Pipeline uncertainty illustrates broader concerns for tribes

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  • FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson, center, walks with Daniel Emory, both of the Ojibwe Native American tribe as they lead a procession to the Cannonball river for a traditional water ceremony at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. Some Native Americans worry the transition to a Donald Trump administration signals an end to eight years of sweeping Indian Country policy reforms. Trump rarely acknowledged Native Americans during his campaign. And he hasn't publicly outlined since the election how he would improve or manage the United States' longstanding relationships with tribes. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, Beatrice Menase Kwe Jackson, center, walks with Daniel Emory, both of the Ojibwe Native American tribe as they lead a procession to the Cannonball river for a traditional water ceremony at the Oceti ... Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline in Cannon Ball, N.D. Some Native Americans worry the transition to a Donald Trump administration signals an end to eight years of sweeping Indian Country policy reforms. Trump rarely acknowledged Native Americans during his campaign. And he hasn't publicly outlined since the election how he would improve or manage the United States' longstanding relationships with tribes. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama tips he hat as he stands with Brian Cladoosby, President of National Congress of American Indians, at the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington. The transition to Donald Trump's administration signals a possible end of eight years of sweeping Indian Country policy reforms under Obama, who met with tribal leaders annually. Trump, who rarely acknowledged Native Americans during his campaign, and since the election, hasn't publicly outlined how he would improve or manage the United States' longstanding relationships with tribes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)

    FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama tips he hat as he stands with Brian Cladoosby, President of National Congress of American Indians, at the 2016 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington. The transition to ... Donald Trump's administration signals a possible end of eight years of sweeping Indian Country policy reforms under Obama, who met with tribal leaders annually. Trump, who rarely acknowledged Native Americans during his campaign, and since the election, hasn't publicly outlined how he would improve or manage the United States' longstanding relationships with tribes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file) (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, travelers arrive at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline as they walk into a tent next to an upside-down american flag in Cannon Ball, N.D. Some Native Americans worry the transition to a Donald Trump administration signals an end to eight years of sweeping Indian Country policy reforms. But Trump's Native American supporters said they're hopeful he will cut through some of the government red tape that they believe has stifled economic progress on reservations. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, travelers arrive at the Oceti Sakowin camp where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline as they walk into a tent next to an upside-down american flag in Cannon Ball, N.D. Some Native ... Americans worry the transition to a Donald Trump administration signals an end to eight years of sweeping Indian Country policy reforms. But Trump's Native American supporters said they're hopeful he will cut through some of the government red tape that they believe has stifled economic progress on reservations. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) (The Associated Press)

Some Native Americans worry the transition to a Donald Trump administration signals an end to eight years of sweeping Indian Country policy reforms.

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Trump rarely acknowledged Native Americans during his campaign. And he hasn't publicly outlined since the election how he would improve or manage the United States' longstanding relationships with tribes.

Some of his biggest campaign pledges — including repealing health care legislation and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — would collide with tribal interests. And Trump's transition team said in a recent memo that he supports the completion of the Dakota Access pipeline.

But Trump's Native American supporters say they're hopeful he will cut through some of the government red tape that they believe has stifled economic progress on reservations.