WASHINGTON - Federal agencies that oversee Indian affairs are making progress toward fixing management shortcomings that landed them on a list of "high-risk" agencies, but not enough progress to satisfy some senators and auditors who say more needs to be done.
WASHINGTON - Native Americans face a slew of challenges, said Wendsler Nosie Sr., one of a number of speakers at a wide-ranging rally by dozens of activists as part of the Poor People's Campaign that touched on everything from voting rights to fights over the minimum wage.
WASHINGTON - Overt challenges to Native Americans voting are a thing of the past, experts say, but casting a ballot can still be hard for tribal members who may face language barriers, registration difficulties and scant access to polling places and government services that can ease the process.
WASHINGTON - Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson called on Congress to help Native Americans, that have been gains in tribal education, but American Indians still trail in test scores and graduation rates, a delay experts blame on a continuing lack of resources and funding.
WASHINGTON - Life expectancy for Native Americans is decades longer than it was in the 1960s, nearly closing the gap with the rest of the U.S. population, government data show. But experts say pockets of problems remain, particularly on traditional reservations.
WASHINGTON - Native American unemployment has fallen sharply, from 40 percent in 1968 to 12 percent in 2016, but that is still more than twice the national average at the time and experts say it masks pockets of high unemployment on reservations and rural areas where systemic challenges remain.
WASHINGTON - Decades after Congress and the courts sharply limited Native Americans of the ability to enforce their laws, lawmakers have only recently started to restore that authority to tribal courts and cops.
WASHINGTON - A bill to give the White Mountain Apache access to water-project funds stalled in the Senate over House language to exempt tribal businesses from National Labor Relations Board oversight, delaying a project the tribe has been trying to get off the ground since 2010.
WASHINGTON - A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases "has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era," according to a new report.