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State lawmakers push forward on Native issues, policy

While attention is often given to the noisy political environment in Washington, D.C., state legislatures are busy introducing bills and hashing out policy issues. Indeed, sometimes state-level actions can have a more direct effect on Florida residents – including Tribal members – than what is being hashed out in Congress. In Florida

More than 100 descend on D.C. to push Native education

The ultimate goal is to bolster the health of education for Native students across the country, and stakeholders say big steps are underway. The National Indian Education Association hosted its "NIEA Hill Day" events Feb. 12 through Feb. 14 in Washington, D.C. More than 100 tribal leaders, educators and students attended. The

Native American Languages Act moves toward reauthorization

A federal law designed to help preserve Native languages is now moving toward reauthorization after being stalled in the U.S. Congress. The Esther Martinez Native American Languages Programs Reauthorization Act seeks to revitalize Native American languages through immersion and restoration programs. Martinez was a linguist and storyteller for the Tewa people of

Young adult Natives sought as advocates for Indian health through policy

An emerging program designed to engage Natives who are entering adulthood is entering its second year. The “Health Policy Fellowship for Native Youth” immerses participants in health-related discussion and policy solutions during its year-long progression. The National Indian Health Board is taking applications for its next class through March 30. Fellows work with