Tribes say ‘no thanks’ to plan for scaled-back Bears Ears monument

WASHINGTON - Leaders of five tribes, including the Navajo and Hopi, accused lawmakers of "cherry-picking" tribal members to support an 85 percent reduction in the Bears Ears monuments, and said proposed tribal management of the new monument would be in name only.

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White Mountain Apache water measure sidetracked by labor language

WASHINGTON - A bill to provide desperately needed water project funding for the White Mountain Apache tribe was expected to pass easily this week, but instead became the focus of a partisan fight over labor regulations.


Native Americans’ recovery from recession brings little advancement

WASHINGTON - A decade after the start of the recession, Native American poverty and unemployment was twice as high as the rest of the state and per capita income was less than half, margins that have barely budged since the recession started at the end of 2007.


Trump ‘Pocahontas’ remark overshadows Code Talkers event

WASHINGTON - Tribal groups reacted swiftly Monday after President Donald Trump used an event honoring Native American Code Talkers to call a Democratic senator "Pocahontas," what critics called a slur that marred an otherwise positive event.


Advocates worry FCC changes to Lifeline could hit Indian Country hard

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission is moving to rein in a low-cost telephone service for low-income customers that critics say will hit Indian Country hard if fully implemented.


White Mountain Apache seek tweak to law to let water project advance

WASHINGTON - A White Mountain Apache leader told House members Thursday that the tribe desperately needs to "replace the failing and terminal groundwater well system," but that current Interior Department regulations are preventing the tribe from moving forward on the project.


As tax reform looms, tribal leaders complain about being left out – again

WASHINGTON - A day before House Republicans were expected to unveil their plan to overhaul the tax code, tribal leaders and senators complained Wednesday that Indian Country once again does not have a seat at the table.


Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona case on custody fight over tribal kids

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused to hear an Arizona case that pitted a non-Indian mother and Indian father against one another in a fight for custody of their children.

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Navajo, other tribes call land-use bill a step in the right direction

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders backed a House bill Wednesday that would give tribes the ability to control more of their land, instead of having to get federal approval for virtually any use.


Peabody says potential buyers could keep Navajo Generating Station open

WASHINGTON - Navajo leaders expressed hope Monday that the Navajo Generating Station will be able to continue operations past 2019, after Peabody Energy said it had come up with a list of potential investors in the plant.


Tribal Justice: Native Americans hope acknowledging the past will shape a better future

PHOENIX — Law students, professors and tribal members gathered recently at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law in downtown Phoenix to watch the new documentary "Tribal Justice."

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Sex trafficking in Indian Country a ‘significant problem,’ senators told

WASHINGTON - Sex-trafficking in Indian Country is a significant problem, with tribal women and children suffering at higher rates than the general population, a panel of experts and activists told a Senate committee Wednesday.