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Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribesFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes (01/18)
The 2017 list contains 567 tribes -- the same number as the last update.
Dakota Access executive confirms crude already placed in pipelineFiled Under: Business | Environment | Law | National | Politics
Dakota Access executive confirms crude already placed in pipeline (01/18)
In a sworn declaration, vice president Joey Mahmoud said the oil has been placed in a portion of the pipeline near Lake Oahe in North Dakota.
Department of the Army takes the lead on Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Department of the Army takes the lead on Dakota Access Pipeline (01/18)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not be handling the environmental impact statement for the controversial project.
Judge declines to block publication of Dakota Access Pipeline noticeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Judge declines to block publication of Dakota Access Pipeline notice (01/17)
The wealthy backers of the pipeline are getting a hearing they pushed for but it will happen hours after a critical document appears in the Federal Register.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe responds quickly to Dakota Access legal threatFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe responds quickly to Dakota Access legal threat (01/17)
The tribe is calling on a federal judge to reject an attempt to block an environmental impact statement for the controversial project.
Another battle opens as Dakota Access fights environmental review of pipeline crossingFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Another battle opens as Dakota Access fights environmental review of pipeline crossing (01/17)
With the clock ticking down on the Obama administration, the Army has finally started the review process for the last portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Indian Health Service to award scholarships and loan repaymentsFiled Under: Education | Health
Indian Health Service to award scholarships and loan repayments (01/10)
The agency plans to award about $13.7 million in scholarships and about $30 million in loan repayments.
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economiesFiled Under: Business | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies (12/08)
A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.
Council on Native American Farming and Ranching gets new membersFiled Under: National
Council on Native American Farming and Ranching gets new members (12/05)
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack appointed six members and re-appointed five others to the panel.
Bureau of Indian Affairs extends comment period on probate ruleFiled Under: National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs extends comment period on probate rule (12/05)
A new January 4, 2017, deadline leaves the agency little time to finalize changes if it intends to do so before the end of the Obama administration.
Repatriation review committee announces additional meetingsFiled Under: National
Repatriation review committee announces additional meetings (10/21)
The seven-member NAGPRA Review Committee plans to meet in Colorado in March 2017 and host a teleconference in July 2017.
Bureau of Indian Affairs finishes update to model juvenile codeFiled Under: Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs finishes update to model juvenile code (10/20)
The code provides guidance to tribes to protect the rights of Indian juveniles and their parents, guardians or custodians.
Federal agency shifts course as tribal ancestor in Nevada is slated for repatriationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Federal agency shifts course as tribal ancestor in Nevada is slated for repatriation (10/19)
The Fallon-Paiute Shoshone Tribe has been seeking to rebury the remains of the Spirit Cave Man for two decades.
Interior Department finalizes rule for Native Hawaiian relationsFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Interior Department finalizes rule for Native Hawaiian relations (09/23)
The United States recognized the Kingdom of Hawaii until it was illegally overthrown in 1893.
U.S. Sentencing Commission continues work of tribal advisory groupFiled Under: Law | National
U.S. Sentencing Commission continues work of tribal advisory group (08/23)
The Tribal Issues Advisory Group will continue to look at issues affecting Indian Country.
Advisory Board for Exceptional Children sets next meeting in KansasFiled Under: Education | National
Advisory Board for Exceptional Children sets next meeting in Kansas (08/08)
The board advises the Bureau of Indian Affairs on ways to meet the needs of Indian children with disabilities.
Nominations sought for open position on NAGPRA review committeeFiled Under: National
Nominations sought for open position on NAGPRA review committee (08/01)
The new member of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee must be a traditional Indian religious leader.
Training sessions planned for final Indian Child Welfare Act ruleFiled Under: Law | National
Training sessions planned for final Indian Child Welfare Act rule (07/22)
The new rule requires state court systems and state welfare agencies to determine whether a child is Indian and whether ICWA applies to their proceedings.
Nominees sought for Council for Native American Farming and RanchingFiled Under: National
Nominees sought for Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (07/06)
The group works on ways to eliminate barriers to Native American participation in Department of Agriculture programs.
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe secures proclamation for 410 acresFiled Under: Trust
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe secures proclamation for 410 acres (06/30)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a proclamation to add another 410.5 acres to the reservation in Washington.
National Park Service finalizes rule for tribal gathering of plantsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
National Park Service finalizes rule for tribal gathering of plants (06/30)
Tribes will be able to enter into government-to-government agreements to gather plants from national parks and national monuments.
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community adds another 128 acresFiled Under: Trust
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community adds another 128 acres (06/22)
So far this year, the Minnesota tribe's reservation has grown by about 369 acres.
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12Filed Under: Law | National
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12 (06/15)
Tribes and tribal organizations say the new regulations will help prevent the breakup of families in their communities.
Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this DecemberFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this December (06/09)
The 180-day time frame ensures the finished product will become law before the end of the Obama administration.
Bureau of Indian Affairs set to finalize Indian Child Welfare Act ruleFiled Under: Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs set to finalize Indian Child Welfare Act rule (06/08)
Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to prevent Indian children from being raised outside of their tribal communities.
Environmental Protection Agency streamlines tribal water processFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Environmental Protection Agency streamlines tribal water process (06/01)
Tribes no longer have to demonstrate that they in fact have the 'inherent' authority to regulate waters on their lands.
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes tweak to land-into-trust processFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes tweak to land-into-trust process (05/19)
Acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts described the change as a 'common sense' approach to land title.
Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee groupFiled Under: Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group (05/13)
The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee did not meet all seven mandatory criteria, acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts said.
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes rule for burial assistance programFiled Under: National
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes rule for burial assistance program (05/04)
Individual Indians can now seek assistance within 180 days of a loved one's passing instead of being forced to apply within 30 days.
Bureau of Indian Affairs updates list of federally recognized tribesFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs updates list of federally recognized tribes (05/04)
The list now includes the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia, whose federal status was finalized shortly after the most recent update in January.
Lakota Country Times: Grant program supports Native languagesFiled Under: Education | National
Lakota Country Times: Grant program supports Native languages (04/22)
Through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Language Acquisition more than $3.2 million has been made available for indigenous language revitalization.
Bureau of Indian Affairs delays changes to land-into-trust processFiled Under: Law | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs delays changes to land-into-trust process (04/18)
Some tribes raised technical concerns about the interim rule, which is aimed at streamlining the title evidence portion of the land-into-trust process.
Indian Health Service to discuss Two Spirit issues in teleconferenceFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service to discuss Two Spirit issues in teleconference (04/08)
The May 5 call is part of the agency's attempt to advance and promote the health needs of an often overlooked segment of the population.
Bureau of Indian Affairs adds more land to Shakopee ReservationFiled Under: Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs adds more land to Shakopee Reservation (03/29)
Another 240.71 acres is in trust for the Minnesota tribe, according to five notices published in the Federal Register.
Bureau of Indian Affairs places another hold on rights-of-way ruleFiled Under: Business | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs places another hold on rights-of-way rule (03/23)
A rule that hasn't been updated in 30 years is once again being delayed by the Obama administration.
Bureau of Indian Affairs adds nearly 47 acres to Shakopee ReservationFiled Under: Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs adds nearly 47 acres to Shakopee Reservation (03/17)
Acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts signed three reservation proclamations for the Minnesota tribe.
BIA approves HEARTH Act leasing regulations for Shakopee TribeFiled Under: Business | National | Trust
BIA approves HEARTH Act leasing regulations for Shakopee Tribe (03/15)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota will no longer have to seek approval for every business site lease.
Indian Health Service extends comment period on emergency fundFiled Under: Health
Indian Health Service extends comment period on emergency fund (03/11)
The Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund is designed to meet the medical costs associated with the treatment of victims of disasters or catastrophic illnesses.
Moapa Band clears hurdle for another solar project on reservationFiled Under: Business | Environment
Moapa Band clears hurdle for another solar project on reservation (03/10)
The Aiya Solar Project consists of a solar photovoltaic facility capable of generating up to 100 megawatts of power.
Tribes slam decision to remove protections for Yellowstone bearsFiled Under: Environment | National
Tribes slam decision to remove protections for Yellowstone bears (03/04)
Vice President Tom Poor Bear of the Oglala Sioux Tribe said the decision will lead to non-Indian hunting.
EPA encourages more tribes to develop water quality standardsFiled Under: Environment | National
EPA encourages more tribes to develop water quality standards (03/02)
The Walker River Paiute Tribe will be treated in a manner similar to a state under the Clean Water Act and the Obama administration wants more to follow the same path.
Bureau of Indian Affairs in final push as Obama era nears its endFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs in final push as Obama era nears its end (03/01)
Time is running out for federal agencies to ensure President Barack Obama's pro-tribal agenda continues regardless of the outcome of the upcoming election.
Bureau of Indian Affairs seeks comments on model juvenile codeFiled Under: Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs seeks comments on model juvenile code (02/29)
The BIA intends to finalize the Model Indian Juvenile Code before the end of the Obama administration.
Pamunkey Tribe wins IBIA decision in favor of federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
Pamunkey Tribe wins IBIA decision in favor of federal recognition (02/01)
The Virginia-based tribe is set to become the 567 federally recognized tribe in the United States.
BIA publishes list of federally recognized tribes on schedule againFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
BIA publishes list of federally recognized tribes on schedule again (02/01)
The list contains the names of 556 federally-recognized tribes, the same number as last year.
BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag TribeFiled Under: National
BIA formally declares reservation for Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (01/07)
Kevin Washburn made the historic decision on his second to last day as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.
BIE schedules consultations for Johnson-O'Malley programFiled Under: Education
BIE schedules consultations for Johnson-O'Malley program (11/16)
Topics include the JOM student count and the funding methodology for the program.
BIA takes aim at housing with new regulation and agreementFiled Under: National
BIA takes aim at housing with new regulation and agreement (11/10)
The agency isn't typically known for its housing initiatives but a key program helps tribal members with critical needs despite inadequate funding.
BIA encourages tribes to assert more control over internal affairsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
BIA encourages tribes to assert more control over internal affairs (10/19)
A final rule governing Secretarial elections calls for tribes to remove the Bureau of Indian Affairs from the process.
IHS reopens comment period for Aquinnah Wampanoag TribeFiled Under: Health
IHS reopens comment period for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (10/05)
The tribe -- based on the island of Martha's Vineyard -- is seeking an expansion of its service delivery area to cover several counties on the mainland in Massachusetts.
BIA proclaims another 104 acres as reservation of Shakopee TribeFiled Under: Trust
BIA proclaims another 104 acres as reservation of Shakopee Tribe (10/02)
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn signed the reservation proclamation on September 22.
EPA proposal aims to streamline recognition of tribal authority Filed Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
EPA proposal aims to streamline recognition of tribal authority (09/24)
Tribes across the nation are supporting a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that makes it easier for them to regulate water quality on their reservations.
Osage Nation considers stronger role over energy productionFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
Osage Nation considers stronger role over energy production (09/10)
A proposal could see the tribe taking over duties from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
BIA announces $1.75M in grants for tribal education programsFiled Under: Education | National
BIA announces $1.75M in grants for tribal education programs (08/31)
Applications for he Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancement Program and the Tribal Education Department Grant Program are due September 21.
IHS plans to expand service area for Aquinnah Wampanoag TribeFiled Under: Health | Federal Recognition
IHS plans to expand service area for Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (08/27)
Tribal members must take a long trip by ferry and car to the island of Martha's Vineyard if they want to receive service at the clinic on the reservation.
Indian Health Service sets second meeting to discuss LGBT issuesFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Indian Health Service sets second meeting to discuss LGBT issues (08/26)
The meeting will be held at Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C., on September 11.
BIE schedules Advisory Board for Exceptional Children meetingFiled Under: Education | National
BIE schedules Advisory Board for Exceptional Children meeting (08/17)
Indian children with disabilities represent about 13 percent of the student population in Bureau of Indian Education schools.
DOI finalizes new rule for appeals in federal recognition casesFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
DOI finalizes new rule for appeals in federal recognition cases (08/13)
The Interior Board of Indian Appeals has been cut out of the picture in an attempt to increase transparency and due process.
NPS reopens comment period for rule on tribal plant gatheringFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
NPS reopens comment period for rule on tribal plant gathering (08/12)
The rule allows tribes to enter into government-to-government agreements to gather plants in national parks and national monuments.
BIA acquires former military site in trust for Ho-Chunk NationFiled Under: Law | Trust
BIA acquires former military site in trust for Ho-Chunk Nation (07/01)
Congress mandated the transfer of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant through a defense authorization act.

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