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Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country
Eagle feather petition draws intense interest in Indian Country (July 15, 2019)

A petition that could lead to major changes in the way eagle feathers are eagle parts are handled by the federal government has generated significant controversy.


Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition
Shinnecock Nation debuts first electronic billboard amid opposition (May 24, 2019)

The Shinnecock Nation is asserting sovereignty in New York, drawing complaints and threats of litigation along the way.


Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update
Trump administration opens consultation on Indian education update (May 21, 2019)

A long-overdue update to the popular Johnson O'Malley Indian education program is finally on the horizon.


Cronkite News: NAGPRA and other laws waived for Trump's border wall
Cronkite News: NAGPRA and other laws waived for Trump's border wall (April 26, 2019)

The Department of Homeland Security is waiving dozens of environmental, health and other laws to clear the way for construction of border barriers.


Makah Nation once again asks for approval to exercise treaty whale hunting rights
Makah Nation once again asks for approval to exercise treaty whale hunting rights (April 4, 2019)

The Makah Nation is the only tribe with a treaty-guaranteed right to hunt whales but hasn't been able to exercise those rights in 20 years.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on reservation roads
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on reservation roads (April 1, 2019)

Lawmakers are exercising oversight in a tricky area of federal policy where tribes have clashed with the Trump administration.


Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes annual list of federally recognized tribes
Bureau of Indian Affairs publishes annual list of federally recognized tribes (February 4, 2019)

Right on schedule, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published its annual list of federally recognized tribes.


Trump administration issues first federal recognition decision
Trump administration issues first federal recognition decision (November 26, 2018)

The Trump administration has issued its first federal recognition decision and the news isn't looking good for the Southern Sierra Miwuk Nation.


Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears
Trump administration restricts tribal involvement at Bears Ears (August 30, 2018)

The Trump administration continues to dismantle the Bears Ears National Monument despite objections from tribes.


Six newly recognized tribes added to Bureau of Indian Affairs list
Six newly recognized tribes added to Bureau of Indian Affairs list (July 23, 2018)

The family of Indian nations is growing, with 573 tribes recognized by the United States.


HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands
HEARTH Act remains popular as tribes assert more control on homelands (April 24, 2018)

Tribes are making the federal government get out of the way when it comes to leasing on their homelands.


Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda
Trump administration sends mixed signals to tribes with regulatory agenda (March 6, 2018)

The Trump administration is asking tribes about easing burdens in environmental reviews even as it seeks to add more hurdles in other areas.


Agua Caliente Band secures approval of land swap after long wait
Agua Caliente Band secures approval of land swap after long wait (January 25, 2018)

It's taken longer than expected but the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians finally secured approval of a land swap with the federal government.


Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era
Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era (September 6, 2017)

Two more tribes are taking advantage of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act, a self-determination law that has proven popular in Indian Country.


Department of the Army begins first removal of remains from Carlisle cemetery
Department of the Army begins first removal of remains from Carlisle cemetery (August 7, 2017)

A delegation from the Northern Arapaho Tribe is overseeing the disinterment of three children who died at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania.


Trump administration repeals rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues
Trump administration repeals rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues (August 4, 2017)

Repeal and replace didn't work out for Obamacare but that isn't stopping the Trump administration from dismantling the prior president's other initiatives.


Pamunkey Tribe secures designation of Indian Health Service delivery area
Pamunkey Tribe secures designation of Indian Health Service delivery area (July 27, 2017)

The Pamunkey Tribe, the newest member of the federally-recognized family of Indian nations, continues to make gains in Virginia.


Trump administration withdraws fracking standards for Indian Country
Trump administration withdraws fracking standards for Indian Country (July 24, 2017)

In a victory for a handful of energy-producing tribes, the Trump administration is rescinding a rule that established hydraulic fracturing standards in Indian Country.


President Trump doesn't seem to know where Dakota Access Pipeline goes
President Trump doesn't seem to know where Dakota Access Pipeline goes (July 14, 2017)

President Donald Trump thinks the Dakota Access Pipeline has something to do with Russia. And Hillary Clinton.


Pascua Yaqui Tribe helps other nations with enhanced travel documents
Pascua Yaqui Tribe helps other nations with enhanced travel documents (July 13, 2017)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe was the first with an approved enhanced tribal card and is now helping other Indians join the program.


Environmental Protection Agency opens door to mine on Native territory
Environmental Protection Agency opens door to mine on Native territory (July 12, 2017)

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will consult with tribes and Alaska Native corporations about a controversial gold mine that many of them oppose.


Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law
Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law (June 26, 2017)

Indian Country is entering a new era in trust reform amid major changes at the Department of the Interior.


Secretary Zinke removes protections for grizzlies over tribal objections
Secretary Zinke removes protections for grizzlies over tribal objections (June 22, 2017)

Just hours after promising to consult tribes before making any decisions that affect their interests, the new leader of the Department of the Interior heralded the removal of protections for grizzly bears.


Secretary Zinke still soliciting nominations for royalty committee
Secretary Zinke still soliciting nominations for royalty committee (June 1, 2017)

A new committee that will focus on mineral policy and leasing issues on Indian and federal lands is in need of members.


Indian probate office in Oklahoma shutting down in September
Indian probate office in Oklahoma shutting down in September (May 31, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is closing a field office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that handles Indian probates.


Bureau of Indian Affairs designates service area for Tejon Tribe
Bureau of Indian Affairs designates service area for Tejon Tribe (May 17, 2017)

The tribe still doesn't have a reservation but its service area is the entirety of Kern County in California.


Deadline looms in Secretary Zinke's review of Bears Ears and other monuments
Deadline looms in Secretary Zinke's review of Bears Ears and other monuments (May 15, 2017)

Time is running out for tribes and the public to comment on the controversial monument in Utah.


Yakama Nation landowners see $68M in Cobell buy-back offers
Yakama Nation landowners see $68M in Cobell buy-back offers (April 24, 2017)

Landowners on the reservation in Washington have until June 19 to accept as the program continues.


Bureau of Indian Affairs increases rates at some irrigation systems
Bureau of Indian Affairs increases rates at some irrigation systems (April 5, 2017)

The rates for the most part have not changed dramatically at irrigation systems in Indian Country.


Interior Department pulls back rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues
Interior Department pulls back rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues (April 4, 2017)

The Trump administration is living up to promises to end the so-called 'war on coal.'


Nominations open for tribal seat on repatriation review committee
Nominations open for tribal seat on repatriation review committee (March 31, 2017)

The seven-member panel monitors the federal government's implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.


Secretary Zinke seeks tribal representatives for royalty committee
Secretary Zinke seeks tribal representatives for royalty committee (March 31, 2017)

Tribes engaged in energy development on their lands will be a part of the new panel.


U.S. Commission on Civil Rights takes up racism in South Dakota
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights takes up racism in South Dakota (March 14, 2017)

The South Dakota Advisory Committee will be discussing the 'subtle effects of racism' on March 24 in Aberdeen.


Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land
Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land (February 27, 2017)

The so-called 'war on coal' is coming to an end thanks to the new Republican occupant of the White House.


Hearing on injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline moved to February 28
Hearing on injunction against Dakota Access Pipeline moved to February 28 (February 17, 2017)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe are pushing hard to stop the controversial project.


Army Department formally cancels review of Dakota Access Pipeline
Army Department formally cancels review of Dakota Access Pipeline (February 16, 2017)

The decision from the Donald Trump administration marks another slight to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.


Dakota Access pushes to finish pipeline with Army Corps easement in hand
Dakota Access pushes to finish pipeline with Army Corps easement in hand (February 9, 2017)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is already fighting back with a request to halt all construction activities.


Bureau of Indian Affairs opens consultation on big economic proposal
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens consultation on big economic proposal (February 7, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs isn't letting the change in administration slow down plans to address a big taxation issue for tribes.


Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens new consultation on infrastructure (February 1, 2017)

As President Trump pushes unwanted projects on tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs hopes to improve aging dams and outdated irrigation systems.


Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's 'logic' on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's 'logic' on the Dakota Access Pipeline (February 1, 2017)

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says Army Corps does not have the authority to stop the environmental review of the controversial project.


Delay in #NoDAPL response points to more changes with President Trump in office
Delay in #NoDAPL response points to more changes with President Trump in office (January 27, 2017)

The Trump administration is putting its mark on the #NoDAPL lawsuit.


Judge calls unexpected hearing after President Trump's Dakota Access push
Judge calls unexpected hearing after President Trump's Dakota Access push (January 26, 2017)

Chairman Dave Archambault II of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has asked President Donald Trump for a meeting.


Senate committee postpones vote on Donald Trump's Dakota Access ally
Senate committee postpones vote on Donald Trump's Dakota Access ally (January 24, 2017)

Rick Perry has vowed to stay away from matters affecting the controversial pipeline if he is confirmed as Secretary of Energy.


Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes one last rule from the Obama era
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes one last rule from the Obama era (January 23, 2017)

President Donald Trump imposed a regulatory freeze on his first day in office but it didn't affect the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe focuses on Dakota Access battles as President Trump takes office
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe focuses on Dakota Access battles as President Trump takes office (January 23, 2017)

The largest #NoDAPL encampment is making plans to leave North Dakota as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe focuses on the legal and political fight against the controversial project.


Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes
Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes (January 18, 2017)

The 2017 list contains 567 tribes -- the same number as the last update.


Dakota Access executive confirms crude already placed in pipeline
Dakota Access executive confirms crude already placed in pipeline (January 18, 2017)

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 Pipeline
Department of the Army takes the lead on Dakota Access Pipeline (January 18, 2017)

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 notice
Judge declines to block publication of Dakota Access Pipeline notice (January 17, 2017)

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 threat
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe responds quickly to Dakota Access legal threat (January 17, 2017)

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 crossing
Another battle opens as Dakota Access fights environmental review of pipeline crossing (January 17, 2017)

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 repayments
Indian Health Service to award scholarships and loan repayments (January 10, 2017)

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 economies
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies (December 8, 2016)

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 members
Council on Native American Farming and Ranching gets new members (December 5, 2016)

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 rule
Bureau of Indian Affairs extends comment period on probate rule (December 5, 2016)

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 meetings
Repatriation review committee announces additional meetings (October 21, 2016)

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 code
Bureau of Indian Affairs finishes update to model juvenile code (October 20, 2016)

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 repatriation
Federal agency shifts course as tribal ancestor in Nevada is slated for repatriation (October 19, 2016)

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 relations
Interior Department finalizes rule for Native Hawaiian relations (September 23, 2016)

The United States recognized the Kingdom of Hawaii until it was illegally overthrown in 1893.


U.S. Sentencing Commission continues work of tribal advisory group
U.S. Sentencing Commission continues work of tribal advisory group (August 23, 2016)

The Tribal Issues Advisory Group will continue to look at issues affecting Indian Country.