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Secretary Zinke condemns White supremacists but vows full 'support' for President Trump
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Secretary Zinke condemns White supremacists but vows full 'support' for President Trump (August 17, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior continues to stand by President Donald Trump amid controversy over racial violence in Virginia.

Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate celebrates release of bald eagle that had been shot
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Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate celebrates release of bald eagle that had been shot (August 16, 2017)
The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate helped celebrate the release of a bald eagle that had been shot and had to be rehabilitated.

Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma
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Energy firm seeks to keep illegal pipeline in place over objections of Indian landowners in Oklahoma (August 15, 2017)
Another storm is brewing in Indian Country over a pipeline that has been operating illegally for nearly two decades.

Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal
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Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal (August 7, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is poised to help tribes resolve a long-standing taxation issue even as a powerful lawmaker from President Trump's own party expresses resistance.

Tribes weren't consulted about being removed from Cobell buy-back program
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Tribes weren't consulted about being removed from Cobell buy-back program (August 7, 2017)
The Trump administration told tribes about changes to the Land Buy-Back Program less than an hour before a press release was issued to the public.

Trump administration repeals rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues
Environment | National | Politics
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.

Battle brews as utility company takes sovereignty dispute to Supreme Court
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Battle brews as utility company takes sovereignty dispute to Supreme Court (August 2, 2017)
The nation's largest reservation. A business-friendly president. The owner of Dakota Access. What could go wrong here?

Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition
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Lumbee Tribe secures White House meeting in bid for federal recognition (August 2, 2017)
The leader of the Lumbee Tribe is meeting with the White House to make the case for federal recognition.

Protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears lifted as tribes seek day in court
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Protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears lifted as tribes seek day in court (August 1, 2017)
The Crow Tribe, the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with tribal religious leaders, are fighting the Trump administration's decision to lift protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears.

Trump administration moves in new direction with Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Trump administration moves in new direction with Cobell buy-back program (July 31, 2017)
With just $540 million left to spend, the Trump administration is changing course when it comes to the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska
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Investigation sought into Secretary Zinke's calls to Senators from Alaska (July 28, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Interior Department threatened Alaska's two Senators, The Alaska Dispatch News reported.

Sault Tribe vows fight after Trump team rejects land-into-trust applications
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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 hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes big promise on tribal taxation
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Trump hire at Bureau of Indian Affairs makes big promise on tribal taxation (July 26, 2017)
A senior Bureau of Indian Affairs official who was hired by the Trump administration to work on energy, economic development and related issues is making a seemingly big promise to tribes.

Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department
National | Politics
Top official blamed for 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior Department (July 26, 2017)
Jim Cason continues to wield significant power at the Department of the Interior even though he's never been confirmed by the Senate.

Trump administration backs away from yet another pro-tribal legal opinion
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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.

Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior
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Senate confirms familiar figure to top position at Department of the Interior (July 25, 2017)
A lawyer and former lobbyist who was at the center of some high-profile controversies during the Bush administration is going back to work at the Department of the Interior.

Cronkite News: Trump's review of monuments draws 1.4 million comments
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Cronkite News: Trump's review of monuments draws 1.4 million comments (July 24, 2017)
An Interior Department plan to review recently designated national monuments, including Bears Ears in Utah, has drawn more than 1.4 million public comments.

Trump team considers 'new' hurdles for off-reservation land applications
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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.

Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives
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Interior Department employee blames reassignment on advocacy for Alaska Natives (July 20, 2017)
A scientist at the Department of the Interior says the Trump administration retaliated against him for speaking out in defense of Alaska Native communities.

Trump administration officially rescinds pro-treaty rights legal opinion
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Trump administration officially rescinds pro-treaty rights legal opinion (July 18, 2017)
The Trump administration has quietly killed a legal opinion that tribes were using to fight the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Indian Country outnumbered at hearing on Indian Reorganization Act
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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.

Bad River Band benefits from Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations
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Bad River Band benefits from Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (July 13, 2017)
Through the acquisition of fractional interests, the Bad River Band regained ownership of 3,492 acres on its reservation in northern Wisconsin.

Trump administration receives 1.4M comments on national monuments
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Trump administration receives 1.4M comments on national monuments (July 12, 2017)
The Department of the Interior has closed an unprecedented public comment period on a number of national monuments, including one of great interest in Indian Country.

Hearing on Indian Reorganization Act stacked with anti-Indian interests
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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.

Secretary Zinke complains about long waits for approvals at Interior
Environment | National | Politics
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.

House committee schedules another hearing on land-into-trust process
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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.

Secretary Zinke announces senior position at Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke announces senior position at Bureau of Indian Affairs (July 6, 2017)
It took nearly a month to announce but the Trump administration has filled a senior position at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Northern Cheyenne Tribe challenges Trump administration on grizzly bears
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Northern Cheyenne Tribe challenges Trump administration on grizzly bears (June 30, 2017)
The Northern Cheyenne Tribe is planning to sue the Trump administration for removing protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law
National | Politics | Trust
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.

Interior Department sends out another $13.1M in Cobell buy-back offers
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Interior Department sends out another $13.1M in Cobell buy-back offers (June 26, 2017)
Landowners on the Nez Perce Reservation, the Pechanga Reservation and the Rincon Reservation are the latest to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

House committee again leaves out Indian Country in hearing on Interior Department
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House committee again leaves out Indian Country in hearing on Interior Department (June 26, 2017)
The House Committee on Natural Resources is once again ignoring Indian Country as it pursues a more conservative agenda.

States cheer Trump decision on grizzly bears amid tribal concerns about hunts
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States cheer Trump decision on grizzly bears amid tribal concerns about hunts (June 23, 2017)
The governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are thanking the Trump administration for removing protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Secretary Zinke removes protections for grizzlies over tribal objections
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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.

Court sets final deadline for remaining payments from Cobell settlement
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Court sets final deadline for remaining payments from Cobell settlement (June 22, 2017)
The overwhelming majority of the $3.4 billion Cobell trust fund settlement has been distributed but some Indian beneficiaries still haven't been paid.

Tribes go it alone on climate change as Trump team shifts priorities
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Tribes go it alone on climate change as Trump team shifts priorities (June 21, 2017)
Tribes are vowing to protect their communities from climate change but they will have to go it alone due to limited support from the Trump administration.

Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke set for another hearing on Interior Department budget (June 19, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke, the new leader of the Department of the Interior, is making his third appearance before Congress this week.

Secretary Zinke shuffles top Indian Affairs officials at Interior Department
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Secretary Zinke shuffles top Indian Affairs officials at Interior Department (June 19, 2017)
Tribal leaders have been complaining about the lack of information about the Trump administration's reorganization plans.

Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears
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Secretary Zinke rejects tribal complaints about consultation and Bears Ears (June 14, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is rejecting tribal complaints about his controversial recommendation to change the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument.

Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation
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Tribes lash out at Trump administration for lapses in consultation (June 13, 2017)
The Trump administration is coming under heavy fire as the new leader of the Department of the Interior makes a highly-anticipated appearance before the nation's largest inter-tribal organization.

National Congress of American Indians opens mid-year conference
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National Congress of American Indians opens mid-year conference (June 12, 2017)
The National Congress of American Indians will be hearing from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other top Trump administration officials at its meeting in Connecticut this week.

Choctaw Nation citizen lands senior job at Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Choctaw Nation citizen lands senior job at Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 12, 2017)
The Trump administration is finally filling out its leadership team at the Bureau of Indian Affairs with Gavin Clarkson, who has extensive experience in economic development and finance issues.

Secretary Zinke testimony overshadowed by Trump's FBI controversy
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Secretary Zinke testimony overshadowed by Trump's FBI controversy (June 7, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior will be talking about Indian Country's budget cuts but not many will be paying attention.

Cobell buy-back program keeps on rolling toward eventual end
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Cobell buy-back program keeps on rolling toward eventual end (June 6, 2017)
The Trump administration has put Indian Country on notice of the eventual end of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
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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.

Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Key Democrat calls for more funding for Cobell buy-back (June 5, 2017)
The Interior Department has 'not accomplished much' in its program to buy up marginal Indian lands and return them to tribes, despite spending two-thirds of a $1.9 billion fund, a top official said recently.

Secretary Zinke slated for hearing on Interior Department budget
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Secretary Zinke slated for hearing on Interior Department budget (June 5, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is slated for a big budget cut unless Congress takes action.

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe accused of 'misuse' of water project funds
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Lower Brule Sioux Tribe accused of 'misuse' of water project funds (June 2, 2017)
An audit uncovered $1.4 million in questionable spending but the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is only repaying $54,190 to the federal government.

Secretary Zinke still soliciting nominations for royalty committee
National | Politics | Trust
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
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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.

Miami Nation citizen takes top law enforcement post at Interior
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Miami Nation citizen takes top law enforcement post at Interior (May 31, 2017)
Darren Cruzan, a long-time Bureau of Indian Affairs employee, has take on a new law enforcement role at the Department of the Interior.

Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Colville Tribes worried about future of Cobell buy-back program (May 31, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations is in doubt after comments made by a top Trump administration official.

Hearing takes a swipe at tribal rights with no tribal leaders present
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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
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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.

Secretary Zinke headed to National Congress of American Indians in June
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke headed to National Congress of American Indians in June (May 25, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior will speak at NCAI's mid-year conference in June.

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization
National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens listening sessions on reorganization (May 25, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke has promised potentially 'bold' changes at the Department of the Interior.

Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Yakama Nation landowners weigh offers as Cobell buy-back winds down (May 25, 2017)
Nearly $68 million in offers were sent to more than 3,500 owners on the reservation in Washington.

Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska
Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke plans to work with tribes on drilling push in Alaska (May 25, 2017)
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge requires Congressional approval and remains controversial among Alaska Natives.

Trump administration ready to let Cobell program run out of funds
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics | Trust
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.

President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request
Health | National | Politics
President Trump confirms Indian Country's fears with budget request (May 23, 2017)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are among the many losers in the Trump world.

Office of Special Trustee pitches President Trump’s lower budget request as 'taxpayer' savings
National | Politics | Trust
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.

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