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As the clock ticked down on 2022, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have protected unmarked burials of Native American ancestors from unintentional excavation.

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A proposal that would have restored long-awaited sovereignty for Maine tribes was blocked this week and excluded from the $1.7 trillion 2023 Omnibus spending bill. 

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While not able to get the Cherokee Nation delegate, Kim Teehee, seated by the end of the 117th Congress, the House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK) committed to continuing their work next year to seat the delegate that the Cherokee Nation was promised in the 1835 Treaty of New Echota.

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President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed the Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act into federal law. The law will prevent the illegal exportation of tribal cultural heritage items whose trafficking is already prohibited domestically. 

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**This story contains disturbing details from U.S. Indian Boarding Schools. For support and mental health resources, visit The Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition’s list of resources.** 

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WASHINGTON —The U.S. House of Representatives passed the RESPECT Act on Wednesday after it was introduced earlier this year in the Senate by Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD).
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On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill that acknowledges “the chronic failures” of the federal government to fulfill its trust and treaty agreements with tribes and to “ensure progress towards trust and treaty obligations.”
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WASHINGTON—The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs announced on Monday a publication that provides revisions to two regulations that apply to Tribes regarding land into trust and gaming compacts.

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At the White House Tribal Summit last week, Native News Online publisher Levi Rickert sat down with Cherokee Nation Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. and Kim Teehee, the first-ever nominee to represent the tribe as a delegate in U.S. Congress.
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The NDN Collective announced on Thursdyay recipients of the Community Self Determination Grant, an unprecedented grant opportunity which will support and invest in the long-term visions, priorities, and power building of Indigenous nations, communities, and peoples.