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Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process (September 8, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is attempting to reform the lengthy environmental review process, an initiative that could benefit Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke appoints tribal representatives to committee for royalty policy (September 6, 2017)

The Royalty Policy Committee is once again active at the Department of the Interior and will help guide decisions affecting Indian lands.

Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county (August 8, 2017)

A bill to place about 1,400 acres in trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

Cherokee Nation hails approval of land-into-trust application for health center (August 3, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation now has more than 61,000 acres in trust in Oklahoma.

Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications (July 27, 2017)

The Trump administration has made its first major land-into-trust decision and it doesn't look good for Indian Country.

Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion (July 25, 2017)

Another pro-tribal legal opinion is on the chopping block as the Trump administration struggles with the land-into-trust process.

Bryan Newland: The #fakenews crisis about the land-into-trust process (July 24, 2017)

Changes to the land-into-trust process will never satisfy critics, attorney Bryan Newland writes on Turtle Talk.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)

Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

Samish Nation still waiting for decisions on land-into-trust applications (July 20, 2017)

For those needing proof of the delays associated with the land-into-trust process, look no further than the Samish Nation.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications (July 20, 2017)

In a major setback for Indian Country, the Trump administration is poised to erect more hurdles for tribes seeking to restore their homelands.

House approves land-into-trust bills for tribes amid concerns about process (July 14, 2017)

Despite a rocky couple of days on Capitol Hill for tribal interests, it wasn't all bad news this week for Indian Country.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act (July 13, 2017)

Republicans once again failed to invite a tribal leader to a hearing on Indian issues so the Democratic witness was Indian Country's only representative.

Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests (July 11, 2017)

If Indian Country is looking for a fair shake as a key Congressional committee looks into the land-into-trust process for a second time, it's not going to happen this week.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process (July 6, 2017)

A key Congressional committee has scheduled a second hearing on the land-into-trust process only this time tribal leaders might actually be invited.

Quapaw Tribe still waiting for answer on land-into-trust bid in Arkansas (July 6, 2017)

The Quapaw Tribe owns 160 acres within its former reservation in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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.

Key House committee under fire for moving slowly on tribal agenda (June 21, 2017)

A Congressional committee with jurisdiction over tribal issues continues to move slowly on Indian Country's agenda, raising concerns about its intentions.

Bill in California offers tax relief for tribal lands going into trust (June 8, 2017)

Opponents of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians are stirring up controversy about a bill that affects taxation of lands going into trust.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)

The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.

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.

Cherokee Nation claims victory in trust land dispute with rival tribe (June 1, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs can't place land in trust for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians without the "written" consent of the Cherokee Nation, a federal judge has ruled.

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.

Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present (May 30, 2017)

Tribes often face enormous obstacles in the nation's capital and a Congressional hearing that flew under Indian Country's radar helps explain why.

Federal court blocks attempt to condemn lands on Navajo Nation (May 26, 2017)

A dispute over a power line on the reservation has drawn significant interest from Indian Country.

Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)

Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.

Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds (May 24, 2017)

A top official at the Department of the Interior drew a rebuke for characterizing Indian Country as greedy.

Northwest tribes slam Donald Trump's budget for cuts to Indian programs (May 24, 2017)

Leaders from the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians say the new administration isn't listening to Indian Country.

Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings (May 23, 2017)

The agency is one the few in federal government whose responsibilities solely affect Indian Country.

Top Interior nominee contradicts President Trump on 'race' and tribal programs (May 19, 2017)

With the president raising doubts about funding for Indian programs, tribal leaders are worried that his words will be used against them.

Indian Country bracing for worst with Donald Trump's planned budget cuts (May 18, 2017)

Tribes are telling allies in Congress that the president's forthcoming cuts violate the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.

Secretary Zinke vows support for sovereignty after 'off-ramp' comments about trust lands (May 9, 2017)

A letter from a top Interior Department official decries 'media mischaracterization' of some puzzling comments made by the Cabinet official.

Osage Nation beneficiaries still fighting for accounting despite setback in court (May 4, 2017)

Tribal citizens who are seeking a long-overdue accounting of their trust funds have suffered a setback in their historic lawsuit.

Southern Ute Tribe votes on another payout from $126M settlement (May 4, 2017)

The Colorado-based tribe already shared 60 percent of the settlement on a per capita basis but some citizens want the rest of the funds.

Secretary Zinke advocates 'off-ramp' for taking lands out of trust (May 3, 2017)

The new leader of the Department of the Interior is making some puzzling comments about Indian lands.

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.'