Indian Country

Tribal members push less government, more sovereignty to conservatives

WASHINGTON - The audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference had heard the message of low taxes and local control from speakers before, but maybe not from this group - Native Americans calling for less government oversight on reservations and greater tribal sovereignty.

Officials testify on climate change’s outsized effect on Indian Country

WASHINGTON - An Inupiaq witness said melting glaciers led to erosion around rural villages. A Quinault Indian Nation member said treaty-protected fishing has dried up. And a Tohono O'odham official said floods are stronger and droughts longer. All were testifying on the effects of climate change on Indian Country.

At Indigenous Peoples March, different reservations, same stories

WASHINGTON - The first-ever Indigenous Peoples March brought thousands from all over the country and as far away as Australia and the Caribbean to raise awareness on issues many attendees share, from violence violence against Native women to environmental problems.

Lawmakers, advocates say shutdown’s impact hits hardest in tribal areas

WASHINGTON - House Democrats called together experts to testify on the challenges that urban and rural tribal communities are facing on health, accessibility and land management under the government shutdown, now the longest in history at 25 days Tuesday.

Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoptions

PHOENIX - The Indian Child Welfare Act is designed to keep Native American children in Native families and communities, and in touch with their heritaage, but 40 years after its passage the law faces rising numbers of legal challenges and a critical courtroom loss.