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In a letter released on Monday, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) expressed their support for nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation to become an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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WASHINGTON — Today, the Biden-Harris Administration submitted President Biden’s proposed $5.8 trillion 2023 budget to Congress, with historic investments to Tribal communities. The White House reports that it will direct $18.1 billion to the Department of Interior (DOI), an increase of $2.9 billion, or 19 percent, from the fiscal year 2022. The request for the DOI’s Indian Affairs programs is $4.5 billion, a $1.1 billion increase above the 2021 enacted level. This includes $2.8 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $1.6 billion for the Bureau of Indian Education, and $112.7 million for the Bureau of Trust Funds Administration.

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Washington—History was made today when the Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), announced in a press conference that the Requirements, Expectations, and Standard Procedures for Effective Consultation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act has full committee markup by the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. 

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On Saturday, the Great Sioux Nation in South Dakota issued a “Notice of Trespass (Cease and Desist)” order against Connie Uhre-Grand Gateway Hotel and its subsidiaries with instructions to vacate the premises.

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WASHINGTON — A big moment for Indian Country came on Tuesday, duirng Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation hearing to become an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA)  questioned Judge Jackson about her knowledge of tribal sovereignty. 

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Houston Cougars’ head basketball coach, Kelvin Sampson, is poised to lead his team to the second NCAA’s Final Four for the second straight year. Coach Sampson is a tribal citizen of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

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Hundreds of protestors marched in the streets and gathered outside a South Dakota courthouse Wednesday to celebrate the filing of a lawsuit against a Rapid City hotel whose owner said she would ban Native Americans from property. 

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WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior said today it is working with states to formally designate Haskell Indian Nations University in Kansas and the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in New Mexico as voter registration agencies under the National Voter Registration Act. 

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Five years ago, Clarice Hardy (Iñupiaq), a 911 dispatcher in Western Alaska, walked into the Nome Police Department to report to officers that she had been sexually assaulted.