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Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick
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Tribes call for speedy action on long-awaited Bureau of Indian Affairs pick (June 7, 2018)

Tribal leaders are seeking quick action on the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs amid questions about an issue far from the lower 48 states.

Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation
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Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee takes big step toward long-awaited confirmation (June 4, 2018)

Tribes might finally see a new advocate in their corner as they seek to hold the Trump administration accountable for the treaty and the trust relationship.

Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push
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Tribes back bill to protect ancestral lands from Trump's energy push (May 22, 2018)

Tribal leaders are endorsing a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from allowing energy development on their ancestral lands in New Mexico.

'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada
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'A blatant slap in the face': Tribes oppose land transfer bill in Nevada (May 16, 2018)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Walker River Paiute Tribe are slamming a land transfer bill that was drafted without their input.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe leaders go missing from key consultation
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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe leaders go missing from key consultation (April 30, 2018)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe scheduled a meeting with the Bureau of Land Management for an extremely important meeting that would have an impact on the lives of its citizens.

Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe slams 'DAPL-type' project
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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe slams 'DAPL-type' project (April 3, 2018)

Concerns about pollution and damage to sacred sites prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to demand consultation on fracking activities in treaty territory.

Tribes seek to repatriate ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho
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Tribes seek to repatriate ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho (February 7, 2018)

The Nez Perce Tribe, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes are seeking to repatriate ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists battle Trump over fracking
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Native Sun News Today: Tribal activists battle Trump over fracking (February 1, 2018)

A coalition of tribal and environmental groups are fighting the Trump administration's attempt to repeal a rule designed to address the harmful effects of fracking on federal and tribal lands.

Agua Caliente Band secures approval of land swap after long wait
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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.

Chilkat Indian Village sues to protect salmon runs from mining project in Alaska
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Chilkat Indian Village sues to protect salmon runs from mining project in Alaska (December 6, 2017)

The Chilkat Indian Village and three conservation groups are in court to stop a mining project in a critical salmon habitat in southeast Alaska.

Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico
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Pueblo tribes seek ban on energy development on ancestral land in New Mexico (September 27, 2017)

Pueblo tribes are calling on the Trump administration to impose a temporary ban on energy development near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.

Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
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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.

Trump administration withdraws fracking standards for Indian Country
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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.

Shoshone-Paiute Tribes lay claim to ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho
Environment

Shoshone-Paiute Tribes lay claim to ancestral remains uncovered in Idaho (July 20, 2017)

The remains of a young adult and a teenager that were found in Idaho pre-date the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

Secretary Zinke complains about long waits for approvals at Interior
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Secretary Zinke complains about long waits for approvals at Interior (July 7, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is promising to give energy companies faster decisions on their applications but isn't doing the same for tribes.

Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule
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Tribal views seen as influencing close vote on Obama-era energy rule (May 12, 2017)

The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, support a federal regulation that carries environmental and economic benefits in Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke opens sacred site in Utah to recreational traffic
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Secretary Zinke opens sacred site in Utah to recreational traffic (April 11, 2017)

The decision is a boost to non-Indians who opposed restrictions in Recapture Canyon.

Donald Trump boasts about approvals for Dakota Access and Keystone XL
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Donald Trump boasts about approvals for Dakota Access and Keystone XL (March 28, 2017)

The Trump administration continues to chart a new course in energy policy in hopes of spurring jobs and growing the American economy, even if it's at the expense of Indian Country's interests.

Native Sun News Today: Energy industry fights rule that boosts tribal energy royalties
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Native Sun News Today: Energy industry fights rule that boosts tribal energy royalties (January 27, 2017)

Updated rules on methane capture at oil and gas wells will cut tribes’ air pollution while boosting their royalties by as much as $1.9 million a year.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes assert ownership of local trail system
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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes assert ownership of local trail system (December 15, 2016)

Chairman Blane Edmo planted tribal ownership signs at the popular City Creek Trailhead in Pocatello, Idaho.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land
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Rep. Markwayne Mullin refutes speculation of 'privatizing' tribal land (December 7, 2016)

The Oklahoma Republican said a widely circulated report 'completely distorted' his views about sovereignty and self-determination.

Lakota Country Times: New rule curbs waste of tribal resources
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Lakota Country Times: New rule curbs waste of tribal resources (December 6, 2016)

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 remains
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Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe finally reclaims ancestral remains (November 23, 2016)

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.

Southern Ute Tribe settles lawsuit over federal fracking regulation
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Southern Ute Tribe settles lawsuit over federal fracking regulation (November 4, 2016)

The tribe will serve as the primary regulatory of hydraulic fracturing on its reservation in Colorado.

Christopher Ketcham: Bundy verdict puts target on federal workers
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Christopher Ketcham: Bundy verdict puts target on federal workers (November 1, 2016)

'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.'

Bureau of Land Management confirms repatriation of ancestor to Nevada tribe
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Bureau of Land Management confirms repatriation of ancestor to Nevada tribe (October 21, 2016)

The remains of a 10,000-year-old individual known as Spirit Cave Man are going to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe.

Federal agency shifts course as tribal ancestor in Nevada is slated for repatriation
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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.

Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal
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Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal (October 12, 2016)

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.

President Obama signs Nevada Native Nations Land Act into law
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President Obama signs Nevada Native Nations Land Act into law (October 7, 2016)

Six tribes in Nevada will be regaining some of their ancestral territory under H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act.

Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy
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Ute Tribe goes ignored again as lawmakers host field hearing on energy (October 3, 2016)

The Ute Tribe, a leader in energy development, is curiously absent from the witness list amid a dispute with a powerful Republican.

Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward
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Bill slammed as 'modern day Indian land grab' moves forward (September 22, 2016)

Tribes and Democrats have branded the Utah Public Lands Initiative Act as a 'modern day Indian land grab' but Republicans are pushing it through anyway.

Appeals court hears lawsuit over death in stolen artifact case
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Appeals court hears lawsuit over death in stolen artifact case (September 21, 2016)

A non-Indian man was never brought to justice for stealing tribal property but his family has kept the dispute alive for years.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds first hearing since break
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds first hearing since break (September 6, 2016)

Bills to recognize the Lumbee Tribe, promote economic development and place land in trust for the Tule River Tribe are on the agenda.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (August 29, 2016)

Bills to recognize the Lumbee Tribe, promote economic development and place land in trust for the Tule River Tribe are on the agenda.

California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands
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California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands (August 17, 2016)

Jonathan Bourne took the items -- including some from burial sites -- and kept them in his home.

Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian Country
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Amendment seeks to outlaw fracking regulation in Indian Country (July 13, 2016)

Some energy producing tribes want to follow their own hydraulic fracturing standards.

House approves bills to transfer federal lands to tribes in California
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House approves bills to transfer federal lands to tribes in California (July 6, 2016)

The Tule River Tribe and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians saw bipartisan support for their land-into-trust bills.

Susanville Rancheria thanks lawmakers for land-into-trust bill
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Susanville Rancheria thanks lawmakers for land-into-trust bill (June 23, 2016)

The tribe's reservation will be growing by 300 acres thanks to a bill that was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

White House defends fracking standards imposed on Indian Country
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White House defends fracking standards imposed on Indian Country (June 23, 2016)

The controversial regulation is already before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals after a judge issued an injunction sought by the Ute Tribe, states and the energy industry.

President Obama signs land-into-trust bill for Susanville Rancheria
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President Obama signs land-into-trust bill for Susanville Rancheria (June 22, 2016)

The California tribe will be reclaiming 300 acres of its ancestral homeland with the new law.

Judge invalidates fracking standards imposed on Indian Country
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Judge invalidates fracking standards imposed on Indian Country (June 22, 2016)

The Ute Tribe of Utah convinced the judge of the Bureau of Land Management's lack of authority to regulate the energy processing technique.

Susanville Rancheria land-into-trust bill sent to President Obama
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Susanville Rancheria land-into-trust bill sent to President Obama (June 10, 2016)

The tribe plans to use about 300 acres for its powwow grounds, a cultural center, a museum and a recreational area.

House passes land-into-trust bills for tribes in Nevada and Arizona
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House passes land-into-trust bills for tribes in Nevada and Arizona (June 8, 2016)

Six tribes in Nevada and another one in Arizona are closer to securing new trust lands thanks to action on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

House takes up land-into-trust bills for tribes in Nevada and Arizona
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House takes up land-into-trust bills for tribes in Nevada and Arizona (June 6, 2016)

H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act, and H.R.2009, the ascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act, are set for passage on June 7.

Navajo Nation lawmakers debate position on hydraulic fracking
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Navajo Nation lawmakers debate position on hydraulic fracking (May 17, 2016)

A bill advancing in the Navajo Nation Council would not outlaw the practice but would put the the tribe's opposition on record.

Carolyn Pease-Lopez: Work together to protect sacred Crow land
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Carolyn Pease-Lopez: Work together to protect sacred Crow land (May 16, 2016)

Land managers and citizens alike must see beyond the boundaries we’ve drawn on the maps, and manage the Pryors as a valued, sacred whole.

Ute Tribe disputes legality of BLM fracking rule in Indian Country
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Ute Tribe disputes legality of BLM fracking rule in Indian Country (April 21, 2016)

The tribe is part of a lawsuit that could result in the invalidation of the controversial hydraulic fracturing regulation.

Senate approves bill to transfer federal lands to six Nevada tribes
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Senate approves bill to transfer federal lands to six Nevada tribes (April 14, 2016)

The Nevada Native Nations Land Act now awaits action in the House.

Democrat Bernie Sanders calls for a nationwide ban on fracking
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Democrat Bernie Sanders calls for a nationwide ban on fracking (April 12, 2016)

Some tribes and tribal activists support a ban on the controversial energy-processing technique but others want to be able to regulate it.

Moapa Band clears hurdle for another solar project on reservation
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Moapa Band clears hurdle for another solar project on reservation (March 10, 2016)

The Aiya Solar Project consists of a solar photovoltaic facility capable of generating up to 100 megawatts of power.

Native Sun News: North Dakota tribal members vent about fracking
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Native Sun News: North Dakota tribal members vent about fracking (March 4, 2016)

While members of Ft. Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights, or POWER, prepared to testify about gas flaring in oil fracking operations on federal and tribal lands, they urged the public to send comments to strengthen regulations.

Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoff
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Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoff (February 18, 2016)

Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy and two of their supporters were indicted for taking up arms against federal officers in Nevada.

Federal agencies closed offices in Oregon amid safety concerns
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Federal agencies closed offices in Oregon amid safety concerns (January 8, 2016)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs has remained open because the agency that serves the Burns Paiute Tribe is more than 200 miles from the site of the armed takeover.

DOI files appeal for fracking rule that applies to Indian Country
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DOI files appeal for fracking rule that applies to Indian Country (December 11, 2015)

The controversial regulation imposes hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands but some tribes say it shouldn't apply to their reservations.

Environmental groups file appeal over disputed BLM fracking rule
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Environmental groups file appeal over disputed BLM fracking rule (December 4, 2015)

The Ute Tribe, four states and energy industry groups secured an injunction that prevents the Obama administration from imposing hydraulic fracturing standards on public and Indian lands.

House passes bill to place land in trust for Susanville Rancheria
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House passes bill to place land in trust for Susanville Rancheria (December 1, 2015)

The tribe plans to use about 300 acres for its powwow grounds, a cultural center, a museum and a recreational area.

Blackfeet Nation wins ruling against development at sacred site
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Blackfeet Nation wins ruling against development at sacred site (November 23, 2015)

The Obama administration is ready to cancel a lease in the sacred Badger-Two Medicine Area in a matter of weeks, rather than months as previously expected.

Blackfeet Nation gears up for action on drilling at sacred site
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Blackfeet Nation gears up for action on drilling at sacred site (November 3, 2015)

The tribe is cheering Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for opposing development in the Badger-Two Medicine Area but the battle isn't over yet.

Republicans push controversial Indian energy bill through House
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Republicans push controversial Indian energy bill through House (October 9, 2015)

The lopsided vote on the Native American Energy Act came after Republicans fell into disarray due to leadership issues on Capitol Hill.

House Natural Resources Committee approves two Indian bills
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House Natural Resources Committee approves two Indian bills (October 8, 2015)

One bill places 300 acres in trust for the Susanville Rancheria of California and the other renames a wildlife refuge in Washington in honor of the late treaty rights activist Billy Frank Jr.