Indian Country sees ‘real progress’ with $1.3 trillion spending bill

Lawmakers reject spending cuts sought by President Trump

Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts and victims of crime included in $1.3 trillion omnibus

Monday, March 26, 2018    
By Kevin Abourezk – @Kevin_Abourezk

Buried within the massive $1.3 trillion federal spending bill are increases for numerous Indian programs, representing a powerful rebuff to budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump to many of those same programs.

“This bill represents real progress for Indian Country, significantly increasing our investments in Native health care, infrastructure, economies and communities,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), the vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, in a statement. “It rejects the president’s dangerous proposed budget cuts and instead provides funding increases that will lead to healthier communities and better outcomes across Indian Country.”

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