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Chief offers assistance to tribal member federal employees; Native advocates call for shutdown to end

The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Cherokee Agency remains closed. Great Smoky Mountains National Park still is denying access to facilities, and volunteers have been picking up trash at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. With more than 800,000 federal employees trying to get by without a paycheck during the federal government shut down, federal employees who are tribal members can get some relief from their tribal government.

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8/13/2019

article Protect Indian Health Service from budget fights, ABA House urges; 'health care is a right, not a privilege'
(Washington D.C.) -- Government shutdowns shouldn’t affect whether members of federally recognized American Indian tribes can see—or pay—their doctors...

7/23/2019

article TRAHANT: A break from Washington's budget drama
(Washington D.C.) -- The drama that has been Washington gets a two-year break after the president and leaders in Congress reach a budget deal. “I am pleased to...

2/12/2019

article Indian Reservations Fear Potential Impact Of Second Government Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The government shutdown that was triggered just before Christmas left almost a million federal employees working without pay or furloughed, unsure...
article Native American Reservations Greatly Impacted; Now Fear Another Shutdown
(South Dakota) -- We could be just a few days away from another government shutdown. However, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has reached a tentative agreement on border...

2/8/2019

article Tester introduces bill to protect tribes from future government shutdowns
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Jon Tester has introduced legislation to protect Native American tribes from the financial harm caused by future government shutdowns.

2/2/2019

article Native American communities worry about long-term effects from shutdown
(New Mexico) -- Charles Riley, a member of the Native American Pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico, did something he hasn't done in over a month.

1/29/2019

article U.S. government shutdown cuts deep for Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma used a GoFundMe page and its own money to feed its many members who were furloughed or worked without pay during the U...
article 'We know how to survive,' but U.S. shutdown cut deep for Native Americans
(Indian Country) -- The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma used a GoFundMe page and its own money to feed its many members who were furloughed or worked without pay during the U....
article Tribal officials, citizens relieved as federal government reopens
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and tribal citizens expressed gratitude and relief Friday after hearing the federal government is...

1/28/2019

article Blackfeet Reservation still struggles despite shutdown's end
(Montana) -- The partial government shutdown has ended, but Roy Crawford Jr. isn’t breathing easy. “There’s still a lot of questions,” he said...
article Bill would authorize advance funding for tribal programs
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of Democratic U.S. senators has introduced a measure to authorize advance funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Service...
article Tribal officials, citizens relieved as federal government reopens
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and tribal citizens expressed gratitude and relief Friday after hearing the federal government is...
article Trahant: The longest government shutdown in history is over. For now.
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald J. Trump signed into law late Friday a three-week spending bill to fund about a quarter of government operations. That ended the...
article Joshua Tree may not recover from 35-day shutdown for 300 years, former ranger says
(California) -- The government shutdown that began in December lasted a record-breaking 35 days — hurting fliers who encountered long security lines, 800,000...

1/27/2019

article ‘All for nothing’: Trump’s wall retreat bewilders allies
(Washington D.C.) -- Before President Donald Trump finished speaking from the Rose Garden, putting a temporary end to the five-week government shutdown, a running group...
article Sen. Tina Smith seeks federal funding assurance for tribes
(Minnesota) -- The government shutdown is finally over, a more-than-monthlong display of political dysfunction that Sen. Tina Smith says should not affect federal money...

1/26/2019

article Trump signs bill to temporarily end government shutdown without any border wall money
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump on Friday announced a deal to temporarily end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, capitulating — for now —...
article ‘Ugh,’ say the visitors: After shutdown, Washington’s still not back to normal
(Washington D.C.) -- Aaron Shaw bounded up the stairs of the National Air and Space Museum, ready to marvel at the flying wonders inside. It was a crisp, clear Saturday...
article Oklahoma WIC program funded through February; tribe can help
(Oklahoma) -- In an effort to maintain assistance for families, the Oklahoma Women, Infant and Children nutrition service has secured funding for clients through...
article Shutdown Stories: Regardless of shutdown, underfunded tribal programs break treaties
(Washington D.C.) -- As the semester begins and the Federal government enters its 35rd day of a record-long partial shutdown, The Daily Cardinal is bringing you stories...
article Partial government shutdown complicates landslide response
(Alaska) -- The partial government shutdown that lasted 35 days has complicated efforts to clear a key roadway following a landslide on southeast Alaska's Prince of...

1/25/2019

article Sen. Udall Announces Bill to Protect Essential Tribal Programs from Being Jeopardized by Future Shutdowns
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday morning, Senator Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, conducted participated with tribal...
article Shutdown Stories: Regardless of shutdown, underfunded tribal programs break treaties
(Wisconsin) -- As the semester begins and the Federal government enters its 35rd day of a record-long partial shutdown, The Daily Cardinal is bringing you stories about...
article Navajo Nation Leaders Applaud Federal Government Reopening
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are pleased with today’s announcement from President Trump to end to the...
article TRAHANT: Tribal voices missing in debate over shutdown and border wall
(Washington D.C.) -- Today marks the second missed paycheck for some 800,000 federal workers. Yet the headlines come up short: Senate rejects Republican plans to end the...

1/24/2019

article Talks start as Senate rejects 2 plans for ending shutdown
(Washington) -- A splintered Senate voted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 35-day partial government shutdown, but the twin setbacks...
article TRAHANT: Rep. Markwayne Mullin prioritizes border wall over Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- MSNBC's Morning Joe cited an Associated Press report about Indian Country getting hit hard by the government shutdown.
article As shutdown lingers, Native American communities tighten their belts
(North Dakota) -- In December, as a federal shutdown loomed, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe leaders asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service to send as...
article Inter-Tribal Council calls for end to partial federal government shutdown
(Oklahoma) -- During its Jan. 11 quarterly meeting, the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes passed a resolution calling for the restoration of federal...
article Seattle clinics serving indigenous peoples harmed by shutdown
(Washington) -- A Seattle clinic that primarily serves indigenous peoples is scaling back services because of the ongoing government shutdown. The Seattle Indian Health...
article Shutdown pain for federal contractors gets more dire by the day
(Washington D.C.) -- Michelle Serrano says she’s no stranger to struggling, but she hoped her kids would never have to. Serrano, a lead security officer at the...
article Shutdown puts strain on some Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations
(Alaska) -- The partial federal shutdown is putting strain on some Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations. Some are dipping into reserves in order to pay for...
article USDA food deliveries to continue in tribal communities amid government shutdown
(Nevada) -- The several thousand federal workers in Nevada are not the only ones feeling the immediate impact of the government shutdown. Nevada and California's...
article Service cuts loom as tribe goes without fed funding
(Minnesota) -- A handwritten “closed” sign hangs in the window at the Lake Vermilion Wellness Center. It’s one of a handful of programs already...
article Tightening their belts: As shutdown lingers, Leech Lake, Red Lake face difficult decisions
(Minnesota) -- In December, as a federal shutdown loomed, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe leaders asked the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service to send as much...

1/23/2019

article Native American Leader: 'A Wall Is Not The Answer'
(Arizona) -- For one Native American tribe whose land straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, President Trump's proposed border wall would, literally, divide its people....
article BLOG: The Shutdown Is Disproportionally Hurting Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government shutdown has stretched to more than 30 days with no clear end in sight, as President Trump continues to demand his border...
article Hoopa Valley Tribe feels the strain from partial government shutdown
(California) -- As the partial government shutdown goes into its fifth week, a strain to find funding continues to hurt Native American tribes all over the country, even...
article Impact of government shutdown on Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The government shutdown is hitting Native American bands hard. Based on treaties dating back to before the United States was founded, many...
article Native American Health Center in Nebraska to Lay Off Workers Due to Government Shutdown
(Nebraska) -- The government shutdown is having major implications for Native American organizations and programs across the country, and Nebraska tribes and their...
article Nez Perce Tribe holding steady during shutdown
(Idaho) -- Savvy budgeting is seeing the Nez Perce Tribe through the partial government shutdown that is now into its fourth week. Many American Indian tribes, including...
article Shutdown puts strain on some Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations
(Alaska) -- The partial federal shutdown is putting strain on some Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations. Some are dipping into reserves in order to pay for...
article Partial government shutdown affects Native Trade Show
(Nevada) -- The California Trail Interpretive Center Native Trade Show is scheduled for Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, but a partial...
article Woman gathers loads of donations for Native American tribe struggling in govt. shutdown
(Colorado) -- Thirty-three days of the government shutdown have proved the inability of our political leaders to solve problems. It's also proved the kindness of...

1/22/2019

article Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown’s impact hits hardest in tribal areas
(Washington D.C.) -- Even though she saw six opioid overdoses in recent months, two fatal, Kerry Hawk Lessard closed the medical and behavioral health clinic she runs...
article With votes scheduled, Washington gropes for way out of shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- It may look like a typical Washington farce, but a pair of Senate show votes this week might just be the first, tentative step on a long road out of...
article Native American Union Sues Federal Government
(New Mexico) -- A group of federal employees that serve tribal programs is suing the federal government because they are working without pay during the partial shutdown...
article Nez Perce Tribe holding steady during shutdown
(Idaho) -- Savvy budgeting is seeing the Nez Perce Tribe through the partial government shutdown that is now into its fourth week. Many American Indian tribes, including...
article NIGA joins the calls for Trump to end government shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has joined sister organizations, tribal governments, and tribal leaders, in calling for an end to what...
article Shutdown puts strain on some Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations
(Alaska) -- The partial federal shutdown is putting strain on some Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations. Some are dipping into reserves in order to pay for...
article Viral Facebook post results in massive donation
(Idaho) -- It is day 32 of the partial government shutdown, and Native American tribes are really beginning to struggle, including here in Fort Hall. Donations from...
article Sen. Murray visits Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe to discuss shutdown impact
(Washington) -- Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) visited the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Tuesday to learn about how they’re impacted by the government shutdown. The...

1/21/2019

article Tribe sends letter asking delegation to end shutdown
(Wyoming) -- The Eastern Shoshone Tribe has sent a letter to Wyoming's congressional delegation outlining the ways the federal government shutdown has negatively...
article Shutdown hitting reservations harder than most places
(Minnesota) -- The federal government shutdown is hitting Native Americans harder than most people, with jobs on hold and critical funds cut to some of the nation's...
article The government shutdown starts hitting home
(Washington D.C.) -- As the partial federal government shutdown approaches the one-month mark, the effects on tribes and individuals who rely on services are growing:...

1/20/2019

article A temporary DACA fix for a permanent wall? Trump proposal gathers more Dem resistance
(Washington D.C.) -- A day after President Donald Trump’s proposal to reopen the government put the ball back in Democrats’ court, some Republicans on Sunday...
article Republicans Push Trump Immigration Plan, Seeking to Corner Democrats on Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump attacked Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday for rejecting his proposal to end the partial government shutdown, as he and Republican...
article Cherokee feels impact of government shutdown
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee is feeling the impact of the government shutdown. Twelve Cherokee Indian Hospital employees are paid through a federal government program...
article Coloradan vows to help struggling Native Americans amid partial government shutdown
(Colorado) -- In the United States, there are 573 federally-recognized tribes that rely on federal money for basic needs like food and healthcare. That money comes...

1/19/2019

article ‘We will not be silenced’: A march takes on new meaning in the age of Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- When we tally the final cost of the government shutdown — whenever that may come — there will be plenty of concerning numbers. Unpaid...
article Casino offering free buffets to TSA and U.S. Customs workers
(New York) -- With U.S. Customs & Border Protection and TSA oemployees in the Western New York area still working despite not getting paid due to the partial...
article Catawba Indian Nation concerned over tribe's medical care access during government shutdown
(South Carolina) -- Friday marked the 28th day of the government shutdown. With no end in sight, the Catawba Indian Nation near Rock Hill is trying to keep critical...
article Nez Perce official says US Government is failing Native Americans as shutdown continues
(Idaho) -- As the longest government shutdown in American history drags on, the number of people hurt by it continues to grow. Multiple Native American tribes receive...
article Shutdown Called ‘Devastating’ For Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanaog Tribe is in a tenuous fight to hold onto its land in Mashpee and Taunton as a reservation, and its leaders say the latest...
article Shutdown Causes Some Native American Health Clinics To Close
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal Indian Health Service has no appropriations for the current fiscal year. The House passed a measure to fund the program at $4 billion...
article Tribes Feel Financial Strain of Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- As the federal government shutdown drags on, many Americans have noted that it’s had little to no effect on their daily lives. Leaders of from...
article ‘We’re left in the dark’: As many industries get shutdown relief, those without political clout feel left behind
(USA) -- Alaska’s cod and pollock fishing fleet headed out on the Bering Sea this month without delay, thanks to federal inspectors brought back from furlough to certify...

1/18/2019

article Murder of indigenous people sparks first-ever march on Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- For more than two years, Darla Banks has been silent. On Jan. 17, she spoke for the first time – understandably halting to compose herself...
press release National Indian Gaming Association Urges An End To The Longest Government Shutdown in History
(Washington D.C.) --   As the Country endures the longest government shutdown in history, the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) joins our Sister...
article Chief Sneed calls for an end to federal shutdown
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed submitted Emergency Resolution #464 (2019) at the end of the regular session of Tribal Council on Thursday, Jan. 10...
article Mark Trahant: Kids are going hungry in Indian Country as shutdown drags on
(Washington D.C.) -- How many children are afraid because they know their parents are worried? Or broke. Even hungry. “My granddaughter came home from school and...
article Tribes weathering the government shutdown, for now
(Montana) -- Amid the financial chasm created for many federal employees affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown, the Blackfeet and Confederated Salish and...

1/17/2019

article Native American organizations denounce government shutdown as an abrogation of treaties
(Washington D.C.) -- On January 10, eight organizations—the National Congress of American Indians, Native American Contractors Association, National Indian Health Board...
article OP/ED: Rep. Markwayne Mullin: We must follow through on our obligation to Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- As a Cherokee, I’m familiar with the trust responsibility of the federal government to Native Americans. Tribal Nations are sovereign governments...
article Government shutdown threatens tribal payments
(Wyoming) -- Wind River Indian Reservation tribal members may not receive their February per capita payments as a result of the ongoing federal government shutdown. The...
article Native American Communities Bear Brunt of Shutdown with Medicine Shortages & Suspended Food Programs
(USA) -- We look at the widespread impact of the government shutdown on Native American communities, as the Indian Health Service goes understaffed and a federally...
article Native Populations Forgotten and Vulnerable During Shutdown
(South Dakota) -- "We are preparing to bury one of my grandsons who was shot and died quickly after Saturday night woke up to a cold house my furnace gave out this...
article Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of tribes, including Shoshone-Bannocks
(Idaho) -- The Fort Hall Business Council has been working to help tribal members, employees and other community members who have been affected by the federal government...

1/16/2019

article Congressional hearing looks at the impact of shutdown on Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Debra Haaland’s campaign slogan was that she would be the voice that Congress has never heard. On Tuesday, at a hearing of Democrats about the...
article Dems ask Interior to stop offshore drilling work during shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- Top House Democrats are asking the Trump administration to reverse its decision to bring dozens of furloughed employees back to open more areas for...
article This is why the shutdown won't end
(Washington D.C.) -- A new poll by the Pew Research Center shows a big part of the reason why the standoff over funding President Trump's border wall has been so...
article Tribes face food and medicine crisis as shutdown continues, lawmakers are told
(Washington D.C.) -- As the partial government shutdown drags on, Native American tribes in urban and rural areas are facing food shortages and a health care crisis...
article BREITBART: Markwayne Mullin: Democrats Refuse to Fund Health Services for Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) told Breitbart News that House Democrats blocked his proposed legislation to fund Indian Health Services (IHS), whose...
article Tribe petitions Meadows to end shutdown
(North Carolina) -- The ongoing federal government shutdown is having a negative effect on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and last week the tribe’s Tribal...
article Wyoming tribes hit hard by federal shutdown
(Wyoming) -- Wyoming tribes are cutting assistance to enrolled members due to increasing pressure caused by longest federal shutdown in history, which has frozen money...
article Blackfeet Food Distribution feeding furloughed workers, those working without pay
(Montana) -- Faced with a partial federal government shutdown, Blackfeet Food Distribution Director Roy Crawford had two major issues to confront – supplies and...
article Blackfeet Tribal Business Council working to prepare for furloughs
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council is working to prepare for some furloughs as the partial federal government shutdown continues. The BTBC released a...
article Western Montana tribal services feel shutdown's impact
(Montana) -- As the government shutdown continues, it’s starting to weigh on Teresa Wall-McDonald’s work. Wall-McDonald heads the Confederated Salish and...
article Effects of shutdown now apparent to Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
(Massachusetts) -- The ongoing partial government shutdown has now begun to affect a host of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe operations, including disrupting housing programs,...
article Wampanoag Tribe Dramatically Impacted by Government Shutdown
(Massachusetts) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe says the extended partial federal government shutdown is dramatically impacting its ability to operate. Tribal Council...
article Sherwood Valley Casino serves free meals to furloughed federal employees
(California) -- In an effort to support the more than 800,000 federal employees that have been furloughed because of the federal budget impasse, Sherwood Valley Casino...

1/15/2019

article MONET: Federal Government Administers Many Tribal Nation Services: So What Now?
(New Mexico) -- When Deanna Lubarsky’s husband passed away 11 years ago, she took a couple of years to readjust to her new life before re-entering the workforce,...
article A crisis like we’ve never seen’: Native communities shed light on shutdown’s disastrous impacts
(Washington D.C.) -- In one of the first congressional hearings at which Native members of Congress were present, Democratic representatives on Tuesday heard directly...
article Government Shutdown Leads To Program Cuts For Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Food and medication distribution and substance abuse counseling programs for Native Americans are being put on hold due to the federal government...
article Impact on U.S. government widens on 25th day of shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The longest shutdown in history affecting a quarter of U.S. government reached its 25th day on Tuesday, with most of the 800,000 employees who have...
article Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown’s impact hits hardest in tribal areas
(Washington D.C.) -- Even though she saw six opioid overdoses in recent months, two fatal, Kerry Hawk Lessard closed the medical and behavioral health clinic she runs...
article Tribes face food and medicine crisis as shutdown continues, lawmakers are told
(Washington D.C.) -- As the partial government shutdown drags on, Native American tribes in urban and rural areas are facing food shortages and a health care crisis...
article Trump’s Government Shutdown Furthers Native Genocide
(Washington D.C.) -- As the US government shutdown goes into day 25, it is now the longest US shutdown ever. While many are suffering from this crisis created by Trump...
article ‘A crisis like we’ve never seen’: Native communities shed light on government shutdown’s impacts
(Washington D.C.) -- In the first congressional hearing at which Native members of Congress were present, Democratic representatives on Tuesday heard directly from...
article 'It's truly scary': Wisconsin's Indian tribes squeezed by federal government shutdown
(Wisconsin) -- The children had just awakened from a nap and were still rubbing sleep from their eyes when they pulled up tiny chairs at two small U-shaped tables....
article Blackfeet Tribal Business Council working with program directors to prepare for furloughs
(Montana) -- The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council is working closely with their treasurer, finance director, personnel, and tribal programs to prepare for some...
article Federal shutdown creates health center crisis for Native Americans in California
(California) -- The federal government shutdown is having an impact on a network of 10 centers across California that provide health care for three-quarters of a million...
article How the partial government shutdown is affecting the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe
(Idaho) -- It's day 25 of the partial government shutdown, and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe is feeling the effects. The Bureau of Indian affairs is shutdown, which...
article Impacts of Federal Shutdown Felt in Indian Country
(Montana) -- The impacts of the longest government shutdown in American history are starting to be felt on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, says Chairman Tim Davis....
article Minnesota feels pinch of government shutdown, enters 'uncharted territory'
(Minnesota) -- The ongoing federal government shutdown is costing Minnesota and how much longer the state can bear the expense is coming into question, state officials...
article Native Americans Tell Committee Government Shutdown is Closing Medical Clinics
(Arizona) -- Southern Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva expressed concern about the partial federal government shutdown and its effect on Native American communities at...
article Oklahoma issuing entire month of SNAP benefits early amid federal government shutdown
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahomans who receive SNAP food benefits will be getting their February disbursements nearly two weeks early as the partial federal government shutdown...
article Trump Summons Thousands Back to Work Without Pay as Shutdown Drags On
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration said Tuesday that it would summon tens of thousands of federal employees back to work without pay to get the government...

1/14/2019

article The shutdown is giving some Trump advisers what they’ve long wanted: A smaller government
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump has cast the shuttering of federal agencies as a standoff over his plan to build a wall on the southern border. But for many White...
article Govt Shutdown Whittles Staff at US Indian Affairs Bureau to 'Skeleton Crew'
(Washington D.C.) -- The US government’s partial shutdown violates certain peace treaties with Native American tribes by disrupting services from federal agencies...
article Shutdown frustrates Indian tribes waiting for government to make good on guarantees
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal employees being forced to work without pay is having an outsized impact on Eagle Butte, South Dakota, which is the seat of government for...
article Chief offers assistance to tribal member federal employees; Native advocates call for shutdown to end
(North Carolina) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Cherokee Agency remains closed. Great Smoky Mountains National Park still is denying access to facilities, and...
article Government shutdown strains Native American services
(Washington D.C.) -- The partial government shutdown - now in the record books as the nation's longest ever - is hurting Native American tribes across the country....
article Native American tribes are ‘starting to feel the impact’ of shutdown funding delay
(Wisconsin) -- The government shutdown has affected Native American tribes who rely on federal funds allocated by treaty rights. For the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of...
article TRAHANT: Indian Country feels the hardships of the shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- When will the longest government shutdown in history end? Now, please, sort of, said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, who’s a...
article This Anonymous Trump Official's Daily Caller Screed Is Pure MAGA-Bait
(Washington D.C.) -- The Daily Caller, the scaffolding on which Tucker Carlson hung the entrails of his journalistic career, got some money quotes from an anonymous...
article OP/ED: An appreciation for the Indian Health Service
(South Dakota) -- Sometimes we, as American Indians who utilize Indian Health Services, can become complacent and unappreciative of the services we receive at Sioux San...

1/13/2019

article Wind River Reservation health care clinic warns of shutdown effects
(Wyoming) -- Officials at a health care clinic on the Wind River Reservation warned of the effects on native health of a protracted government shutdown, as President...
article Congressman Tom O'Halleran talks government shutdown with reservation communities
(Arizona) -- Calling the federal government’s shutdown pathetic and harmful to Americans, U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran said that he is for protecting the borders...
article On The Navajo Nation, 5,000 Workers Dependent On A Federal Paycheck
(Arizona) -- With the partial federal government shutdown dragging on, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says Congress should exempt tribes from feeling the effects...
article Alaska home buyers and sellers feeling impacts of government shutdown
(Alaska) -- Alaska home buyers and sellers beware, the government shutdown could likely impact your home purchase or sale. According to Anchorage Associate Loan...
article New Mexico federal workers feel pain of shutdown
(New Mexico) -- Quantina Martine’s symptoms have been worsening since October. First, there was a terrible pain in her right arm that sent her to the emergency...
article NYC Museum Worker Offers Snapshot Of What It’s Like For Some During Government Shutdown
(New York) -- The government shutdown is affecting federal workers and contractors who are trying to get by without their paychecks. And some will not even get back pay...
article The Longest-Ever Government Shutdown is Affecting Public Health
(Washington D.C.) -- The current partial government shutdown—the longest ever—has obvious effects on employment. Departments that partially ceased operations...

1/12/2019

article No movement in settling record-long shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The partial government shutdown has slipped into the record books as the longest ever. Members of Congress are out of town, no negotiations are...
article Native Americans Sound Off on Shutdown, Border Wall
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans, like other Americans, are deeply divided over the proposed border wall that President Donald Trump says will stop the flow of...
article Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of Native American tribes
(Arizona) -- Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is...
article Effect of shutdown on Cape tribe unclear
(Massachusetts) -- Amid turmoil caused by the government shutdown, it is unclear exactly how the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is coping with the drawbacks. While leaders of...
article Government shutdown hurting tribes as workers go unpaid
(Oklahoma) -- The impact of the federal government’s shutdown, which entered its 21st day on Saturday and is affecting an estimated 800,000 workers, is being felt...
article Government shutdown impact on Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
(North Dakota) -- We are continuing to follow the government shutdown and it's burden it holds on the state of North Dakota. As we all know, the shutdown is...
article Native American Clinics May Limit Services Due to Government Shutdown
(California) -- Health care for Native Americans is another service caught in the crosshairs of the partial government shutdown. The agency that oversees Native American...
article Native health contractors choose to work without pay to care for community during shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The partial government shutdown forced employees with Native American Lifelines (NAL), a nonprofit contracted by the Indian Health Service (IHS), to...
article Shutdown Disrupts Health Care For Native Americans In N.M.
(New Mexico) -- Among the federal agencies left unfunded by the partial government shutdown is the Indian Health Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health...
article Effect of shutdown on Cape tribe unclear
(Massachusetts) -- Amid turmoil caused by the government shutdown, it is unclear exactly how the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is coping with the drawbacks. While leaders of...
article Fort Peck Tribal Chairman says tribe is doing well during government shutdown
(Montana) -- A letter regarding the government shutdown and how it will effect Fort Peck Tribes was sent out to all tribal staff this week. The letter states that...
article Government shutdown impacting White Mountain Apache Tribe
(Arizona) -- The federal government shutdown has left the people of the White Mountain Apache Tribe out in the cold. Literally. The office of the Bureau of Indian...
article Govt. Shutdown Causes Funding Freeze At LDF Tribal Operations
(Michigan) -- Due to the recent federal government shutdown, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians’ Tribal Council has been working diligently...
article Kickapoo Tribe cuts staff during shutdown
(Kansas) -- The Kickapoo Tribe normally has about 100 employees excluding Golden Eagle Casino, but now many of them are without a job. 16 employees were let go from...
article Shoshone -Bannock Tribes reducing services due to shutdown
(Idaho) -- The Fort Hall Business Council has taken actions to assist tribal members, employees and community members who are experiencing hardship from the federal...
article Tribal leaders say government closure puts citizens in jeopardy
(Washington D.C.) -- The “partial” closing of the federal government is now likely to be the longest in history. Eight national Indian organizations have...
article ‘Catastrophic:’ Minnesota’s tribal communities face deep service cuts, tough choices as government shutdown drags on
(Minnesota) -- Suspended food safety tests, vanishing airport security workers, an explosion of trash and human waste in national parks: The ongoing federal government...
article South Dakota tribes fear loss of jobs, food assistance programs as shutdown lingers
(South Dakota) -- Rosebud Tribal Chairman Rodney Bordeaux worries what will happen if the federal money for food distributions on South Dakota reservations runs out...

1/11/2019

article Native Americans Sound Off on Shutdown, Border Wall
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans, like other Americans, are deeply divided over the proposed border wall which President Donald Trump says will stop the flow of...
article Tribal leaders say government closure puts citizens in jeopardy
(Washington D.C.) -- The “partial” closing of the federal government is now likely to be the longest in history. Eight national Indian organizations have...
article Navajo Nation President Urges U.S. President to End Federal Shutdown
(Arizona) -- On Friday, as one of the longest federal government shutdowns in history continues with no end in sight, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye urges...
article Navajo President: Government shutdown violates treaty obligations
(Arizona) -- As one of the longest federal government shutdowns in history continues with no end in sight, President Russell Begaye urges President Donald Trump to end...
article Trump's shutdown: Navajo Nation residents trapped in their homes as federal snowplows stop running
(Arizona) -- Government is not an abstract concept, and you cannot simply "shut it down" without hurting a great many people in a great many real,...
article Group representing five major Oklahoma tribes calls for end to government shutdown
(Oklahoma) -- Calling a long-term lapse in federal funding “devastating,” an organization representing the Five Civilized Tribes has approved a measure...
article St. Regis Mohawk Tribe fully funded for now with no end in sight to shutdown
(New York) -- Like many tribal nations across the United States who receive federal funds, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has been closely monitoring the partial shutdown...
article Government Shutdown Threatens Native Americans’ Access To Health Care
(Washington D.C.) -- Dr. Anpetu Luta Hoksila is a Native psychologist for the Indian Health Service. He pulls 10-hour shifts, four days a week, at an IHS medical...
article Native American Clinics May Limit Services Due to Government Shutdown
(California) -- Health care for Native Americans is another service caught in the crosshairs of the partial government shutdown. The agency that oversees Native American...
article Native health contractors choose to work without pay to care for community during shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The partial government shutdown forced employees with Native American Lifelines (NAL), a nonprofit contracted by the Indian Health Service (IHS), to...
article Shutdown Disrupts Health Care For Native Americans In N.M.
(New Mexico) -- Among the federal agencies left unfunded by the partial government shutdown is the Indian Health Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health...

1/10/2019

article Indian Country organizations unite by calling for an end to #TrumpShutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- On the 20th day of the government shutdown, eight national Native organizations are jointly urging the President and Congress to immediately end the...
article Going Native: Government Shutdown Exacerbates Broken Promises to Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- As the U.S. government shutdown drags on, it is more than federal employees who are suffering. Native American tribes are not receiving needed funds...
article If the shutdown continues, impacts could mount for Northwest tribes, parks and vulnerable people
(Washington) -- With the federal government partially shut down for the third week, politicians in the nation's capital were bracing for a high-stakes showdown....
article Rep. Davids Supports Bills to Ensure Federal Employees, Low-Wage Government Contractors Impacted by the Shutdown Get Back Pay
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.-03)) on Wednesday announced her support for bills that would guarantee back pay to furloughed federal workers, and low-...
article Kickapoo Tribe cuts staff during shutdown
(Kansas) -- The Kickapoo Tribe normally has about 100 employees excluding Golden Eagle Casino, but now many of them are without a job. 16 employees were let go from...

1/9/2019

article 'Recipe for disaster': The #TrumpShutdown and Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- With tribal communities feeling the pinch of the ongoing #TrumpShutdown, Democrats in Congress are working to restore federal funding to a wide...
article Native American Clinics Face Imminent Closure With Gov't Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- Some medical clinics serving Native Americans are running out of funds thanks to the federal government's partial shutdown, and closures could...
article Native American tribes say impact of extended government shutdown looms
(Oklahoma) -- With the government shutdown now reaching three and a half weeks, several Native American tribes in Oklahoma will be affected if it continues. Vital...
article Cherokee Nation weathering ‘shutdown storm’
(Oklahoma) -- As the latest federal government shutdown entered its third week, Cherokee Nation leaders were cautious but hopeful that services and citizens would be...
article In its third week, government shutdown poses challenges for tribes, fire managers
(Nevada) -- Near the small central Nevada town of Austin, the Yomba Shoshone tribe sits on 4,700 acres of land. Its revenue for nearly all of its municipal services...

1/8/2019

article Government shutdown hits Native Americans especially hard
(Washington D.C.) -- Many Native American tribes have been forced to use their own funds to keep their health care systems and food pantries running during the...
article Government Shutdown: Tribes suffer job losses, bad roads, no healthcare access
(Washington D.C.) -- To some people, a government shutdown is inconvenient; they can’t visit a museum, and many national parks are closed. But to many people in...
article Impact on US Government Widens on 18th Day of Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- A shutdown of about a quarter of the U.S. government reached its 18th day on Tuesday, with lawmakers and the White House divided over Republican...
article Shutdown Impacts Native Americans' Ability To Get Health Services
(USA) -- Throughout the course of the partial government shutdown, we've been taking a look at the impact on different communities and different industries. This...
article Shutdown Means Shut In for Some Navajo
(Arizona) -- If a dirt road isn't maintained during a snowstorm, a couple things can happen. The snow can melt and turn the road to mud, or the snow piles up. Either...
article Tribal-owned Grand Canyon West unaffected by government shutdown
(Arizona) -- Arizona-based Grand Canyon West remains open and unaffected by the partial shutdown of the federal government, according to a spokesman. "We want to...
article Tribe stretching its federal dollars during shutdown
(Massachusetts) -- The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) would typically get funding for its housing, health, education, and other tribal services at the start of...
article UKB suspends housing program
(Oklahoma) -- The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma (UKB) suspended its housing program Jan. 7. The Tribe cited direct and indirect circumstances...

1/7/2019

article Cherokee Nation weathering ‘shutdown storm’
(Oklahoma) -- As the latest federal government shutdown neared the three-week mark, Cherokee Nation leaders were cautious but hopeful that services and citizens would be...
article Going Native: Government Shutdown Exacerbates Broken Promises to Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- As the U.S. government shutdown drags on, it is more than federal employees who are suffering. Native American tribes are not receiving needed funds...
article Indian Health Service urban programs threatened by government shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- As the partial government shutdown drags into its third week, Native American healthcare advocates are warning lawmakers that funding for the Indian...
article Where The Government Shutdown Is Hitting Americans The Hardest
(Washington D.C.) -- The government shutdown drags on. We’ll examine if there’s a deal on the horizon, and check in with real people affected by the shutdown.
article Tribes directly impacted by shutdown, Cawston writes to congressional leaders calling for IHS, BIA exemption from shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- A dry-erase board outside the Bureau of Indian Affair’s Nespelem Agency Office reads in simple blue marker, “Government shutdown; Tribal programs...
article OP/ED: Shutdown needs to end soon
(Washington D.C.) -- So much in this region and with our Tribe centers around the federal government. Just for starters, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has a highly...

1/6/2019

article White House asks Congress for $5.7 billion for 'steel barrier'
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House on Sunday officially asked Congress for $5.7 billion to build a “steel barrier,” confirming that President Donald Trump...
article Rep. Sharice Davids Talks Impact Of Government Shutdown On Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- The shutdown is having unintended consequences in big and small ways. For Indigenous communities, it's been particularly crippling. Many rely...
article Partial federal government shutdown forcing use of reserves in Indian Country
(Washington) -- Tribal leaders nationwide last week were informed that the partial federal shutdown that began at midnight Dec. 22 could result in some tribal clinic...

1/5/2019

article Already affected by shutdown, tribes fear it will get worse
(Washington) -- The Colville Confederated Tribes face significant losses in their timber programs from a continued federal government shutdown, along with losses in...
article Government shutdown halts tribe’s lawsuit staking claim to 2 million acres of land in Utah
(Utah) -- The ongoing federal government shutdown has halted the Ute Tribe’s lawsuit staking claim to more than two million acres of land in eastern Utah. In a...
article Local real estate professionals say the government shutdown is hampering Indian land deals
(California) -- Bureau of Indian Affairs office in Palm Springs is closed until further notice as a result of a federal government shutdown, according to a note posted...
article Zinke says park visitors can 'pitch in, grab a trash bag' during shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- Former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says National Park visitors should "grab a trash bag and take some trash out" as garbage bins at...

1/4/2019

article Government Shutdown Is a Life or Death Issue for Native Americans: Tribe Chairman
(Michigan) -- For many Americans, the partial shutdown of the federal government is only felt in minor ways, if it all: overflowing trash cans on the National Mall, or...
article Government Shutdown Strikes Home On Wind River Reservation
(Wyoming) -- When the government shuts down, it can't carry through on its historic commitments to Native American tribes. The Wind River Reservation's tribes...
article How the US Gov. shutdown impacts Native Americans in Utah
(Utah) -- Federal government shutdowns cut Indian Country deep in the U.S. The current shutdown, now entering its third week, has had a significant impact on the Native...
article New Mexico workers, tribes start to feel heat from government shutdown
(New Mexico) -- With more than 33,000 federal jobs and 1,600 active government contracts experts say New Mexico is one of the most affected states in the country by the...
article Oklahoma tribes weathering federal shutdown — for now
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s largest tribes have, so far, weathered the stoppage in federal funds from a partial government shutdown but are unsure how long they can...

1/3/2019

article IHS pauses some care services amid government shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Health Service, an HHS agency tasked with providing health services to American Indians and Alaska natives, has stopped several care...
article 'It doesn't stop just because the money isn't there:' Red Lake, Leech Lake say they haven't curtailed services as federal shutdown continues
(Minnesota) -- Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services was supposed to receive a new round of federal funding on Tuesday, Jan. 1. A federal government shutdown means that...
article Coquille Indian Tribe could start to feel effects of government shutdown
(Oregon) -- The government shutdown has shown an effect on the Coquille Indian tribe when it comes to communicating with federal agencies. The Coquille's are a self-...
article Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe starts to feel effects of Government Shutdown
(Oregon) -- As the federal government shutdown continues, the Cow Creek Umpqua tribe of Indians is facing problems along the way. The Cow Creek tribe says there have...
article Federal shutdown hits NM workers, tribes
(New Mexico) -- New Mexico – home to tribal communities, national forests and an enormous federal presence – is looking increasingly vulnerable as the...
article The Effects Of The Government Shutdown On Native American Tribes
(Michigan) -- NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Aaron Payment of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe about how the government shutdown is affecting Native American tribes that...

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