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Heavy caseloads, judges’ vacancies put NM federal court underwater

“We’re drowning.” That’s how U.S. District Judge Martha Vázquez described the federal court system in New Mexico, where there are more than 900 criminal cases for each of the four sitting District Court judges after Judge Judith C. Herrera took “senior status” in July.

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11/11/2019

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

11/9/2019

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

11/4/2019

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

10/28/2019

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

10/24/2019

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

10/22/2019

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

10/21/2019

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

10/16/2019

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

10/11/2019

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

10/10/2019

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

10/7/2019

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

10/4/2019

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

10/3/2019

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

10/2/2019

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

9/25/2019

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

9/24/2019

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

9/23/2019

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

9/22/2019

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

9/21/2019

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

9/19/2019

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

9/18/2019

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

9/11/2019

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

9/8/2019

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

8/30/2019

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

8/29/2019

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

8/27/2019

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

8/26/2019

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

8/21/2019

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

8/19/2019

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

8/17/2019

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

8/16/2019

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

8/14/2019

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

8/12/2019

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

8/10/2019

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

8/9/2019

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

8/7/2019

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

8/6/2019

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

7/31/2019

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

7/28/2019

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

7/26/2019

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

7/17/2019

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

7/16/2019

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

7/10/2019

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

7/5/2019

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

7/3/2019

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

6/22/2019

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

6/20/2019

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

6/19/2019

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

6/12/2019

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

6/10/2019

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

6/9/2019

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

6/7/2019

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

6/1/2019

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

5/30/2019

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

5/29/2019

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

5/28/2019

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

5/27/2019

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

5/25/2019

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

5/22/2019

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

5/20/2019

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

5/19/2019

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

5/16/2019

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

5/15/2019

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

5/6/2019

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

4/30/2019

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

4/26/2019

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

4/25/2019

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

4/24/2019

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

4/23/2019

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

4/22/2019

article New HUD Requirements for Down Payment Assistance Provided by Government Entities
(Washington D.C.) -- On April 18, 2019 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued Mortgagee Letter 2019-06 setting forth new documentation...
article Trump’s Housing Agency Cracks Down on Zero-Down Home Loans
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump Administration is cracking down on national affordable housing programs because of concern over growing risk to the government’s...
press release Utah American Indian Band Sues HUD To Stop Unlawful Destruction Of Its Home-Purchasing Assistance Program
(Utah) -- Today the Cedar Band of Paiutes, the Cedar Band Corporation, and the CBC Mortgage Agency ("CBCMA") filed a lawsuit in the United States District...
article Native Americans Find Surprising Ally in N.J. Fight: Trump Administration
(New Jersey) -- A knee-high pile of rocks sits in a far corner of a gated community set among rolling hills known as the Polo Club. To the Ramapough Lenape Nation, which...
article BLOG: Swampy Ex-Trump Officials Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke: They’re Back!
(Washington D.C.) -- Former top Trump environmental officials Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke, both forced out of their jobs last year under the weight of, for each, an...

4/21/2019

article Most of Trump ’emergency’ wall goes through NM
(New Mexico) -- New construction is expected to begin on a border barrier in New Mexico next month despite several lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s...
article Trump Is Putting Some Ranchers Who Started Wildfires in Charge of Reducing Wildfires
(Oregon) -- Oregon ranchers Steven and Dwight Hammond are known for starting fires, both literally and figuratively. Range fires they’ve set put them in jail,...

4/11/2019

article BLOG: The Trump administration's attack on Indian Country
(Indian Country) -- The Trump administration is waging an unprecedented attack on Indian Country. Unless Congress steps up soon, Native Americans across the country...
article Indian Affairs hearing turns into Trump administration apology tour
(Washington D.C.) -- A routine hearing before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday turned into an apology tour for the Trump administration as a slate of...
article 'Enough is enough': Tribes endorse bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- With backing from one of the first Native women in Congress, tribes are calling for a permanent ban on energy development on their ancestral lands...

4/10/2019

article The Trump Administration Is Abandoning the Dakota Tribes as They Face a Second Catastrophic Storm
(Washington D.C.) -- In mid-March, a hurricane-strength bomb cyclone, Winter Storm Ulmer, tore through the middle of the nation, slamming Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska,...

4/2/2019

article Tribes rush to court to defend health care after being abandoned by Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- Warning of "devastating effects for Indian Country," tribes are their advocates are rebuking the Trump administration for failing to...
article Tribes rush to court to defend health care after being abandoned by Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- Warning of "devastating effects for Indian Country," tribes are their advocates are rebuking the Trump administration for failing to...

4/1/2019

article Trump Administration Budget Eliminates Funding for Tribal College Scholarships
(Arizona) -- A federal grant program that provides college scholarships to Native American students could lose funding. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, for the...

3/28/2019

article Trump Administration Budget Eliminates Funding for Tribal College Scholarships
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal grant program that provides college scholarships to Native American students could lose funding. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, for...

3/27/2019

article Trump Administration Seeks to Eliminate Affordable Healthcare Act: Would Hurt 25% in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Monday evening moved to have the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as Obamacare, repealed.

3/26/2019

article Trump administration abandons the Indian Health Care Improvement Act in court case
(Washington D.C.) -- In a legal development that puts the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) at risk of being eliminated, the Trump administration is refusing to...

3/7/2019

article Tribal Health Care Resources Removed from HHS Websites: Senators Want to Know Why
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs,Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.)...

3/4/2019

article House Democrats open sweeping corruption probe into Trump’s world
(Washington D.C.) -- A key House committee with the power to impeach President Donald Trump kicked off a sweeping new investigation on Monday with document demands from...

3/1/2019

article Trump can’t rescue own government’s coal plants — including one in Arizona
(Arizona) -- President Donald Trump vowed to save coal, and he ordered top administration officials to prevent closures of power plants burning the fossil fuel. But his...

2/26/2019

article Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court
(Washington D.C.) -- Democrats are sounding the alarm after Republicans approved a Trump nominee for a lifetime spot on a key federal appeals court despite objections...

2/15/2019

article Tribe and federal programs caught in border security debate
(Washington D.C.) -- Round two of the shutdown debate is now over as President Donald Trump, who sought $5.6 billion in funding to go toward building a wall on the...

2/5/2019

article PODCAST: How Trump’s lifetime appointments are reshaping federal courts
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump installs a record number of appeals court judges, Ann Marimow reports. Shane Harris dissects the White House feud with its own...
article Wildlife advocates, local indigenous tribes protest preparations for new border wall construction
(Texas) -- The federal government this week began moving bulldozers and construction vehicles to the Texas border with Mexico to begin building a new six-mile section of...

2/4/2019

article Andrew Dice Clay Was the Donald Trump of His Day
(Washington D.C.) -- There are a lot of sayings about how history is always repeating itself, about how if we want to learn about the future, we need to understand the...
article A.I.M’s Bill Means on Trump’s Militarization of The Border
(Washington D.C.) -- Today on Flashpoints: The United States continues it’s saber-rattling against the duly elected government of Venezuela. Also, the founder of...

1/31/2019

article Trump insider Roger Stone is no stranger to WNY politics
(Washington D.C.) -- If Roger J. Stone Jr. walks into a political hangout like Buffalo’s Founding Fathers, chances are he'll know everyone in the joint. Stone...

1/30/2019

article Possible impacts of the border wall on a Native American reservation
(Arizona) -- As heated border wall debates continue, people are starting to take sides in a very clear way. Whether it’s futile Twitter rants or a simple...
article OP/ED: Pundits who decry 'tribalism' know nothing about real tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. electorate, commentator Andrew Sullivanwrote recently, has devolved into "two tribes whose mutual incomprehension and loathing can...

1/29/2019

article TRAHANT: Tribes no longer want to be ignored in border security debate
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal governments continue to press to be included in the debate about international borders and security, including a proposal to include an...

1/28/2019

article Native Americans join groups in El Paso protesting border wall
(Texas) -- Native Americans joined various advocacy groups in a march in downtown El Paso, Texas, against President Donald Trump's proposed barrier along Mexico....

1/26/2019

article Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration
(Washington D.C.) -- During the 2016 presidential campaign and transition, Donald J. Trump and at least 17 campaign officials and advisers had contacts with Russian...

1/23/2019

article How trafficking in Indigenous communities has been ignored under Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- In late 2017, someone online offered 25-year-old Jehan a maid-service job in a town six hours from her home outside Gallup, New Mexico. She was...

1/22/2019

article Trump Is Doubling Down On Some Of His Criticized Judicial Nominees — But Not All Of Them
(Washington D.C.) -- Those renominated include Wendy Vitter, opposed by Democrats for her comments about abortion. Thomas Farr, who never got a final vote when several...
article Federal Government Exempts Arizona Tribes from Medicaid Work Requirements
(Arizona) -- Arizona has become the first state in the U.S. allowed to exempt tribal members from Medicaid work requirements. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Native...

1/21/2019

article AZ Native Americans Fight And Win Work Requirements Debate For National Medicaid
(Arizona) -- Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes seeking Medicaid services are exempt from work or volunteer...
article HUD, Fair Housing And The Federal Government Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The partial federal government shutdown is in its 30th day as I type this. It is going on longer than most people (including me) thought. No...

1/19/2019

article Trump exempts most tribes from Medicaid work rules
(Washington D.C.) -- Most Native Americans enrolled in Medicaid in Arizona won't be forced to work to keep their health insurance under new rules the Trump...
article Arizona is only state where tribes avoid Medicaid work rules
(Arizona) -- Arizona has become the only state in the country where members of federally recognized tribes are exempt from work or volunteer requirements for Medicaid...
article Trump administration approves Medicaid work requirements in Arizona
(Arizona) -- The Trump administration has approved Arizona’s request to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. Arizona is the eighth state to receive...

1/16/2019

article Giuliani says Trump didn’t collude, but people on his campaign might have
(Washington D.C.) -- Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, said Wednesday night that there could have been “collusion” between...

1/4/2019

article Dem secured policy commitments from Trump environmental nominees
(Washington D.C.) -- The top Senate Democrat overseeing environmental policy secured a number of commitments from three Trump administration nominees before the Senate...

1/2/2019

article For Native American Tribes, Government Shutdown Could Cripple Basic Health Care System
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American tribes rely heavily on federal funding to keep their health clinics staffed. “Things do grind to a halt,” said Kevin...
article How the government shutdown is taking a toll on Native American tribes across the US
(Washington D.C.) -- The government shutdown, now in its second week, is hurting American Indian and Alaska Native tribes across the US. The federal government funds or...
article Native American Tribes Fear Potential Devastating Effects of Lengthier Government Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The partial government shutdown is causing concern among leaders of Native American Tribes nationwide. It’s already costing them. The Sault...
article The Government Shutdown Affects Native American Communities In A Huge Way — Here's How
(Washington D.C.) -- As the partial government shutdown goes on, its effects on different communities are becoming clear. While blaming the Democratic Party for the...
article The Government Shutdown Is Choking Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- As President Donald Trump’s tantrum over border wall funding stretches the federal government shutdown into its 12th day, it’s Native...
article For Native Americans, federal shutdown cuts lifeline of everyday services
(Michigan) -- For one tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the government shutdown comes with a price tag: about $100,000, every day, of...
article Government Shutdown Could Impact Some Tribal Operations
(Minnesota) -- Federal funding that supports tribes across the Northland is in limbo, as the government shutdown rolled through the 12th day on Wednesday. Much of the...
article Tribes keeping eye on federal shutdown
(South Dakota) -- Congressional leaders and President Trump failed to reach an agreement Wednesday on ending the budget showdown that has shut down parts of the federal...
article Tribes use caution amid government shutdown
(Montana) -- As the federal government’s shutdown drags on, northwest Montana’s two tribal governments are using their resources carefully. The 12-day-old...
article What the Government Shutdown Means for Native Americans
(Indian Country) -- As the nation heads into day 12 of the federal government shutdown, Native American communities throughout the United States are crippled without...
article Government Shutdown Leads to Lost Revenue For Smithsonian Restaurants
(Washington D.C.) -- The Smithsonian’s vast footprint — including 11 museums and galleries on the National Mall, the National Zoo, six other museums in the D...
article How National Parks and Museums Are Affected by the Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- For the last month, Marci T. House has had the perfect plan for the first week of the year: She would spend it in Washington’s museums and...
article Shutdown leaves food, medicine and pay in doubt in Indian Country
(Michigan) -- For one tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the government shutdown comes with a price tag: about $100,000, every day, of...

1/1/2019

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 Shutdown Leaves Food, Medicine and Pay in Doubt in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- For one tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the government shutdown comes with a price tag: about $100,000, every day, of...

12/30/2018

article Trump Digs In, Darkening Hopes for a Deal to End the Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The television is on. The phone is never far away. And President Trump is repeatedly calling allies such as members of Congress and conservative...
article BUNCH: Trump’s presidential legacy is already etched in dirty air and rancid rivers
(Pennsylvania) -- There’s a dangerous myth that Donald Trump’s presidency is too buffoonish to be ranked anywhere on the Chavez-Mussolini scale of...

12/29/2018

article Trump Administration Seeks To Muzzle Scientists Protecting Vital Native American Sites
(Washington D.C.) -- Archeologists helped draft the law that presidents use to protect areas like the Grand Canyon, but today’s Republicans want to muzzle...

12/28/2018

article E.P.A. Proposes Rule Change That Would Let Power Plants Release More Toxic Pollution
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration announced on Friday a plan designed to make it easier for coal-fired power plants, after nearly a decade of restrictions,...
article As shutdown continues, Smithsonian and other tourist favorites start countdown to closure
(Washington D.C.) -- The Smithsonian Institution has managed to keep its many Washington D.C. public spaces open through the early days of the federal government’s...

12/27/2018

article Park Service not supporting Effigy Mounds during shutdown
(Iowa) -- The Effigy Mounds National Monument, which protects more than 200 mounds, including over 30 animal- or bird-shaped “effigy” mounds for which the...

12/26/2018

article The Real-Life Effects of Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks: 5 Takeaways From Our Investigation
(Washington D.C.) -- For nearly two years, President Trump has pursued an aggressive, far-reaching effort, lobbied for and cheered on by industry, to free American...
article Shutdown Leaves New Moms and Native Americans without Food Benefits
(Washington D.C.) -- As the partial government shutdown stretches into day five, new moms across the country may lose benefits they receive through the Special...

12/25/2018

article The government shutdown will hit home for many after Christmas with many federal offices shuttered
(Washington D.C.) -- The lights were not twinkling. The toy trains were not whirring. Even the nearby bathrooms were locked. The national Christmas tree, symbol of a...

12/22/2018

article The Wall Forces a Partial Federal Government Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- With a defiant president in the White House insisting on a wall at the southern border that most of Americans do not want and deem unnecessary, the...
article National Museum of the American Indian Locations Remain Open during the Federal Shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite the partial federal government shutdown that began Saturday at midnight, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian...

12/20/2018

article He lost his reelection bid in California. Now, Jeff Denham could be joining the Trump administration
(Washington D.C.) -- California Rep. Jeff Denham, a Republican who lost his bid for reelection, has spoken with White House officials about being nominated as Interior...

12/16/2018

article President Trump signs two more Indian Country bills into law
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump signed two more Indian Country bills into law on Tuesday, putting an end to policies adopted during more paternalistic eras....

12/12/2018

article Mark Trahant: Indian Country impacted by a government shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald J. Trump said Tuesday he will own a government shutdown, should it come to pass. In a theatrical meeting with Democratic leaders,...

12/9/2018

article Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States joined a controversial proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia this weekend to weaken a reference to a key report on the severity of...

12/8/2018

article Judge lets Trump EPA rework water quality rules for Maine rivers where tribes have fishing rights
(Maine) -- A federal judge will allow the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency officials to make “substantive changes” to water...

12/6/2018

article Trump's environmental rollback rolls on
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior unveiled plans to allow oil drilling on millions of acres that have been off-limits to protect the greater sage...

12/5/2018

press release President Donald J. Trump Approves Connecticut Disaster Declaration
(Connecticut) -- Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Connecticut and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State,...

12/4/2018

article Study: Trump plan to shrink national monuments could lead to rare bee species' extinction
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump's plan to shrink two national monuments could lead to the extinction of multiple rare bee species, scientists concluded in a...

11/28/2018

article BLOG: Trump Tries to Play ‘Cowboys and Indians’ with International Treaties
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump is attempting to do something that no previous recent president of the United States has attempted. Trump is trying to abrogate...

11/26/2018

article Trump administration allows tribal housing at The Dalles to resume
(Oregon) -- After more a year of obstacles, the federal government will resume a project to fulfill an 80-year-old promise. The Trump administration halted work in...

11/23/2018

article Climate change damage will harm the entire nation if the U.S. doesn't act now, federal report warns
(Washington D.C.) -- Climate change is taking an increasing toll on the nation’s environment, health and economy, and the damage will intensify over the century...
article Major Trump administration climate report says damage is ‘intensifying across the country’
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government on Friday released a long-awaited report with an unmistakable message: The effects of climate change, including deadly...

11/20/2018

article Indian Country legislative agenda falls behind in the Trump era
(Washington D.C.) -- Republican control of the legislative and executive branches in the nation's capital has resulted in few concrete gains for Indian Country....

11/9/2018

article 25 Ways Sessions and His Justice Department Criminalized and Terrorized Communities of Color
(Washington D.C.) -- As the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, the attorney general is responsible for ensuring equal justice under the law for all...

11/7/2018

article Jeff Sessions Is Forced Out as Attorney General as Trump Installs Loyalist
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, replacing him with a loyalist who has echoed the president’s complaints...

11/5/2018

article Even if Democrats win, Trump has them beat on the courts
(Washington D.C.) -- Democrats could win the House on Tuesday. They may recapture the Senate and White House in 2020. But they’re losing the federal courts for the...

11/1/2018

article Activists Who Helped Oust Pruitt Now Target Trump’s Interior Secretary
(Washington D.C.) -- Environmentalists who trained their fire on President Donald Trump’s first EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, now are closing in on a new target:...
article Ryan Zinke and the Murky Interior of Trumpworld
(Washington D.C.) -- There is a long, colorful history of corruption involving the Interior Department. Fraudulent deals implicating the federal government's public...

10/31/2018

article Trump’s EPA wants to rewrite standards for tribal waters in Maine
(Maine) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to rewrite its own water quality standards for the Maine rivers where members of the Penobscot Nation and...

10/28/2018

article Trump’s EPA wants to rewrite standards for tribal waters in Maine
(Maine) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to rewrite its own water quality standards for the Maine rivers where members of the Penobscot Nation and...

10/26/2018

article Mulvaney Joins Trump Pushing Fed to Rethink Rate Hike Strategy
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s budget director is doubling down on the administration’s message for the Federal Reserve: There’s no need...

10/25/2018

article Food Vs. Fuel: What Trump's Ethanol Policy Means For The Food System
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with President Trump’s directive to lift a federal ban on high ethanol blended gas...

10/24/2018

article Judicial nominee defends tribal law record in low-key Senate hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal appeals court nominee Eric Miller tried to dispel concerns Wednesday about his record on tribal law, telling a Senate committee that his...
article Ninth Circuit Nominee Defends Record on Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- One of President Donald Trump’s nominees to the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday defended his record on legal issues related to Native American...
article ‘We have a serious problem’: Paul Volcker is worried about something worse than inflation
(New York) -- When Paul Volcker listens to President Trump bash the Federal Reserve, he grimaces, but he is not surprised. Volcker, the tall and revered former Fed chair...

10/23/2018

article Trump officials aggressively bypass appeals process to get issues before conservative Supreme Court
(Washington D.C.) -- To a far greater degree than its predecessors, the Trump administration has sought to bypass adverse lower-court rulings on some of its signature...
article ‘I’ve never seen these positions politicized’: White House rejection of veterans judges raises concerns of partisanship
(Washington D.C.) -- The Board of Veterans’ Appeals has long filled a nonpartisan role in the federal government, run by dozens of judges charged with sorting...
article Eric Miller Judicial Nomination Raises Deep Concerns Prior to Hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- On July 19, President Trump nominated Eric Miller to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Senate Judiciary Committee is...

10/22/2018

article National Politics Happen in Vegas: Adelsons add $25M to GOP midterms; Biden, Trump, Obama Stumping across Nevada
(Las Vegas) -- LVS Corp Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, have splurged another $25 million in a bid to help Republicans retain control of the US...

10/20/2018

article HUD official resigns following reports of reassignment to Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- A top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development who had been announced as a candidate for the Interior Department's top...
article Ryan Zinke, like Scott Pruitt, highlights the utter failure of Trump's 'drain the swamp' promise
(Washington D.C.) -- Ryan Zinke and Scot Pruitt have a lot in common. Will their careers in the Trump administration have similar endings? A report released on Thursday...
article Trump appointee tapped days ago to run Interior Department’s watchdog office resigns amid controversy
(Washington D.C.) -- A top Trump administration political appointee who just two days ago was on track to lead the Interior Department’s inspector general’s...

10/19/2018

article White House denies ‘hand picking’ controversial Interior watchdog candidate
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House denied Friday that it had picked a controversial candidate for the Interior Department’s top watchdog position, raising further...
article Nikki Haley Torches Elizabeth Warren at Alfred E. Smith Dinner with a Joke
(Washington D.C.) -- Outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley joked Thursday during the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. She killed it with a...

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