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Going Native: The Trouble with Treaties, Past and Present

When the U.S. government forced American Indian tribes into signing treaties in which they ceded millions of acres of land in exchange for reservations they could call their own, the purpose of the treaties had less to do with recognizing tribal nationhood and more to do with acquiring property and ownership rights for corporate interests and white settlers.

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7/31/2018

article Bill proposes advisory committee for Native American veterans
(New Mexico) -- Three U.S. senators have introduced legislation to establish an advisory committee to facilitate communication and understanding between the U.S....

7/27/2018

press release Schumer and Udall: Senate Democrats Are Committed to Expanding Tribal Self-Determination
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7/26/2018

article Congress slips water policies into spending bill that would devastate California
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7/25/2018

press release National Center President and CEO Chris James Testifies Before Congress in Support of Key Indian Country Economic Development Legislation
(Washington D.C.) -- National Center President and CEO Chris James Testifies Before Congress in Support of Key Indian Country Economic Development Legislation...

7/17/2018

article Senate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick
(Washington D.C.) -- Senate Democrats held the floor on Tuesday night to protest the decision by GOP leadership to schedule a vote on a controversial circuit court...
article Native Sun News Today: County looks at fugitives in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- During the 2nd Session of the 115th Congress, Representative Kristi Noem introduced a bill to amend Title 18 of the United States Code. This amendment...

7/10/2018

article Going Native: The Trouble with Treaties, Past and Present
(Indian Country) -- When the U.S. government forced American Indian tribes into signing treaties in which they ceded millions of acres of land in exchange for...

6/22/2018

article OP/ED: Dear Congress: Don’t gut funding for CDFIs
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6/19/2018

article House GOP plan would cut Medicare, Social Security to balance budget
(Washington D.C.) -- House Republicans released a proposal Tuesday that would balance the budget in nine years — but only by making large cuts to entitlement...

6/13/2018

article Tribal affairs agencies make progress, not enough to satisfy senators
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are making progress toward fixing management shortcomings that landed them on a list of “high-...

6/5/2018

article LEGAL BLOG: Tax Parity, Kiddie Tax Exemption Still Needed for Indian Country
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5/19/2018

article Heinrich Bipartisan Bill To Safeguard Tribal Items Clears Senate Indian Affairs Committee
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5/18/2018

article Native Americans on Farm Bill: Help Us Feed Ourselves
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American agricultural activists expressed relief that the House Friday failed to pass an $868 billion spending bill that funds agriculture...

4/28/2018

article House panel in charge of Indian legislation goes through some changes again
(Washington D.C.) -- The legislative panel that handle Indian Country issues in the House is once again going through some changes. Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) is now...

4/26/2018

article BLOG: Legislators Are Trying to Hide a Dangerous Voucher Proposal Inside the Defense Spending Bill
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3/23/2018

article Arts and culture funding hiked in Congress’s massive spending plan
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3/22/2018

article TRAHANT: Congress faces deadline to pass big spending bill
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2/26/2018

article Navajo Nation joins opposition to controversial 'fugitives' bill in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- The Navajo Nation is registering opposition to a controversial bill that's been called a threat to tribal sovereignty.
article EDITORIAL: Well-Heeled Investors Reap the Republican Tax Cut Bonanza
(Washington D.C.) -- After President Trump signed the Republican tax cut into law, companies put out cheery announcements that they were giving workers bonuses because...

2/5/2018

article Cronkite News: Another shutdown deadline approaches in Washington
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article Funding for Indian diabetes program in limbo as shutdown looms in Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal advocates continue to lobby Congress in hopes of securing long-term funding for a key diabetes program. The Special Diabetes Program for...

1/24/2018

article Sorry but that 'talking stick' used in the Senate isn't Native American
(Washington D.C.) -- A "talking stick" that became the talk of the media and certain corners of the internet isn't Native, The New York Times said in a...

1/23/2018

article Senators used a 'talking stick' during shutdown negotiations
(Washington D.C.) -- Political pundits will debate the winners and losers of the three-day government shutdown, but a clear frontrunner for the unsung hero award has...

1/22/2018

article With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The ground rules were simple: Senators wishing to voice their opinion needed to wait their turn and could speak only once they had grabbed hold of a...

1/21/2018

article Senate adjourns without deal to end government shutdown; vote postponed until noon Monday
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate has adjourned for the night without a deal to end the government shutdown, and a vote has been postponed until noon Monday. The...
article Arizona government employees brace for working without a paycheck amid government shutdown
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12/16/2017

article Homeowners Have Had It Good. Too Good, Says the Tax Bill.
(Washington D.C.) -- For decades, the tax code has been filled with rewards for homeownership. Tax breaks encourage people to get into first homes and to trade up as...
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12/13/2017

press release Kildee, 37 Members of Congress Urge Republicans to Support Indian Country in Tax Plan
(Washington D.C.) -- Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), along with 37 other Members of Congress, sent a letter today to U.S. Representatives and Senators serving on the...

12/10/2017

article Precision sacrificed for speed as GOP rushes ahead on taxes
(Washington D.C.) -- Republicans are moving their tax plan toward final passage at stunning speed, blowing past Democrats before they’ve had time to fully mobilize...
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(Washington D.C.) -- Anne Hammer is one of millions of elderly Americans who could face a substantial tax hike in 2018 depending on the final negotiations over the...

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