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School Bus Hits Power Pole Causing Power Outage on Fort Hall Indian Reservation

March 17, 2021 - 12:25pm

Fort Hall, Idaho — A school bus carrying 10 students and a bus driver was involved in an accident on Wednesday morning on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, home of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, in Fort Hall, Idaho. There were no reported injuries sustained during the accident.


FBI Seeking Whereabouts of Crow Tribe Man Who Was Shot by BIA Officer on Crow Indian Reservation Over the Weekend

March 16, 2021 - 10:27pm

LODGE GRASS, Mont. — The FBI is on the lookout for Darnell Lee Not Afraid, 36, in connection with shooting on the Crow Indian Reservation on Sunday, March 14, 2021. The Salt Lake City FBI Field Office issued a press release on Tuesday evening identifying Not Afraid, was involved in an officer-involved shooting early Sunday.


Rep. Deb Haaland Gets Teary-eyed as She Bids Farewell to Her Colleagues in Last Speech on House Floor

March 16, 2021 - 8:46pm

WASHINGTON — Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) made her last speech in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, a day after winning confirmation to become the 54th secretary of the Interior. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Monday evening by a 51-40 margin. 


Praise for Deb Haaland Becoming Interior Secretary from Around the Country

March 16, 2021 - 8:43pm

WASHINGTON — With her confirmation to become the 54th secretary of the Department of the Interior, Rep. Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna) will be the first American Indian in history as a presidential cabinet secretary.


History! Senate Confirms Deb Haaland As First Native American Cabinet Secretary

March 15, 2021 - 7:02pm

WASHINGTON — On March 15, 2021, more than 200 years after George Washington assembled his first Cabinet, New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland of the Laguna Pueblo was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the first Native American Cabinet secretary, heading the Interior Department. 


Congressional Members Support Injunction to Stop Sale of Seattle Archives Facility

March 15, 2021 - 4:05pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, 25 Senators from the Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho congressional delegations — led by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) — signed onto a letter supporting a halt to the sale of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) facility in Seattle.


BIA Officer Shoots Male on Crow Indian Reservation

March 14, 2021 - 10:03pm

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LODGE GRASS, Mont. — The FBI is leading an investigation into a Sunday morning shooting in Lodge Grass, Mont. on the Crow Indian Reservation involving a Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) police officer and a male.


Daylight Saving Time is Returning: Spring Forward at Sunday at 2 a.m.

March 13, 2021 - 11:24am

WASHINGTON — It is time to “spring forward” with daylight saving time in most states and reservatons across the United States.


All Three GOP Members of Congress Who are Native Americans Voted No on $31.2 Billion that is Going to Indian Country

March 13, 2021 - 1:22am

WASHINGTON — When casting their votes on the American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion coronavirus package that allocated an unprecedented $31.2 billion for Indian Country, the six Native Americans serving in the 117th Congress cast their votes strictly down party lines on Wednesday.


IHS: Data Doesn't Support Physician's Claim Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Doesn't Work in AI/AN Populations

March 12, 2021 - 4:30pm

Indian Health Service’s (IHS) chief medical officer Michael Toedt on Thursday dispelled misconceptions spread by a Seattle doctor column that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is less effective in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.


Welcome to Máaz: NASA Names New Features on Mars in Navajo Language

March 12, 2021 - 4:08pm

The team behind NASA’s Perseverance rover has been naming “features of scientific interest” with words in the Navajo language, NASA said Thursday. The team has been collaborating with the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President. The first scientific focus of NASA’s Perseverance rover is a rock named “Máaz” – the Navajo word for “Mars.”


BIA Opens Public Comment Period for Moapa Band’s Proposed Solar Project

March 12, 2021 - 1:16pm

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians in Nevada announced on Thursday that they are seeking comments on potential environmental impacts of the tribe’s proposed Southern Bighorn Solar Project (SBSP). 


President Biden Signs American Rescue Plan; $1,400 Could be in Your Bank Account This Weekend

March 11, 2021 - 11:41pm

WASHINGTON — One year to the date that the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic for the deadly coronavirus, President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan that was passed by the U.S. Senate on Saturday and by the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday.


Final Vote on Deb Haaland’s Confirmation to Take Place Next Monday

March 11, 2021 - 1:50pm

WASHINGTON — Despite opposition in the Senate from some GOP senators, Rep. Deb Haaland’s nomination to become the next secretary of the U.S Department of the Interior is on track for a final vote on Monday. A tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, Haaland is poised to become the first Native American to serve in a presidential cabinet.


Beginning March 15, the Navajo Nation Will Transition into “Soft Reopening”

March 10, 2021 - 11:15pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — On Wednesday, the Navajo Department of Health issued a new order that will transition the Navajo Nation from “red status” to “orange status.” The move is based on indicators take into account several factors including the declining number of COVID-19 cases, testing availability, hospital capacity and bed usage, and contact tracing.


House Allocates $31.2 Billion to Indian Country With Passing of American Rescue Plan 

March 10, 2021 - 6:02pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The act now goes to the White House for President Joe Biden who is scheduled to sign it into law on Friday. The vote was split right down party lines. Every Democrat voted on the bill. Every Republican voted against the relief package that is supported by 75 percent of Americans.


Indigenous Woman at County Jail Nearly Dies in Custody

March 10, 2021 - 4:22pm

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe nearly died while in custody at the Pennington County Jail due to medical negligence by medical staff in Rapid City, S.D. 


New Covid-19 Cases Continue to Decline on Navajo Nation

March 8, 2021 - 10:14pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Monday was the 22nd consecutive day with less than 50 new Covid-19 infections reported on the Navajo Nation. There were six new positive Covid-19 cases reported on Monday.


Sharice Davids Among Bipartisan Group in Oval Office to Discuss Infrastructure Package

March 8, 2021 - 2:24pm

WASHINGTON — Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) was among eight members of the House of Representatives who met with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg in the Oval Office last Thursday. The bipartisan group of Members of Congress was there to discuss the need to create and pass an infrastructure package that would build back the U.S. economy with materials made in America, create good-paying jobs, and combat the effects of climate change.


Death Toll Passes 1,200 on Navajo Nation as New Covid-19 Cases Pace Slows Down

March 7, 2021 - 10:12pm

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Even as the new Covid-19 positive cases have slowed down during the past two weeks, the total number of deaths from Covid-19 stands at 1,201 as of Sunday. There were three more deaths reported on Sunday. The death toll surpassed 1,200 in less than a year.