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Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation voteFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (01/23)
The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.
Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land applicationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land application (01/13)
It's only 1.08 acres but the decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs marks a major milestone in state and federal history.
Interior Department cancels final leases on sacred Blackfeet Nation landFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Interior Department cancels final leases on sacred Blackfeet Nation land (01/10)
The Badger-Two Medicine Area is now completely protected from oil and gas drilling.
Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an endFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Politics | Trust
Interior Department touts tribal homeland efforts as Obama era comes to an end (01/05)
The Obama administration has helped tribes restore more than 2 million acres of land since January 2009.
Obama cites Native subsistence needs in ban on offshore drillingFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Obama cites Native subsistence needs in ban on offshore drilling (12/21)
An Alaska Native corporation plans to 'fight' the decision to outlaw development on more than 100 million acres in the Arctic Ocean.
Michael Dax: Blackfeet Nation scores victory in sacred land fightFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics
Michael Dax: Blackfeet Nation scores victory in sacred land fight (12/12)
After 35 years of fighting for the cancellation of nearly 50 oil and gas leases, Montana’s Blackfeet tribe scored an unexpected victory when Devon Energy voluntarily backed out of their claims.
Lakota Country Times: New rule curbs waste of tribal resourcesFiled Under: Environment | National | Trust
Lakota Country Times: New rule curbs waste of tribal resources (12/06)
After 30 years, the federal government has finally updated its regulations on venting, flaring, and leaks of natural gas.
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe finally reclaims ancestral remainsFiled Under: Environment | National
Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe finally reclaims ancestral remains (11/23)
The Obama administration put an end to a dispute over the remains of a 10,000-year-old ancestor known as the Spirit Cave Man.
Blackfeet Nation scores victories on sacred sites and water rightsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation scores victories on sacred sites and water rights (11/17)
It's turning out to be a banner week for the Montana tribe despite uncertainty in the political climate.
Speculation about Donald Trump welcoming NFL team -- and its racist mascot -- back to DCFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Sports
Speculation about Donald Trump welcoming NFL team -- and its racist mascot -- back to DC (11/11)
Will the new Republican president change everything, except the racist mascot?
Two key leadership positions filled at Bureau of Indian Affairs in DCFiled Under: Education | National
Two key leadership positions filled at Bureau of Indian Affairs in DC (11/02)
The Bureau of Indian Education has a new director to replace one who left amid scandal.
Christopher Ketcham: Bundy verdict puts target on federal workersFiled Under: Opinion
Christopher Ketcham: Bundy verdict puts target on federal workers (11/01)
'With the jury acquittals last week of Ammon and Ryan Bundy and their accomplices in the 41-day armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last winter, the lives of federal land managers in the American West got a whole lot more difficult.'
Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North AmericaFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | World
Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North America (10/17)
The first-ever meeting of the North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls took place at the White House.
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goalFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal (10/12)
More than 500,000 acres has been placed in trust but the figure includes properties that weren't the subject of land-into-trust applications.
County sheriff announces additional arrests of #NoDAPL resistersFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
County sheriff announces additional arrests of #NoDAPL resisters (09/28)
Social media lit up with reports of yet another confrontation in North Dakota.
Memorandum of understanding for treaty rights in the worksFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Memorandum of understanding for treaty rights in the works (09/27)
'Tribal treaty rights are the law of the land,' the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency said at the White House Tribal Nations Conference.
More tribes settle trust fund lawsuits as Obama era nears its endFiled Under: Law | National | Trust
More tribes settle trust fund lawsuits as Obama era nears its end (09/27)
More than 100 tribes have gone to court to seek an accounting of their trust funds and trust assets and most of the cases have been settled.
President Barack Obama hosts final White House Tribal Nations ConferenceFiled Under: National | Politics
President Barack Obama hosts final White House Tribal Nations Conference (09/27)
The president's speech barely hit the 12-minute mark but enthusiasm was strong among the hundreds gathered in Washington, D.C.
Obama administration asks tribes about infrastructure projectsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Obama administration asks tribes about infrastructure projects (09/23)
The #NoDAPL movement is forcing federal agencies to re-examine their handling of large projects.
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.
David Ganje: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe takes a stand for water rightsFiled Under: Environment | Law | Opinion
David Ganje: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe takes a stand for water rights (09/22)
Upper Great Plains tribes today must be vigilant in obtaining reserved but yet undetermined water rights.
Moapa Band wins federal approval for another solar energy plantFiled Under: Environment | National
Moapa Band wins federal approval for another solar energy plant (09/16)
The Nevada tribe has almost completed one solar facility and two more are in the works.
House committee considers controversial Utah public lands billFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
House committee considers controversial Utah public lands bill (09/12)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition continues to seek stronger protections for sacred lands, burial grounds, ancestral sites and other important places in Utah.
White House Tribal Nations Conference expands to a second dayFiled Under: National | Politics
White House Tribal Nations Conference expands to a second day (08/31)
The final conference of the Obama era is taking place September 27 and September 27 in Washington, D.C.
Harold Frazier: Obama must put a stop to Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Opinion | Politics
Harold Frazier: Obama must put a stop to Dakota Access Pipeline (08/15)
The Dakota Access Pipeline threatens the safety and quality of our drinking water, and threatens to destroy the environment of our Sioux reservations along the Missouri River.
Wildlife refuge being renamed in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr.Filed Under: Environment | National
Wildlife refuge being renamed in honor of the late Billy Frank Jr. (07/19)
Billy Frank was a member of the Nisqually Tribe who spent his entire life fighting for treaty rights.
Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in UtahFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes gear up for fight over protections for sacred land in Utah (07/15)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is battling Republican politicians over a proposed national monument.
Yakama Nation expects to see $30M in Cobell buy-back offersFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Yakama Nation expects to see $30M in Cobell buy-back offers (07/14)
The reservation in Washington suffers from a high rate of fractionation, according to the federal government.
Navajo Nation landowners offered $260M under Cobell programFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Navajo Nation landowners offered $260M under Cobell program (07/12)
More than 26,000 landowners on the largest reservation in the United States have received offers to sell their fractionated interests.
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.
Navajo Nation landowners offered $56M so far in Cobell programFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Navajo Nation landowners offered $56M so far in Cobell program (06/09)
Additional offers are going out later this month so the total dollar value will be increasing.
Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone programFiled Under: Business | National | Politics
Washington and North Dakota tribes join Promise Zone program (06/06)
The Spokane Tribe and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will work closely with federal agencies to address economic development, employment and other needs.
Opponents rely on dirty tricks as tribes aim to protect sacred landFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Opponents rely on dirty tricks as tribes aim to protect sacred land (06/06)
More than 20 tribes are supporting the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah but opponents are trying to instill fear among Navajo Nation citizens.
Editorial: Acoma Pueblo needs justice for theft of sacred propertyFiled Under: Law | Opinion | World
Editorial: Acoma Pueblo needs justice for theft of sacred property (06/06)
It’s still an ocean away from home, but a colorful leather shield used in tribal religious ceremonies is an important step closer to Acoma Pueblo.
Auction of tribal property goes ahead in France amid oppositionFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National | World
Auction of tribal property goes ahead in France amid opposition (06/01)
A sacred shield was pulled from the sale after Acoma Pueblo disclosed that it had been stolen from the reservation in the 1970s.
Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back programFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Three tribes enter cooperative agreements for buy-back program (05/25)
The Bad River Band in Wisconsin, the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and the Yakama Nation in Washington will educate landowners about the effort.
Cobell buy-back program set to run out of funds before deadlineFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Cobell buy-back program set to run out of funds before deadline (05/18)
The effort has been so successful that it is due to run out of money before a 10-year deadline imposed by the $3.4 billion settlement to the Cobell case.
Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back effortsFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Another 63 reservations added to Cobell land buy-back efforts (05/17)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put more than $742.3 million into the hands of individual Indians as it restores fractionated interests to tribal governments.
Secretary Sally Jewell to deliver tribal college commencement addressFiled Under: Education | National
Secretary Sally Jewell to deliver tribal college commencement address (05/13)
The leader of the Interior Department will speak to graduates of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Minnesota.
Interior Department sends $6M in buy-back offers to landowners on Round Valley ReservationFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Interior Department sends $6M in buy-back offers to landowners on Round Valley Reservation (05/09)
Recipients have 45 days – until June 24 -- to decide whether they will sell their fractionated interests.
Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back programFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Blackfeet Nation to see $107M from Cobell land buy-back program (05/04)
Chairman Harry Barnes signed a cooperative agreement with the Interior Department to help facilitate purchases of fractionated interests from willing individual Indian landowners.
Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homelandFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National
Blackfeet Nation welcomes Interior Secretary Jewell to homeland (05/02)
Chairman Harry Barnes will help announce a milestone for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Sally Jewell: Let's celebrate Native contributions to conservationFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Sally Jewell: Let's celebrate Native contributions to conservation (04/20)
I look forward to continuing our efforts to leave our national parks and public lands decisively more inclusive places than they were in 2009.
Defendant who damaged tribal sites at refuge remains at largeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Defendant who damaged tribal sites at refuge remains at large (03/24)
According to authorities, Jake Ryan helped dig a road and latrines on and near sacred areas at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
Secretary Jewell meets with Burns Paiute Tribe and visits refugeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Secretary Jewell meets with Burns Paiute Tribe and visits refuge (03/22)
The Interior Department is promising to increase the Oregon tribe's role at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, its ancestral home.
DOI cancels lease on sacred Blackfeet Nation lands in MontanaFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
DOI cancels lease on sacred Blackfeet Nation lands in Montana (03/17)
The decision came after a federal judge ordered the Obama administration to take action withing 24 hours of a court hearing.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearingFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearing (02/29)
The budget includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $140.4 million for the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and $217 million for Indian Country water programs at the Bureau of Reclamation.
Center for Native American Youth honors 'Champions' of 2016Filed Under: National
Center for Native American Youth honors 'Champions' of 2016 (02/22)
Five Native youth who are making a difference in their communities have been named as Champions for Change.
Obama weighs tribal request for Bears Ears National MonumentFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Obama weighs tribal request for Bears Ears National Monument (02/12)
A coalition of tribes in Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are seeking to protect ancestral lands in Utah.
President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian AffairsFiled Under: Education | National | Politics
President Obama seeks $2.9B budget for Bureau of Indian Affairs (02/09)
The request includes $278 million for contract support costs and $138.3 million for Indian school construction.
BIA places nearly 90K acres in trust for Isleta Pueblo in New MexicoFiled Under: National | Trust
BIA places nearly 90K acres in trust for Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico (01/15)
The acquisition of the 89,978 acres at the Comanche Ranch is the largest in the agency's history.
BIA allocates $45M to replace two aging Navajo Nation schoolsFiled Under: Education | National
BIA allocates $45M to replace two aging Navajo Nation schools (01/14)
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell visited the reservation to announce the long overdue funding commitment.
Washington mayor courts NFL team but won't use racist nameFiled Under: Politics | Sports
Washington mayor courts NFL team but won't use racist name (01/14)
Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) wants to lure the team back to the nation's capital despite its controversial symbol.
BIA approves largest single land-into-trust application in historyFiled Under: National | Trust
BIA approves largest single land-into-trust application in history (01/13)
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will join leaders of Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico for a major tribal land milestone.
Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs postFiled Under: National | Politics
Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post (12/10)
As expected, the Chickasaw Nation citizen will return to University of New Mexico School of Law, where he previously served as dean.
House committee set for another hearing on Gold King Mine spillFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
House committee set for another hearing on Gold King Mine spill (12/07)
Republicans are accusing the Interior Department of failing to conduct a thorough review of the incident that sent millions of gallons of mine waste into the water system.
Secretary Jewell addresses auctions of tribal property in FranceFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National | World
Secretary Jewell addresses auctions of tribal property in France (12/04)
Several tribes have protested auctions of their cultural patrimony but authorities in France have refused to stop the transactions.
Secretary Jewell goes to Arizona to meet with BIE studentsFiled Under: Education | Environment | National
Secretary Jewell goes to Arizona to meet with BIE students (11/16)
The trip highlights a high-speed Internet partnership and the Every Kid in a Park initiative.
Sally Jewell: High-speed Internet coming to BIE dormitoriesFiled Under: Opinion | Technology
Sally Jewell: High-speed Internet coming to BIE dormitories (11/11)
No matter who you are, where you grew up or what you want to do, we all know digital skills and connectivity are crucial for success in today’s job market.
Adidas launches effort to help schools with harmful mascotsFiled Under: Business | Education | National | Sports
Adidas launches effort to help schools with harmful mascots (11/05)
The German-based company will offer design support and financial assistance to high schools that want to get rid of their 'Indian' mascots.

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