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Native leaders called on Congress last week to support land consolidation efforts in Indian Country during a hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Indian and Insular Affairs. 

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A bill to codify the Small Business Administration’s Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) into federal law has emerged from the U.S House Small Business Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. 

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The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act in 2021 and the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022 promised unprecedented levels of federal funding for tribal projects. But crumbling infrastructure, lack of guidance and agency confusion have muddied the flow of dollars to tribal initiatives, according to Indian Country leaders at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs roundtable Wednesday. 

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WASHINGTON — The Senate’s small business and entrepreneurship committee approved bipartisan legislation to create a permanent position for the Associate Administrator at the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) within the Small Business Administration (SBA).

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WASHINGTON – The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) has advanced eight pieces of bipartisan legislation aimed at addressing a variety of issues in Indian Country, including Native homeownership, tribal self-determination and economic development opportunities for tribes. 

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A Lakota lawyer who fought for Indigenous rights and advocated for tribes has died from undisclosed causes. 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan—A federal judge in Michigan sentenced a Florida man to six-and-a-half years in prison for his role as the leader of a fraudulent scheme that cost the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians more than $1.1 million.

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WASHINGTON—Sinkholes, potholes and washed-out bridges were top of mind for the Tohono O’odham Nation’s vice chair when she spoke to a congressional subcommittee last week. 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Chicago man will spend two-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a fraudulent economic development scheme that cost the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians more than $1.1 million.

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Robert Allen Rosette, 52, a well-known attorney who represented tribal governments in all aspects of business and Indian law,  died last weekend after a battle with pancreatic cancer.