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Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlementFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation citizens approve historic water rights settlement (04/21)
The agreement confirms and quantifies the tribe's water rights in Montana and authorizes $471 million in investments on the reservation.
Secretary Zinke committed to addressing 'heart-breaking' crimes against Native women and girlsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke committed to addressing 'heart-breaking' crimes against Native women and girls (04/18)
The Department of the Interior is part of a new law enforcement group aimed at increasing collaboration and coordination in Indian Country.
Interior Department makes 'final' transfer for Cobell scholarshipsFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | Education | National
Interior Department makes 'final' transfer for Cobell scholarships (04/13)
The $60 million ceiling -- the maximum authorized in the settlement -- was hit after just four years.
Secretary Zinke opens sacred site in Utah to recreational trafficFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke opens sacred site in Utah to recreational traffic (04/11)
The decision is a boost to non-Indians who opposed restrictions in Recapture Canyon.
Disputed leader of Nooksack Tribe blames 'non-Indians' for crisisFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Disputed leader of Nooksack Tribe blames 'non-Indians' for crisis (04/06)
Bob Kelly has served as chairman of the Washington-based tribe for years but the Department of the Interior no longer recognizes him.
Bureau of Indian Affairs increases rates at some irrigation systemsFiled Under: Environment | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs increases rates at some irrigation systems (04/05)
The rates for the most part have not changed dramatically at irrigation systems in Indian Country.
Blackfeet Nation asks citizens to approve water rights compactFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Blackfeet Nation asks citizens to approve water rights compact (04/05)
The state of Montana and Congress already ratified the deal. Now it's up to tribal voters.
Interior Department pulls back rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenuesFiled Under: Business | Law | Politics | Trust
Interior Department pulls back rule designed to maximize Indian coal revenues (04/04)
The Trump administration is living up to its promise to put an end to the so-called 'war on coal.'
Indigenous Environmental Network challenges Keystone XL permitFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Indigenous Environmental Network challenges Keystone XL permit (04/04)
A lawsuit filed in federal court in accuses the Trump administration of failing to consider all of the social, cultural and health impacts of the controversial project.
Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contractFiled Under: Law | Trust
Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contract (04/04)
The tribe sought $17 million to fund its judicial branch but the Bureau of Indian Affairs awarded only $1.3 million.
Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power'Filed Under: Law | National | Politics
Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power' (04/04)
A dispute tied to the ouster of more than 300 people from the rolls is simmering in federal court.
House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native villageFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
House panel takes up bill to approve road for Alaska Native village (04/04)
Residents of King Cove have been pushing for the road for decades as a way to save lives in their Aleut community.
President Trump donates $78,333 of salary to National Park ServiceFiled Under: Politics
President Trump donates $78,333 of salary to National Park Service (04/04)
The donation accounts for 0.005 percent of the amount the president is proposing to cut from the Department of the Interior.
Tribes with coal resources look to Trump administration for changeFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes with coal resources look to Trump administration for change (04/03)
The Crow Tribe, the Hopi Tribe and the Navajo Nation depend on coal revenues but their fortunes have fallen in recent years.
Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land caseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Indian Country secures victory with end to long-running land case (04/03)
After waiting more than 160 years and surviving numerous challenges, the Cowlitz Tribe has a permanent homeland in Washington state.
Nominations open for tribal seat on repatriation review committeeFiled Under: Environment | National
Nominations open for tribal seat on repatriation review committee (03/31)
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 committeeFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke seeks tribal representatives for royalty committee (03/31)
Tribes engaged in energy development on their lands will be a part of the new panel.
Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under TrumpFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | National | Politics
Cobell buy-back program on path to run out of funds under Trump (03/30)
The Trump administration is heading into new territory with the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.
Northern Cheyenne Tribe sues Interior Department over pro-coal policyFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Northern Cheyenne Tribe sues Interior Department over pro-coal policy (03/29)
Chairman Jace Killsback said efforts to engage with Secretary Ryan Zinke on a government-to-government basis were ignored.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meetingFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (03/29)
The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.
Secretary Zinke confirms role in talking to tribes about unwanted border wallFiled Under: National | Politics | World
Secretary Zinke confirms role in talking to tribes about unwanted border wall (03/29)
Some tribes have already made their position on a border wall very clear: they don't want it.
Donald Trump boasts about approvals for Dakota Access and Keystone XLFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump boasts about approvals for Dakota Access and Keystone XL (03/28)
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.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of billsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (03/27)
Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.
Secretary Zinke announces 'doggy days' for Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National
Secretary Zinke announces 'doggy days' for Interior Department (03/23)
Employees at headquarters in D.C. will be allowed to bring their furry friends to the office on two Fridays in May and September.
Donald Trump's 'beachead' teams still operating across federal agenciesFiled Under: Politics
Donald Trump's 'beachead' teams still operating across federal agencies (03/20)
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appears to be working well with the situation but Administrator Scott Pruitt of the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't seem to be happy.
Secretary Zinke promotes budget cut as a 'saving' for taxpayersFiled Under: National | Politics
Secretary Zinke promotes budget cut as a 'saving' for taxpayers (03/16)
The new leader of the Interior Department promised to 'fight' for a fair budget but it doesn't look like he convinced President Donald Trump.
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget means less for the first AmericansFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Donald Trump's budget means less for the first Americans (03/16)
The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction.
Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budgetFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Donald Trump brings bad news to Indian Country with first budget (03/16)
The parent agencies of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service are seeing major cuts to offset increases in defense spending.
Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior DepartmentFiled Under: Education | National | Politics | Trust
Secretary Zinke vows to improve tribal consultation at Interior Department (03/09)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since joining the Trump administration.
Kevin Washburn: Advice for the next leader of the Bureau of Indian AffairsFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Kevin Washburn: Advice for the next leader of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (03/07)
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs: ‘must run a thousand miles to move policy by an inch.’
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearanceFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior Secretary Zinke focuses on tribes in first Capitol Hill appearance (03/06)
The new leader of the Department of the Interior is already living up to promises to keep Indian Country on the top of his agenda.
New Interior Secretary Zinke confirms rumors of reorganizationFiled Under: National | Politics
New Interior Secretary Zinke confirms rumors of reorganization (03/03)
The new leader of the Interior Department is promising 'bold' changes that are slated to include the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior DepartmentFiled Under: National | Politics | Trust
Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (03/01)
The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.
Mark Trahant: Trump set to deliver financial blow to Indian CountryFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Trump set to deliver financial blow to Indian Country (03/01)
A reminder about what’s at stake from Deborah Parker of the Tulalip Tribes.
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in SenateFiled Under: National | Politics
Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in Senate (02/28)
It's taken longer than expected but the Interior Department is slated to get a new leader.
Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian landFiled Under: Business | Law | Politics | Trust
Trump administration rolls over for energy firms on Indian land (02/27)
The so-called 'war on coal' is coming to an end thanks to the new Republican occupant of the White House.
Former top legal official at Interior Department joins firm in D.C.Filed Under: Law | Politics
Former top legal official at Interior Department joins firm in D.C. (02/27)
Hillary Tompkins, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, was the first Native woman to serve as the top legal official at the Interior Department.
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe slams Trump for lack of consultation on Dakota AccessFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe slams Trump for lack of consultation on Dakota Access (02/23)
The tribe is launching a new effort aimed at stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline ahead of a critical hearing in federal court.
Indian Country joins legal push to block Dakota Access PipelineFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Indian Country joins legal push to block Dakota Access Pipeline (02/22)
With all hope lost in the Trump administration, more tribes and tribal advocates are joining the court fight.
Trump team puts hold on pro-tribal and pro-treaty Dakota Access legal opinionFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Trump team puts hold on pro-tribal and pro-treaty Dakota Access legal opinion (02/22)
Since January 20, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe have lost all of their allies in the federal government.
Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measuresFiled Under: National | Technology | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures (02/21)
More than 15 years after a computer shutdown sent Indian Country into turmoil, the agency is still struggling to protect its information technology systems.
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior SecretaryFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate finally ready to consider nomination of Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary (02/20)
It's unusual for Indian Country to wait so long for someone to be confirmed at the Interior Department, which includes the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities'Filed Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs sets hearing on Trump administration 'priorities' (02/20)
Tribes are still in the dark about the future of Indian health and the Cabinet position most important to Indian Country remains vacant.
Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst timeFiled Under: Education | Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian programs gain 'high risk' label at worst time (02/20)
Federal Indian programs have been added to the “high-risk” category by the Government Accountability Office.
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal statusFiled Under: National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Little Shell Chippewa Tribe continues long journey for federal status (02/09)
The tribe's ancestors negotiated and signed treaties in the late 1800s but they have yet to be formally acknowledged by the United States.
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens consultation on big economic proposalFiled Under: Business | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens consultation on big economic proposal (02/07)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs isn't letting the change in administration slow down plans to address a big taxation issue for tribes.
Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choicesFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices (01/31)
Ryan Zinke for Interior and Rick Perry for Energy saw opposition from Democrats and Independents but both are expected to win final confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Senate panel reschedules vote on President Trump's Interior and Energy nomineesFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate panel reschedules vote on President Trump's Interior and Energy nominees (01/25)
Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy and Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior are still waiting to join the Cabinet.
Senate committee postpones vote on Donald Trump's Dakota Access allyFiled Under: Business | Environment | National | Politics
Senate committee postpones vote on Donald Trump's Dakota Access ally (01/24)
Rick Perry has vowed to stay away from matters affecting the controversial pipeline if he is confirmed as Secretary of Energy.
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.
Mark Trahant: Prepare for tribal budget cuts under President Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Prepare for tribal budget cuts under President Donald Trump (01/23)
If this is day one, remember there are fourteen hundred and fifty-nine to go.
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.
Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzlyFiled Under: Environment | Politics
Tribal opposition leads to delay on status of Yellowstone grizzly (01/12)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has received more than 650,000 comments about protections for the sacred animal.
Cobell scholarship fund grows to $47M thanks to buy-back effortFiled Under: Cobell Lawsuit and Settlement | Education | National
Cobell scholarship fund grows to $47M thanks to buy-back effort (01/11)
More than $5.25 million in scholarships have been awarded as a result of the Cobell trust fund settlement.
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nomineeFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Senate committee schedules hearing for Donald Trump's Interior nominee (01/10)
Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) has earned praise for his work on protections for Native women, federal recognition, water rights, energy and economic development.
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.
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (01/10)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was forced to admit that he opposed landmark provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nomineesFiled Under: National | Politics
Confirmation hearings open for first of Donald Trump's nominees (01/10)
Eight of the Republican president-elect's picks are going before the Senate this week.
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears EarsFiled Under: Environment | National | Politics
Tribes celebrate designation of national monument at Bears Ears (01/09)
The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition successfully lobbied President Barack Obama to protect 1.35 million acres of sacred sites and ancestral lands in Utah.
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.

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