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In its first year, Trump’s Interior Dept claims its legacy ‘second only to Teddy Roosevelt’

The Interior Department (DOI) has published a list of its accomplishments during President Donald Trump’s first year in office based on 10 principles, which include conservation, tribal sovereignty and responsible development.

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6/20/2018

article U.S. Becomes First Nation To Voluntarily Withdraw From U.N. Human Rights Council
(New York) -- The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it ‘an...
article Many Native Americans, Citing History, Angry Over Trump Immigration Policy
(Washington D.C.) -- "Indian Country remembers," Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today wrote in Monday's edition of the pan-Native news site. "...

6/19/2018

press release Official Statement of NCAI President Jefferson Keel on the Forced Separation of Immigrant Families
(Washington D.C.) -- “The forced separation of immigrant children from their families is simply immoral and harkens back to a dark period for many Native American...

6/16/2018

article American-Indians fear US-Mexico border wall will destroy ancient culture
(Texas) -- To the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Indians, the water of the Rio Grande that divides the United States and sanctifies religious rites and purifies their hunts.

6/14/2018

article 'Very little progress': Lawmakers question Trump administration's Indian affairs record
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are making progress toward fixing management shortcomings that landed them on a list of “high-...

6/12/2018

article Trump Administration: Domestic abuse or gang violence no longer grounds for asylum
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said that immigrant victims of gang violence or domestic abuse will no longer be able to claim asylum in...
article America’s legacy of slavery seen in Trump policy separating children and families
(Washington D.C.) -- There has been a great deal of consternation and debate in recent weeks about the Trump Administration deliberately separating thousands of...

6/8/2018

article Yellowstone superintendent ordered to Washington, D.C.
(Washington D.C.) -- Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk has lost a skirmish with the Trump administration in which he sought to ensure an “orderly...

6/7/2018

article An advocate for Indian Country in the Trump administration?
(Washington D.C.) -- On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs unanimously approved the nomination of Tara Sweeney, an Inupiaq woman from Alaska, to be...
article Retiring Yellowstone boss claims Trump administration trying to nudge him out early
(Montana) -- The retiring head of Yellowstone National Parks accused the Trump administration of forcing him out early over squabbling with the Interior Department....
article Yellowstone’s top official, facing reassignment under Trump, is denied option to retire on his terms
(Montana) -- The Trump administration issued a stern reply to Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Daniel Wenk’s offer to retire next year to avoid a...
article Nevada tribe says Sandoval and Pruitt didn’t adequately consult on Superfund decision
(Nevada) -- The leader of an American Indian tribe near Yerington says Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt excluded...
article Trump signs bill to rename 2 VA facilities in Billings, 1 in Missoula
(Montana) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a bill to rename three VA facilities in Montana, including two clinics in Billings.
article Trump Admin’s Decision Looms On Wisconsin’s Bid For Medicaid Drug Tests
(Wisconsin) -- Wisconsin may soon become the first state in the nation to require hundreds of thousands of its Medicaid recipients to take drug tests in order to...

6/6/2018

article “Trump and Pruitt Are Waging an All-Out Attack”: Inside the Battle to Save California’s Water
(California) -- As Trump’s E.P.A. administrator imperils the environment, a band of passionate Californians is fighting to keep the state’s waterways clean. Bruno...
article “Trump and Pruitt Are Waging an All-Out Attack”: Inside the Battle to Save California’s Water
(California) -- As Trump’s E.P.A. administrator imperils the environment, a band of passionate Californians is fighting to keep the state’s waterways clean....

6/5/2018

article Federal budget would eliminate tribal programs that made this cake business happen
(California) -- The Trump administration's proposed fiscal year budget for 2019 eliminates funding for all Indian and Native American workforce programs. And that...

6/4/2018

article EPA aide says Scott Pruitt wanted used mattress from Trump hotel
(Washington D.C.) -- Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt had a top aide seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and perform other personal...
article Trump-Kim Summit's Ideal Location Is a Former Pirate Hangout Turned Golfer's Paradise
(Singapore) -- Barely a week ahead of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, only a handful of hotels are...

6/3/2018

article The Long History of Child-Snatching
(New York) -- Most Americans are shocked by the increasingly frequent scenes of wailing mothers and babies being torn apart by government officers at the Mexican border.
article Maybe it's time to revisit the debate on limiting presidential pardon powers
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump was the subject of controversy again this week with his issuance of a controversial pardon to conservative commentator, Dinesh D...

6/2/2018

article Yellowstone boss to retire after Trump agency proposed move
(Montana) -- Yellowstone National Park's superintendent said Friday that he plans to retire next year from a job he called "the best in the National Park Service" and...

6/1/2018

article Ex-chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force
(Washington D.C.) -- A lawyer tapped to lead a task force at the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing cleanups at the nation's most polluted places worked...

5/30/2018

article Mark Charles: I see Trump's definition of greatness and I don't want any part of it
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday President Trump gave the commencement address at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. About one third of the way through his speech...

5/28/2018

article The Trump agenda has Native American tribes feeling under siege
(Washington D.C.) -- Every time black dust blows through the windswept Moapa River Indian Reservation about an hour's drive from Las Vegas, residents grow more...

5/25/2018

article Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers
(Washington D.C.) -- Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials collaborating with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to...

5/24/2018

article Trump administration wants tribal people to work for Medicaid benefits
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Health and Human Services officials want states to settle the question of whether citizens of Native American tribes should get jobs to keep...

5/23/2018

article EPA criticized for again blocking reporters from chemicals summit
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency was under fire from news organizations for a second straight day Wednesday for blocking some reporters from...
article The Energy 202: This EPA forum should have been about water pollution. Instead, it sparked another controversy.
(Washington D.C.) -- For the Environmental Protection Agency, a gathering of state and tribal officials at agency headquarters Tuesday was supposed to be about stopping...

5/22/2018

article Scrambled Eggs: How the Trump team is mixing up the Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- Still wondering about the Trump administration's reorganization of the Department of the Interior? Well attorney Larry Roberts, who ran the...

5/19/2018

article Trump administration plans solar farm near Joshua Tree in California
(California) -- In at least one area, President Trump is picking up right where former president Barack Obama left off. The Interior Department said Thursday it plans to...

5/18/2018

article Federal proposal to recognize tribes as racial groups instead of governments sees local, state resistance
(Oregon) -- Governor Kate Brown and the state’s delegation to Congress are opposing efforts by the federal government to change the way Medicaid is dispersed to...
article Governor joins CTUIR in opposing Medicaid work requirements for tribes
(Oregon) -- In its battle against the Trump Administration over Medicaid work requirements, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has gained some...

5/17/2018

article Trump administration goes against tribal interests in treaty case
(Washington D.C.) -- After seven months, the Trump administration has finally provided its views in a closely-watched treaty rights case and it's not looking good...

5/15/2018

article Another Indian law case in limbo as high court turns to Trump again
(Washington D.C.) -- Another Indian law case hangs in limbo as the nation's highest court once again asks the Trump administration for guidance despite a lack of...

5/14/2018

article Tribes Decry President Trump's Proposed Budget Cut to Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribes are not happy with President Trump’s proposed 2019 budget for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. "The 2019 president’s budget for...
article Nevada congressman wants to give polluted public land to BP, American Indian tribes object
(Nevada) -- A Nevada congressman is pushing a bill to give more than 2,000 acres of federal land at a polluted mine site to the multinational oil conglomerate...

5/12/2018

article It’s not just Trump. The US has always broken its treaties, pacts and promises
(Washington D.C.) -- One of the dangerous consequences of violating the Iran deal is a loss of credibility for the US, say critics of Donald Trump’s decision...
article Feds blocks government archaeologists from speaking at a major science conference
(Utah) -- At a time when archeological sites are a growing flashpoint in the debate over public lands, the Bureau of Land Management blocked at least 14 staff...
article Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox named to national EPA advisory committee
(North Dakota) -- The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced the appointment of Mark Fox, chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold...
article Sen. Jeff Merkley tries to force White House to finish tribal housing work on Columbia River
(Oregon) -- The director of the federal Office of Management and Budget says that nowhere is it written he has to fund housing developments for Columbia River tribal...

5/9/2018

article Rep. Cole calls CMS action “unintentional, but very real, attack on tribal sovereignty”
(Washington D.C.) -- In an action that looks to many in Indian Country like piecemeal termination and an attempt to undo tribal sovereignty, in January, the Department...

5/8/2018

article Trump Admin Flip On Tribal Medicaid Rules Angers Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are pushing back forcefully against the Trump administration’s new position on whether Native...

5/7/2018

article Oklahoma tribes and Tom Cole say 'troubling' Medicaid policy weakens tribal sovereignty by labeling them a race
(Washington D.C.) -- Oklahoma tribes and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole are pushing back against the administration of President Donald Trump over a federal health policy they say...
article Trump Admin. Rejects 3-Year Medicaid Limit, Leaves Tribal Work Rules To States
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is rejecting a proposal by Kansas to kick people off of Medicaid after three years, and also plans to allow states to...
article Trump's Political Maneuvers Could Rob Native People of Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans have long existed in a legal and cultural limbo, surviving the devastating impacts of a trail of broken treaties by the US...
article BLOG: Trump's Political Maneuvers Could Rob Native America of Tribal Sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- Native Americans have long existed in a legal and cultural limbo, surviving the devastating impacts of a trail of broken treaties by the US...

5/6/2018

article Tribes contend Medicaid plan weakens sovereignty
(Washington D.C.) -- Oklahoma tribes and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole are pushing back against the administration of President Donald Trump over a federal health policy they say...
article As the ‘King of Debt,’ Trump borrowed to build his empire. Then he began spending hundreds of millions in cash.
(Washington D.C.) -- In the nine years before he ran for president, Donald Trump’s company spent more than $400 million in cash on new properties — including...

5/4/2018

article Trump Administration Uses Medicaid Rules to Challenge American Indian Treaty Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- In responding to a request from tribal leaders to exempt American Indians from Medicaid work requirements, the Trump administration has asserted...

5/3/2018

article Trump Admin Clashes With Indian Tribes And Congress Over Medicaid Work Rules
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indian tribes and dozens of members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are expressing alarm at the Trump administration’s recent...
article A Pruitt Aide's Attack on Zinke Angers the White House
(Washington D.C.) -- A press staffer at the Environmental Protection Agency attempted to distract from his boss’s troubles by planting stories that would reflect...
article BREAKING: Leaker In The Interior Department Has Been Found
(Washington D.C.) -- The President Donald Trump administration has privately identified the leaker in the Department of the Interior (DOI). Department of the Interior...
article Scott Pruitt’s staffer reportedly had a genius plan to help his boss: smear Ryan Zinke
(Washington D.C.) -- Just when you thought the Scott Pruitt scandals couldn’t get more bizarre, a wild story is unfolding between the Environmental Protection...
article LEGAL BLOG: Indian Country After Year One of the Trump Administration
(Washington D.C.) -- At this point in year one of the Obama Administration, tribes were enjoying the progress made at the first ever White House Tribal Nations...
article OP/ED: Trump takes a hard line on tribal health care
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, the Trump administration made the remarkable step of asserting that tribal citizens should be required to have a job before receiving...

5/2/2018

article The Editors: Native Americans deserve tribal recognition
(Washington D.C.) -- Since the first treaties between the United States and indigenous tribes were signed during the Revolutionary War, U.S. law has recognized Native...

5/1/2018

article OP/ED: The Trump feedback loop: Everybody wins but us
(Washington D.C.) -- A United States Marine Corps flag whips from its pole over the weathered trailer in this remote corner of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The...

4/30/2018

article Senators warn against placing Medicaid work requirements on tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- A bipartisan group of senators is warning the Trump administration against placing Medicaid work requirements on tribes in the U.S. The...

4/27/2018

article Senators rebuke Trump administration over challenge to Native Americans’ health care
(Washington D.C.) -- A group of senators today pushed back against a Trump administration plan that could require Native Americans to find jobs to keep their Medicaid...
article BREWER: Trump takes a hard line on tribal health care
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, the Trump administration made the remarkable step of asserting that tribal citizens should be required to have a job before receiving...

4/25/2018

article Navajo Leaders: Trump Shift on Native American Health Care Violates Treaties
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job to keep their health care. But Navajo leaders say that policy defies their...

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...

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