American Indians

Questions Could Derail Confirmation of Trump’s Indian Health Nominee
Robert Weaver was already under scrutiny over his qualifications

Participants in a “Rock Your Mocs” fun walk/run in Shiprock, New Mexico, sponsored by the local Indian Health Service facility. (Courtesy Indian Health Service/Facebook)

President Donald Trump’s nominee to oversee health care services for two million Native Americans — who already faces questions about whether he is qualified — failed to disclose donations to the Trump campaign in his official Senate questionnaire, Roll Call has learned.

Robert Weaver, a health insurance salesman and consultant who was nominated in October to lead the $6.1-billion Indian Health Service, has been touted by the administration as “a staunch advocate of innovative programs to improve Native American health.” But some lawmakers are concerned that the administration inflated his qualifications. The questions surrounding his nomination raise the possibility that he might not have the votes to win confirmation.

Report: Rokita Received More than $160,000 from Casino Group as He Pushed Bill
Contributors would stand to benefit from the bill

Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., has received more than $160,000 from tribal gambling groups and Native American tribes after sponsoring legislation that would benefit them. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Senate candidate and Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita is facing criticism for having received money from a casino interest group that would benefit from legislation he is pushing.

The Associated Press reported that Rokita, who is running to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Donnelly, received more than $160,000 from Native American gambling interest groups.

Analysis: 2017 Has Been Nutty for K Street, but 2018 Could Be Insane
Campaign season is soon to kick into high gear

As 2017 draws to a close, the unpredictable nature of the first year of the Trump administration could very well bleed into next year as the midterm elections heat up. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Lobbyists have — almost — survived a genuinely bonkers year.

The Trump era ushered in a maelstrom of unpredictable policy fights along with scandals that have ripped into K Street. Think it can’t get any stranger? Just wait until campaign season kicks into high gear in 2018.

Trump Reduction of National Monuments a Rare Move
Antiquities Act has primarily been used to increase, not reduce protected areas

Part of the Bears Ears monument in Utah. (Wikimedia Commons)

President Donald Trump on Monday signed two executive actions that drastically slash the boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, and criticized former presidents for their use of the Antiquities Act to designate such monuments.

Trump called former President Barack Obama’s designation of Bears Ears an overreach of executive power, even as he unilaterally undid much of the designation himself. President Bill Clinton first designated the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument in 1996 .

Warren: Trump Won’t Shut Me Up on CFPB
Comes after president made Native American slur

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., attends the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee confirmation hearing for Jerome Powell, nominee to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, in Hart Building on November 28, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said President Donald Trump making a racial slur would not prevent her from criticizing his actions at the consumer agency that was her brainchild.

Trump was speaking at a Monday event honoring Native American code talkers from World War II when he referred to Warren as “Pocahontas.”

‘Tax Week’ Starts With a Wacky Day at White House
‘Pocahontas’ remark, CFPB move threaten to overshadow tax message

Republicans want to talk about taxes this week, but other topics are competing for attention. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“Tax Week” kicked off with another wacky day at the Trump White House.

A relatively quiet morning at the executive mansion turned into a chaotic afternoon Monday, with the White House again going on the defensive just as President Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers attempt to pass major legislation.

During Native American Event, Trump Drops ‘Pocahontas’ Quip
President again uses term to refer to Sen. Warren

During an event with Native American war heroes in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump again referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”

He has been slammed by Native American groups in the past for using the term when referring to the Massachusetts Democrat.

Supreme Court to Mull Congressional Power in Lawsuits
Michigan case could reshape Congress’ power to affect court outcomes

The Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday about a law that required federal courts to dismiss lawsuits related to a Michigan land tract. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that questions whether Congress crossed a line by telling federal courts what to do with challenges to a Michigan land tract and its use as a Native American casino.

It will be the second time in two years the justices will consider a case that could reshape Congress’ power to use legislation to affect the outcome of specific ongoing court cases.

Warren Challengers Divide Massachusetts Republicans
Conservatives vs. moderates reflect divisions among national GOP

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has built a formidable war chest to take on any Republican challenge. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The fight among Massachusetts Republicans to unseat Democratic favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren is reflecting the fissures within the national GOP.

Among moderate Republicans looking to challenge the liberal Democrat are businessman John Kingston, who has yet to formally announce, and adviser to former Gov. Mitt Romney Beth Lindstrom, according to the Associated Press.

Opinion: The Rule of Law, the Role of History
What happens if Arpaio runs with Trump’s backing?

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens as then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke to the press prior to a rally on January 26, 2016 in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

It was as predictable as clockwork. When I worked at a newspaper in Tucson, Ariz., the letter would arrive or the phone would ring and the message would be filled with outrage and surprise. Imagine being in a store or on the street and hearing two or more people having a conversation — in Spanish.

The spanking new desert denizen— just arrived from Michigan or Minnesota or somewhere else where it got cold in the winter — could not understand a word and this is America, right?