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Wyoming House Passes Law Designed To Keep American Indian Children Out Of Non-Native Foster, Adoptive Homes 

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Though Rep. Ben Hornok rallied a last-minute debate against it, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a state version of a federal law ordering courts to keep American Indian children out of non-native foster and adoptive homes when American Indian homes and institutions are available.

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Tribal Hunting Bill Killed Despite Push From Governor Gordon

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(Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

The Wyoming Senate on Tuesday voted down a bill that would have given Gov. Mark Gordon the ability to make agreements with tribes specifying special, off-reservation hunting rights some tribal members have through their federal treaties.

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Wyoming Senate Sides With Governor Over Tribe, Advances Tribal Hunt Bill

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(Matt Idler for Cowboy State Daily)

Though members of multiple tribes oppose it, the state Senate on Thursday advanced a bill giving Gov. Mark Gordon authority to establish hunting agreements with tribes whose treaties contain special hunting rights.

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Lawmakers Advance Law To Keep Indian Children Out Of Non-Native Foster Homes

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Demonstrators stand outside of the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP File Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

The House Appropriations Committee has advanced a bill continuing a hotly disputed federal law designed to keep Indian children out of non-native foster and guardian homes, whether the children live on Indian reservations or not.

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Shoshone Tribe Changes Mind, Will Not Make Hunting Pact With Wyoming

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(Clair McFarland, Cowboy State Daily)

Though at first in support of legislation underpinning an off-reservation hunting agreement with Wyoming that would define tribal members’ treaty right to hunt any unoccupied lands throughout the state, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe’s government on Friday sent Gov Gordon a letter withdrawing its approval.

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State to Pull $3 Million From St. Stephen’s Indian School, Give To Tribal DFS Instead

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Citing constitutional concerns now that the school is under federal control, Wyoming lawmakers are on track to pull about $3 million in state funding from St. Stephen’s Indian School on the Wind River Indian Reservation. 

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“It’s A New Form Of Discrimination”: Foster Parents Dispute Native-First Custody Law

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While some Wyoming legislators push to codify the Indian Child Welfare Act on a state level in case the federal law is overturned, several foster moms say the law discriminates against the very children it was designed to protect by denying them permanent homes.

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