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Judge in trust fund case worried about delays in settlement (04/09)
The judge handling the Indian trust fund lawsuit said he won't wait much longer for Congress to approve a $3.4 billion settlement to the case. Judge James Robertson extended a deadline in the case one more time, until the end...

Cobell to discuss settlement at conference in New Mexico (03/29)
Elouise Cobell, the lead plaintiff in the Indian trust fund lawsuit, will discuss the $3.4 billion settlement to the case at the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference next week. Cobell, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, will...

DOI solicitor hosts meeting for Indian law practitioners (02/25)
Hilary Tompkins, the Solicitor at the Department of the Interior, is reaching out to Indian law practitioners. Tompkins, a member of the Navajo Nation, is the first Native person and the first Native woman to serve as Interior's top legal...

Column: Navajo woman helped settle Cobell case (12/14)
"Health reform, economic recovery, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — President Obama has had his challenges and taken his share of lumps. But the Indian trust settlement was something no president in 14 years has even come close...

Recap: Twitter of Cobell settlement announcement (12/08)
Recap of tweets regarding the December 8, 2009, announcement of a settlement in the Cobell case. 'Major' Indian trust announcement at 10:30am from DC. We'll be at DOI to twitter http://tinyurl.com/ykwh54j DOI announcing a Cobell settlement today. It includes $2...

Top Interior officials headed to Navajo Nation (08/19)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Solicitor Hilary Tompkins and Assistant Secretary Larry EchoHawk are headed to the Navajo Nation. The officials will meet with tribal leaders and host a press conference with Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. tomorrow. A topic...

HCN: Tompkins, someone to resolve Cobell (08/11)
"Homer Lee Wilkes. Ignacia Moreno. Hilary Tompkins. Each is a member of a racial or ethnic minority. Each has been nominated by Barack Obama -- the first black president -- to a high position with power over environmental issues in...

Salazar pushes for quick action on land-into-trust (07/02)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is pushing for quick action to resolve the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, tribal leaders were told on Monday. The decision places doubts on the ability of the Interior Department to acquire land...

Senate confirms Hilary Tompkins for Interior (06/18)
The Senate confirmed Hilary Tompkins to be Solicitor of the Interior Department on Wednesday. Tompkins, a member of the Navajo Nation, is the first Native American and the first Native woman to hold the post. She will oversee all legal...

Coburn holds Tompkins nomination at Interior (06/04)
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) is holding back the nomination of Hilary Tompkins to be Solicitor of the Interior Department, The Albuquerque Journal reports. Coburn wants to know whether Tompkins, as the department's top lawyer, will ensure the National Park Service...

Senate Republicans holding Tompkins nomination (06/03)
Senate Republicans on Tuesday refused to move forward with a vote on Hilary Tompkins to be Solicitor of the Interior Department. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) went to floor to seek unanimous consent to approve Tompkins, a member of the...

Senate confirms deputy secretary at Interior (05/21)
The Senate on Wednesday confirmed David J. Hayes as deputy secretary of the Interior Department after Republicans lifted a hold on the nomination. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) were upset over the cancellation of oil and...

Editorial: Hilary Tompkins held hostage in Senate (05/19)
"Here we are, over four months into the new administration and Senator Robert Bennett is still playing games with President Obama’s picks for high office. Mr. Bennett, a Utah Republican out to impress his state’s right-wing voters, has blocked the...

Energy committee to consider Tompkins nomination (04/29)
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will consider the nomination of Hilary Tompkins to be Solicitor of the Interior Department at a business meeting tomorrow. Tompkins is a member of the Navajo Nation. If confirmed by the Senate, she...

Interior nominee talks of finding Navajo roots (04/24)
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Confirmation hearing for Tompkins at Interior (04/23)
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a confirmation hearing this afternoon for Hilary Tompkins as Solicitor of the Interior Department. Tompkins is a member of the Navajo Nation. If confirmed, she would be the first Native woman and...

Senate confirmation hearing for Tompkins at Interior (04/20)
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a confirmation hearing this Thursday for Hilary Tompkins as Solicitor of the Interior Department. Tompkins is a member of the Navajo Nation. If confirmed, she would be the first Native woman...

Hilary Tompkins nominated as Interior Solicitor (03/26)
Hilary Tompkins, a member of the Navajo Nation, will be nominated as Solicitor of the Interior Department, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. Tompkins is a prominent attorney from New Mexico. She served as deputy counsel and chief counsel to...

Native woman up for top legal post at Interior (03/05)
President Barack Obama plans to name a Native woman to serve as the top legal official for the Interior Department, Secretary Ken Salazar said on Wednesday. Speaking to tribal leaders in Washington, D.C., Salazar said the expected nominee is a...