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Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling
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Trump administration moves to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling (September 18, 2017)
Alaska Native corporations stand to benefit from development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge but the Gwich'in people strongly oppose oil and gas development.

Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations
Environment | National | Politics
Secretary Zinke goes against tribal interests with monument recommendations (September 18, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is urging President Donald Trump to reduce the boundaries of monuments supported by tribes, according a previously secret memo.

Secretary Zinke announces another senior hire for the Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke announces another senior hire for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (September 13, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke has filled another leadership position at the Bureau of Indian Affairs though it's not the top job at the agency.

Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation
National | Politics
Secretary Zinke's 'Thursday night massacre' at Interior under internal investigation (September 13, 2017)
The top three Indian Affairs officials at the Department of the Interior Interior were among the dozens told to change jobs by the Trump administration.

Piikani Money Campaign educates Blackfeet Nation citizens about Cobell payouts
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Piikani Money Campaign educates Blackfeet Nation citizens about Cobell payouts (September 12, 2017)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations brought more than $156 million to the Blackfeet Nation, with additional offers anticipated as the initiative winds down.

Interior Department tries to streamline lengthy environmental review process
Environment | National | Politics | Trust
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.

Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era
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Bureau of Indian Affairs approves first HEARTH Act regulations of Trump era (September 6, 2017)
Two more tribes are taking advantage of the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act, a self-determination law that has proven popular in Indian Country.

Secretary Zinke appoints tribal representatives to committee for royalty policy
National | Politics | Trust
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.

Secretary Zinke embraces view that some areas are 'too precious' for development

Secretary Zinke embraces view that some areas are 'too precious' for development (August 29, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior is sounding like his Obama administration predecessor when it comes to development on certain federal lands.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range
Environment | National | Politics
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes dealt setback on National Bison Range (August 28, 2017)
Thanks to Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are back to square one when it comes to the National Bison Range in Montana.

Secretary Zinke sold motor home at half price to Republican seeking Trump job
Politics
Secretary Zinke sold motor home at half price to Republican seeking Trump job (August 28, 2017)
Secretary Ryan Zinke of the Department of the Interior sold his motor home to a fellow Montana Republican who is seeking a job with the Trump administration.

Mark Trahant: Remembering the late former Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus
Opinion
Mark Trahant: Remembering the late former Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus (August 25, 2017)
Cecil Andrus, a former governor of Idaho and former Secretary of the Interior during the Jimmy Carter administration, passed away on August 23, 2017.

Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House
Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Secretary Zinke sends secret monument report to White House (August 25, 2017)
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will not call for the removal of any national monuments but will recommend downsizing an unnamed 'handful' in a report to the White House.

Landowners from Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes receive Cobell buy-back offers
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Landowners from Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes receive Cobell buy-back offers (August 24, 2017)
The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes are the last in Oklahoma to participate in the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations because funds are running out.

Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team
National | Politics
Kiowa citizen John Tahsuda set to join Bureau of Indian Affairs leadership team (August 24, 2017)
It's seven months into the Trump administration and the Bureau of Indian Affairs still lacks a permanent leader but the agency will be seeing a new face with John Tahsuda coming on board in a top position.

Crow Tribe pushes Trump administration to revive contested coal export project
Environment | National | Politics
Crow Tribe pushes Trump administration to revive contested coal export project (August 21, 2017)
The Crow Tribe is hoping the Trump administration lives up to promises to revive the slumping coal industry.

Secretary Zinke condemns White supremacists but vows full 'support' for President Trump
National | Politics
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
Environment | National
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
Business | National | Politics
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
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
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
Business | Law | National | Politics
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
Federal Recognition
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
Health | National | Politics
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
National | Politics | Trust
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
Business | National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
National | Politics | Trust
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
Environment | Law | National | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics | Trust
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
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics | Trust
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
Law | National | Politics | Trust
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
Environment | Law | National | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
Environment | National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
National | Politics
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
Education | Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust | World
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.

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