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Departments of the Interior and Justice Take Important Step in Addressing Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Crisis

Not Invisible Act Commission set to begin active advisory role in combatting violence against Native people 

May 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco will recognize National Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day with a virtual event to highlight the Not Invisible Act Commission. During the event, panelists will discuss the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples crisis and the importance of the Not Invisible Act Commission in the collaborative efforts to address the crisis.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments for Irrigation and Power Projects Across Indian Country

May 4. 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced the allocation of nearly $10 million in fiscal year 2022 funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for irrigation projects and power utilities owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) 

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Biden Administration Awards Nearly $80 Million to Expand Internet Access for Dozens of Tribes - NATV Interviews Mitchell Landrieu, White House Infrastructure Coordinator for more details

May 4, 2022
Today, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration  (NTIA)  announced that it has awarded 20+ grants as part of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. Andy Berke, NTIA’s Special Representative for Broadband, announced the grants at an event in the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona. 

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $10 Million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments for Tribal Water Systems

Funding will address critical repairs and upgrades for water systems serving Tribal communities.

May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced that $10.65 million provided by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be used for vital repairs and upgrades for Indian Affairs-owned water systems. These systems serve Tribal workplaces, schools, detention centers and more.

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NATV Covers On Site Reactions to Supreme Courts Draft Opinion To Overturn Abortion Rights
May 3, 2022

COMMITTEE HOLDS BRIEFING ON ANCSA IN PRACTICE —HOW ANCSA WORKS IN THE NORTH SLOPE REGION OF ALASKA

May 2, 2022
Washington, DC – Recently, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) Office of Vice Chairman Lisa Murkowski held a briefing for Congressional staff to highlight how Alaska Native organizations work together in the North Slope, given the unique approach to federal Indian law, which includes the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Representatives from the region shared how multiple layers of representation and service delivery systems provide for and enhance the lives of the Iñupiat. The briefing covered the unique legal framework in Alaska as well as the ways Tribes, tribal profits, municipal governments, and Alaska Native corporations all work together in providing critical services to Alaska Native people in the area.   

Indian Affairs Seeking Applications for Native American Business Development Institute Grants 

Program assists Tribes in exploring business solutions through feasibility study and business plan grants
April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development announced today it is accepting applications for Native American Business Development Institute grants. Proposals must be submitted via the Grants.gov website by June 27, 2022.

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Interior Department To Open 27 Million Acres of Federal Land to Selection by Alaska Native Vietnam-era Veterans

April 21, 2022

ANCHORAGE — During a roundtable discussion today with Alaska Native Vietnam-era veterans, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Tracy Stone-Manning announced that the Department will open approximately 27 million acres of federal lands to selection by eligible Alaska Native veterans.

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Interior Department Announces Additional Biden-Harris Appointees

April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced new Biden-Harris administration appointees who will join the Department’s leadership team to create jobs in the clean energy economy, steward America’s public lands and waters, and honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes.

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Alaska’s Outdoor Economy to Receive Nearly $57 Million for Infrastructure Modernization in Fiscal Year 2022

Great American Outdoors Act funding, including more than $7 million in Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, will bolster outdoor recreation in Alaska 

April 20, 2022

KING COVE, Alaska — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Governor Mike Dunleavy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Martha Williams visited King Cove today, where they met with elected and Native leaders and community members, spoke with students at the King Cove School, and toured the King Cove Clinic. The Secretary committed to visit King Cove early in her tenure, as part of her ongoing effort to hear directly from communities about the policies that impact them.

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In Alaska, Secretary Haaland Highlights 
Historic Funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Bolster Resilience, Create Jobs

More than $138 million in FY22 infrastructure investments will deliver direct benefits to Alaskan communities 

April 19, 2022

ANCHORAGE — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland kicked off a week-long trip to Alaska today, where she will meet with local, state, elected and Alaska Native leaders; Interior Department employees; and stakeholders to highlight ongoing efforts to support sustainable economies across the state.

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Indian Affairs approves HEARTH Act regulations of five Tribal Nations in California 

Karuk Tribe, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Northfork Rancheria, Pala Band of Mission Indians, and Pechanga Band of Mission Indians now have their authority to regulate leasing of trust, restricted fee lands restored


April 19, 2022

WASHINGTON – Indian Affairs announced today that land leasing regulations submitted by five federally recognized Tribal Nations have been approved under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership (HEARTH) Act of 2012. The regulations were submitted by the Karuk Tribe, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Northfork Rancheria of Mono Indians, Pala Band of Mission Indians, and Pechanga Band of Mission Indians in California.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $38 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Protect Aquatic Species and Habitats

Shovel-ready projects across 23 states will support migrating fish, recreational opportunities and flood prevention

April 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, the Department of the Interior announced that 40 fish passage projects in 23 states and Puerto Rico will receive a total of nearly $38 million in fiscal year 2022 funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. With a total of $200 million in investments in the National Fish Passage Program over the next five years, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will bolster efforts to address outdated, unsafe or obsolete dams, culverts, levees and other barriers fragmenting our nation’s rivers and streams, which will help restore fish passages and aquatic connectivity.

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