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America Spent Centuries Mistreating Native American Children. Trump Is Making It Worse.

A century ago, the U.S. government forced hundreds of thousands of Native American students to attend boarding schools where authorities shaved their heads, banned their traditional languages and gave them Western names.

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10/16/2017

article Bryan Rice Named Director of BIA
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the selection of Bryan Rice, a veteran federal administrator and citizen of the Cherokee...
article US Tribes May Face Severe Budget Cuts
(Wisconsin) -- Native American tribes in the United States are facing possible significant budget cuts and must protect the existing funding at any price, Presidential...
press release Secretary Names Bryan Rice Director of Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the selection of Bryan Rice, a veteran federal administrator and citizen of the Cherokee...

10/14/2017

article Ryan Zinke wants to break many conservation efforts
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite praising and promoting public-private partnerships as cost-effective approaches to managing federal lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke now...

10/13/2017

article Zinke to Visit Grand Canyon to Discuss Harassment Survey
(Arizona) -- The National Park Service says it will announce results Friday of an employee survey on harassment, discrimination and intimidation. Interior Secretary Ryan...
article Zinke vows to stamp out ‘virus’ of harassment at national parks
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Park Service has a “significant problem” with harassment of its workers, a culture that is going to change starting “...
article Joel Clement on Why He Quit the Dept. of the Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- On October 4, Joel Clement, a career employee at the Department of the Interior, tendered his resignation. In the letter explaining why, he didn...
article OP/ED: Trump Can't Just Walk Away From the Iran Deal. It's Not an Atlantic City Casino.
(Washington D.C.) -- Last November, the election results indicated that the nation was disappointed with the performance of its politicians, and so it decided to bring...

10/12/2017

article Where’s Zinke? The interior secretary’s special flag offers clues
(Washington D.C.) -- At the Interior Department's headquarters in downtown Washington, Secretary Ryan Zinke has revived an arcane military ritual that no one can...
article The casino magnate losing in a Washington chess game: Analyst
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington is playing chess while US President Donald Trump acts as if he's still the owner of casinos, says Myles Hoenig, an American political...
article Congressman seeks probe of Energy Secretary Rick Perry's chartered flights
(Washington D.C.) -- A Democratic U.S. congressman is asking the Department of Energy's watchdog to investigate Energy Secretary Rick Perry's travel on chartered...
article OP/ED: Secretary Zinke, it's time to call it quits
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary Ryan Zinke, last week I turned in my US Department of the Interior credentials and reluctantly walked away from public service. Today, I...

10/11/2017

article Trump’s Interior Head: If We Take Down Confederate Statues, American Indians Will Complain Next
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says that if Confederate monuments are taken down, there’s no telling how far America might go —Native...
article Zinke: Taking Down Confederate Statues Will Upset ‘Native Indians’
(Washington D.C.) -- Vowing to not remove any monuments from federal lands, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke defended the Trump administration’s stance about...

10/10/2017

article Zinke: If We Take Down Confederate Statues, ‘Indians’ Will Complain About Union Ones
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says that the Trump Administration will not remove Confederate monuments from federal lands out of consideration for...
article Newt Gingrich compares Trump to former president who engineered genocide of native tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- In an interview with CBS This Morning on Tuesday, former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called President Trump a “...

10/9/2017

article Robert Weaver Nominated to Head IHS
(Washington D.C.) -- Robert M. Weaver has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), an federal agency with the...

10/6/2017

article Notes from closed meeting show how Interior aims to weaken environmental laws
(Washington D.C.) -- Near the end of September, officials at the Interior Department bureau that oversees hundreds of millions of acres of public land hosted a...

10/5/2017

article Trump team discourages tribes from seeking land away from their reservations
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is dropping a bomb on Indian Country by proposing dramatic changes to the land-into-trust process.

10/1/2017

article Presidential Inaugural Committee, Funded by Casino Money, Donates $3 Million to Hurricane Relief
(Washington D.C.) -- The Presidential Inaugural Committee is giving $3 million to help support hurricane recovery work in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean, and few may...

9/30/2017

article New Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes first appearance on Capitol Hill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration's new hire at the Bureau of Indian Affairs is making his first appearance on Capitol Hill and it's on a touchy...
article Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments
(Washington D.C.) -- Is Secretary Ryan Zinke about to unleash another round of employee reassignments at the pirate ship better known as the Department of the Interior?...

9/29/2017

article Zinke calls travel controversy 'a little B.S.'
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke dismissed the furor around his use of private aircraft as "a little B.S." in a speech Friday at the Heritage...
article Zinke took $12,000 charter flight home in oil executive’s plane, documents show
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chartered a flight from Las Vegas to near his home in Montana this summer aboard a plane owned by oil-and-gas...

9/27/2017

article Zinke says his workers are disloyal. They say his personnel moves break the law.
(Washington D.C.) -- As Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke blasted many within his department for being disloyal to the Trump administration’s agenda this week, the...
article US Interior chief wants smaller monuments, but not at home
(Montana) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has closely followed his boss' playbook, encouraging mining and drilling on public lands and reducing the size of...

9/26/2017

article Zinke takes heat from Democrats over 'divisive' employee loyalty comments
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke faced a storm of criticism Tuesday after he said nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him...

9/25/2017

article Secretary of Health and Human Services took private plane to tribal meetings
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary Tom Price, the new leader of the Department of Health and Human Services, is under fire for his use of private planes, including one he...
article THE NATION: Donald Trump Is Running America Like It’s a Casino
(Washington D.C.) -- During the 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly emphasized that our country was run terribly and needed a businessman at its helm. Upon...

9/21/2017

article The Trump Administration Might Not Be Terrible for Indian Health Services
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s administration is now supporting an increase of $173.8 million in funding for the Indian Health Service (IHS) over...
article In Arizona’s Organ Pipe, Trump’s wall spotlights long-standing border controversies
(Arizona) -- Driving up to a trailhead just a few miles from the US-Mexico border in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, biologist Rosemary Schiano...

9/20/2017

article The Trump Administration Has a Plan to Alter Protected Landscapes Across America
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is considering shrinking 10 national monuments or reducing their protections, potentially endangering forests in the...

9/19/2017

article Leaked memo: Zinke wants smaller monuments, but how small?
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke clearly has his sights on trimming national monuments in southern Utah, but his official report to President Donald...
article Bears Ears is sacred to Native Americans. But heritage isn't all equal for Trump
(USA) -- History and heritage are powerful words in American politics. In the United States, the Founding Fathers are second only to the apostles; the Constitution comes...

9/18/2017

article Three reasons why Sean Spicer’s Emmys cameo didn’t work
(California) -- It’s been two months since Sean Spicer left his position as White House press secretary. Since then he’s sought a television news pundit contract and a...

9/16/2017

article Trump administration embraces spending bill with increases for Indian programs
(Washington D.C.) -- Just a few months after calling for drastic cuts to health, education, social service and other programs in Indian Country, the Trump administration...

9/13/2017

article Interior’s ‘unusual’ transfer of senior executives spurs official probe
(Washington D.C.) -- It doesn’t smell right, so maybe an official probe will tell if it’s rotten. The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General...
press release Secretary Zinke Names John Tahsuda III the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced that he has named John Tahsuda III, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, as DOI’...

9/12/2017

article 'Acting' Trump administration officials testify about 'high risk' tribal programs
(Washington D.C.) -- Nine months into the Trump administration and Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for tribal interests at the federal level...
article Ongoing problems land tribal oversight agencies on GAO ‘high-risk’ list
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies that oversee tribal schools, lands and health care still suffer from weak leadership, a lack of oversight and mismanaged resources...
article Republicans revive Indian energy measure with a more friendly president in office
(Washington D.C.) -- A controversial Indian energy package that faced intense opposition during the Obama administration is on the Congressional agenda again only this...

9/11/2017

article Hurricane Irma Linked to Climate Change? For Some, a Very ‘Insensitive’ Question
(Washington D.C.) -- Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, says it is insensitive to discuss climate change in the midst of deadly...

9/8/2017

article Casino mogul talked with Kushner Companies on possible real estate deal
(Washington D.C.) -- Kushner Companies has explored a development plan for one of its key buildings with casino mogul Steve Wynn, according to three people with...

9/7/2017

article An Indigenous Perspective on Trump’s Cowardly Move to Phase Out DACA: Termination is Back
(Washington) -- QUICK STORY: I had a conversation with one of my best friends after Donald Trump certified America’s racism (otherwise known as “The Election...

9/6/2017

article President Trump visits North Dakota after approving controversial Dakota Access Pipeline
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota is in the spotlight as President Donald Trump makes his first visit there, just seven months after his administration approved the...

9/5/2017

article Casino operators urge Congress to move ahead with immigration reform
(Washington D.C.) -- Two Las Vegas casino operators have called on members of Congress to move ahead with immigration reform as some employees may lose their right to...

9/4/2017

article EPA now requires political aide’s sign-off for agency awards, grant applications
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has taken the unusual step of putting a political operative in charge of vetting the hundreds of millions of...

8/31/2017

article OP/ED: Educating Adults in the Era of Trump
(Utah) -- My granddaughter goes to school in a predominantly non-Indian community which is a mixture of checkerboard lands, Indian and non-Indian scattered in 40 acre...

8/28/2017

article Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team
(Washington D.C.) -- It's seven months into the Trump administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs still lacks a permanent leader. But the agency will soon be...
article Tribes, green groups prepare for national monument court fight
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration’s plan to shrink at least three major national monuments is headed for a courtroom battle, with environmentalists and...

8/26/2017

article Monumental silence from Trump administration on Zinke’s review
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s national monument report went to the White House on Thursday, but the Trump administration has yet to disclose...

8/25/2017

article PODESTA: Trump’s chilling contempt for future generations
(Washington D.C.) -- One way the American people get a glimpse into how American presidents see who we are as a nation — and, importantly, who they want us to be...
article Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday he will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed...
article The Latest: REI pledges to oppose US monument changes
(Montana) -- The Latest on a review of possible changes for U.S. national monuments protecting wilderness and ocean (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Outdoor retailing...
article The Trump Administration Won’t Eliminate Any National Monuments, But It Will Modify A “Handful”
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has recommended modifying a "handful" of national monuments across the country, a controversial decision but one...
article Tribal leaders outraged over Zinke's reported Bears Ears recommendation
(Utah) -- Leaders of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition expressed outrage over reports that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended to President Trump that he...
article Police face allegations of brutality at Donald Trump rally in Arizona
(Arizona) -- Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Wednesday the city’s police department will conduct a “thorough and transparent” review of the police...
article Could Trump Pardon the Bundys? The Latest in the Cliven Bundy Saga
(New York) -- The legal ramifications of the 2014 armed standoff over Cliven Bundy’s failure to pay grazing fees to the Bureau of Land Management for 20 years...

8/24/2017

article US interior chief recommends changes on some protected lands
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke is recommending changes to a 'handful' of national monuments but none of the 27 monuments, carved from...
article Trump could decide this week to take down a sacred monument honoring Native Americans
(Utah) -- The Trump administration is expected to receive a final report Thursday that will determine the fate of 23 national monuments. Utah's Bears Ears National...

8/21/2017

article Carson sees ‘moral duty’ to give Native Americans a chance at prosperity
(Washington D.C.) -- Ben Carson, secretary of housing in the Trump administration, visited Polson on Monday afternoon and said there is a “moral duty” to...
article HUD Secretary Wants Consultation with Tribes on Indian Housing
(Washington D.C.) -- The new Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development is placing a priority on consultation with tribes on the Indian housing...

8/18/2017

article The Monuments Trump Doesn’t Support
(Washington D.C.) -- On Twitter on Thursday morning, I came across two very different points about two different sets of American monuments. The first tweet came from...
article Steve Bannon is out as Trump’s chief strategist
(Washington D.C.) -- Steve Bannon, the combative, controversial and perennially rumpled chief strategist for President Donald Trump, has resigned in the latest staff...

8/15/2017

article Trump administration abandons tribes in battle over boundaries of reservation in Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- The Trump administration has abandoned two tribes as they seek to protect their homelands in Wyoming from an attack by the state government.

8/14/2017

article Exec resigns from president’s council, and Trump lashes out
(Washington D.C.) -- The CEO of the nation's third largest pharmaceutical company resigned from a manufacturing council that advises President Donald Trump days...
article China says it will protect its interests in Trump probe
(China) -- China's government criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's order for a possible investigation into whether Beijing is improperly obtaining foreign...

8/9/2017

article Trump company applies for casino trademark in Macau
(Macau) -- A Trump Organization company has applied for four new trademarks in the Asian gambling hub of Macau, including one for casinos, public records show. The new...

8/8/2017

article Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is moving quickly to finalize a new rule that could bring big economic benefits to Indian Country. Tribes have been pushing...
article Trump’s Policies Show Profound Disregard For Native Americans, DNC Chair Says
(Washington D.C.) -- Policies proposed under President Donald Trump could have “disastrous” consequences for the health and security of Native Americans,...
article Interior watchdog to investigate Trump administration threat to Murkowski on health care
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department inspector general's office said it would investigate a reported threat by the agency's head, Ryan Zinke, against...
article Trump Official Urges Tribes To Demand Free College Tuition In Gaming Compacts [reg req]
(Washington D.C.) -- In negotiating gaming compacts with states, tribes should insist on free tuition for all of their members who want to attend college, according to a...

8/7/2017

article PEREZ: Trump is breaking the federal government's promises to Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- When Republicans made yet another unsuccessful attempt to take away healthcare from millions of Americans last month, Native Americans, specifically...

8/6/2017

article BREITBART: Scott Pruitt: Obama EPA ‘Failed’ to ‘Protect the Environment’ Following Devastating Colorado Gold King Mine Spill
(Washington D.C.) -- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt visited the site of the devastating Gold King Mine spill in Colorado that spilled 3...

8/5/2017

article EPA chief to reconsider paying claims over mine waste spill
(Colorado) -- The Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider whether to pay farmers, business owners and others in three states for economic losses caused by a mine...

8/4/2017

article Yellowstone Grizzly Officially Off Endangered Species List
(Washington D.C.) -- The Yellowstone grizzly bear is officially off the federal endangered species list as of July 31, with management reverting to state and local...
article Stephen Bannon once guided a global firm that made millions helping gamers cheat
(Colorado) -- Stephen Bannon had already been successful in Hollywood and on Wall Street when he flew to Hong Kong in mid-2005 to learn more about a promising new...
article OP/ED: Trump’s border wall endangers wildlife refuges, World Heritage sites
(California) -- Just south of the Mexican border is one of the most striking desert landscapes on Earth — a beautiful contrast of lava flows, granite mountains and...

8/1/2017

article Justice Department plans new project to sue universities over affirmative action policies
(Washington D.C.) -- Justice Department officials are planning a new project to investigate and sue universities over affirmative action admissions policies they...

7/31/2017

article Zinke: 'Laughable' to suggest he threatened Alaska senators
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said it is "laughable" to suggest he threatened Alaska's U.S. senators over a vote by one of them...

7/29/2017

article A power struggle on the Columbia
(Oregon) -- To ride down the Columbia River as the John Day Dam’s wall of concrete slowly fills the view from a tugboat is to see what the country’s largest...

7/28/2017

article Key Native-Focused Senators Blocked Obamacare Repeal
(New York) -- Just after 1:30 a.m. ET on July 28, the Republican U.S. Senate failed 49 – 51 to pass its latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...

7/26/2017

article Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- Another pro-tribal legal opinion is on the chopping block as the Trump administration struggles with the land-into-trust process.
article Interior secretary to visit Las Cruces amid monuments review
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is scheduled to visit Las Cruces this week in connection with the Trump administration's review of Organ Mountains...
article Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- A top Department of the Interior official is being blamed for a "Thursday night massacre" in which dozens of employees -- including the...
article LEGAL BLOG: Tribal Self-Governance Under Trump A Common Goal
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes are rightly concerned that federal programs benefiting tribal communities may become the target of budget cuts under the Trump administration...

7/25/2017

article As Interior Secretary Swaggers Through Parks, His Staff Rolls Back Regulations
(Washington D.C.) -- Ryan Zinke, a former member of the Navy SEALs and lifelong Montana outdoorsman who now heads the Interior Department, loves to compare himself to...
article Under Trump, tribal land ownership is not a priority
(Washington D.C.) -- During President Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure, tribal sovereignty, the power by which tribes govern themselves, was a prime concern. But...

7/24/2017

article Trump’s Interior Dept Begins Rolling Back Obama-Era Fracking Regs
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior (DOI) is proposing a complete repeal of a 2015 Obama-era rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian...
article Pacelle: Zinke’s Department of the Interior mounting unprecedented attack on wildlife
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior, under Secretary Ryan Zinke, isn’t mincing words or hedging its political bets. At least not so far. Last week...
article Senate confirms David Bernhardt as Interior deputy
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate confirmed David Bernhardt as second in charge at the Interior Department on Monday despite recent claims that he continued to represent a...

7/23/2017

article Navajo Nation President Shares Health Care Concerns With Trump Administration
(Arizona) -- During a consultation held on Tuesday, July 18 with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), President Russell Begaye...

7/20/2017

article Democrats Want Probe of Interior Scientists' Reassignments
(Washington D.C.) -- Democrats at a hearing for Interior and Energy Department nominees seized on the published comments of an Interior scientist who claims that...
article Senate advances controversial Trump Interior nominee
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate voted Thursday to advance a controversial Trump Interior Department nominee, setting up a final confirmation vote early next week....
article Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives
(Washington D.C.) -- A scientist at the Department of the Interior says the Trump administration retaliated against him for speaking out in defense of Alaska Native...
article Interior Dept. ordered Glacier park chief, other climate expert pulled from Zuckerberg tour
(Montana) -- Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg flew to Glacier National Park on Saturday to tour the melting ice fields that have become the poster child for...
article Trump cutting hundreds of planned regulations
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has withdrawn or delayed 860 proposed regulations in its first five months, the beginnings of a regulatory overhaul meant...

7/19/2017

article Lawmakers debate another Indian bill though none have gone to President Trump yet
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump this week bragged about signing more bills than any of his predecessors, a claim that was quickly shown to be lacking in...
article Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself...

7/18/2017

article Trump administration officially rescinds pro-treaty rights legal opinion
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has quietly killed a legal opinion that tribes were using to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline. On February 6, the...
article Trump Bets on Casino Hired Gun for State Department
(Washington D.C.) -- When Jonathan Galaviz left his job at a casino consulting firm to go work for the Trump State Department, he didn’t have any concerns about...

7/17/2017

article Indigenous People Plan to Honor a Treaty that Trump Won’t
(USA) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community started planning for climate change a decade ago. Located on the southeastern peninsula of Fidalgo Island on Puget Sound...
article Native American tribes reject Trump's stance on climate change and pledge to uphold the Paris Agreement
(USA) -- A group of Native American tribes have said they will continue to uphold the Paris Climate Change Agreement despite Donald Trump's withdrawal from it...
article Trump’s EPA To Lay Off 8% Of Its Employees In Next 2 Months
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will lay off more than 1,200 employees over the next two months by offering buyouts, documents obtained by...

7/13/2017

article Massive Copper Mine Tests Trump's Push to Slash Regulation
(Arizona) -- Rio Tinto's proposed Resolution Copper Mine in Arizona would tunnel 7,000 feet underground, where rocks radiate heat from the earth’s molten core...

7/11/2017

article Will President Trump eliminate the BIA?
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s a tale as old as time: the federal government wants to reform the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to better serve both American Indians...
article Official who nixed Everglades from UN endangered-site list gets Trump job
(Washington D.C.) -- An Interior Department official who removed the Everglades from the United Nations’ endangered-sites list during the Bush administration is...

7/5/2017

article HORSEY: EPA’s Scott Pruitt is Trump’s most adept and dangerous hatchet man
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump is a crude buffoon who spends his days picking Twitter fights with people he sees on TV. He displays no skill, sophistication or...

7/4/2017

article Northern Cheyenne Tribe challenges Trump administration on grizzly bears
(Montana) -- The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is planning to sue the Trump administration for removing protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park....

6/29/2017

article President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump blamed the federal government for hindering prosperity in Indian Country in his first official event with tribal leaders. In...
article Trump tells tribal leaders that Medicaid cuts will be ‘great for everybody’
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate’s health care bill is “mostly dead.” But that’s not the same as all dead. And this holiday weekend will decide...

6/28/2017

press release Remarks by President Trump and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry at Tribal, State, and Local Energy Roundtable
(Washington D.C.) -- THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all for being here. Very much appreciated. We welcome you to the White House. Have you all been to the White House before?...
article Trump calls for ‘golden age of American energy dominance’
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump continued his drive to promote an “energy dominance” policy Wednesday by meeting with state and tribal leaders and...
article Trump wants energy jobs like 'never seen before' on tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump said Wednesday that he wants to see job growth like "never seen before" from energy development on tribal lands. "We...
article VIDEO: Trump hosts tribal, local leaders for energy meeting
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump on June 28 hosted tribal, state and local leaders at the White House for a meeting about energy.
article Interior Department reorganization will hit New Mexico’s landscapes, communities
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration reassigned several top-level employees in its reorganization of the U.S. Department of the Interior. That includes Dr....

6/27/2017

article Trump Troubles? / Off-reservation land for casinos will slow under the new president
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indian efforts to reacquire and place in federal trust their ancestral lands—particularly acreage earmarked for new government...
article Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country is entering a new era in trust reform amid major changes at the Department of the Interior. Tribes cheered when then-president Barack...

6/26/2017

article EPA Veteran: “Scott Pruitt Is Taking the Agency in the Wrong Direction”
(Washington D.C.) -- My name is Michael Cox. I retired from the US Environmental Protection Agency on March 31, 2017, after more than 25 years of service. Prior to...
article Against tribal wishes, Secretary Zinke, Interior department removes federal protection for grizzlies
(Washington D.C.) -- When Colville Business Council chair Michael Marchand signed onto the Piikani Agreement in November, pledging the tribes’ support for grizzly...
article Tribes Left Out Again on Grizzly Delisting Decision
(Montana) -- Native American tribes say they were once again on the outside looking in - this time as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to remove the grizzly...

6/21/2017

article CHAMPAGNE: Should Indian Nations Fear the Return of Termination Policy?
(Washington D.C.) -- If anything brings Indian nations together to rally for treaty and self-government rights, it is the threat of termination or the return of...

6/17/2017

article OP/ED: No Thanks, Trump: Southern Arizona standing against proposed border wall
(Arizona) -- Few places in the country interact with Mexico as much as Southern Arizona, and several of the region's jurisdictions have taken a collective stand...

6/16/2017

article America Spent Centuries Mistreating Native American Children. Trump Is Making It Worse.
(USA) -- A century ago, the U.S. government forced hundreds of thousands of Native American students to attend boarding schools where authorities shaved their heads,...

6/13/2017

article Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation
(Connecticut) -- The Trump administration is coming under heavy fire as the new leader of the Department of the Interior makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the...

6/10/2017

article Trump portrait replaced in Wyoming town hall
(Wyoming) -- A portrait of President Donald Trump has been replaced at one town hall in Wyoming because the local mayor disapproves of Trump's politics.

6/9/2017

article Will President Trump Eliminate the BIA?
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s a tale as old as time: The federal government wants to reform the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to better serve both American Indians...

6/3/2017

article Fierce Reaction to Paris Climate Pullout
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s announcement on June 1 that the United States would pull out of the Paris climate agreement that had been reached in...

5/29/2017

article Trump administration plans to minimize civil rights efforts in agencies
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is planning to disband the Labor Department division that has policed discrimination among federal contractors for four...

5/28/2017

article Looming Trump budget cuts deepen distress on Pine Ridge
(South Dakota) -- Antoinette Poafpybitty wanted to come home. When Poafpybitty and her husband, Virgil, decided to return to Pine Ridge after 15 years living off the...
article Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans
(Oregon) -- Dozens of Native American tribes in six Western states expressed outrage Thursday at President Trump's proposed budget cuts to American Indian programs,...
article Can We Trust Donald Trump?
(Washington D.C.) -- Through his businesses affiliated with the gaming industry, Donald Trump has met with Indian communities and leaders, and made partnerships for...

5/25/2017

article Native Americans’ health threatened by denial of Medicaid expansion
(Washington D.C.) -- America has broken several centuries worth of promises to its indigenous people. And we’re poised to do it again. The consequences of this...
article Trump Budget Calls For Cuts to Native American Health Care, Housing
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Native Americans are expressing alarm over President Donald Trump's proposed 2018 federal budget, which calls for across-the-board spending...
article WASHBURN: Trump Proposes Hundreds of Millions in Cuts to Federal Appropriations for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- When Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States, many of us had questions about whether the United States would continue to...
article Northwest tribes say Trump's proposed budget would hurt salmon recovery
(Oregon) -- Native American leaders expressed outrage Thursday at President Donald Trump's proposed budget that cuts nearly 25 percent of the nation's tribal...
article Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans
(Oregon) -- Dozens of Native American tribes in six Western states expressed outrage Thursday at President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to American Indian programs...
article Bob Goodlatte urges Sessions to seize money directed to Obama's 'liberal friends'
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a roadmap for recovering money that former President Barack Obama's team gave to Native American groups, a...
press release American Indian College Fund Urges Supporters to Reject Proposed Federal Budget Cuts to Education as A Betrayal of American Dream and Treaty Obligations
(Colorado) -- American Indian College Fund President and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull issued the following statement with regard to President Trump’s fiscal year 2018...

5/23/2017

article President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is confirming Indian Country's worst fears by seeking drastic cuts in education, health, housing and other key programs....

5/21/2017

article Task Force to Examine IHS
(Arizona) -- A federal task force will examine Indian Health Service and look for ways to improve the beleaguered program. IHS provides primary health care for the...

5/19/2017

article CHAMPAGNE: Will Indians Survive Donald Trump?
(California) -- Government policies and programs for American Indians change dramatically from one political administration to another. The New Deal Policy of the...
article Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is wrong about federal funding for Indian programs, according to one of his own nominees. Trump drew alarms earlier this...

5/18/2017

article Indian County bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country leaders are turning to allies in Congress in hopes of stopping massive funding cuts that President Donald Trump is expected to unveil...

5/14/2017

article OP/ED: Trump Is Audaciously Trying to Privatize Native American Land
(Virginia) -- Each and every day, we the people are forced to endure something profoundly horrific being committed by Trump. And since Republicans only concern is...
article OP/ED: Trump’s attack on national monuments threatens California sites, Native Americans’ culture
(California) -- The protection and preservation of the cultural lands and sacred places of Native American people is of supreme importance to sovereign American Indian...

5/13/2017

article In Trump Era, Native Democrats Desperately Search for Answers
(New York) -- As the Democratic Party struggles to find its footing in a new world being remade by President Donald Trump, Native American Democrats are conflicted about...

5/11/2017

article Donald Trump's surprise FBI firing upends Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- Partisan outrage over the sudden firing of the nation's top law enforcement official is affecting Indian Country's agenda on Capitol Hill....
article FACTCHECK: Trump Not Deporting Native Americans
(USA) -- Q: Did President Donald Trump tweet that he will deport American Indians to India? A: No. This claim comes from a satirical website.

5/9/2017

article Trump injects 'race' into debate with questions about Indian funding
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump may not have been able to convince Congress to support his funding priorities but he's striking back in his own way. In...
article Alaska Federation Of Natives keeping close eye on White House
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Federation of Natives is keeping a close eye on the new administration of President Donald Trump. The Native organization’s board is...

5/8/2017

article TURTLE TALK: Donald Trump, and Indian Country’s Termination Fears
(USA) -- Donald Trump’s election as President was met with skepticism and fear across much of Indian country. As a candidate, Trump did not publish any substantive...

5/6/2017

article Native American advocates size up Trump administration
(Washington D.C.) -- With President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office in the rearview mirror, lawmakers and advocates are uncertain but hopeful about the...

5/3/2017

article President Trump, will Native American sovereignty make a difference when you decide to build a wall or not?
(USA) -- The final question in our #100Days100Qs series is about Native American independence. The Tohono O'odham Nation's land resides in the southern part of...
article American Indians ask Trump to revive plans for memorial on Staten Island
(New York) -- Almost 105 years ago, the president of the United States joined with dozens of North American Indian tribal leaders for an unprecedented ceremony to build...

5/1/2017

article Trump order baffles Bering Sea Elders
(Alaska) -- When President Trump signed an order last week lifting his predecessor’s restrictions on offshore leasing in the Arctic, he also revoked a decree that...
press release How Trump’s Administration Has Affected the Gaming Industry
(Washington D.C.) -- The gaming industry, particularly online gaming, forms an integral part of the US economy. According to the American gaming industry data, the...

4/30/2017

article Bering Sea tribal groups slam Alaska delegation for ‘standing by’ as Trump struck order giving them voice
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native elders from Bering Sea coastal communities on Friday blasted Alaska's congressional delegation for not doing more to prevent President...

4/29/2017

article Tribal Leader Threatens Protest If Border Wall Is Built
(Arizona) -- During a meeting of Native American tribal leaders, the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Vice Chairman Verlon Jose threatened protests similar to those...
article Bering Sea tribal groups slam Alaska delegation for ‘standing by’ as Trump struck order giving them voice
(Alaska) -- Alaska Native elders from Bering Sea coastal communities on Friday blasted Alaska's congressional delegation for not doing more to prevent President...
article Tribal Self-Governance Under Trump: A Common Goal
(New York) -- Tribes are rightly concerned that federal programs benefiting tribal communities may become the target of budget cuts under the Trump administration and...

4/23/2017

article Native American groups plan to overrun Trump hotel in Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American groups plan to make the Trump Hotel in Washington ground zero in their major protest next weekend against the president's energy...

4/13/2017

article Trump-Kushners Get Sweet DC Townhouse Deal From Mining Magnate
(Washington D.C.) -- Chilean mining magnate Andrónico Luksic saw an opportunity in purchasing a $5.5 million townhouse in Kalorama, a posh section of Washington D.C.,...

4/9/2017

article A glimpse inside the Trump inner circle
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump has a funny way of making friends. In the case of rival US property developer David Cordish, Mr Trump sued him first. Mr Cordish became...

4/1/2017

article Tribes That Live Off Coal Hold Tight to Trump’s Promises
(Montana) -- The pale yellow halls of the Crow government building here are nearly empty these days, with 1,000 of this tribe’s 1,300 employees recently laid off....

3/29/2017

article Trump’s EPA Cuts Are Going To Hit Indian Tribes Hardest
(Washington D.C.) -- Every April, the Indian tribes along the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington hold the First Salmon Feast, a ceremonial harvest of the fish...
article In Indian Country, the survival of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion brings a sigh of relief
(Minnesota) -- As members of Congress and the Trump administration point fingers over their failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, one constituency is definitely...

3/20/2017

article Donald Trump's 'beachead' teams still operating across federal agencies
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has installed more than 400 officials in top positions across all federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior...

3/19/2017

article Trump 2018 Budget Would Cut Needed Services to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- While seeking to increase the defense by $54 billion, the Trump administration sent a budget to Congress this past week that recommends a 12 percent...

3/18/2017

article Melissa J. Gismondi column: Trump visits Andrew Jackson’s gravesite, revisits his Native American policies
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, Donald Trump laid a wreath at the gravesite of President Andrew Jackson, who was born 250 years ago, on March 15, 1767. Supporters...
article OP/ED: Must-See TV: Donald Trump and the Reality Show Called Presidency
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump has created the greatest TV reality show of all time, and the national media and consumers are going along for the ride. Whether you...

3/17/2017

article Loss of federal funds could devastate KVCR TV/FM: Bruce Baron
(California) -- President Donald Trump reportedly wants to zero out federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a move that could devastate PBS, NPR and...
article Trump's budget an 'all-out assault on Puget Sound'
(Washington) -- In a budget marked by deep cuts across most federal agencies, science and environmental programs took some of the biggest hits in President Donald Trump...

3/16/2017

article Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican President Donald Trump is promising to "Make America Great Again" by making major cuts to Indian Country programs. In his very...

3/14/2017

article Plea to Trump: Protect White House Council on Native American Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- With concerns mounting in Indian country that the Trump administration is ignoring and in some cases harming tribes, some top Democratic members of...

3/11/2017

article CARLTON FLETCHER: Native Americans deal with real ‘immigration issue’
(Washington D.C.) -- Former Atlanta Braves mascot Chief Noc-a-homa and World Wrestling Federation champion Chief Jay Strongbow led a Native American revolt last night...

3/9/2017

article Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Official: Trump Administration Retreating on Indigenous Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson staked his position on human rights – and by extension on indigenous rights – pretty clearly on March 3 when he...

3/5/2017

article No Ban, No Wall: Native American and Human Rights Groups Join Forces With Environmental Movement to Stop the Border Wall
(Arizona) -- Donald Trump wants to build a wall—but he’ll face resistance from human rights groups, the environmental movement and Native activists every...

3/4/2017

article Trump wants to gut environmental research for Puget Sound
(Washington) -- The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal funding for restoring Puget Sound by 93 percent. For the fiscal year ending this June, the U.S....

3/3/2017

article EPA funds for Native water projects could disappear under Trump administration
(Alaska) -- The White House wants to eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funds for water projects in Alaska Native villages, according to an article in the...

3/1/2017

article White House eyes plan to cut EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House has proposed deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce the agency’s staff by one-fifth...

2/28/2017

article Carlyle Begay's fake news moment: He's not a White House employee, despite posts
(Washington D.C.) -- Two months ago, Carlyle Begay, a Republican supporter of President Donald Trump and former Arizona state senator, announced on social media that he...

2/27/2017

article LEE: Congress Runs Amok While We Watch Trump Play a Magician
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has very effectively used his [non-Muslim] travel ban and inflammatory statements to distract Americans from everything else...

2/22/2017

article The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. Chief Was Arm in Arm With Industry
(Washington D.C.) -- During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, now the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, closely coordinated with...

2/21/2017

article Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda
(Washington D.C.) -- A Republican who has battled tribes on sovereignty and other issues is now in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma...

2/20/2017

article Montana tribal leaders: Trump's offensive remarks worthy of objection by Tester
(Montana) -- It wasn’t lost on L. Jace Killsback that President Donald Trump chose an offensive Indian stereotype to disparage Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren....
article OP/ED: Trump's 'Pocahontas' slurs about Warren are not just demeaning, they're specious
(Minnesota) -- As I watched the recent Senate process to confirm the nomination of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, I felt that I was being transported to a...

2/14/2017

article Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates
(Washington D.C.) -- It's taking longer than expected but Republican President Donald Trump is slowly but surely getting the leadership team he wants. Amid...
article Markwayne Mullin Assuages Fears of Trump Going After Indian Gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a perception among many Native Americans that Donald Trump doesn’t like Indians. His remarks over the years have been anything but...
article Tribal radio stations may go dark under Donald Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- We need to talk about the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Trump administration, in an effort to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion...

1/30/2017

article Intertribal group ponders potential impact of Trump presidency
(Oklahoma) -- Officials from multiple tribes came together Monday at the Pawnee Nation complex as part of a multistate, intertribal organization to discuss the potential...
article Second Trump Transition Meeting Held with Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Just five days before President Donald Trump signed executive actions promoting the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines without any tribal...
article Gosar Commends AZ Carlyle Begay as White House Advisor on Indian Affairs
(Arizona) -- Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after President Donald Trump named former Arizona State Senator...

1/26/2017

article Native leaders concerned over Trump presidency implications
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump angered many Native activists by moving to restart Dakota Access Pipeline construction. Thousands have protested the line,...
article 'Over my dead body': tribe aims to block Trump's border wall on Arizona land
(Arizona) -- Donald Trump’s proposed border wall could face a major obstacle in Arizona, where an indigenous tribe has vowed to oppose construction on its land,...
article Southern Arizona Leaders Invite Trump to Walk the Border
(Arizona) -- Southern Arizona elected officials say they’re extending an invitation to President Donald Trump to come see the Arizona-Mexican border before the...

1/25/2017

article In wake of DAPL executive order, Trump hangs Andrew Jackson painting in Oval Office
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders to expedite the review of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, two oil pipelines...
article Trump hangs portrait of Andrew Jackson in Oval Office
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump hung a portrait of Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office on Tuesday, The New York Times reports, an apparent nod to the populist...
article BAKER-SHENK: Indian Country’s Arranged Marriage With President Trump: Can It Be Saved?
(Washington D.C.) -- Today Native American tribal governments find themselves, after what feels like a shotgun wedding, in an arranged marriage with President Trump....
article President Donald Trump Insulting Navajos on Twitter Is Fake News
(Washington D.C.) -- Reports that President Donald Trump insulted Navajos on Twitter are false. Trump never tweeted negative things about Navajos after he was...

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