Republicans get behind Donald Trump as new challenges emerge for tribes
Top Republican lawmakers, some of whom had abandoned Donald Trump in the weeks before the presidential election, are quickly lining up behind their party leader as a new era of challenges emerges for Indian Country.
The first major hurdle involves the federal budget. After conversations with Trump this week, GOP leaders agreed to hold off on advancing any appropriations bills for Indian Country and other national programs.
Instead, they intend to move forward with what's known as a continuing resolution. That means funding levels are likely to remain stagnant at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service since Congress never approved a spending bill for those agencies or, for that matter, most of the rest of the federal government.