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Trump’s Budget Reveals that He Wants Everyday Americans to Pay for His Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

In December 2017, President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress enacted legislation providing large tax cuts overwhelmingly weighted to corporations and the wealthy. By draining federal revenue, the tax bill will increase deficits by an estimated $1.5 trillion over 10 years.

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11/20/2018

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

11/9/2018

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

11/7/2018

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

11/5/2018

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

11/1/2018

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

10/31/2018

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

10/28/2018

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

10/26/2018

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

10/25/2018

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

10/24/2018

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

10/23/2018

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

10/22/2018

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

10/20/2018

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

10/19/2018

article White House denies ‘hand picking’ controversial Interior watchdog candidate
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House denied Friday that it had picked a controversial candidate for the Interior Department’s top watchdog position, raising further...
article Nikki Haley Torches Elizabeth Warren at Alfred E. Smith Dinner with a Joke
(Washington D.C.) -- Outgoing United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley joked Thursday during the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. She killed it with a...
article OP/ED: Ryan Zinke, like Scott Pruitt, highlights the utter failure of Trump's 'drain the swamp' promise
(Washington D.C.) -- Ryan Zinke and Scot Pruitt have a lot in common. Will their careers in the Trump administration have similar endings? A report released on Thursday...

10/16/2018

article Trump says he has 'no financial interests in Saudi Arabia.' But his businesses have made millions from the Saudi government, and the crown prince gave his New York City hotel a huge boost.
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday dismissed the charge that his response to the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be affected by any...

10/14/2018

article EPA scraps pair of air pollution science panels
(Washington D.C.) -- The Environmental Protection Agency moved this week to disband two outside panels of experts charged with advising the agency on limiting harmful...

10/13/2018

article White House nominations to 9th Circuit set off firestorm
(Washington D.C.) -- While President Donald Trump has had unprecedented success in reshaping the judiciary by placing two justices on the Supreme Court and a record...

10/10/2018

article Trump’s Patron-in-Chief: Casino Magnate Sheldon Adelson
(Washington D.C.) -- Late on Thursday evening in February 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plane landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland for his...

9/30/2018

article Trump Administration Prepares a Major Weakening of Mercury Emissions Rules
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic...
article OP/ED: Native communities have everything to lose
(North Dakota) -- When President Trump visited Fargo to hold a high-dollar fundraiser for Kevin Cramer earlier this month, he insulted all of North Dakotas Native voters...

9/29/2018

article Trump administration sees 7-degree rise in global temperatures
(Washington D.C.) -- Last month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the...

9/18/2018

article SNOPES: Did Donald Trump Appoint the First Native American to Lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs?
(Washington D.C.) -- CLAIM: President Donald Trump appointed a Native American to run the Bureau of Indian Affairs, for the first time in U.S. history.
article States Sue Over Rolled Back Methane Flaring Rule
(California) -- California and New Mexico on Tuesday sued to block the Trump administration from rolling back an Obama-era rule that would curb air pollution from oil...
article Trump Administration Eases Regulation Of Methane Leaks On Public Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is proposing to roll back another Obama-era energy regulation, this time one that aimed to curb methane leaks from oil and...

9/17/2018

article IHS To Shift $25M Over Tribal Leaders' Objections [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The Indian Health Service told Native American leaders Friday that the agency will take $25 million earmarked for inflation funding to cover costs...

9/16/2018

article Trump administration supports sovereignty for tribes in Texas
(Texas) -- A bipartisan bill to recognize the sovereign rights of the two tribes whose casinos are being threatened in Texas has the support of the Trump administration...

9/14/2018

article News update: Census is in deep trouble, tribes could lose millions of dollars
(Washington D.C.) -- American Indians and Alaska Natives are undercounted during the best of circumstances every time the U.S. conducts its once-a-decade count. But this...
article Trump Panel Wants Changes In Royalties From Public Oil, Gas
(Washington D.C.) -- A Trump administration advisory committee on Thursday recommended a change in the way energy companies calculate how much money they owe taxpayers...

9/12/2018

article Another Indian bill makes its way to President Trump's desk
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump's reputation in Indian Country is often in the dumps even as Congress keeps giving him opportunities to sign pro-tribal bills...
article 'Why don't you do the same thing for us?': Oglala candidate asks of Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- Not every tribal election offers voters a clear choice, or even a good choice, but somebody is going to prevail come November 6, 2018, and become...
article Democrats push back against GOP plan to change Endangered Species Act
(Washington D.C.) -- Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday that Trump administration efforts to revamp the Endangered Species Act disregard science and ignore the impact...

9/6/2018

article Gamblers bet on identity of official who wrote New York Times op-ed slamming Trump
(New York) -- Some people are trying to cash in on hunches over who authored the New York Times editorial ripping the president and his behavior in the White House....
article People are actually betting on who wrote the anonymous Trump op-ed
(Washington D.C.) -- The anonymous and scathing New York Times op-ed written by “a senior official in the Trump administration” set Washington aflame Wednesday,...

9/5/2018

article Bookies place odds on anonymous White House official
(Washington D.C.) -- Vice President Mike Pence – and “the field” – lead offshore bookmaking picks as the White House mole behind the anonymous...

9/3/2018

article The president can’t unprotect national monuments
(Washington) -- We agree that our national monuments deserve better, as the Aug. 31 editorial “This land is our land” said. President Trump and Interior...
article Finding the Words for Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- My focus on Native subject matter started in the late 1990s, when I was deputy editor of Garden Design magazine. As part of an effort to offer...

8/29/2018

article How deportation kept a Oaxacan artist collective from attending its own L.A. exhibition closing reception
(California) -- Eight bold and colorful murals by Oaxacan artist collective Tlacolulokos have anchored the Los Angeles Public Library’s domed rotunda for the past...

8/24/2018

article NORTH DAKOTA TRIBES: Judge Kavanaugh's views don't fit Native needs
(Washington D.C.) -- Judge Kavanaugh’s views on voting rights and racial justice in America are extremely troubling -- in light of the fact that right now Native...

8/19/2018

article For Native Americans, seeing families separated at the US-Mexico border feels especially personal
(USA) -- Many people in the United States have reacted to the separation of families at the border with sadness, protests, donations and a lawsuit against the federal...

8/18/2018

article On second thought, Zinke nixes Interior’s plan to possibly sell public land
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department canceled a proposal to potentially sell public land that was once protected inside the Grand Staircase-Escalante National...
press release President Donald J. Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and ordered federal...

8/17/2018

article Trump administration reportedly poised to approve restrictive changes to Medicaid
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is preparing to approve a number of changes to Medicaid — the government health care program that provides coverage...

8/16/2018

article Trump readies new round of controversial Medicaid changes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is preparing to let conservative-led states impose additional restrictions on the nation’s health program for the...

8/14/2018

article 'We are against this': Tribes continue to oppose Trump reorganization
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Interior (DOI) Office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant John Tahsuda hosted consultations...
article FCC blocked from ending Tribal internet subsidy
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal appeals court has blocked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from ending or limiting the Lifeline program, a subsidized telephone...
article FCC must halt cuts to Lifeline broadband subsidies in tribal regions, says court
(Washington D.C.) -- An appeals court on Friday blocked the Federal Communications Commission's plan to cut a broadband subsidy in tribal regions. If the cut were...
article ‘We’ve been there’: Native Americans remember their own family separations
(Indian Country) -- Many people in the United States have reacted to the separation of families at the border with sadness, protests, donations and a lawsuit against the...

8/13/2018

article Court halts FCC plan to revoke low-income internet subsidies on tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- A $25 monthly subsidy that’s meant to help low-income households on tribal lands get phone or internet service will remain in place for the...
article The FCC May Disrupt the ‘Obamaphone’ Program. Critics Are Crying Foul
(Washington D.C.) -- Thomas Howard lives alone in Baltimore and relies on Social Security and an occasional meal at the Viva House, a soup kitchen where he once met a...

8/12/2018

article Trump's 9th Circuit Court nominee has record of litigating cases against Tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Eric D. Miller, is a highest-honors graduate of two major universities,...

8/9/2018

article Trump's 9th Circuit Court nominee has record of litigating cases against Tribes
(Washington) -- President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Eric D. Miller, is a highest-honors graduate of two major universities, has...
article Outgoing Yellowstone boss says he feels he was punished
(Montana) -- National Park Service officials told Yellowstone's departing superintendent that he wasn't being forced out over a disagreement with Interior...

8/8/2018

article Under Trump’s EPA, asbestos might be making a comeback
(Washington D.C.) -- Asbestos, a dangerous carcinogen outlawed in more than 55 countries, could make a comeback in the United States, under Trump’s Environmental...

8/7/2018

article 'There's really no trust': Hopes for immigration reform fade away
(Washington D.C.) -- Just days after President Donald Trump threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not act on immigration reform, the Senate joined the...
article COMMENTARY: Why American policy is leaving millions hungry
(Washington D.C.) -- A whopping 15.6 million American households experienced at least some food insecurity in 2016, meaning that more than 12 percent of the population...

8/2/2018

article HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours tribal pueblo in New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- A tribal leader in New Mexico says U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s visit to his community offered a chance to show the...

8/1/2018

article Trump suggests he may postpone government shutdown until after midterms
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump indicated Wednesday that he may wait until after the November midterm elections to shut down the government, even as he insisted...

7/30/2018

article Layoffs from Trump tariffs are piling up. So are calls for more bailouts
(Washington D.C.) -- Jane Hardy, the chief executive of a company that makes lawn-care equipment, says she had to lay off 75 employees this summer because of President...
article Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Rich
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that...

7/28/2018

article Pruitt’s Successor Wants Rollbacks, Too. And He Wants Them to Stick.
(Washington D.C.) -- In his first three weeks on the job, Andrew Wheeler, the acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has sought to halt two major efforts by...

7/25/2018

article 'First time since termination era': Tribe's trust land remains at risk in Trump era
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration won't stand in the way of bipartisan legislation to protect the homelands of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe from...
article How the Trump Tax Cut Is Helping to Push the Federal Deficit to $1 Trillion
(Washington D.C.) -- The amount of corporate taxes collected by the federal government has plunged to historically low levels in the first six months of the year,...
article Trump administration proposes $12 billion subsidy for farmers
(Washington D.C.) -- Will American Indian farmers get relief? Tuesday the Trump administration proposed spending $12 billion to help farmers recover from trade...

7/22/2018

article Lawmakers, Lobbyists and the Administration Join Forces to Overhaul the Endangered Species Act
(Washington D.C.) -- The Endangered Species Act, which for 45 years has safeguarded fragile wildlife while blocking ranching, logging and oil drilling on protected...

7/21/2018

article With EPA rule change, worries linger for those near coal ash ponds
(Washington D.C.) -- The revised rules "provide states and utilities much-needed flexibility in the management of coal ash, while ensuring human health and the...

7/20/2018

article Interior Secretary Zinke kept some meetings off public calendar
(Washington D.C.) -- On May 16, 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with Rep. Chris Collins, a New York Republican who was the first in Congress to endorse Donald...

7/19/2018

article Trump administration won't commit to permanent funding for tribal water rights
(Washington D.C.) -- A tribal water rights fund is due to run out of money but the Trump administration isn't ready to support a permanent fix despite billions of...
article Endangered Species Act stripped of key provisions in Trump administration proposal
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration unveiled a proposal Thursday that would strip the Endangered Species Act of key provisions, a move that conservationists...
article Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant...

7/18/2018

article TRAHANT: 'Trump picks Putin over America': Native candidates slam president's remarks
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald J. Trump says everything is great. It’s the media’s fault. And he offered an apology, of sorts. This is already an...
article CHARLES: President Trump isn't the only thing wrong with America
(California) -- It doesn't really matter what political party you align yourself with. For most Americans the past week has been somewhat surreal. Our President...

7/17/2018

article REP. RUIZ: The Trump administration’s attack on tribal health
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is on course to cut tribal health care funding by hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of its proposal to impose...
article OP/ED: In Trump's America, immigrants are modern-day 'savage Indians'
(Washington D.C.) -- “One of the reasons we lead the free world today is that we are a nation of immigrants.” These words were delivered by Harry Truman to...
article National screening tour of 'The Wall' documentary stops in Scottsdale
(Arizona) -- A national tour for the USA TODAY NETWORK's Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary about President Donald Trump's proposed border wall stopped in...

7/15/2018

article Trump Just Remade Ocean Policy—Here’s What That Means
(Washington D.C.) -- The spill began with a bang. On August 20, 2010 a jet of natural gas surged to the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform. Fumes filled the air,...
article Bammer: Trump decision on college admissions strikes negative chord
(California) -- The Trump administration’s plan to rescind seven Obama-era guidelines regarding the use of race for college admissions strikes a personal chord...

7/14/2018

article Land-in-trust applications by Alaska tribes under review
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is re-examining whether Alaska tribes can create sovereign areas. Before President Donald Trump was inaugurated, tribes in...
article Trump administration puts brakes on Indian Country in Alaska
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration reopened a decades-long fight over whether tribes in Alaska can create sovereign areas. Native American tribes are able to put land...
article Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention
(Texas) -- Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case. Lights...

7/13/2018

article China May Test Adelson’s Control Over Trump Foreign Policy
(Washington D.C.) -- Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has, by multiple accounts, gotten much of what he wanted when he backed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign...
article Trump’s border war is a war on the indigenous | Opinion
(Tennessee) -- Completely overlooked by the mainstream media in the border crisis is the fact that countless numbers or virtually the majority of the so-called...
article 'You know, Andrew Jackson': Hearing scheduled into Trump reorganization
(Washington D.C.) -- Key lawmakers are looking into the Trump administration's controversial reorganization at the Department of the Interior amid ongoing complaints...
article Trump administration puts brakes on Indian Country in Alaska
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration reopened a decades-long fight over whether tribes in Alaska can create sovereign areas. Native American tribes are able to...
article Native candidate for Congress draws attention of White House
(Washington D.C.) -- Imagine a sitting vice president of the United States raising money for the opponent of one of the few Native American women to run for Congress....

7/11/2018

article What Chinese tariffs mean to a geoduck clam farmer
(Washington D.C.) -- On any given day, about 90 percent of farmed and wild geoduck clams are exported to China. The United States government recently placed tariffs on...

7/10/2018

article Grannies and Abuelas are heading to the border to support families
(USA) -- Tina Bernstein remembers the Birmingham Church bombings in 1963 that killed four young school girls. She remembers the fear she felt during the Cuban Missile...

7/9/2018

article Mitch McConnell Hounded Out of Louisville Restaurant by Protesters
(Kentucky) -- Republicans should probably stop going to restaurants: This past weekend, a crowd of protesters chased Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, out of...

7/8/2018

article Flawed opinion on lands withdrawn: Alaska sovereignty bolstered by new administration
(Alaska) -- A recent decision from the solicitor general’s office of the U.S. Department of the Interior to withdraw an Obama-era action regarding Alaska Natives...
article Fresh doubt for Alaska tribes seeking land-in-trust
(Washington D.C.) -- A new legal opinion from the solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior throws doubt on whether Alaska tribes can gain “Indian Country...
article President Trump’s racially charged words dovetail with harsh policies
(Washington D.C.) -- It started during the campaign. Donald Trump said “Islam hates us,” he called Mexicans “rapists,” and he tweeted a photo of...

7/7/2018

article FCC Refuses to Back Down From Plan to Strip Phone and Internet Subsidies for American Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- Late last year, the Federal Communications Commission under Ajit Pai voted to make it harder for American Indians to receive subsidies for broadband...
article Why Scott Pruitt lasted so long at the EPA, and what finally did him in
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, we saw President Donald Trump accept the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, whose extraordinary...
article ‘Super Polluting’ Trucks Receive Loophole on Pruitt’s Last Day
(Washington D.C.) -- In the final hours of Scott Pruitt’s tenure as administrator, the Environmental Protection Agency moved on Friday to effectively grant a...
article Trump administration takes another major swipe at the Affordable Care Act
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration took another major swipe at the Affordable Care Act, halting billions of dollars in annual payments required under the law...
article Here's What's Going On With Affirmative Action And School Admissions
(Washington D.C.) -- School may be out, but there has been no lack of news this summer on race and admissions: an announcement from Jeff Sessions, a Harvard lawsuit,...

7/6/2018

article 'Good riddance': Scott Pruitt steps down at Environmental Protection Agency
(Washington D.C.) -- Arizona Democrats and environmental groups on Thursday welcomed the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who...
article Feds eye changes to a bedrock environmental law
(Washington D.C.) -- A linchpin environmental law is now being scrutinized by the Trump administration and could be targeted for reforms. The National Environmental...
article OP/ED: In appreciation of Scott Pruitt, greatest public servant ever
(Washington D.C.) -- I am skeptical of reports saying that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was forced to resign. There is no way that guy could have been forced out of...
article Scott Pruitt’s likely successor has long lobbying history on issues before the EPA
(Washington D.C.) -- Andrew Wheeler, until now the low-profile deputy administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency, became a likely successor to the scandal-...
article ACLU: America Was in the Business of Separating Families Long Before Trump
(USA) -- Children are crying for their parents while being held in small cages. The attorney general tells us the Bible justifies what we see and the White House press...
article DAILY CALLER: University Prof Calls Zinke A Shill For ‘White People, Christianity And His Corporate Overlords’
(Washington D.C.) -- A state university professor suggested Friday that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke favors Americans based on race, religion and the potential...

7/5/2018

article 8 ways resigning EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suppressed science
(Washington D.C.) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who announced today that he is resigning, leaves a legacy of suppressing the role of...
article Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns
(Washington D.C.) -- Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who relentlessly pursued President Trump’s promises of deregulation at the Environmental...
article Scott Pruitt Out At EPA
(Washington D.C.) -- Scott Pruitt will no longer lead the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter.
article USCIS is Starting a Denaturalization Task Force
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is creating a new task force. Its goal: to examine what they say are bad naturalization cases...
article Why Trump’s inauguration money is a major part of Mueller’s Russia investigation
(Washington D.C.) -- What happened at Donald Trump’s inauguration 18 months ago, and why does special counsel Robert Mueller appear to be so interested in it? Last...
article Gamblers betting on Kavanaugh as Trump's Supreme Court pick
(Washington D.C.) -- Lost money betting on the World Cup? Still seething about that NCAA bracket-busting UVA loss? Anthony Kennedy’s Supreme Court vacancy is...

7/3/2018

article Utah oil drillers won pollution break from Pruitt
(Utah) -- Utah oil and gas producers tried for years to get the Environmental Protection Agency to exempt them from smog rules meant to prevent ailments like asthma....
article Trump’s Nativism Is Transforming the Physical Landscape
(Washington D.C.) -- In his late May commencement address at the Naval Academy, President Trump chose to remind the graduating cadets and their families of a particular...
article Trump administration rescinds Obama-era policies encouraging affirmative action and backs race-neutral school admissions
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded Obama-era guidelines encouraging the use of race to determine admission to educational institutions,...

7/1/2018

article Emails reveal close rapport between top EPA officials, those they regulate
(Washington D.C.) -- On the morning of April 1, 2017, Environmental Protection Agency appointee Mandy Gunasekara welcomed to her office a team of lobbyists representing...

6/29/2018

article How ‘Abolish ICE’ Went From Social Media to Progressive Candidates’ Rallying Cry
(Washington D.C.) -- Abolish ICE! That was the seemingly radical message that Chardo Richardson, a House candidate in Florida, published in an online statement four...

6/28/2018

article Puyallup Tribal Council urges speedy reunification of children with their families
(Washington) -- The Puyallup Tribal Council joins with the National American Indian Court Judges Association and welcomes the halt to the separation of children from...
article Thousands of kids still haven't been reunited with their parents
(USA) -- Where are the children? And what's taking so long? That was the rallying cry at protests across the United States on Thursday as a growing chorus of...

6/26/2018

press release Tribal Representitives Suspend Participation In The DOT Tribal Self-Governance Program Negotiated Rulemaking Process
(Oklahoma) -- On June 19, 2018 the Tribal Representatives on the Department of Transportation Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program (DOT - TTSGP) Negotiated...
article Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs condemns Trump immigration policies
(British Columbia) -- The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs has written an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemning...

6/25/2018

article 'No question at all': More Indigenous families are crossing the border
(Colorado) -- Last Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed an executive order essentially back-peddling on his administration’s “zero tolerance”...
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 Mexico sanctifies religious rites and purifies their...
article Family Separation Is a US Tradition. Just Ask Native Communities
(Washington D.C.) -- Before the Trump administration separated migrant parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border, it was routine for the federal government...
article New HHS Native Americans Head OK'd By Senate
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s choice to head the Administration for Native Americans at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been...

6/24/2018

article Senate confirms Indian nominee without so much as a confirmation hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- In what appears to be a first in the modern era, the Senate has confirmed one of the Trump administration's Indian policy nominees without so...

6/23/2018

article Immigrant children forcibly injected with drugs, lawsuit claims
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s zero tolerance policy stands to create a zombie army of children forcibly injected with medications that make them...
article 'This is still Indian Country': Indian lawmakers trash Trump's immigration policy
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American lawmakers in Arizona said Thursday that indigenous and native people are among immigrant families who are being separated at the...
article Trump Appeals to Republicans in Las Vegas, Leaving Behind Washington’s Legislative Chaos
(Nevada) -- Leaving behind the chaos he sowed in Washington with his shifting immigration policies, President Trump visited his second midterm battleground state of the...
article Trump in Vegas to boost campaign for Dean Heller, says senator was 'shaky' but now is 'rock solid' supporter
(Las Vegas) -- President Donald Trump acknowledged Saturday that Sen. Dean Heller, who stopped just short of renouncing Trump during the 2016 campaign, was “a...
article Trump needles 'Whacky Jacky,' 'Pocahontas' campaigning in Nevada
(Las Vegas) -- President Trump on Saturday waded into the toss-up Senate race in Nevada, giving Democratic candidate Jacky Rosen the nickname “Whacky Jacky”...
article Cronkite News: Republicans buck party leaders and derail immigration bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Some conservative House Republicans bucked their party’s leaders Thursday and joined Democrats to kill a GOP-backed immigration reform bill,...

6/21/2018

article Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump, spurred on by conservatives who want him to slash safety net programs, unveiled on Thursday a plan to overhaul the federal...
article Cherokees condemn Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy
(Oklahoma) -- During their annual Tri-Council meeting Wednesday, the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...
article Native American lawmakers combat Trump stance on immigration
(Arizona) -- Native American lawmakers in Arizona said Thursday that indigenous and native people are among immigrant families who are being separated at the border, and...
article President Trump Is Looking for Suggestions for Pardons. So We Asked 7 Historians for Their Thoughts
(Washington D.C.) -- Few presidents have been as excited about pardon powers as Donald Trump. In recent months, Trump has issued a rare posthumous pardon to boxer Jack...
article Cherokees condemn Trump's 'zero-tolerance' immigration policy
(North Carolina) -- During their annual Tri-Council meeting Wednesday, the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, and Eastern Band of Cherokee...
article Trump rescinds Obama ocean policy
(Washington D.C.) -- In another strike at his predecessor’s legacy, and one that could have long-term consequences for New England, President Trump this week...

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...

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