New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich

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A group of U.S. lawmakers made another push Thursday to ban collectors and vendors from exporting Native American ceremonial items to foreign markets, including Paris, where there has been uproar over auction houses listing tribal pieces for sale over the years.

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The Navajo Nation again is trying to consolidate land that has multiple owners within the reservation.

The tribe recently signed an agreement with the Interior Department for a second phase of the land buyback program. The program is part of a legal settlement that found the federal government squandered billions of dollars it held in trust for tribes from energy development or other uses of tribal land.

Federal officials agreed to spend $1.6 billion to purchase so-called fractionated parcels and transfer the land to tribes. About $322 million remains.