4/28/2020

article White House Re-establishes Council on Native American Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- A day after it lost a court battle over COVID-19 relief funding for Native American tribes, the Trump Administration announced an executive order to...
press release White House Re-Establishes Council on Native American Affairs to Support Continued Inter-Agency Coordination with Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the White House, in conjunction with U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt, re-established the White House Council on Native...

4/21/2020

article Trump Mega-Donor, a Shipping Magnate, Pushes to End a Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- An unusual email greeted employees at a Wisconsin shipping-supply company on Friday. It urged them to support a petition for the recall of the state...

4/19/2020

article How Did the U.S. End Up with Nurses Wearing Garbage Bags?
(Washington D.C.) -- On Saturday, March 21st, while Donald Trump was tweeting about the “Chinese virus” and circulating praise for the “great job we...

4/15/2020

article President Trump's Sports Advisory Committee Has Limitations
(Washington D.C.) -- The restarting of the American economy has become a vexing issue. As the country tries to quell the coronavirus disease pandemic through limiting in...

4/10/2020

article Are Federal Agencies Using COVID-19 To Attack Federal Lands?
(Utah) -- A Center for Western Priorities study found that the Interior Department has issued 57 separate actions since March 6, when President Donald Trump signed the...

4/6/2020

article RICKERT: Why the Trump Administration’s Failure to Initially Add Tribes To $2 Trillion Stimulus Doesn’t Shock Me
(Washington D.C.) -- The April 1 HuffPost headline read “The White House Wanted to Give $0 to Tribes in the $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill.” I was not shocked by...

4/2/2020

article With US border work on track, rural towns fear an outbreak
(Montana) -- Major construction projects moving forward along the U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico are raising fears that the coronavirus could race through temporary...
article Trump Congratulates Businesses for Helping Fight Coronavirus. But His Own Company Has Been Absent.
(Washington D.C.) -- As America’s coronavirus crisis has mushroomed, President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the efforts of businesses to meet a desperate...

4/1/2020

article The White House Wanted To Give $0 To Tribes In The $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill
(Washington D.C.) -- In the end, tribes got about $10 billion in the emergency $2 trillion stimulus bill that President Donald Trump signed into law last Friday. But if...

3/31/2020

article Governors Fight Back Against Coronavirus Chaos: ‘It’s Like Being on eBay With 50 Other States’
(Washington D.C.) -- A chorus of governors from across the political spectrum is challenging the Trump administration’s assertion that the United States is well-...
article Trump warns of 'painful' two weeks ahead as White House projects more than 100,000 coronavirus deaths
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump warned of a "painful" and "tough" two-week stretch ahead as he extended nationwide distancing measures that -- even if...
article Odds Joe "Tiger King" Exotic Is Pardoned by Trump Set at +575
(USA) -- The wildly-gripping Netflix docuseries Tiger King has become the most popular show in the United States. The main protagonist from the series, Joe Exotic, has...

3/28/2020

article POLITICO Playbook: Trump continues to fight as $2 trillion relief bill signed into law
(USA) -- Trump signed the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package — the largest emergency spending package in U.S. history — in an effort to stem an economic...

3/23/2020

article Administration Holds Up $40M Emergency Aid Funds for Native Americans, ‘Most Vulnerable Population’
(Washington D.C.) -- “This is not the place you want to skimp on resources if you want to hold the tide on this disease,'' Stacy Bohlen, the CEO of the...

3/12/2020

article The Most Critical Fight Against Trump's Border Wall You've Never Heard Of
(Texas) -- “We’ve been here thousands of years,” said Isidro Leal, a member of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas, or Esto’k Gna, as he...
article Trump’s Border Wall Isn’t Just an Assault on Native Americans, It’s an Assault on American History
(Washington D.C.) -- In early January, President Trump threatened on Twitter to destroy 52 sites “important to Iran and the Iranian culture” should that...

3/7/2020

article US says resuming coal sales has little impact; critics balk
(Montana) -- The Trump administration said Wednesday a resumption of coal sales from public lands that had been blocked under former President Barack Obama will result...

3/5/2020

article Trump proposing cut in tribal scholarship funding
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump released his proposal of the Budget of the United States Government for Fiscal Year 2021. One notable change is a request of...

2/29/2020

article February in the news
(Indian Country) -- Native voting rights activists are claiming victory after a lawsuit settlement in North Dakota that dispenses with the physical address requirement...

2/28/2020

article Native Leaders, Civic Groups Blast Rollback of Bedrock Environmental Law
(Washington D.C.) -- The Creature from the Black Lagoon loomed over the offices of the Interior Department last week as non-profit consumer advocate Public Citizen...

2/23/2020

article Trump budget proposal calls on eliminating tribal scholarship funding
(California) -- The Trump administration has proposed eliminating funding for a federal program that provides scholarships for Native American college students. The cut...

2/22/2020

article The Trump Administration takes on human trafficking
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s new executive order establishes a White House level position dedicated to fighting human trafficking. His administration...

2/19/2020

article Trump water plan blasted by Northern California tribe
(California) -- The chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe of Shasta County blasted President Trump on Wednesday, calling a federal-state water coordination plan a "...

2/18/2020

article DOT’s Elaine Chao Announces $8.9 Million in Grants for Tribal Nations
(Washington D.C.) -- Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao recently announced that $8.9 million in grant funding will be dedicated to improving highway safety in tribal...

2/17/2020

article Alaska official disputes EPA toxic chemical release analysis
(Alaska) -- The Environmental Protection Agency reported Alaska led the nation in 2018 toxic chemical releases. But a state commissioner contends a large portion should...

2/15/2020

article FCC Chairman Pai tours Wyoming reservation broadband project
(Wyoming) -- A top federal official toured Wyoming's Wind River Reservation to look at efforts to improve internet access for tribal members. The Eastern Shoshone...

2/14/2020

article Ancient Native American burial site blasted for Trump border wall construction
(Arizona) -- Red-lettered signs warning of "BLASTING" began appearing over the past week at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a remote desert region in...
article Trump plans on taking $3.8 billion from Pentagon for border wall
(Arizona) -- The Trump administration plans to tap the Pentagon for another $3.8 billion in military funds to pay for border wall construction this year, a move critics...

2/13/2020

article Donald Trump's Mexico Border wall destroys Native American burial sites, wildlife habitats
(Arizona) -- Authorities associated with the US-Mexico border wall have confirmed that "controlled blasting" has started at a UNESCO recognized natural reserve.
article President's Fiscal Year 2021 Budget released, again calls for severe cuts to housing programs
(Washington D.C.) -- On February 11, the Trump Administration released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2021. Like prior years, the President's budget again calls...
article Trump Administration Proposes Eliminating Tribal Scholarships For Third Year In A Row
(Washington D.C.) -- For the third year in a row the Trump administration has proposed eliminating funding for a Native American college scholarship program. KNAU’...
article Trump to visit Palm Springs area next week for fundraising event at Oracle chairman Larry Ellison's estate
(California) -- President Donald Trump will attend a campaign fundraising event at Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison's Rancho Mirage, Calif., estate on Feb. 19, less...

2/10/2020

article Destroying history for a wall: New border construction threatens Native American burial sites in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Just over a two hour drive from Arizona’s two most populous cities lies the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a national park named for the species...
article Native American Burial Site Blown Up for US Border Wall
(Arizona) -- Customs and Border Protection have conducted "controlled blasting" in Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, where several sacred...

2/9/2020

article Trump finalizes plan to allow drilling at Utah monuments
(Utah) -- The U.S. government implemented final management plans Thursday for two national monuments in Utah that Donald Trump downsized more than two years ago that...
article Arizona national monument, home to Native American burial sites, being blown up for border wall
(Arizona) -- CBS News confirmed that a national monument in Arizona, home to rare species and sacred Native American burial sites, is being blown up this week as part of...

2/7/2020

article Ousted EPA official in California says he was pushed out for being too bipartisan
(California) -- Abruptly dismissed from office Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top official for California and the Pacific Southwest speculated he...
article Trump's Wall Contractors Are Destroying Part of a National Monument on Sacred Native Ground
(Arizona) -- Contractors hired to help build President Trump’s border wall are destroying part of a national monument that’s sacred to a Native American...
article Erasing history: The National Archives is destroying records about victims of Trump’s ICE policies
(Washington D.C.) -- Last month, the National Archives and Records Administration apologized for doctoring a photo of the 2017 Women’s March to remove criticisms of...
press release Interior Secretary Bernhardt Wins 2019 Rubber Dodo Award as Top Eco-Villain
(Arizona) -- Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is the winner of the Center for Biological Diversity’s 2019 Rubber Dodo award. The statue is awarded each year to...

2/6/2020

article Trump Blowing Up Arizona National Monument for Border Wall
(Arizona) -- CONTRACTORS WORKING FOR the Trump administration are blowing apart a mountain on protected lands in southern Arizona to make way for the president’s...

2/5/2020

article OP/ED: Trump just gave Americans a lesson in white history
(USA) -- As Trump closed out his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he made sure to nod to his largest, and most devout, voter base — white people.

2/2/2020

article Good intentions collide when renewable energy efforts can run afoul of wildlife conservation
(Nevada) -- The Trump administration is on track this year to approve a number of large-scale renewable energy projects on public lands, some of which are proposed for...

1/16/2020

article Navajo President: China Trade Deal Would Benefit Tribes
(Arizona) -- The Navajo president said the trade agreement that the Trump administration and China signed Wednesday would open doors for tribes. China has agreed to buy...

1/14/2020

article The great dismantling of America's national parks is under way
(Washington D.C.) -- Under this administration, nothing is sacred as we watch the nation’s crown jewels being recut for the rings of robber barons. For more than...
article Rolling Back Environmental Review Could Hurt ND Tribes
(North Dakota) -- A Trump administration proposal to roll back an environmental-review law for large projects could harm North Dakota tribal communities, according to...

1/13/2020

article EPA to ease rules on power plants storing deadly coal ash
(Washington D.C.) -- Utilities soon could get federal approval for the riskiest way to get rid of coal ash. The latest Trump EPA proposal to prop up the financially...

1/10/2020

article Trump Administration Scores Big on Energy from Public Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Democratic candidates for president in 2020 are proposing to ban oil and gas production on federal lands in contrast to President Trump, who is...

1/9/2020

article Border wall construction could start in days
(Washington D.C.) -- Crews could start building a private border wall in South Texas within the coming days following a federal judge's ruling Thursday that lifted a...

1/4/2020

article Iranian commander killed in airstrike taunted Trump in a 2018 speech, calling him a 'bartender' and 'casino manager'
(Washington D.C.) -- In the wake of the US airstrike that killed Iran's top general, a video has resurfaced of Qassem Soleimani giving a speech in which he likened...

1/2/2020

article Trump administration to approve the largest solar farm in the U.S.
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States Department of the Interior is reportedly close to signing off on approving a plan for the largest solar farm in the U.S. The farm...

12/31/2019

article Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
(Arizona) -- The survival of eight endangered and threatened species, including four kinds of endemic fish, is in doubt in Arizona, as massive quantities of groundwater...

12/30/2019

article Trump Signs Measure To Extend Grant Programs to Preserve Indigenous Languages
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed a measure that extends federal grant programs aimed at preserving Indigenous languages and expands eligibility so...

12/28/2019

article Trump signed three bills affecting Native Americans. Here's what they do.
(Indian Country) -- President Donald Trump announced that he had signed three bills "to support tribal sovereignty and native culture" in a tweet on Dec. 27....
article Trump signs law to upgrade living conditions for tribes along Columbia River
(Oregon) -- Eighteen of the 31 tribal fishing sites along the Columbia River have an urgent need for upgrades. Some currently don’t have water safe enough for...

12/27/2019

article Trump signed three bills affecting Native Americans. Here's what they do.
(Washington D.C.) -- It is the first time the President, known for using "Pocahontas" as a slur against political opponents, has tweeted about legislation for...
article Trump Skewered for Tweeting ‘Indian Country’: A Legal Term Defined by EPA
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump sent out a two-part tweet on Friday that caused the term “Indian Country” to trend on Twitter, with many users...

12/12/2019

article Native Americans protest against Trump’s border wall
(Washington D.C.) -- As the Trump administration continues the construction of the wall along the U.S.- Mexico border, a coalition of predominantly Native American...

12/10/2019

article Navajos express mixed opinions on Trump impeachment probe
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation Reservation spans 27,000 square miles across parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. The land, with its deep canyons, towering...

12/8/2019

article Church nativity displays Jesus, Mary and Joseph in cages, separated at the border
(California) -- A Southern California church flipped the lights on its outdoor manger scene Saturday evening to reveal Jesus, Mary and Joseph as border detainees, each...

12/5/2019

article Food stamp cuts will hit rural communities hardest
(Arizona) -- New regulations in the food stamp program will likely hit rural areas in Arizona harder than urban areas. Under the new rules approved by the Department of...
article Over 27,000 New Mexicans could lose food assistance due to Trump administration rule
(New Mexico) -- Federal food assistance was created to increase nutrition levels and eliminate hunger. However, the Trump administration published a final rule yesterday...

11/25/2019

article Minnesota warns EPA against crippling the state’s authority
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota officials have warned a federal agency in a letter that a proposal to streamline water quality laws would cripple their authority to protect...

11/11/2019

article E.P.A. to Limit Science Used to Write Public Health Rules
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is preparing to significantly limit the scientific and medical research that the government can use to determine public...

11/9/2019

article Hundreds peacefully protest border-wall construction’s ‘desecration of tribal lands’
(Arizona) -- In a remote desert wildlife refuge Saturday afternoon in southwestern Arizona, hundreds of people protested the construction of a border wall in what many...

11/4/2019

article The Revelator: Trump's new 'radical' leader for public lands
(Washington D.C.) -- William Perry Pendley wants you think that what he thinks doesn’t matter. Pendley spent four decades advocating for the corporate exploitation...

10/28/2019

article Best bet for chief of staff: Mnuchin, the gambling website favorite to replace Mulvaney
(Washington D.C.) -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is emerging as the bookmakers’ favorite to be the next White House chief of staff if President Trump ditches...

10/24/2019

article Trump canceled a federal study about the impacts of mining near the Boundary Waters. Rep. Betty McCollum is trying to bring it back
(Minnesota) -- After President Donald Trump took office in 2017, his administration ended a study that could have led to a 20-year ban on copper-nickel mining near the...
article Energy revenues and disbursements soar under the Trump Administration
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today that the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR...

10/22/2019

article Public begins offering comments on Roadless Rule proposals for Tongass National Forest
(Alaska) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun taking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement that provides six alternatives to roadless...

10/21/2019

article Video giant Twitch pushes Trump rallies and mass violence into the live-stream age
(Internet) -- At President Donald Trump's wild rally more than a week ago, roughly 20,000 people watched in person, and another 40,000 later on YouTube, as he mocked...
article Group warns of consequences in Arizona if mercury emission standard is rolled back
(Arizona) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is deciding on the necessity of an environmental standard that regulates mercury pollution from power plants....

10/16/2019

article Gordon Sondland, Trump envoy and key figure in impeachment probe, faces criticism over $1 million taxpayer-funded home renovation
(Washington D.C.) -- Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a central figure in the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump, is overseeing a...
article Imperiled Sage Grouse Wins Reprieve From Trump Oil-Gas Wells
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration’s plan to expand oil and gas drilling in the western U.S. has been put on hold because of the threat to habitat for...
article Judge Blocks Trump Plans to Raid Sage Grouse Habitat
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge handed a victory to conservationists Wednesday, finding the Trump administration’s plan to boost energy development, mining...

10/11/2019

article Carrizo Tribe files lawsuit against U.S. Government regarding border wall
(Texas) -- A lawsuit has been filed by the Carrizo Tribe against the United States Government regarding the border wall. According to the lawsuit, Chief Juan Mancias is...

10/10/2019

article South Texas tribe says government surveyors encroached on their lands for border wall
(Texas) -- Members of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas who say government surveyors entered their tribal cemetery lands without permission recently and marked the...

10/7/2019

article New EPA regulations could allow for more polluted waters, and tribes and state officials are worried
(Washington) -- Lydia Sigo, a geoduck diver and Suquamish Museum historian, has harvested seafood from central Puget Sound with her family since her youth on the...
article Video shows cacti being bulldozed at national monument during border wall construction
(Arizona) -- New video shows protected saguaro cacti at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona being destroyed by bulldozers preparing the site for construction...
article OP/ED: Getting rid of Donald Trump won't solve America's deep-seated problems
(Washington D.C.) -- Ya'at'eeh, my relatives. This weekend I sat with my cup of gohwééh (coffee) and pondered the political chaos that has enveloped our nation...

10/4/2019

article OP/ED: In National Parks, Trump's Wall Will be a Betrayal of Generations Yet Unborn
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. border with Mexico sits astride ecosystems, cities, towns, international waterways, National Parks, a Native American Nation and majestic...
article Trump's agriculture secretary warns: Family farms may not survive
(Wisconsin) -- President Donald Trump's agriculture secretary said Tuesday during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn't know if the family dairy farm can survive...

10/3/2019

article Carrizo-Comecrudo block construction on border wall with cease and desist order
(Texas) -- There’s more than one way to skin a buffalo… or stop a border wall’s construction. Instead of taking the feds to court or holding a rally...
article OP/ED: Hands off, EPA: Leave Washington’s water-quality standards alone
(Washington) -- The water-quality protections that Washingtonians fought hard to win are now under attack by the Environmental Protection Agency. Washington’s...

10/2/2019

article OP/ED: Serial Impeachment Leading to Resignation -- The Democrats' Optimal Strategic Game
(Washington D.C.) -- The Democrats have no choice but to impeach President Trump. He has committed a long list of high crimes and misdemeanors.
article VA secretary says he's committed to Native American, rural veterans
(North Dakota) -- The head of U.S. Veteran Affairs said Tuesday he is committed to helping Native American veterans and providing services to rural America, where...

9/25/2019

article Pelosi backs impeachment inquiry, Arizona delegation members not swayed
(Washington D.C.) -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House would open a formal impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump, but her announcement did...
article Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act inches forward on Capitol Hill
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would help tribes address the effects of climate change in coastal areas is due to advance on Capitol Hill. The House Committee on...

9/24/2019

article OP/ED: Thank you Sheldon Adelson for disciplining Trump
(USA) -- Did Sheldon Adelson just put a de facto end to the trade war? It could very well be. If he did, traders can start watching Macau stocks for a potential entry....

9/23/2019

article Republican Party mega-donor Adelson pressures Trump over US-China trade war
(Worldwide) -- Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson warned US President Donald Trump about the potential negative impact the US-China trade war could have on...
article Indigenous women traveled 3,000 miles to save an Alaskan forest from Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- “If we had dressed in office clothing to meet the standards of D.C.,” says Wanda Culp, who wore vibrant red, blue, and black robes,...

9/22/2019

article Heavy caseloads, judges’ vacancies put NM federal court underwater
(New Mexico) -- “We’re drowning.” That’s how U.S. District Judge Martha Vázquez described the federal court system in New Mexico, where there are...

9/21/2019

article President Trump’s Border Wall Could Devastate Arizona Park, National Park Service Says
(Arizona) -- President Trump’s border wall could devastate at least 17 archeological sites at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona, a report by the...

9/19/2019

article Trump officials considering plan to divert billions of dollars in additional funds for border barrier
(Arizona) -- Senior Trump administration officials are considering a plan to again divert billions of dollars in military funding to pay for border barrier construction...

9/18/2019

article Trump Plans Endanger Almost Two Dozen Archaeological Sites
(USA) -- President Donald Trump’s intention to block off Mexico with a border wall is well-documented. What’s less publicly documented at this point though...
article Trump’s border wall reportedly threatens 22 archaeological sites in Arizona
(Arizona) -- The construction of President Trump’s border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border could damage — or even destroy — up to 22 archaeological...

9/11/2019

article Dana Milbank: How Trump quietly incapacitates the BLM
(Washington D.C.) -- This is how the Trump administration goes about the quiet business of incapacitating the U.S. government. President Trump spent his summer making...

9/8/2019

article Unqualified And Ideological: A Guide To Trump’s Worst Judges
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate Republicans are confirming so many of President Donald Trump’s nominees to lifetime federal court seats, it’s hard to keep up....

8/30/2019

article Oddsmakers have Trump booted from the White House next year
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump may end being a one-term president, despite the Democratic Party still not having a defined candidate that could take him on in next...

8/29/2019

article Scotts Valley Band sues Trump administration over homelands decision
(California) -- The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians is suing the Trump administration for derailing the tribe's plan for a casino in the Bay Area of California....

8/27/2019

article Trump rewriting rules to expedite gas pipeline projects, including Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector projects in southern Oregon
(Oregon) -- The Trump Administration issued proposed rules last week designed to streamline approval of gas pipelines and other energy projects by limiting states...
article Trump pushes to allow new logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
(Alaska) -- President Trump has instructed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to exempt Alaska’s 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest from logging...

8/26/2019

article TRAHANT: Donald Trump tried to buy an Indigenous island
(Washington D.C.) -- Sometimes a headline makes you go, “huh.” Then you think about it ... and it’s even worse. The story: President Donald J. Trump...

8/21/2019

article Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border...

8/19/2019

article HUD officially abandons new rules for down payment assistance on FHA mortgages
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced late last week that is officially bailing on a contentious set of changes to its rules for...
article Patagonia CEO Issues Searing Rebuke of Trump Administration Over Endangered Species Act
(California) -- In its latest effort to loosen longstanding U.S. environmental protections, on Monday the Trump Administration moved to significantly weaken the landmark...

8/17/2019

article Federal Election Chief Tells Trump To Put Up Or Shut Up About Voter Fraud Claims
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal Election Commission Chair Ellen Weintraub apparently has had it with President Donald Trump’s repeated baseless claims about election...

8/16/2019

article STEYER: Trump is driving the American economy into the ground just like he did with his casinos
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Tom Steyer, the billionaire progressive activist who founded Need to...
article Statement on the Trump Administration Gutting the Endangered Speices Act to Benefit Extractive Industry & Suppress Indigenous Voices
(Washington D.C.) -- The Global Indigenous Council (GIC) issued the following statement Thursday in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it is...

8/14/2019

article Albert Bender: Neighborhood stands up to immigration raid
(Tennessee) -- ICE vehicles sat behind a van in the Hermitage neighborhood of the city. The van was parked in the driveway of a modest home lived in for 14 years by a...
article Joint Statement on Trump Administration’s Regulation Punishes Immigrant Families for Using Life-Saving Services
(Washington D.C.) -- On August 12th, the Trump Administration’s Department of Homeland Security announced it will be publishing its finalized public charge rule,...
article These Alaska Natives want to upend Trump's pro-timber rule
(Alaska) -- To the 569 residents of this island community in the Tongass National Forest, picking blueberries may offer more promise in the long run than harvesting...

8/12/2019

article New Trump rules weaken wildlife protections
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration took its final step Monday to weaken the Endangered Species Act, a bedrock law that brought the bald eagle, the American...
article Trump Administration Overhauls Endangered Species Act. Critics Say It Will Speed Extinction Rates
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act,...

8/10/2019

article Trump Administration Moves to Decertify Outspoken Immigration Judges’ Union
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department has moved to decertify the union of immigration judges, a maneuver that could muffle an organization whose members have...

8/9/2019

article OP/ED:Indigenous people victimized by Donald Trump's racism
(Washington D.C.) -- El Paso, Dayton, Las Vegas and New Zealand, and many more. All of them are frightening, but the one at El Paso, Texas is exceptionally frightening...
article Trump administration says it won't approve Roundup cancer-warning labels
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has told companies not to warn customers about products that contain glyphosate, a decision targeted at a California...

8/7/2019

article Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson tours LaGrave, talks housing
(North Dakota) -- Where can homeless families go in Grand Forks? That was one of a handful of problems brought to Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary...

8/6/2019

article Ben Carson visit to North Dakota rescheduled for Wednesday
(North Dakota) -- Ben Carson's trip to North Dakota is back on. After the trip was announced and postponed just hours later Monday, Sen. John Hoeven's office...

7/31/2019

article Here's the thing about Trump's pick for managing federal lands: He doesn't think the government should have any
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s pick for managing federal lands doesn’t think the federal government should have any. This week, Trump’s...

7/28/2019

article MOYA-SMITH: Trump's immigration policy is caging indigenous children. This is the America Native people know.
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump and his nasty administration are anything but unique. In fact, whether they know it or not, they are repeating U.S. history in more...

7/26/2019

article Trump administration sets execution date for Navajo inmate
(Arizona) -- Attorney General William Barr ordered a resumption of federal executions Thursday and named a Navajo double-murderer as one of the first five death-row...

7/17/2019

article Trump Removed the Only Native American Member From the Cultural Property Advisory Committee
(Washington D.C.) -- The sole Native American member on a committee that advises the president on international cultural heritage agreements was removed and replaced...

7/16/2019

article With Latest Nativist Rhetoric, Trump Takes America Back To Where It Came From
(Washington D.C.) -- With his latest round of attacks on four first-year members of Congress who are women of color, President Trump has once again touched the raw nerve...

7/10/2019

article Finally. ‘Crucial that there’s somebody in the White House’ working on tribal issues
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has hired Cherokee citizen Tyler Fish as the new White House senior policy advisor & tribal liaison. Fish’s...

7/5/2019

article Will a Trump Tweet Sabotage a Popular Bipartisan Bill to Restore Tribal Lands?
(Washington D.C.) -- Last month marked the 85th anniversary of the passage of the FDR-era Indian Reorganization Act. It is now up to Congress to make this milestone a...

7/3/2019

article 'Salute to America' or NAGPRA? The Donald Trump 'show' takes priority
(Washington D.C.) -- For the last two years, President Donald Trump has sought to completely eliminate funding for the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation...
article Drawings by migrant children in detention show them in cages
(Texas) -- Migrant children should not be held in detention centers, the incoming president of the American Academy of Pediatrics said Wednesday after touring Customs...

6/22/2019

article ‘There Is a Stench’: No Soap and Overcrowding in Detention Centers for Migrant Children
(Texas) -- A chaotic scene of sickness and filth is unfolding in an overcrowded border station in Clint, Tex., where hundreds of young people who have recently crossed...

6/20/2019

article The Trump administration tried to stop internet gambling. Now, New Hampshire ruling has opened the door to online lotteries and poker again
(New Hampshire) -- Just eight months ago, the Trump administration signaled a crackdown on internet lotteries, saying the same law that prohibits sports betting through...
article Trump Administration Argues Detained Migrant Children Don't Need Toothbrushes, Soap
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration went to court this week to argue that migrant children detained at the United States-Mexico border do not require basic...
article OP/ED: Pence visit to Yellowstone needs to be more than photo op
(Wyoming) -- Summer is in full swing, and visitors from all over the world are descending on Yellowstone National Park in droves to enjoy the sights and sounds of what...

6/19/2019

article Sonny Perdue reverses Jobs Corps closures amid backlash from Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration, under heavy pressure from Congress, will withdraw plans to end a U.S. Forest Service program that trains underprivileged...

6/12/2019

article US House Committee Rejects Elimination of Tribal Scholarship Program
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. House committee has rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to defund a Native American scholarship program. KNAU’s Ryan...

6/10/2019

article The contradiction at the heart of immigration restriction
(USA) -- At the end of May, in another attempt to slow down the immigration of people from Central America, President Trump threatened to set tariffs on trade from...

6/9/2019

article White House Tried to Stop Climate Science Testimony, Documents Show
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House tried to stop a State Department senior intelligence analyst from discussing climate science in congressional testimony this week,...

6/7/2019

article Trump administration defers to Congress on protections for ancestral lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration won't stand in the way of legislation to protect ancestral tribal territory from development despite adopting a policy...

6/1/2019

article Tlingit & Haida president impressed with Attorney General and public safety tour
(Alaska) -- While U.S. Attorney General William Barr toured Alaska’s rural communities learning firsthand their public safety plights, one Southeast Alaska tribal...

5/30/2019

article “Enough Is Enough”: Native Leaders Ask William Barr to Help Fix Alaska’s Law Enforcement Crisis
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native leaders called on U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr for federal aid and greater authority for tribes to prosecute certain crimes, saying...
article The EPA once said Washington's water standards weren't strict enough. Now it's backtracking
(Washington) -- For communities that eat a lot of fish, it was a victory when the Environmental Protection Agency stepped in to say Washington hadn't gone far enough...

5/29/2019

article Barr in Alaska to Talk Native American Violence
(Alaska) -- Tribal representatives in Alaska told U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday that rural Alaska Natives suffer from multiple public safety problems,...
article A devastating analysis of the tax cut shows it’s done virtually no economic good
(Washington D.C.) -- You may remember all the glowing predictions made for the December 2017 tax cuts by congressional Republicans and the Trump administration: Wages...
article Trade war between US, China continues assault on gaming stocks
(Wall Street) -- The trade war between the US and China lingers and currently appears to be in somewhat of a stalemate without much movement in either direction. However...

5/28/2019

article Can ‘Indian country’ powers combat violence in rural Alaska? Sullivan says he’ll discuss it with AG Barr.
(Alaska) -- U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr is coming to Alaska this week. Sen. Dan Sullivan said he will focus on rural law enforcement, particularly for the more than...
article US attorney general heading to Alaska for tribal roundtable
(Alaska) -- U.S. Attorney General William Barr is heading to Alaska to meet with Native leaders and other officials on public safety concerns, including the...

5/27/2019

article Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions...

5/25/2019

article Open Secrets: Lobbyists rely on Trump administration to block tribal projects
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump threw his weight against a bipartisan House bill last week that would affirm the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s right to 321...

5/22/2019

article Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update
(Washington D.C.) -- A long-overdue update to the popular Johnson O'Malley Indian education program is finally on the horizon. In a notice being published in the Federal...

5/20/2019

article A Don McGahn no-show could be turning point on impeachment
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat who serves on the Judiciary Committee and is a member of his caucus leadership, said Monday that if...

5/19/2019

article BLOG: How will a second Trump term impact US gambling laws?
(Washington D.C.) -- Around the globe, the international online gambling industry is waiting with bated breath as the US, by far the biggest potential market, openly...
article States aren't waiting for Trump administration on environmental protections
(USA) -- More than a dozen states are moving to strengthen environmental protections to fight a range of problems from climate change to water pollution, opening a...

5/16/2019

article Galanda: Trump administration asks tribes about Indian blood
(Washington D.C.) -- Late last year the U.S. Department of the Interior began to consider whether Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agencies should cease issuing...

5/15/2019

article Who is John Durham? Connecticut Attorney Is Helping Barr On The Russia Investigation Probe
(Connecticut) -- John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, is in the limelight after Attorney General William Barr assigned him to probe the origins of the...

5/6/2019

article Number of religious land use cases spikes under Trump administration
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department is flexing an arcane but potent law to address a spike in complaints from religious groups and tribes locked in zoning and...

4/30/2019

article Convicted of racial profiling, Trump ally vows to keep fighting
(Washington D.C.) -- Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed Monday to continue the fight to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction, after the...
article President Donald J. Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists for the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa and ordered federal...

4/26/2019

article Why the economy isn't lifting Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- I write with Victoria Guida this morning about how the economy and markets are showing remarkable resilience after dire predictions of a sharp...

4/25/2019

article Trump proposes cuts to Chesapeake Bay Program
(Maryland) -- Yet again, the Trump Administration has put funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program on the chopping block, as President Donald J. Trump proposed a slew of...

4/24/2019

article American Indian Band sues HUD over letter
(Utah) -- The Cedar Band of Piutes alongside the CBC Mortgage Agency filed a lawsuit in a federal court Monday seeking an order immediately stopping enforcement of the U...
article HUD sued over new down payment assistance rules for FHA mortgages
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it was issuing new rules for down payment assistance on mortgages backed by the...

4/23/2019

article Native American Tribe Sues HUD Over Mortgagee Letter
(Utah) -- Utah’s Cedar Band of Paiutes and two of its wholly-owned companies, the Cedar Band Corp. and the CBC Mortgage Agency (CBCMA), filed a lawsuit in the U.S...

4/22/2019

article New HUD Requirements for Down Payment Assistance Provided by Government Entities
(Washington D.C.) -- On April 18, 2019 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued Mortgagee Letter 2019-06 setting forth new documentation...
article Trump’s Housing Agency Cracks Down on Zero-Down Home Loans
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump Administration is cracking down on national affordable housing programs because of concern over growing risk to the government’s...

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