U.S. Govt & Indigenous Peoples Timeline 1819-Jan 2017

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1819 – Mar 3  Civilization Fund Act encouraged activities of benevolent societies in providing education for Native Americans and authorized an annuity to stimulate the “civilization process”
1820 – Protestant missionaries arrive to the Hawai’ian Kingdom
1824 – Mar 11  U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs Agency established,
1830  – May 28 Indian Removal Act of 1830 aka The Trail of Tears was the forced relocation and movement of Native American nations  (CherokeeMuscogee (Creek)SeminoleChickasaw, and Choctaw nations, among others) from southeastern parts of the United States.  Many suffered from exposure, disease, starvation and death.
1832 – Aug 1 – Battle of Bad Axe
1834 – Nonintercourse Act is the collective name given to six statutes passed by the United States Congress in 1790, 1793, 1796, 1799, 1802, and 1834. The Act regulates commerce between Native Americans and non-Indians.
1840 – The Constitution of The Hawai’ian Kingdom is formed, Oct 24 Colorado River Massacre
1843 – Hawai‘ian Kingdom’s independence recognized; Great Britain and France sign a reciprocal agreement in which both nations formally recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
1846 – Mar – Sacramento River Massacre
1847 – Feb 3–4 Storming of Pueblo de Taos
1848 – Hawai’ian King Kamehameha III divides land; paves way for foreign ownership
1850 – May 15 – Bloody Island MassacreKingdom of Hawai‘i – U.S. treaty ratified 
1851 – Feb 27 – Appropriation Bill for Indian Affairs allocated funds to move western tribes onto reservations
1853 – Before Dec 31 – “Ox” Incident Massacre
1854 – Aug 19 – Grattan Massacre
1855 – Sep 2 – Harney Massacre
1860 – Dec 18 Pease River Massacre
1861 – Jan 27 Bascom Affair a key event triggering the 25-year-long 1860s Apache Wars, Apr – Native Americans join to fight in the Confederate and Union Armies in the American Civil War
1862 – Aug–Sep – Dakota War of 1862
1863 – Jan 29 – Bear River Massacre, Apr 19 – Keyesville Massacre
1864 – Nov 29 – Sand Creek Massacre
1865 – Mar 14 – Mud Lake Massacre
1866 – Apr 9 Civil Rights Act of 1866 is a U.S. federal law declaring that everyone born(except certain Native Americans) in the U.S. and not subject to any foreign power is a citizen, without regard to race, color, or previous condition of slavery or involuntary servitude, Jul 2 – Kidder Massacre
1867 – Aug 1  United States purchases Alaska from Russia
1868 – Nov 27 – Washita Massacre
1870 – Jan 23 – Marias Massacre
1872 – Dec 28 – Skeleton Cave Massacre
1875 – Apr 10 – Sappa Creek Massacre
1877 – Aug 8 – Big Hole Massacre
1879 – Jan 9–21  Fort Robinson Massacre
1879 – May 12 U.S. Federal Court rules that an Indian is a man with rights
1882 – The U.S. Navy shells Alaska Native villages
1883 – President Chester Arthur visits the Shoshoni and Arapaho Indians in Wind River, Wyoming
1884 –  After military abuses, the U.S. establishes a government in Alaska
1885 – Major Crimes Act  places 7 major crimes under federal jurisdiction if they are committed by a Native American against another Native American in Native territory.
1887 – Dawes Act adopted by Congress, authorized the President of the US to survey Indian tribal land, divide it into allotments for individual Indians and opeining up any “excess land” for settlement by non-Indians, Hawaiian King Kalākaua was forced to sign the 1887 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii, which stripped the king of much of his authority.
1887 – Jul 6 ‘Bayonet Constitution’ takes Kingdom of Hawaii’s Native’s rights
1890 – Businessmen plan for Hawai‘ian Kingdom’s annexation, Dec 29 Wounded Knee Massacre
1891 – Hawai‘ian Kingdom’s last monarch Queen Liliʻuokalani is crowned 
1893 – Businessmen call on U.S. military to invade Kingdom of Hawai‘i
1893 – Jan 17  Overthrow of the Hawai’ian Kingdom – local businessmen and politicians, composed primarily of American and European residents, overthrew the Queen Lili’uokalani, her cabinet and her marshal, and took over the government of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi
1896 – June 8 Hawai’ian language restricted
1898 – U.S. annexes Hawai‘i; seizes land; suppresses healers 
1898 – Curtis Act of 1898 an amendment to the United States Dawes Act that brought about the allotment process of lands of the Five Civilized Tribes of Indian Territory: the ChoctawChickasawMuscogeeCherokee, and SeminoleNelson Act of 1889  United States federal law intended to relocate all the Anishinaabe people in Minnesota to the White Earth Indian Reservation in the western part of the state, and to expropriate the vacated reservations for sale to European Americans.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the U.S. government attempted to control the travel of Native Americans off Indian reservations. Since Native Americans did not obtain U.S. citizenship until 1924, they were considered wards of the state and were denied various basic rights, including the right to travel.
1900 –  Native Hawaiians oppose U.S. annexation 
1905 – Native Hawai’ian healing practices are outlawed 
1906 – Burke Act designed to correct certain defects in the General Allotment Act (“GAA”), May 17 Alaska Native Allotment Act permitted individual Alaska Natives to acquire title to up to 160 acres, Former Indian reservations in Oklahoma The US Federal government broke up collective tribal landholdings through the allotment process before the establishment of Oklahoma as a state in 1907. Instead of reservations, Oklahoma Indian tribes have tribal jurisdictional areas, with Osage Nation being the one exception, June 8 Antiquities Act passed meant for the preservation of American antiquities
1907 – Mar 2  Lacey Act of 1907 revised federal Indian Law to provide for the allotment of tribal funds to certain classes of Indians.
1915 – Alaska Natives must renounce cultures to become citizens
1917 – Native Americans enlist to fight in United States Military in World War I
Dec 18  Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act  the largest land claims settlement in US history was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon
1919 – Nov 6  The Act of November 6, 1919, Indian who had fought with honorable discharge after World War I was also considered a citizen
1921 – Jul 9  Hawai’ian Homelands  the US federal government set aside as approximately 200,000 acres  in the Territory of Hawai’i as a land trust for homesteading by Native Hawai’ians.
 1923 –  President Warren Harding visits Indian Country in Alaska
1924 – Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 granted full U.S. citizenship to America’s indigenous peoples
1927 – President Calvin Coolidge visits the Oglala Lakota dancers at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota
1928 – Meriam Report commissioned by the Institute for Government Research (IGR, better known later as the Brookings Institution) and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. The IGR appointed Lewis Meriam as the technical director of the survey team, to compile information and report of the conditions of American Indians across the country
1934  – President Franklin D. Roosevelt  visited the Blackfeet Tribe, Montana, Apr 16  Johnson–O’Malley Act subsidize education, medical attention, and other services provided by states to Native Americans, especially those not living on reservations. It was effective only in Minnesota, Jun 18 The Indian Reorganization Act  sometimes known as the Indian New Deal, was U.S. federal legislation that secured certain rights to Native Americans (known in law as American Indians or Indians), including Alaska Natives.  These include actions that contributed to the reversal of the Dawes Act‘s privatization of communal holdings of American Indian tribes and a return to local self-government on a tribal basis. The Act also restored to Indians the management of their assets (being mainly land) and included provisions intended to create a sound economic foundation for the inhabitants of Indian reservations.
1936 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt  visited  The Cherokee Tribe, North Carolina, Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act a United States federal law that extended the 1934 Wheeler-Howard or Indian Reorganization Act to include those tribes within the boundaries of the state of OklahomaFederal recognition extended to Alaska Native villages
1937 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Quinault People, Washington State
1940 – Nationality Act of 1940 – Congress reaffirmed Native people’s citizenship
1941 – Hawai‘i under martial law; U.S. military takes sacred lands 
Native Americans enlist to fight in United States Military in World War II
1944 – National Congress of American Indians established 
1945 – Alaska’s territorial legislature adopts Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945 
1952 –  President Harry S. Truman  stopped over at the Fort Peck Reservation, Montana
1953 – Aug 1 House concurrent resolution 108 declared it to be the sense of Congress that it should be policy of the United States to abolish federal supervision over American Indian tribes as soon as possible and to subject the Indians to the same laws, privileges, and responsibilities as other US citizens, Aug 15  Public Law 280 (Pub.L. 83–280, August 15, 1953, codified as 18 U.S.C. § 116228 U.S.C. § 1360, and 25 U.S.C. §§ 13211326, is a federal law of the United States establishing “a method whereby States may assume jurisdiction over reservation Indians,” as stated in McClanahan v. Arizona State Tax Commission. 411 U.S. 164, 177 (1973).
1956 – Indian Relocation Act of 1956 – Public Law 959 or the Adult Vocational Training Program was a United States law intended to encourage Native Americans in the United States to leave Indian reservations, acquire vocational skills, and assimilate into the general population.
1959 – Jan 3  Alaska becomes the 49th State of the United States of America, Aug 21 Hawai`i becomes the 50th State of the United States Of America
1966 Oct 15 National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 intended to preserve historical and archaeological sites in the US
1968 – Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA) in 1968, also called the Indian Bill of Rights, Native Americans were guaranteed many civil rights they had been fighting for’
1971 – Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) was signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon on December 18, 1971, the largest land claims settlement in United States history
1972 – The Indian Education Act empowers parents; funds student programs
1972 Native Hawai’ian group calls for reparations from U.S. 
1973 Feb 27- May 8  200+ Oglala Lakota and followers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) seized and occupied the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to protest the corruption and abuse of of tribal president Richard Wilson and demand his impeachment. Dec 22  Menominee Restoration Act returned federally recognized sovereignty to the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.
1975 – Jan 4  Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975 (Public Law 93-638) authorized the Secretaries of the Department of InteriorHealth, Education and Welfare and some other government agencies to enter into contracts with, and make grants directly to, federally recognized Indian tribes. The tribes would have authority for how they administered the funds, which gave them greater control over their welfare.
1976 – Tobeluk vs. Lind was a landmark case in Alaskan Native education. The 27 teenage plaintiffs brought suit against the State of Alaska, claiming that Native American boarding schools were discriminatory and unjust.
1978 – Aug 11 American Indian Religious Freedom Act Public Law No. 95-341, 92 Stat. 469, enacted to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians,EskimosAleuts, and Native Hawai’ians., Sept 30 Rhode Island Claims Settlement Act  Aboriginal title claim, Nov 8  Indian Child Welfare Act (Pub.L. 95–608, 92 Stat. 3069, codified at 25 U.S.C. §§ 19011963.) is a Federal law that governs jurisdiction over the removal of Native American (Indian) children from their families.
1979 – 0ct 31 Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 regulated access to archaeological resources on federal and Indian lands
1980 – Oct 10  Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act – Aboriginal title claim
1982 – Indian Claims Limitations Act The Indian Claims Limitations Act of 1982 (ICLA) is a United States federal statute of limitations that governs some types of claims by Native American tribes and claims by the federal government on behalf of tribes, Dec 31 Florida Indian (Miccosukee) Land Claims Settlement  – Aboriginal title claim
1983 – Oct 18  Connecticut Indian Land Claims Settlement  – Aboriginal title claim. U.S. denies responsibility for overthrow of Hawai’ian monarchy , First Gathering of Nations Pow-wow 
1985 –  President Ronald Reagan met with trival leaders in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
1986- Oct 27  Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Supplementary Claims Settlement Act  – Aboriginal title claim
1987 – Aug 18  Massachusetts Indian Land Claims Settlement – Aboriginal title claim, Dec.31 Florida Indian (Seminole) Land Claims Settlement  – Aboriginal title claim
1988 – Aleut Restitution Act of 1988 a reparation settlement passed by the United States Congress in 1988, in response to the internment of Aleut people living in the Aleutian Islands during World War IIIndian Gaming Regulatory Act established the jurisdictional framework that governs Indian gaming
1989 – Jun 21  Washington Indian (Puyallup) Land Claims Settlement   – Aboriginal title claim
1990 – Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) is a truth-in-advertising law that prohibits misrepresentation in marketing of American Indian or Alaska Native arts and crafts products within the United States, Oct 30 – Native American Languages Act of 1990 Public Law 101-477 of 1990 gave historical importance as repudiating past policies of eradicating Indian Languages by declaring as policy that Native Americans were entitled to use their own languages., Nov 3 – Seneca Nation (New York) Land Claims Settlement  – Aboriginal title claim, Nov 16 – Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act  requires federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding  to return Native American “cultural items” to lineal descendants and culturally affiliated Indian tribes and Native Hawai’ian organizations, Nov 26 – Aroostock Band of Micmacs Settlement Act – Aboriginal title claim
1993 – Nov 23  President Bill Clinton (D) signs legislation apologizing for the U.S. role in the 1893 overthrow of the Hawai’ian monarchy. The apology, known as the Apology Resolution , meant as a means of reconciliation with Native Hawai’ians, acknowledges the historic significance of the event—but the apology does not provide federal recognition to Native Hawai’ians as other federal laws provide to American Indian tribes, Nov 16 President Bill Clinton (D) signs The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993,  Pub. L. No. 103-141, 107 Stat. 1488; the Supreme Court soon struck down RFRA as an unconstitutional exercise of Congressional powers in City of Boerne v. Flores
1994 – Oct 19  Mohegan Nation (Connecticut) Land Claims Settlement – Aboriginal title claim, Nov 2  Crow Boundary Settlement  – Aboriginal title claim
1996 – Oct 26  Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 simplifed and reorganized the system of providing housing assistance to Native American communities to help improve the unsatisfactory conditions of infrastructure in Indian country. The legislation proposed to accomplish this reform by reducing the regulatory strictures that burdened tribes attempting to use their housing grants, and created a new program division of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that combined several previously used programs into one block grant program committed to the task of tribal housing.  U.S. Court recognizes land rights of Venetie Tribe of Neetsaii’ Gwich’in Indians 
1997 – Jun 5 – Secretarial Order #3206 American Indian Tribal Rights, Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities, and the Endangered Species Act.
1998 – Former Indian reservations in Oklahoma are the Indian reservations in the lands that are now the state of Oklahoma. Prior to statehood, both Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory contained suzerain Indian Nations that had legally established boundaries,  Supreme Court overturns Neetsaii’ Gwich’in tax levy
1999 -President Bill Clinton visits the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Montana
2000 – Nov 1  Santo Domingo Pueblo Claims Settlement – Aboriginal title claim, Dec 20 Native American Code Talkers Receive Congressional Gold Medal, Dec 27  Torres-Martinez Desert Cahiilla Indian Claims Settlement – Aboriginal title claim, President Bill Clinton visits the Navajo Nation in Shiprock, New Mexico
2001 – Jan 19 – Secretarial Order # 3225 Endangered Species Act and Subsistence Uses in Alaska (Supplement to Secretarial Order 3206)
2002 – Dec 13  Cherokee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Nation Claims Settlement  – Aboriginal title claim
2004 – Western Shoshone Claims Distribution Act of 2004 established the legal framework for the distribution of the “Western Shoshone Judgement Funds” stemming from docket 326-K before the Indian Claims Commission
2005 – May 23  Secretarial Orde #3261 Realignment of Functions Relating to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
2006- Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act Public Law No: 109-394,  It authorized funding for new programs for tribes to prevent the loss of heritage and culture, Sept 27 Pueblo De San Ildefonso Claims Settlement – Aboriginal title claim
2007 – Sep 13 United Nations adopted The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
2009 – Apr 30 U.S. Senate passed a resolution apologizing to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States for a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the Federal Government regarding Indian tribes, May 8  President Barack Obama (D) signed a law repealing the Bennett Freeze section10(f) of Public Law 93-531, Nov 5  President Barack Obama hosts the first White House Tribal Nations Conference 
2010 – Mar 23 President Obama (D) signed into law the The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),commonly called Obamacare  thus  making The Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), the cornerstone legal authority for the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives permanent, Jul 29  Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 signed into effect by President Obama (D) that expands the punitive abilities of tribal courts across the nation. The law allows tribal courts operating in Indian country to increase jail sentences handed down in criminal cases. This was a major step toward improving enforcement and justice in Indian country. Before this law, tribal courts were limited in the scope of punishment they could hand down in criminal cases, giving them the impression of a lower, less serious court. They now possess the power under the Tribal Law and Order Act to pass increased sentences in order to incarcerate defendants longer, Dec 8 President Obama (D)  signed into law the Claims Resolution Act which includes the Cobell, Keepseagle, and other settlement agreements, Dec 16 President Obama (D) endorses the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples2010 White House Tribal Nations Conference
2011 – Jul 5 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act rule 10.11 moderated requirements for cultural affiliation causing museums to consult with tribes that request the repatriation of culturally unidentifiable human remains. Dec 2  White House Tribal Nations Conference
2012 – Dec 5  White House Tribal Nations Conference
2013 – Mar 5  Federal Agencies Announce Action Plan to Guide Protection of Indian Sacred Sites, Mar 7 Pres Obama signs VAWA 2013 and Tribal Jurisdiction Over Crimes of Domestic Violence ,Nov 8 Interior Expands Land Buy-Back Process Across Indian Country, Nov 13 –  White House Tribal Nations Conference, Nov 20  Native American Code Talkers Receive Congressional Gold Medal
 2014 – Jan 6 Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act, S. 1948. The legislation “would establish a grant program to fund Native language educational programs, May 9 Jewell announces $700K in tribal energy grants, May 28  Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act is a bill that would transfer to the Sandia Pueblo of New Mexico some land from the United States Forest Service, provided that land remains an “open space in its natural state.”, Jun 8 Attorney General Eric Holder office consults with tribes to increase voting access for American Indians and Alaska Natives, Jun 13  President Obama visits the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Cannon Ball, North Dakota, Jun 18 Washington Redskins football team’s trademark registration for its nickname was canceled by a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appeals board, Jun 18 The Interior Department issued a press release announcing it is taking “a first step to consider reestablishing a government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian community, Jul 16 Senators introduce Tribal Adoption Parity Act,  Aug 20 Secretary Jewell Issues Secretarial Order Affirming American Indian Trust Responsibilities, Sep 8 USDA appoints members to Native Farming, Ranching Council,  Sep 26  “Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2014,”  excludes Indian general welfare benefits from gross income in calculating income tax; and establishes a Tribal Advisory Committee to advise the Treasury Department on matters relating to the taxation of Indians and “Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe – Fish Springs Ranch Settlement Act,” which ratifies a water settlement agreement between the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and Fish Springs Ranch,  Dec 16 President Obama designated the pristine waters of Bristol Bay as off limits to consideration for oil and gas leasing, Dec 18 President Obama signed into law S. 1474, Alaska Safe Families and Villages Act of 2014, which repeals current law limitation on jurisdiction of Indian tribes in the State of Alaska over domestic violence,
2015 – Jan 13 Jodi Gillette, Special Assistant to President Obama for Native American Affairs, responds to the White House Petition “Stop Apache Land Grab, Feb 2 President Obama takes  historic step in recognizing and reaffirming true government-to-government relations and in honoring the trust responsibility to American Indian tribes pursuant to treaties and the U.S. Constitution., Feb 28 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, on behalf of the U.S., signed an historic agreement guaranteeing the water rights of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes in NevadaRevised Guidelines of Indian Child Welfare Act, Mar 23 Tribes Get $6 Million in Federal Funds for Energy Efficiency Projects, Apr 29 Obama Administration designates  Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe a Promise Zone, Jun 12 US State Department launches initiatives to provide technical assistance and support to civil society organizations responding to hate crime and bias-motivated violence targeting LGBT persons globally, Jul 9 White House Youth Tribal Gathering, Jul 15 President Obama visits The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma,  Aug 31 President Obama signs a “secretarial order” that the Federal Government has officially restored the Koyukon Athabascan name of Denali to the tallest mountain in North America (PNA Mt. McKinley).
2016 – Jun 3  President Obama signs  S. 184, the “Native American Children’s Safety Act,” it amends the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to require background checks before foster care placements are made by tribal social services agencies, Sept 23 President Obama signs the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience Act

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  2. US Government & Indigenous Peoples of North American Timeline 1819-

    Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples in North America within the boundaries of the present-day continental United StatesAlaska, and the island state of Hawaii.

    The U.S. Department of the Interior places a high priority on respecting the government-to-government relationship between the federal government and the federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes. We are committed to their prosperity by partnering with them to address challenges in the areas of economic development, education and law enforcement as well as other issues they are concerned about.

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    • Native American voting rights in Montana

      October 17, 2013 by The Stream Team – AlJazeeraAmerica

      Some Native Americans drive more than 100 miles to vote in Montana. Fed up with the situation, they’ve filed suit against county and state election officials seeking satellite voting on their reservations. Election officials say the cost of satellite voting is too high. Native American voters have the potential to change the outcome of local and state elections in Montana and other states with high Native populations. The controversy over access to voting isn’t just at the state level – it has major implications for Native American voters nationwide

      For more: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/the-stream/the-latest/2013/10/17/native-american-votingrightsinmontana.html

    • Cherokee Nation Encourages Members To Consider Enrollment In Affordable Care Act

      12/24/13 By Mary L. Crider – swtimes.com

      Because the federal government is obligated by treaties to provide health care services to Native Americans, tribal citizens are not required to conform to Affordable Care Act rules, but Cherokee Nation officials ask Cherokee citizens to consider enrolling anyway.

      According to a Cherokee Nation news release, Cherokee Nation Health Service officials are holding community meetings to help citizens better understand the Affordable Care Act and their eligibility for it.

      Tribal Councilor Janell Fullbright of Sallisaw will host a Sequoyah County community meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds, Redwood Avenue at Shurley Street, Sallisaw. Principal Chief Bill John Baker will speak, and food will be provided, according to the news release.

      Cherokee Nation officials estimate 46,000 uninsured among the 130,000 patients who use the tribe’s W.W. Hastings Hospital at Tahlequah and its eight health centers throughout the tribe’s 14-county Oklahoma jurisdiction. The Cherokee Nation, one of the largest of the 565 federally recognized tribes, now boasts more than 320,000 citizens overall.

      The Affordable Care Act online enrollment period at http://www.healthcare.gov began Oct. 1 and ends March 31, 2014, for the general population. Coverage for the insurance plans begins Jan. 1, 2014. The law includes protections and provisions for Native Americans. Among them: Anyone eligible for Indian Health Service is exempt from any penalty for being uninsured, and the enrollment period does not apply to tribal citizens; they can enroll any time.

      According to U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs literature, the Affordable Care Act includes the Indian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization and Extension Act, permanently reauthorizing the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and strengthening health care for 1.9 million Native Americans. The Indian Health Care Act had not been updated for more than 17 years.

      See more at: http://swtimes.com/news/cherokee-nation-encourages-members-consider-enrollment-affordable-care-act

    • Tribes to receive Congressional Gold Medals in honor of Code Talkers

      choctawnation.com

      On Nov. 20, the Congress of the United States will present Congressional gold medals to 26 tribes in honor of their tribal members’ service in the U.S. military as Code Talkers in World War I and World War II. A private awards ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. The tribe will receive the Congressional Gold Medal, and each one will be of a unique design befitting that tribe. The Code Talkers or a surviving family member will receive duplicate solid Silver medals. Bronze duplicate medals will be sold to be public from the United States Mint beginning soon afterward.

      During World War I and World War II, hundreds of American Indians from dozens of tribes joined the U.S. armed forces. Historically, they are among the first to volunteer and are recognized as having the highest record of service on average compared to other ethnic groups.

      One small group of Choctaw men helped turn the tide during World War I and was so successful their method of communications was repeated in World War II. They were the original Code Talkers who used words from their traditional tribal language as weapons. America’s enemies were never able to decipher or “break” the coded message they sent.

      “The Code Talker Recognition Act paved the way for Congressional medals to honor American Indian Code Talkers,” said Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory E. Pyle. “It has been a delayed and challenging path since the beginning of the crusade for acknowledgement. Many people worked tirelessly in an effort to educate others about the Code Talkers. They walked the halls of Congress to raise awareness and are now going to see the realization of their goal.”

      For more: http://choctawnation.com/news-room/press-room/media-releases/tribes-to-receive-congressional-gold-medals-in-honor-of-code-talkers/

    • International Recognition for Hawaiian Language Preschools

      Published on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 01:38
      Written by Malu Debus, ʻAha Pūnana Leo media release

      Hilo, Hi, May 19, 2014: The ʻAha Pūnana Leo’s Hawaiian language preschools have just been granted by the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) the first ever accreditation of an early education program conducted through an endangered and indigenous language worldwide. A distinguished team of international educators from countries that have records of high academic achievement in multiple languages, such as Scandinavia and New Zealand, conducted the new preschool through high school assessment. The accreditation serves as the base from which WINHEC seeks to develop distinctive support for indigenous early education worldwide. As the first in the world with this international accreditation, Hawaiʻi’s Pūnana Leo schools are setting the bar for Early Childhood Education in indigenous languages worldwide.

      The ʻAha Pūnana Leo’s system of eleven Pūnana Leo preschools, one infant daycare program and Statewide Administrative office was evaluated in January based on indigenous education guidelines under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In an initial report to the ʻAha Pūnana Leo, the evaluation team commended the ʻAha Pūnana Leo for the quality of its students, teachers, and staff and urged it to increase its attention to its role as an international leader and to continue to provide Hawaiian language education to its staff.

      The self-study from the Pūnana Leo highlighted the academic advantages of early education through Hawaiian, including early mastery of reading and the cognitive benefits of high bilingualism. The evaluation team was especially interested in how the Pūnana Leo uses unique features of Hawaiian spelling to give its students a two-year leg up on reading compared to students in English preschools.

      For more: http://www.nativetimes.com/index.php/life/education/9936-international-recognition-for-hawaiian-language-preschools

    • President Obama’s actions with Congress regarding the Govenment Shutdown

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      The President and the Vice President meet with Members of Congress
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      The President meets with the Senate Democratic Caucus
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      1:45 PM
      The President meets with the Senate Republican Conference
      The United States Capitol

      9/27/13
      Statement by the President regarding the situation in Congress

      9/30/13
      Statement by the President
      regarding the government shutdown

      10/1/13
      Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act and the Government Shutdown

      10/3/13
      Remarks by the President on the Government Shutdown

      10/5/13
      President’s Weekly Address: End the Government Shutdown

      10/7/13
      Remarks by the President at FEMA Headquarters and the Government Shutdown

      10/9/13
      Remarks by the President in Nominating Dr. Janet Yellen as Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Government Shutdown

      10/8/13
      Readout of the President’s Call to House Speaker John Boehner

      Press Conference by the President regarding the Government Shutdown

      10/9/13
      Readout of the President’s Meeting with the House Democratic Caucus

      10/10/13
      Readout of the President’s Meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus

      10/10/13
      4:35 PM
      President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with House Republican leadership.

      10/10/13
      The President signs into law:
      H.J. Res. 91, provides continuing appropriations for standard death gratuities and related survivor benefits for survivors of deceased military service members of the Dept of Defense for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes.

      10/11/13
      11:15 AM
      President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Senate Republicans Caucus

      10/12/13
      President Obama Weekly Address: Get Back to the Work Of The American People and Reopen Your Government and Remove the Dangers Of Default Rrom Our Economy.

      10/14/13
      3:00 PM
      President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) This meeting was put on hold “to allow leaders in the Senate time to continue making important progress towards a solution that raises the debt limit and reopens the government” the White House said [on Monday].

      10/15/13
      3:15 PM
      President Obama meets with members of the House Democratic Leadership
      Oval Office

      10/16/13
      President Obama signs into law H.R. 2775, the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014,” which provides fiscal year 2014 appropriations for projects and activities of the Federal Government through Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The effective time for the continuing resolution begins on October 1, 2013. H.R. 2775 also extends the Nation’s debt limit throughFebruary 7, 2014.

      • Shutdown Raises Global Recession Risk as Lagarde Lambastes U.S.

        Oct 11, 2013 12:32 AM PT By Ye Xie & Jeff Black – bloomberg

        Global finance chiefs chastised the U.S. for the political gridlock they identified as the biggest threat to the world’s economy and financial markets.

        Arriving in Washington for the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, policy makers expressed concern that failure by U.S. lawmakers to end a government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt ceiling could trigger default and recession, imperiling already historically sluggish growth around the globe.

        The lack of resolution would have “very negative consequences for the U.S. economy and spillover effects which mean negative consequences for the rest of the world,” IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told Bloomberg Television’s “Surveillance” with Tom Keene today. “It could precipitate another crisis if it was to last longer.”

        Ten days into the shutdown, lawmakers have a week remaining to lift the U.S.’s $16.7 trillion borrowing limit or risk a default that would potentially sound echoes of the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
        U.S. stocks jumped the most since January today, while Treasury bill rates tumbled as lawmakers moved toward an agreement to raise the debt limit for a short period without policy conditions.

        ‘Severe Damage’
        If the standoff persists “it is probably safe to say that this could cause severe damage to the U.S. economy and the world,” European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said in New York today. “The world still does not believe that the United States will not find a way out.”

        Both Lagarde and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew warned that the political impasse could sap the safe-haven status of U.S. assets.

        “The world actually counts on us being responsible,” Lew told the Senate Finance Committee, as he cautioned that the spat is “beginning to stress the financial markets.”

        Lagarde said the U.S. should be wary that it is “not damaged because of what is going on” and also welcomed the proposal to buy more time.

        The potential fallout was enough for the IMF to warn this week that a default could “seriously” harm global activity as it cut its economic forecasts for this year to 2.9 percent from a July estimate of 3.1 percent and next year to 3.6 percent from 3.8 percent. Even with stabilization, recent expansion is still averaging half the pace it did before the 2008 financial crisis, leaving it vulnerable to shocks.

        For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-10-10/shutdown-raises-global-recession-risk-as-lagarde-lambastes-u-s-.html

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      Fractured GOP Scrambles To Save Face Amid Brutal Shutdown Polls

      OCTOBER 11, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT1211 SAHIL KAPUR – tpm

      Awe-struck by brutal new poll numbers (By a 22-point margin (53 percent to 31 percent), the public blames the Republican Party more for the shutdown than President Barack Obama – a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96) and divided amongst themselves, Republicans are scrambling to bring the government shutdown and looming default crises to an end, but can’t quite figure out a way to walk back their lofty demands.

      House and Senate Republicans are at odds over Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) proposed six-week debt limit hike. The House GOP, dominated by conservatives, supports the extension and wants to sustain the shutdown to keep fighting Obamacare. Senate Republicans, meanwhile, are feeling the pinch from the unpopular shutdown and want to re-open the government as part of any proposal to avert a default on the country’s debt.

      “There are Republican senators who are interested in seeing a [government funding] provision incorporated in any debt limit proposal,” said one Senate Republican aide. “Whether that means they won’t support a proposal that only addresses the debt limit remains to be seen.”

      Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is playing hardball. A Thursday meeting with House Republicans at the White House failed to yield an agreement as the president resisted their plan to extend the debt ceiling until Nov. 22 with the promise of budget negotiations before then.

      “Staff talks last night, no decisions made, will pick back up today,” emailed a House Republican leadership aide.

      Republicans were taken aback by an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll Thursday evening that showed their favorable ratings plummeting to an all-time low. More distressingly, the poll found a “boomerang effect” where the GOP’s shutdown goal of targeting Obamacare had backfired as the law’s approval rose despite a woeful rollout last week.

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/fractured-gop-scrambles-to-save-face-amid-brutal-shutdown-polls

    • Business, labor and nonprofits demand that shutdown end ‘immediately

      10/11/13 04:59 PM ET By Kevin Bogardus -TheHill

      The most prominent names in business, labor and the nonprofit world on Friday demanded that Washington “immediately” end the government shutdown.

      In a joint letter sent to President Obama and lawmakers, leaders of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the AFL-CIO and United Way Worldwide said the shutdown shouldn’t continue another day.

      “As leaders of business, labor, and the nonprofit sector, we are writing to urge you to end the federal government shutdown immediately,” the letter says.

      “While we may disagree on priorities for federal policies and we even have conflicting views about many issues, we are in complete agreement that the current shutdown is harmful and the risk of default is potentially catastrophic for our fragile economy.”

      The signatories on the letter were Tom Donohue, the Chamber’s president and CEO; AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; and Stacey Stewart, the U.S. president of United Way Worldwide.

      “Our three disparate sectors share a common view — no one benefits from the current shut-down and everyone will be harmed if the government defaults. It is in the interest of our nation that Congress restore the normal functioning of our political process, fund the government immediately and quickly move to resolve the impasse over the debt ceiling limit,” the letter says.

      The shutdown is in its 11th day even as the Oct. 17 deadline to raise the debt ceiling approaches. Talks between the White House and Republican lawmakers to resolve the budget crisis picked up on Thursday, but an agreement is far from certain.

      Business leaders fear a failure to raise the debt ceiling by the deadline will send the stock market into a tailspin and plunge the economy into recession.

      Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/1007-other/328145-business-labor-and-nonprofits-demand-that-shutdown-end-immediately

  3. The Shutdown News Isn’t All Bad For A Few American Indian Tribes

    October 11, 2013 2:58 AM by LAUREL MORALES – NPR

    Grand Canyon National Park is closed for the government shutdown, but tourists determined to see it can take in views from reservation land. The Hualapai Tribe owns Grand Canyon West, where visitors can venture onto a Plexiglass horseshoe walkway that stretches out over the chasm below.

    On the east side of the Grand Canyon, visitors are flocking to the Navajo Nation, where Nita Rodriguez gives a tour.

    She takes a dozen dusty travelers through a narrow opening in a wall of red Navajo sandstone. They step inside what’s known as a slot canyon in the middle of the Arizona desert. Visitors point their cameras toward the light that shines down into Antelope Canyon — the often forgotten stepchild of the nearby Grand Canyon.

    Tour companies have had to come up with alternatives to the Grand Canyon, one of more than 400 national parks shut down. Antelope Canyon is finally getting the attention it deserves.

    “Out of the blue, there’s all kinds of companies we’ve never heard of that’s just popping up everywhere — tour companies,” she says. “They’re booking like 40 to 50 people at a time.”

    The boost in tourism for a handful of northern Arizona tribes comes as some other tribes brace for the worst during the government shutdown. Some have seen cuts to food distribution, child care and financial assistance.

    Gib Egge and his college tour group from Illinois had been planning for a year and half to tour the national parks of the Southwest.

    For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2013/10/11/231548889/the-shutdown-news-isn-t-all-bad-for-american-indian-tribes

  4. USPS may destroy ‘unsafe’ stamps

    10/11/13. By Maya Salam – yahoo
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    Run! Jump! Leap! It all seems pretty innocent, but the U.S. Postal Service is faced with a decision to destroy its series of “Just Move” stamps because of safety concerns, according to Linns Stamp News, and we’re not talking about a paper cut on your tongue.

    The colorful cartoon stamps, based on Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative, were intended to encourage an active lifestyle and raise awareness about physical activity. But the images on some of the stamps are not kosher with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, according to the stamps designer, Eli Noyes, who told Linns, “Apparently the President’s Council [on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition] and the Let’s Move people saw them and had issues with them.”

    The stamps in question: a skateboarder sans kneepads, a swimmer doing a cannonball, and a kid doing a headstand without a helmet, and because of these issues, it’s likely you won’t ever get to send your mail with these particular adhesives.

    A spokesman at the USPS told Yahoo the stamps are sitting at a printer in upstate New York, awaiting a decision on their fate.

  5. USOC adds sexual orientation to policy

    10/11/13 1 hour ago By EDDIE PELLS -AP

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee board revised its non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation, a nod to its disapproval of the Russian anti-gay law recently passed by the Olympic host country.

    At his annual address to the USOC Assembly on Friday, CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation is not in the business of trying to influence Russian policy.

    “The fact that we do not think it is our role to advocate for a change in the Russian law does not mean that we support the law, and we do not,” Blackmun said.

    The board passed the measure Thursday, a week after chairman Larry Probst, a new member of the International Olympic Committee, said he would support a similar change to the IOC Olympic charter. Currently, it does not mention sexual orientation as a form of discrimination.

    With the Sochi Olympics less than four months away, Blackmun said the USOC is seeking clarity from the IOC on what will and won’t be regarded as violations of the IOC rule against using the Olympic stage to make political protests or demonstrations.

    Meantime, he said the USOC has given the athletes freedom to express themselves in the lead-up to the Games “however they see fit.”

    Blackmun pointed to last week’s comments from Bode Miller, who said “I think it’s absolutely embarrassing that there’s countries and there’s people who are that intolerant and that ignorant,” as an example of the USOC’s tolerance of any opinion.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/usoc-adds-sexual-orientation-policy-154332570–spt.html

  6. US says captured top Pakistani Taliban leader

    10/11/13 1 hour ago AFP

    Washington (AFP) – American troops have captured a senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban, a US official said Friday, in what could prove a major blow to the Islamic militant group just as Kabul is trying to arrange peace talks.

    “I can confirm that US forces did capture… terrorist leader Latif Mehsud in a military operation,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said, describing him as a senior commander in the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

    She gave no details of the operation and did not say where or when his capture took place, as the news filtered out as US Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Kabul for a surprise visit.

    Pentagon officials however said Mehsud was still inside Afghanistan, without specifying where.

    “As part of the armed conflict against Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces, authorized by Congress in the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, Mehsud was captured and is being lawfully held by US military forces in Afghanistan,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Commander Elissa Smith.

    The Washington Post reported however that he had been seized recently in eastern Afghanistan, and was snatched away from Afghan intelligence operatives who had been trying to recruit him as a possible go-between for peace talks between Kabul, Islamabad and the Taliban.

    Kerry landed in Kabul for difficult talks about leaving a residual US force behind in Afghanistan after international forces withdraw by the end of 2014.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-says-captured-top-pakistani-taliban-leader-182959365.html

    • President Obama and first lady meet with Malala Yousafzai

      10/11/13 8:20 PM EDT By NICK GASS – POLITICO44

      Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl whose activism for girls’ education has won her worldwide praise, visited President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their eldest daughter Malia at the White House today.

      “Across the globe there are girls who will one day lead nations, if only we afford them the chance to choose their own destinies,” the president said in a statement. “And on every continent, there are girls who will go on to change the world in ways we can only imagine, if only we allow them the freedom to dream.”

      The teenager survived a school-bus assassination attempt by a Taliban gunman last October.

      Yousafzai received the European Union’s Sakharov human rights prize on Thursday and was widely seen as a top contender for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, which went to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

  7. US soccer

    Oct. 11, 2013
    U.S. Men vs. Jamaica
    5:30 p.m. CT
    Sporting Park
    Kansas City, KS
    ESPN network, WatchESPN, UniMas

    • Oct. 11, 2013
      U.S. Men vs. Jamaica
      5:30 p.m. CT
      Sporting Park
      Kansas City, KS

      USA Men 2:0 Jamaica Men

      Zusi 77′, Altidore 80′

      USA Men has a 2013 home game win of 100% and also secured its place in 2014 World Cup Qualifiers

    • U.S. seals place atop World Cup qualification group with perfect home record

      10/11/13 By Brooks Peck – yahoo

      With a trip to Brazil already booked, the U.S. ensured a finish atop the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group by beating Jamaica 2-0 in Kansas City. A drab first half made it look like the team had slipped into relaxation mode since their mission was already accomplished by beating Mexico in September, but manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s second-half substitutions once again had a major impact and directly influenced both goals. This might prove once and for all that he is, in fact, a wizard.

      Proactive in his efforts to fix an ineffective starting XI that was missing the likes of Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley due to injuries, Klinsmann showed his fearlessness in replacing unproductive star Landon Donovan with local hero Graham Zusi at halftime. He then put defender Edgar Castillo on in the 66th minute and finally added midfielder Sacha Kljestan for promising first-time starter Aron Johansson, who just couldn’t quite find the net in his 72 minutes. Just five minutes after that last substitution was made, Sporting Kansas City’s Zusi scored in his home stadium to put the U.S. up 1-0.

      Four minutes after that, Jozy Altidore extended his team record by scoring in his sixth consecutive start. His goal was set up by Castillo and made it 2-0, which ended up being the final score.

      For more: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/soccer-dirty-tackle/u-seals-place-atop-world-cup-qualification-group-012644756–sow.html

  8. WH

    Saturday, October 12, 2013

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  9. Senate to vote on advancing $1T debt limit hike Saturday

    10/10/13 10:43 AM ET By Ramsey Cox – TheHill

    The Senate will vote Saturday on proceeding to a bill to raise the debt ceiling by $1 trillion.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday filed a motion to set up the vote, which would test whether he has the support to extend the debt ceiling through the end of 2014.

    “We’re going to have a vote Saturday on the ability to proceed to a clean debt ceiling,” Reid said Thursday. “We’ll find out how Republicans want to proceed.”

    It’s unclear whether Reid will have the votes. The measure would raise the debt ceiling but would not cut spending, and it could be difficult for Republicans to back a “clean” debt-ceiling hike.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/327731-reid-sets-up-saturday-vote-to-proceed-on-debt-limit-bill

  10. WEEKLY ADDRESS: Let’s Get Back to the Work of the American People

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    October 12, 2013

    Good morning.

    Over the past few days, I’ve met with Republicans and Democrats from both houses of Congress in an effort to reopen your government and remove the dangers of default from our economy.

    It’s a positive development that House Republicans have agreed on the need to avoid the economic consequences of not meeting our country’s commitments. Because once the debt ceiling is raised, and the shutdown is over, there’s a lot we can accomplish together.

    We’ve created seven and a half million new jobs in the past three and a half years. Now let’s create more. We’ve cut our deficits in half over the past four years. Now let’s do it in a smarter, balanced way that lets us afford to invest in the things we need to grow.

    The truth is, there’s a lot we can agree on. But one thing we have to agree on is that there is no good reason anyone should keep suffering through this shutdown. I met with some really innovative small business owners on Friday who’ve already lost contracts, lost customers, and put hiring on hold – because the pain of this Republican shutdown has trickled down to their bottom lines. It’s hurting the very citizens that our government exists to serve. That’s why a growing number of reasonable Republicans say it should end now.

    And it wouldn’t be wise, as some suggest, to just kick the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple months, and flirt with a first-ever intentional default right in the middle of the holiday shopping season. Because damage to America’s sterling credit rating wouldn’t just cause global markets to go haywire; it would become more expensive for everyone in America to borrow money. Students paying for college. Newlyweds buying a home. It would amount to a new tax – a Republican default tax – on every family and business in America.

    It doesn’t have to be this way. It’s not supposed to be this way. Manufacturing crises to extract massive concessions isn’t how our democracy works, and we have to stop it. Politics is a battle of ideas, but you advance those ideas through elections and legislation – not extortion.

    I know you’re frustrated by what you see in your nation’s capital right now. But because it’s easy to get lost in or give up on the political back-and-forth, I want you to remember: this is not normal. Our government is closed for the first time in 17 years. A political party is risking default for the first time since the 1700s. This is not normal. That’s why we have to put a stop to it. Not only because it’s dangerous, but because it saps everyone’s faith in our extraordinary system of self-government. And that hurts us all.

    Whether it’s the work of creating jobs, growing the economy, or getting our fiscal house in order for the long haul, we’ve got a lot of work to do – and constant brinksmanship doesn’t let us do it.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/10/12/weekly-address-lets-get-back-work-american-people

  11. White House slams Senate GOP for debt ceiling vote

    10/12/13 02:08 PM ET By Keith Laing – TheHill

    The White House criticized Republicans in the Senate for blocking a bill that would have increased the federal debt ceiling by $1.1 trillion until after the 2014 elections.

    The debt hike, put forward by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), failed to win the 60 votes that were necessary to advance the measure to a floor debate in the upper chamber.

    The bill was stymied on a party line vote, with Reid switching his vote to no at the end to preserve the ability to attempt to pass the measure again later.

    The White House said the Senate Democrats’ measure would have solved the stalemate in Congress that has raised concerns about the possibility of a default on the federal debt.

    “Congress must do its job and raise the debt limit to pay the bills we have incurred and avoid default,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

    “It is unfortunate that the common sense, clean debt limit increase proposed by Senate Democrats was refused a yes or no vote today,” Carney continued.

    “This bill would have taken the threat of default off the table, and given our nation’s businesses and the economy the certainty we need. With five days until the government runs out of borrowing authority, Congress needs to move forward with a solution that reopens the government and allows us to pay our bills so we can move on to the business of achieving a broader budget deal that creates jobs, grows the economy and strengthens the middle class.”

    Both chambers of Congress are in rare Saturday sessions as lawmakers grope for a potential solution to avert a first-ever default on the federal debt.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/328225-white-house-slams-senate-gop-for-blocking-debt-ceiling-hike-

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