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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is Mad Because Outside Magazine Pointed Out He's A Fly Fishing Novice

One of the stupidest plans that the extremely stupid Trump administration is currently carrying out is a dramatic shrinking of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah.

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4/24/2018

article HOPKINS: Native Tribes Could Lose Federal Recognition of Tribal Sovereignty Under Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- Under the guise of Medicaid reform, it was reported by Politico on April 22 that the Trump administration is considering steps that would undermine...
article Trump’s Direct Assault on Native American Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- Much has been made of Donald Trump’s history of racist statements about African Americans and Latinos. We’ve heard a lot less about his...

4/23/2018

article BLOG: Trump Administration Wants Natives to be Considered a Race Rather than Sovereign Nations
(Washington D.C.) -- As a threat to tribal sovereignty, the Trump administration is attempting to strip American Indians and Alaska Natives from health care. Politico...
article Native Groups Worry About Proposed Food Stamp Changes
(Washington D.C.) -- Some Native American groups are critical of recently introduced legislation to renew the farm bill. They say proposed changes to the food stamp...
article Race-based Medicaid policy ignores tribal sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- Indian Country has seen challenges to tribal sovereignty before. But in the case of the Trump administration’s latest assertion regarding...
article TRAHANT: Trump Administration Supports Changing Indian Health Programs That Will Sabotage Treaty Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is supporting a major policy shift on Indian health programs which could result in a loss of millions of dollars to the...

4/22/2018

article Trump challenges Native Americans’ historical standing
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care — a policy that tribal leaders...
article Natives worry thousands could lose healthcare without jobs
(Minnesota) -- The Trump administration has sought to implement a work requirement for Medicaid since January, an unprecedented move advocates say threatens healthcare...
article Trump admin wants to roll back health rules for underrepresented groups
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has plans to reverse Obama-era health care rules that currently protect transgender individuals from discrimination and...

4/19/2018

article Tribes kept in the dark as Trump administration rolls on with reorganization
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite claims by the Trump administration that it won't move forward with a reorganization at the Department of the Interior without Indian...

4/9/2018

article Trouble with Trump?
(Washington D.C.) -- Establishing a tribal land base is painfully difficult. Nearly 140 years after the General Allotment Act systematically dismantled tribal land...
article In His Haste to Roll Back Rules, Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, Risks His Agenda
(Washington D.C.) -- As ethical questions threaten the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, President Trump has defended him with a persuasive...

4/2/2018

article Oklahoma tribal members discuss thoughts about President Trump
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee tribal member Sherry Wallis didn’t used to be politically active, but these days she’s found it impossible to remain on sidelines.

4/1/2018

article Tribal members discuss thoughts about President Trump
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee tribal member Sherry Wallis didn’t used to be politically active, but these days she’s found it impossible to remain on sidelines. The...

3/29/2018

article Energy 202: Scott Pruitt's climate message is now official EPA guidance
(Washington D.C.) -- Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has long insisted it is difficult for scientists to precisely measure the extent to which humans...
article Robert Mercer’s Secret Adventure as a New Mexico Cop
(Washington D.C.) -- Robert Mercer probably would have flown into Roswell. From there—1,800 miles from home—he would’ve traveled south through the high...
article Loyalty to Trump emerges as a top issue in Republican primary campaign commercials
(USA) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is running two commercials right now. One highlights the endorsement he’s received from President Trump in the...

3/28/2018

article Leaked Memo: EPA Issues Approved Talking Points Downplaying Climate Change
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday evening sent employees a list of eight approved talking points on climate change from its Office of...
article EPA staffers get talking points playing down human role in climate change
(Washington D.C.) -- Environmental Protection Agency staffers received a list of “talking points” this week instructing them to underscore the uncertainties...

3/27/2018

article The Energy 202: Meet the government insiders quietly shaping Trump's energy and environment agenda
(Washington D.C.) -- Meet the cicada. That's the nickname within the Interior Department for Randal Bowman, who has worked there for more than three decades. He got...
article Spending bill includes large infusion of funds for Indian housing
(Washington D.C.) -- The $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump last week includes the largest infusion of funds...

3/26/2018

article Trump’s Latest EPA Nominee Let Cancer-Causing Chemical Pollute Groundwater
(Washington D.C.) -- The former Ford Motor Company executive nominated Friday to a top Environmental Protection Agency position is accused of overseeing an industrial...

3/22/2018

article Did Trump Appoint a Non-Native to Native American Ambassadorship?
(Washington D.C.) -- Amid a maelstrom of "fake news reports" of indictments, sullied security clearances, resignations, forced resignations, removals and other...

3/18/2018

article Native American, conservation groups sue Trump for failing to protect humpback whale habitat
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indian and conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against President Trump for failing to protect humpback whale habitats in the Pacific...

3/16/2018

article Trump Administration Fired Top Aide Because He Gambles Online, Report Says
(Washington D.C.) -- Though he has appeared neutral to online gaming, former Atlantic City casino boss Donald Trump, who is currently the 45th President of the U.S.,...

3/14/2018

article HOROWITZ: Can Trump Drain the Swamp at the Bureau of Indian Affairs?
(Washington D.C.) -- If ever a federal agency was ripe for termination, the Bureau of Indian Affairs should qualify for consideration. The bureau has a justly-earned...
article Trump's fired personal assistant is 'struggling with gambling addiction'
(Washington D.C.) -- The personal assistant to President Donald Trump who was escorted from the White House on security grounds was said Wednesday to be struggling with...

3/9/2018

article Food Boxes Have Already Failed for Native Communities, Why Would They Work for SNAP?
(Washington D.C.) -- On February 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Trump administration proposed cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

3/8/2018

article Nearly half of Trump EPA political appointees have industry ties: AP
(Washington D.C.) -- Nearly half of President Trump’s appointees to the Environmental Protection Agency have strong industry ties, according to new Associated...
article Interior spending $139K to fix doors in Sec. Zinke’s office
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department is spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in the office of Secretary Ryan Zinke.

3/7/2018

article Report cites 'disturbing' conduct of former Bureau of Indian Affairs official
(Washington D.C.) -- A former Bureau of Indian Affairs official who left the Trump administration under a cloud was the subject of an ethics inquiry after employees...
article Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is asking tribes about easing burdens in environmental reviews even as it seeks to add more hurdles in other areas.

3/1/2018

article WEAVER: How my nomination to be Trump's Indian Health Service director was derailed
(Oklahoma) -- Until a few days ago, I was President Trump’s nominee to be the director of the Indian Health Service. He tapped me to lead and fix that sadly...

2/26/2018

article LAS VEGAS SUN: Budget proposal’s prescription to heal national parks is a poison pill
(Nevada) -- Looking at one part of President Donald Trump’s budget, you might think his administration is riding to the rescue of the National Park Service. But a...

2/25/2018

article WEAVER: Why Good People Don’t Go to Washington
(Washington D.C.) -- When President Trump nominated me to be the Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), I said yes. I own five successful businesses that serve the...

2/23/2018

article Director of the Indian Health Service: Who Was Robert Weaver?
(Washington D.C.) -- Directors of the Indian Health Service (IHS), which provides health services to many Native Americans and Alaska Natives, have mostly been medical...
article The U.S. Already Tested Trump's Canned Goods Idea On Native Americans. It Was Bad.
(Washington D.C.) -- As a child, A-dae Romero-Briones eagerly awaited the government truck that delivered her family’s monthly food box to the designated drop-off...

2/22/2018

article Failed Indian Health Service nominee lashes out after being abandoned
(Washington D.C.) -- Robert Weaver, President Donald Trump’s failed pick to lead the Indian Health Service, is lashing out after the White House abandoned his...
article FCC Readies to Publish Net Neutrality Rollback
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Communications Commission plans to publish an order rolling back its net neutrality rules in the Federal Register Feb. 22, a move that...
article We still don’t know when net neutrality rules will come off the books
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal has been published in the Federal Register. Groups that want to reverse the repeal...

2/21/2018

article Trump nominee for Indian Health Service withdraws name from consideration
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump's nominee for the top position on the Indian Health Service (IHS) has withdrawn his name from consideration, The Wall Street...
article Trump pick to lead Indian Health Service backs out
(Washington D.C.) -- Robert Weaver, who was nominated by President Trump to head the Indian Health Service, the agency that offers care to millions of Native Americans,...

2/20/2018

article Havasupai Students Write to Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- Students are writing to President Donald Trump – and it has nothing to do with a school shooting. Students at Havasupai Elementary School are...

2/18/2018

article Trump administration's 2019 budget proposes steep cuts to Indian Country
(Oklahoma) -- Several key programs serving Indian Country are facing steep cuts – or outright elimination – under a budget proposal from the White House.
article President Trump's Hunger Games
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, as part of its 2019 budget request, the Trump administration put forward a radical new policy proposal. The Supplemental Nutrition...

2/17/2018

article LaDuke: Another case of poor 'Trumpenomics'
(North Dakota) -- A few weeks ago, the Trump administration announced a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels. Trump's intent is to bolster a dying fossils fuels...

2/12/2018

article The 22 agencies and programs Trump's budget would eliminate
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump on Monday unveiled his budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year, which makes significant cuts to some federal agencies and projects...
article Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is proposing to save billions in the coming years by giving low-income families a box of government-picked, nonperishable...
article Trump wants to overhaul America’s safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care
(Washington D.C.) -- The budget that President Trump proposed Monday takes a hard whack at the poorest Americans, slashing billions of dollars from food stamps, public...
article Trump’s Budget Reveals that He Wants Everyday Americans to Pay for His Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
(Washington D.C.) -- In December 2017, President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress enacted legislation providing large tax cuts overwhelmingly weighted to...
article Trump budget would fund Interior projects by selling energy from public lands
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump's fiscal 2019 budget unveiled Monday would use energy sales on public lands to help fund infrastructure projects for the...
article Trump guts Obama-era methane rules for fracking
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration proposed a revised version of Obama-era methane rules on Monday that favors President Trump's "energy dominance...

2/1/2018

article Appeals Court Rules CFPB Structure Is Constitutional
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal appeals court upheld the single-director structure of a consumer-finance regulator created after the financial crisis, but threw out the...
article Court Ruling on CFPB Director Deals Blow to Trump Administration
(Washington D.C.) -- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has regained a measure of independence. A U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday the president can only fire...
article Mark Trahant: Eleven disturbing words from the State of the Union
(North Dakota) -- I skipped watching the State of the Union Tuesday night. That was the first time in, well, a couple of decades. There was really no reason to watch.

1/31/2018

article Cronkite News: Trump immigration and border plan slammed as racist
(Washington D.C.) -- A White House plan to give a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants in exchange for a border wall and tougher immigration policies was...

1/29/2018

article NPR: The Role Of Indian Health Services
(Wisconsin) -- President Trump has selected Robert Weaver, member of the Quapow tribe, for the new Director of Indian Health Services. Many critics have questioned...
article 'MONDAY NIGHT SLAUGHTER': Legendary investigative journalist Carl Bernstein calls Trump-GOP attacks on the FBI and DOJ a 'turning point'
(Washington D.C.) -- Investigative journalist Carl Bernstein, who helped uncover the Watergate scandal in the 1970s that led to the resignation of President Richard...

1/25/2018

article Trump administration says you’ll be better off with less consumer protection
(USA) -- The temporary head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, has pledged to run the bureau differently. The Dodd-Frank Act, which created the...
article The Trump Administration Is Waiving 25 Laws to Build a New Bit of 'Wall'
(New Mexico) -- To expand some fencing in New Mexico, the government will need to brush aside a bunch of environmental and land use regulations.
article What’s Being Said About Alex Azar’s Confirmation as HHS Secretary
(Washington D.C.) -- Former pharma exec could represent a departure from the priorities of his predecessor and the president's campaign, say observers.

1/24/2018

article WASHINGTON POST: Is Ryan Zinke cynical or incompetent?
(Washington D.C.) -- IS INTERIOR SECRETARY Ryan Zinke cynical or incompetent? Those are the options after his capricious treatment of states that object to his plan to...
article ‘The fish rots from the head down’: Former consumer protection bureau chief fires back at Trump successor
(Washington D.C.) -- Richard Cordray, the former head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, lashed out at his successor on Wednesday, calling Mick Mulvaney a...

1/23/2018

article President Trump signs bill to end three days of government shutdown
(Washington D.C.) -- The shutdown of the federal government is over after three days of confusion. President Donald Trump signed H.R.195, the Federal Register Printing...

1/21/2018

article After Vowing to Fix Washington, Trump Is Mired in a Familiar Crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- One year to the day after taking office with vows to bring the dysfunction of Washington to heel, President Trump on Saturday found himself thrust...
article Trump’s 24-year-old drug policy appointee was let go at law firm after he ‘just didn’t show’
(Washington D.C.) -- A former Trump campaign worker appointed at age 23 to a top position in the White House’s drug policy office had been let go from a job at a...

1/20/2018

article Navajo Nation President: Federal Government Should Exempt Critical Programs from Shutdown
(Arizona) -- In light of the potential U.S. government shutdown pending the Senate’s passage of a stopgap bill to prevent the halting of funds to federal agencies...
article Maine tribes say Medicaid work requirement would jeopardize health care
(Maine) -- Tribal nations say a push endorsed by federal authorities to require Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer is at odds with the federal government’s...

1/17/2018

article What Does It Take to Run the Indian Health Service? Questions Surround Trump’s Pick
(Washington D.C.) -- The already beleaguered Indian Health Service (IHS), a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that is charged with...

1/16/2018

article Nashville Indigenous community protests Trump’s Farm Bureau convention address
(Tennessee) -- On Monday, January 8, the Native community here held a demonstration in protest of Trump’s visit to address the American Farm Bureau Federation...

1/12/2018

article Questions Could Derail Confirmation of Trump’s Indian Health Nominee
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee health care services for two million Native Americans — who already faces questions about...

1/10/2018

article Mark Trahant: Trump loyalist and Choctaw citizen joins race for Congress
(New Mexico) -- Gavin Clarkson is clear: He supports President Donald J. Trump. And he’s running for Congress because “the swamp is deep, the alligators,...

1/9/2018

article Quapaw leader praises nominee despite claims of misrepresentation
(Washington D.C.) -- The chairman of a local Indian tribe and a federal department stand by a nominee whose credentials were questioned in a newspaper report last week.

1/6/2018

article BLOG: Trump nominee with phony resume puts millions of Native Americans in jeopardy
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump's pick to head the Indian Health Services, with oversight of millions of Native American lives, has been caught fabricating...
article Reports: FCC head skipping CES tech show in Las Vegas after threats
(New York) -- Published reports say Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is skipping the CES gadget show because of death threats. Pai has scrapped...

1/3/2018

article Bannon calls Trump team Russia meeting 'treasonous,' according to book
(USA) -- The investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is zeroing in on money laundering and individuals with close ties to President Donald Trump, former...

1/2/2018

article The biggest federal tax overhaul in 30 years: Native tribes not included
(Washington D.C.) -- Congress passed some of the most significant adjustments to federal tax policy since 1986 in December. This tax reform by federal legislators does...

1/1/2018

article How Scott Pruitt turned the EPA into one of Trump’s most powerful tools
(Washington D.C.) -- Since 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency has been embroiled in an enforcement battle with a Michigan-based company accused of modifying the...
article New drive to privatize Indian reservations has much in common with past efforts to steal Native land
(USA) -- A fresh effort to pry more land from the indigenous people of the United States is on the Trump regime’s agenda. Behind the idea is yet another of the...
article Trump called for a ‘truly representative process’ for managing public land. One already exists in Idaho
(Idaho) -- President Donald Trump flew to Salt Lake City this month to remove 2 million acres from two national monuments in Utah, and to rebuke "distant...
article In its first year, Trump’s Interior Dept claims its legacy ‘second only to Teddy Roosevelt’
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department (DOI) has published a list of its accomplishments during President Donald Trump’s first year in office based on 10...

12/29/2017

article 138 things Trump did this year while you weren't looking
(Washington D.C.) -- Behind the crazy headlines, more conservative priorities got pushed through than most people realize. An exhaustive list of what really happened to...
article Major Tribal Land And Forestry Bill Headed For President Trump's Desk
(Washington D.C.) -- A major piece of legislation championed by Congressman Peter DeFazio has cleared both houses of Congress, that – if enacted - will benefit...
article Trump Delivers Two More Wins For Oil And Gas Companies In 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- Just before the year ends, Trump delivers two more wins for the fossil fuel industry: rolling back an environmental rule for fracking on public...
article Sixteen environmental protections that the Trump administration dismantled in 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has spent the past year steadily undoing Obama-era environmental protections, especially rules designed to fight climate...

12/27/2017

article 6 Ways Trump Frustrated Native Americans In 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- In September 2016, native leaders gathered in Washington, DC, at President Obama’s invitation, and toasted a US president they said had made...
article 6 Reasons Why Native Americans Got Mad At The US Government In 2017
(USA) -- In September 2016, native leaders gathered in Washington, DC, at President Obama’s invitation, and toasted a US president they said had made incremental...
article How President Donald Trump Kept Sportsbooks and Bettors on Their Toes in 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- Love him or hate him, President Donald Trump, who took his place in history as the 45th US president on January 20, 2017, has been a bit of a...

12/26/2017

article Tribal official laments sluggish process to confirm new IHS director
(Washington D.C.) -- Lagging efforts to approve the nomination of a new director of the Indian Health Service could pose additional problems at the agency's...

12/25/2017

article He can make national monuments, but many legal scholars say Trump can't destroy them
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump has ordered the Interior Department to radically shrink two national monuments in Utah — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase...

12/24/2017

article Internal FCC Report Shows Republican Net Neutrality Narrative Is False
(Washington D.C.) -- A core Republican talking point during the net neutrality battle was that, in 2015, President Obama led a government takeover of the internet, and...
article Barrasso pushes EPA to retract proposed groundwater rules for uranium mining
(Washington D.C.) -- While the Environmental Protection Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission both oversee uranium mining, when it comes to an Obama-era rule to...
article Interior reverses Obama-era penalties on industry for bird kills
(Washington D.C.) -- The wind, oil and gas industries will no longer face penalties for causing incidental migratory bird deaths, per a legal argument published Friday...
article Here are the winners and losers of the new tax law
(Washington D.C.) -- The Republican tax law just signed by President Trump benefits most American taxpayers, at least until key provisions sunset. Those gains, however,...
article The Daughter Of An Ex-Coal Executive Helped Lead Trump’s National Monuments Review
(Washington D.C.) -- This month, on the recommendation of his Interior secretary, President Donald Trump gutted a pair of protected national monuments in Utah, including...

12/22/2017

article Former Zinke PAC blames software for $200,000 accounting discrepancy
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's former PAC blamed a technical glitch for a nearly $200,000 discrepancy in its campaign finance reports and said...
article Trump Declares Disaster for New Mexico Native American Community
(New Mexico) -- President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for a New Mexico Native American community that is recovering from the effects of severe weather...

12/21/2017

article Trump signs H.R. 288
(Oklahoma) -- President Donald Trump signed H.R. 228, the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act on Dec. 18. According to the Native American...
article 55 Ways Donald Trump Structurally Changed America in 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- These are the concrete actions his administration has taken to alter how the country works.
article In 'defense of science,' researchers sue EPA over move to overhaul advisory boards
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of the Environmental Protection Agency's current and former advisory board members sued it Thursday over Administrator Scott Pruitt'...

12/20/2017

press release Justice Department Welcomes Tribal Nations Leadership Council
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice welcomed representatives of the Tribal Nations Leadership Council (TNLC) to the department Monday and Tuesday for a series...
article Trump Signs Bill To Buttress Tribal Training And Jobs [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law a bill meant to make a comprehensive Native American training and employment program not only...

12/19/2017

article FDA to crack down on high-risk alternative remedies
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. health officials plan to crack down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies, focusing on products containing dangerous ingredients...
article USDA withdraws rule establishing organic livestock standards
(Washington D.C.) -- The rule, put in place just before President Obama left office, would require animals to be able to exhibit natural behavior — the ability to sit,...

12/17/2017

article MORON ALERT: Reducing Antiquities Act land grabs
(Washington D.C.) -- Acting on recommendations by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, on December 4 President Trump significantly reduced the size of two...
article Trump plan on Utah monuments draws 5,000 protesters
(Utah) -- Thousands rallied outside Utah's Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday, protesting President Donald Trump’s expected plan to shrink two national...

12/16/2017

article MORON ALERT: FCC chairman Ajit Pai stars in 'smug,' 'incredibly condescending' video about ending net neutrality
(Washington D.C.) -- Not long ago Ajit Pai was mostly unknown to the American people. Now he's among the most reviled. The reason: As Federal Communications...
article Quapaw Tribe paid $50,000 to senior Trump administration official for 'research'
(Washington D.C.) -- During the 2016 presidential campaign, the Quapaw Tribe hired a former Department of the Interior official who then joined the Trump administration...
article What The End Of Net Neutrality Means For Native Communities
(USA) -- There’s a Native-owned restaurant in Zuni Pueblo called Chu Chu’s that has some absolutely amazing green chili and cheese fries. It’s a...
article E.P.A. Contractor Has Spent Past Year Scouring the Agency for Anti-Trump Officials
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the top executives of a consulting firm that the Environmental Protection Agency has recently hired to help it with media affairs has spent...

12/15/2017

article Trump’s message for tribes: Let them eat yellowcake
(Arizona) -- Uranium, it’s now part of Navajo DNA. With over 500 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation, people living near these mines are exposed daily to...
article Trump Uses “Racial Slur” During Event Honoring Native Americans
(Washington D.C.) -- Reading a room has never been Donald Trump’s forte: In February, when asked by African-American reporter April Ryan whether he planned to meet...
article NADER: What Does Trump Mean by “Make America Great Again”?
(Washington D.C.) -- Donald Trump’s now ubiquitous slogan, “Make America Great Again!”, is often chanted at rallies, but rarely scrutinized in public...
article Utah Republican to Patagonia founder: Come testify before Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- When President Trump announced he would shrink two national monuments in Utah designated by past Democratic administrations, Native American tribes...
article Hey, Trump: Navajo Elders Aren’t Your Political Props
(Washington D.C.) -- Acting by fiat and claiming the opposite has been a hallmark of this presidency. On Monday in Salt Lake City, President Trump announced he was...

12/14/2017

article OP/ED: Donald Trump sounds like Andrew Jackson
(Utah) -- It's no secret that President Donald Trump admires President Andrew Jackson and recently, when the president invited the Navajo code talkers to the White...
article Trump-Tied Media Company Spread Fake News And Online Attacks In Kenya’s Presidential Election, Report Finds
(Kenya) -- It sounds all too familiar: A smear campaign against a presidential candidate suddenly swarming social media right before voters head to the polls. It...

12/13/2017

article Ajit Pai Nears His Biggest Win With Net Neutrality Repeal
(Washington D.C.) -- Small tech companies, consumer groups and many celebrities have been up in arms for weeks about a proposal at the Federal Communications Commission...

12/12/2017

article Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is Mad Because Outside Magazine Pointed Out He's A Fly Fishing Novice
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the stupidest plans that the extremely stupid Trump administration is currently carrying out is a dramatic shrinking of Bears Ears National...

12/11/2017

article Trump’s Interior secretary: Shameless tool of oil and gas industries
(USA) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke loves to portray himself as a humble, outdoorsy man of the people, a loving steward of the purple mountain majesties and fruited...

12/10/2017

article Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers
(Ohio) -- The highway billboard at the entrance to town still displays a giant campaign photograph of President Trump, who handily won the election across industrial...

12/9/2017

article Zinke attacks reporting on helicopter rides
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Saturday attacked POLITICO's coverage of his use of $14,000 in taxpayer-funded helicopter rides in the D.C....
article NYT OP/ED: The Looting of America’s Public Lands
(New York) -- The protections put in place over the last half-century by both political parties to guarantee Americans clean air, clean water and bountiful open space...

12/2/2017

article Heading Toward Tax Victory, Republicans Eye Next Step: Cut Spending
(Washington D.C.) -- As the tax cut legislation passed by the Senate early Saturday hurtles toward final approval, Republicans are preparing to use the swelling deficits...
article HILTZIK: Sen. Rubio tells a secret: After giving a tax cut to the rich, GOP will cut Social Security and Medicare
(Washington D.C.) -- Advocates for seniors and the middle class have been warning for weeks that the Republican drive to cut taxes for the wealthy is the prelude to a...
article Feds disband Trinity River project watchdog group
(California) -- A recent decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to effectively disband a watchdog group tasked with overseeing a multi-million dollar...
article Tribal employment measure gives President Trump his first chance to sign an Indian bill
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump is getting a much-needed opportunity to move past his "Pocahontas" controversy and sign his first stand-alone...

11/29/2017

article It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.
(Washington D.C.) -- The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses, a $1.5 trillion...

11/28/2017

article Net Neutrality Hits a Nerve, Eliciting Intense Reactions
(Washington D.C.) -- It usually doesn’t take much to get people on the internet worked up. To get them really worked up, make the topic internet regulation. In the...

11/26/2017

article Native Americans rewrote the playbook for preserving public land — and Trump is trying to erase it
(California) -- Near the summit of Comb Ridge, in a high-desert region of dancing shadow and red rock splendor, serrated peaks form one of southeast Utah’s most...
article OP/ED: Utilizing Indigenous Thought to Cope in the Age of Trump
(North Dakota) -- November 9, 2016, was a typical North Dakota wintry day and the cold wind bit into me. Unlike the group of fellow Veterans for Peace I was with, who...

11/25/2017

article Trump administration proposes rollback of uranium mining ban near Grand Canyon
(Arizona) -- The Trump administration is considering reopening public lands near the Grand Canyon for new uranium mining claims. The proposal, recommended in a report to...

11/22/2017

article Energy 202: Internal watchdog says Interior should focus on climate change. It isn't.
(Washington D.C.) -- With control of one-fifth of the land area of the United States, the Interior Department is expected to be challenged by more intense wildfires,...
article Trump’s Interior Department is flooded with industry lobbyists
(Washington D.C.) -- Lobbyists in key positions with the U.S. Department of the Interior now number 13, making the nation’s public lands agency a leading example...

11/16/2017

article States battle the federal government for control of public lands
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump recently revealed that he will substantially shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a million-plus acre tract of federal land in Utah...
article Watchdog slams Zinke for failing to document travel
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke failed to properly document his travel, the agency's watchdog said Thursday, preventing it from determining...

11/15/2017

article Gavin Clarkson Out at Interior Department after Negative Report was Released
(Washington D.C.) -- Just five months after being appointed deputy assistant for policy and economic development in the U.S. Department of Interior’s Indian...
article Trump appointee to Bureau of Indian Affairs resigns after Interior’s IG slams the loan program he oversaw
(Washington D.C.) -- Gavin Clarkson, a senior Bureau of Indian Affairs official appointed by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in June, resigned Monday after the department...

11/10/2017

article Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods enlist senators in casino fight with MGM
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are urging the Department of Interior to clarify that a joint casino venture between the Mohegans and Mashantucket...
article Tribes hit roadblocks as Trump team refuses to sanction new gaming agreements
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe are wondering why the Trump administration has failed to take action on their new gaming...

11/7/2017

article Trump reportedly told tribal leaders to ignore federal laws
(Washington D.C.) -- The Constitution’s Article II doesn’t go into a lot of detail when describing the duties of the president, but it does include a rather...

11/6/2017

article Just Do It: Trump Urges Native American Leaders to Start Drilling for Resources—Despite Federal Hurdles
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump reportedly encouraged Native American tribal leaders to extract resources from the land they control—regardless of...
article The unfiltered version of Trump's meeting with Native American leaders
(Washington D.C.) -- In late June, President Trump hosted a group of Native American tribal leaders at the White House. The meeting — attended by Energy Secretary...
article Trump administration delays roll-out of controversial trust land rule after uproar
(Washington D.C.) -- In a temporary victory for Indian Country, the Trump administration is delaying the roll-out of controversial changes to the land-into-trust process.
article Wyoming's quiet governor faces a brash Interior Secretary, with a bird in the balance
(Wyoming) -- To understand the latest battle over the greater sage grouse one need look no further than how Matt Mead and Ryan Zinke present themselves. Consider the...

11/5/2017

article Trump urged Native American leaders to extract resources from their land: report
(Indian Country) -- President Trump reportedly encouraged Native American leaders to “just do it” and extract resources from their own land, despite federal regulations...

11/4/2017

article House committee to hold hearing on patent rights for Native American tribes
(New York) -- The US House of Representatives Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee [official website] announced [press release] Thursday they...

11/3/2017

article As tax reform looms, tribal leaders complain about being left out – again
(Washington D.C.) -- A day before House Republicans were expected to unveil their plan to overhaul the tax code, tribal leaders and senators complained Wednesday that...
article Environmental groups sue Trump administration over national monument plans
(Washington D.C.) -- Environmental groups are suing the Trump administration in hopes of obtaining documents about plans for several national monuments, including those...
article Trump move stirs debate over Utah monuments
(Utah) -- President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that he intends to reduce the size of two national monuments covering millions of acres of Utah...
article Utahns start petition saying Pres. Trump is ‘not welcome here’
(Utah) -- An open letter from a group of Utahns saying Pres. Donald Trump is not welcome in Utah is circulating online. The open letter has more than 1,200 signatures so...

11/2/2017

article New Mexico delegation split on GOP tax cut plan
(New Mexico) -- The lone Republican in the New Mexico congressional delegation has described the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” unveiled Thursday in the U.S. House...

11/1/2017

press release President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Native American Heritage Month
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indians and Alaska Natives are inextricably linked with the history of the United States. Beginning with the Pilgrims' arrival at...

10/31/2017

article Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members
(Washington D.C.) -- The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health...

10/30/2017

article Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on tax reform policy
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking up tax reform this week. Republicans in Congress have placed a high priority on reforming the...
article In unprecedented move, EPA to block scientists who get agency funding from serving as advisers
(Washington D.C.) -- Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is poised to make wholesale changes to the agency’s key advisory group by...

10/29/2017

article Trump team pushes Senate to move on nominations at Department of the Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is sending a not-so-subtle message to the Senate about the lack of confirmed officials at the Department of the Interior.

10/27/2017

article Grijalva Calls For Investigation Into Whitefish Electric Contract For Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico) -- A day after Puerto Rico’s governor said he wanted an audit of a $300 million contract his government gave to a company to restore power to the...
article Zinke denies any connection to contract
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he “had absolutely nothing to do” with a $300 million contract awarded to a small company from his...
article The Latest: Utah governor doesn't know Trump plan specifics
(Washington D.C.) -- Utah's governor says he doesn't know the specifics of President Donald Trump's plan for two national monuments he seeks to shrink in...

10/26/2017

article Small Montana company aiding Puerto Rico power restoration under increasing scrutiny
(Montana) -- The small Montana power company now at the center of Puerto Rico's recovery and a swirling contracting controversy. The controversy spilled over on Twitter...
article Trump Cabinet Secretary's hometown, 2-person company wins $300m power-rebuilding contract in Puerto Rico
(Montana) -- When mainland US cities like Houston and Miami get hit by hurricanes, they rely on mutual aid deals with out-of-state and Canadian power authorities to...
article Inside Patagonia’s Fight Against The Trump Administration
(California) -- In August, outdoor apparel brand Patagonia released its first television advertisement. Rather than showcase a new line of outdoor clothing and gear, the...
article OP/ED: Trump Unplugged
(New York) -- About 15 years back I happened to catch a live show by Jay Leno, who still toured now and then to do live comedy even while he was hosting The Tonight Show...

10/24/2017

article Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs among witnesses for controversial tribal land bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump team's views on the federal government's trust and treaty responsibilities will get a public airing this week as lawmakers take...
article Top Trump administration official casts doubt on tribal economic development rule
(Washington D.C.) -- A top Trump administration official cast doubt on the fate of a major economic development proposal in his first appearance before tribal leaders...
article Zinke funneled millions to questionable PACs
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has directed millions of dollars in political contributions since 2014 to a network of Washington operatives that...
article Trump wanted to rename America’s biggest mountain
(Alaska) -- President Donald Trump brought up a campaign promise during a March meeting with the U.S. senators from Alaska, asking whether he could roll back President...
article The Feds Are Attacking a Program That Gives Indigenous People Land
(Guam) -- The indigenous Chamorros have inhabited the island of Guam—at 210 square miles the largest in the Marianas—for thousands of years. In the 16th...

10/23/2017

article Director of the Indian Health Service: Who Is Robert Weaver?
(Washington D.C.) -- Directors of the Indian Health Service, which provides health services to many Native Americans and Alaska Natives, have mostly been medical or...

10/21/2017

article Tribes slam Trump administration for adding hurdles to land-into-trust process
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders are lashing out at the Trump administration again, this time over rule changes they said will make it all but impossible to restore...
article DeVos rescinds 72 guidance documents outlining rights for disabled students
(Washington D.C.) -- The Education Department has rescinded 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities as part of the Trump administration...

10/18/2017

article States take on Ryan Zinke for allowing coal companies to rip off taxpayers
(Washington D.C.) -- During his confirmation hearing earlier this year, future Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke claimed that the taxpayers "should always get fair...

10/17/2017

article Zinke expands on zero tolerance sexual harrassment policy for NPS
(Arizona) -- In a meeting with National Park Service (NPS) employees Oct. 13, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke reiterated his commitment to stamping out what he called a...

10/16/2017

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

10/14/2017

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

10/13/2017

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

10/12/2017

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

10/11/2017

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

10/10/2017

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

10/9/2017

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

10/6/2017

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

10/5/2017

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

10/1/2017

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

9/30/2017

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

9/29/2017

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

9/27/2017

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

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