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Tribal citizens disproportionately affected by Trump reorganization
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Tribal citizens disproportionately affected by Trump reorganization (April 3, 2018)

Of the 33 senior career officials who were reassigned by the Trump administration at the Department of the Interior last year, a third are Native Americans.

Secretary Zinke tells Interior employees 'diversity isn't important'
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Secretary Zinke tells Interior employees 'diversity isn't important' (March 27, 2018)

Secretary Ryan Zinke values diversity in the workplace, a spokesperson said as CNN reported questionable comments from the leader of the Department of the Interior.

High Country News: Harassment pervades Bureau of Indian Affairs
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High Country News: Harassment pervades Bureau of Indian Affairs (March 16, 2018)

One of the oldest agencies in the Department of Interior appears to have some of its worst harassment problems.

Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight
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Native women are stepping up as sexual harassment remains in the spotlight (December 22, 2017)

The cultural assault on sexual misconduct in America is moving beyond the halls of Capitol Hill and Hollywood and into Indian Country.

Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics

Landmark study finds high rate of workplace harassment at Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 14, 2017)

Secretary Ryan Zinke is taking action to improve working conditions at the Department of the Interior after a landmark study showed a higher rate of harassment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
National | Politics | Trust

Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs (December 12, 2017)

A years-long effort by tribes is coming to fruition as the Trump administration prepares to return the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to its familiar roots.

Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments
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Interior Department won't talk about rumors of more employee reassignments (September 28, 2017)

Is Secretary Ryan Zinke about to unleash another round of employee reassignments at the pirate ship better known as the Department of the Interior?

Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire
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Secretary Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship in speech coming under fire (September 27, 2017)

Democrats and conservation groups are slamming Secretary Ryan Zinke after he said 30 percent of employees at the Department of the Interior aren't loyal to 'the flag.'

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 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.

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.

Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department
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Senate confirms Ryan Zinke as new leader of Interior Department (March 1, 2017)

The Montana Congressman's pro-tribal views stand in contrast to those of his boss, President Donald Trump.

Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in Senate
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Interior nominee Ryan Zinke heads toward confirmation in Senate (February 28, 2017)

It's taken longer than expected but the Interior Department is slated to get a new leader.

Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures
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Bureau of Indian Affairs still failing on online security measures (February 21, 2017)

More than 15 years after a computer shutdown sent Indian Country into turmoil, the agency is still struggling to protect its information technology systems.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Trust

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Tribe joins Cobell buy-back efforts (February 13, 2017)

With each passing generation new problems arise in Indian country that threaten tribal sovereignty.

Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices
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Senate committee approves President Trump's Interior and Energy choices (January 31, 2017)

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.

Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote
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Interior nominee Ryan Zinke set for first Senate confirmation vote (January 23, 2017)

The Montana Republican is vowing to respect tribal sovereignty, promote self-determination and protect treaty rights when it comes to making decisions.

Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues
Business | National | Politics | Trust

Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues (December 12, 2016)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.

Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump
National | Politics

Oklahoma governor discussed Indian issues with Donald Trump (November 23, 2016)

Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is under consideration to run the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in Washington
National | Politics

Tribes brace for change with Republicans in control in Washington (November 10, 2016)

Indian Country is adjusting to a new political reality with Donald Trump headed to the White House.

Special Trustee Vince Logan joins financial education committee
Trust

Special Trustee Vince Logan joins financial education committee (November 3, 2016)

The Financial Literacy and Education Commission was created by Congress to focus on money matters for Americans.

Interior Department updates information about trust reform talks
National | Politics

Interior Department updates information about trust reform talks (August 3, 2016)

A new law known as the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act promises dramatic changes to the agency's trust management structure.

Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law
National | Trust

Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law (July 22, 2016)

Tribes supported H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, because it promises dramatic changes to the federal government's trust management structure.

Jay Daniels: New law takes us backward in serving Indian Country
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Jay Daniels: New law takes us backward in serving Indian Country (July 18, 2016)

It is going to be a terrible thing for Indian Country if the Office of Special Trustee is dissolved.

Major trust reform bill supported by Indian Country signed into law
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Major trust reform bill supported by Indian Country signed into law (June 22, 2016)

President Barack Obama signed H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, despite concerns within his administration.

Tribes pressure President Obama to sign trust reform legislation
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Tribes pressure President Obama to sign trust reform legislation (June 15, 2016)

H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, is the first comprehensive trust reform package to clear Congress in more than two decades.

Congress passes first comprehensive Indian trust bill in decades
National | Politics | Trust

Congress passes first comprehensive Indian trust bill in decades (June 10, 2016)

Tribes and tribal organizations support H.R.812, theIndian Trust Asset Reform Act, but the Obama administration does not.

House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget
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House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget (March 21, 2016)

Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and the Indian Health Service will discuss their priorities amid concerns from some lawmakers that the budget invests in programs that may not be seeing results.

Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday
National | Trust

Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday (March 16, 2016)

The agency that was charged with overseeing trust reform efforts at the Interior Department is welcoming beneficiaries from the Washington, D.C., and Mid-Atlantic area.

House subcommittee to hear from tribes and tribal organizations
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House subcommittee to hear from tribes and tribal organizations (March 14, 2016)

Dozens of tribal leaders and representatives of tribal organizations will present their funding priorities at four sessions this week.

Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act
National | Politics | Trust

Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (March 3, 2016)

The House passed H.R.812 by a voice vote on February 24 and it awaits action in the Senate.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearing
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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to testify at House budget hearing (February 29, 2016)

The budget includes $2.9 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $140.4 million for the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and $217 million for Indian Country water programs at the Bureau of Reclamation.

House approves bill to reform trust duties at Interior Department
National | Politics | Trust

House approves bill to reform trust duties at Interior Department (February 25, 2016)

H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, lays the groundwork to return the functions of Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

House set for debate and vote on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act
National | Politics | Trust

House set for debate and vote on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (February 23, 2016)

H.R.812, the first major trust reform bill in decades, is supported by Indian Country but opposed by the Obama administration.

Office of Special Trustee budget request remains steady at $140M
National | Trust

Office of Special Trustee budget request remains steady at $140M (February 9, 2016)

The agency, which is part of the Interior Department, holds nearly $4.9 billion in trust for more than 250 tribes and about 400,000 individual Indians.

House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup
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House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup (February 4, 2016)

Except for a land-into-trust measure affecting the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, the bills were non-controversial and didn't receive much discussion.

House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills
Environment | Politics | Trust

House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills (January 29, 2016)

Four bills on the agenda address trust reform, water rights and land-into-trust issues.

Government shutdown looms as Congress nears budget deadline
National | Politics

Government shutdown looms as Congress nears budget deadline (December 9, 2015)

A shutdown would put 71 percent of employees at the Interior Department -- home to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Special Trustee -- on furlough.

Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with advisory board in DC
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Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with advisory board in DC (November 2, 2015)

Special Trustee Vince Logan brought the board back to life after years of inaction under the Bush administration.

Republican Jeb Bush wants to move DOI headquarters out West
Environment | National | Politics

Republican Jeb Bush wants to move DOI headquarters out West (October 22, 2015)

The majority of Bureau of Indian Affairs and Office of Special Trustee employees are already in and near Indian Country.

Special Trustee Vince Logan to address tribal tax conference
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Special Trustee Vince Logan to address tribal tax conference (September 14, 2015)

The 17th annual National Intertribal Tax Alliance conference is being hosted by the Seneca Nation of New York.

Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with tribes in Upper Midwest
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Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with tribes in Upper Midwest (August 24, 2015)

The three-day trip in September includes visits with tribal leaders and agency officials in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Special Trustee Vince Logan reaches out to Indian Country
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Special Trustee Vince Logan reaches out to Indian Country (July 24, 2015)

Tribes have been calling for a 'sunset' to the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians at the Interior Department.

Special Trustee Advisory Board to hold first meeting in August
National | Trust

Special Trustee Advisory Board to hold first meeting in August (July 15, 2015)

Special Trustee Vince Logan has selected nine people to advise him on trust reform efforts at the Interior Department.

Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing
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Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing (July 9, 2015)

Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn defended the Office of the Special Trustee in his colleague's absence.

Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee trust reform hearing
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Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee trust reform hearing (July 6, 2015)

Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn and Special Trustee Vince Logan are scheduled to testify.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules trust reform hearing
Politics | Trust

Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules trust reform hearing (July 3, 2015)

Trust reform has been on the back burner in the last few years but that could be changing in the 114th Congress.

Roger Birdbear: Indian mineral owners cheated on royalties
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Roger Birdbear: Indian mineral owners cheated on royalties (May 11, 2015)

From misuse and misunderstanding of regulations and statute surrounding transportation deductions, poor application of valuation methods, and even to blatant disregard of basic contract law, mineral owners are losing out.

Audio from House subcommittee's hearing on three tribal bills
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Audio from House subcommittee's hearing on three tribal bills (April 14, 2015)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) plans to move quickly on the bills with or without the support of the Obama administration.

Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on three tribal bills
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Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on three tribal bills (April 13, 2015)

Indian employment, trust reform and an Alaska Native land transfer are on the agenda for the House Subcommittee Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs at its first legislative hearing of the 114th Congress.

Key House panel to hold first legislative hearing of 114th Congress
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Key House panel to hold first legislative hearing of 114th Congress (April 9, 2015)

Indian employment, trust reform and an Alaska Native land transfer are on the agenda for the April 14 hearing.

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul targeted BIA and IHS
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Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul targeted BIA and IHS (April 8, 2015)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) wanted to eliminate the Bureau of Indian Affairs altogether and cut the Indian Health Service budget in half.

House panel holds first hearing with Indian and Insular Affairs
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House panel holds first hearing with Indian and Insular Affairs (March 18, 2015)

Obama administration officials presented the fiscal year 2016 budget requests for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians.

New House subcommittee on Indian issues to hold first hearing
Health | Politics

New House subcommittee on Indian issues to hold first hearing (March 9, 2015)

Insular Affairs have been added to the panel's jurisdiction despite significant legal and policy differences with Indian Country.

Budget seeks small boost in funding for Office of Special Trustee
National | Trust

Budget seeks small boost in funding for Office of Special Trustee (February 2, 2015)

The agency would see $143 million in fiscal year 2016, a $3.9 million increase from 2015.

Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe hails land measure
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Native Sun News: Northern Cheyenne Tribe hails land measure (December 31, 2014)

One hundred and fourteen years ago when the Northern Cheyenne Reservation was expanded. the federal government bought out non-Indian land owners, but overlooked 5,000 acres of railroad mineral rights.

Senate joins House in approving $1.1T appropriations measure
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Senate joins House in approving $1.1T appropriations measure (December 15, 2014)

The bill provides $2.6 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, $4.6 billion for the Indian Health Service and $139 million for the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians.

Special Trustee Vince Logan seeks nominees for advisor board
Trust

Special Trustee Vince Logan seeks nominees for advisor board (December 1, 2014)

Nine members will be chosen to advise the Special Trustee on management and reform issues.

DOI issues status report on Cobell land consolidation program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National

DOI issues status report on Cobell land consolidation program (November 20, 2014)

After a year, the program is seeing an improvement in acceptance rates and will be expanding to more reservations.

Thousands missing out on share of Cobell settlement payments
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National

Thousands missing out on share of Cobell settlement payments (September 29, 2014)

In Minnesota, over 7,300 members of the Red Lake, Leech Lake and White Earth tribes haven't seen their money.