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NATV Interviews Secretary of Labor Martin  Walsh
January 21,2022

NATV had an opportunity to speak with Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh regarding the administrations first year and what to look forward to in 2022

SCHATZ, MURKOWSKI APPLAUD INCOMING NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN DIRECTOR

Cynthia Chavez Lamar Named As First Native Woman To Lead A Smithsonian Museum

January 20, 2022

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Committee, released the following statements on the upcoming tenure of Cynthia Chavez Lamar as director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), effective February 14.

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Interior and Agriculture Departments to Hold Consultations with Tribes and Alaska Natives on Take of Fish and Wildlife in Alaska

January 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Departments of the Interior and Agriculture today announced a series of nation-to-nation consultations with federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Natives on the Federal Subsistence Management Program. The program, jointly implemented by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture, provides a preference for take of fish and wildlife resources for subsistence uses on federal public lands and waters in Alaska.

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Buy-Back Program Sends Offers to Landowners with Fractional Interests at the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation

Interested sellers have until March 4, 2022, to respond to offers


January 18, 2022


WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior announced that nearly 1300 landowners with fractional interests at the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation have been sent more than $13 million in purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Landowners who receive offers have until March 4, 2022, to consider and return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided.


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VICE CHAIRMAN MURKOWSKI UNDERSCORES NEED TO INCREASE ACCESS & AFFORDABILITY OF BROADBAND IN NATIVE COMMUNITIES

January 14, 2022

 

WASHINGTON, DC – During a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) roundtable this week on “Closing the Digital Divide in Native Communities through Infrastructure Investment,” Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the SCIA, provided an opening statement and questioned panelists about the importance of closing the digital divide through implementation of appropriations, COVID-19 relief bills, and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

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Interior Department to Host Tribal Consultations on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

December 21, 2021


WASHINGTON 
— The Department?of the Interior announced today?that it would begin nation-to-nation consultations with Tribes as it implements the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The law invests more than $13 billion directly in Tribal communities across the country to bolster community resilience, replace aging infrastructure, expand access to clean drinking water and help ensure that everyone has access to high-speed internet.

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Secretary Haaland Highlights Infrastructure Investments in Tribal Communities, National Parks During South Dakota Visit

December 20, 2021


RAPID CITY —
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland visited South Dakota on Friday, where she highlighted the Biden-Harris administration’s commitments to strengthening Tribal communities, protecting our public lands, and investing in the nation’s infrastructure.

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VICE CHAIRMAN MURKOWSKI TAKES ACTION TO ADDRESS VIOLENCE OCCURRING IN ALASKA NATIVE COMMUNITIES

SCIA Leaders Release Discussion Draft of Tribal Title for VAWA

December 10, 2021

 

Washington, D.C. – This week, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA) held an oversight hearing focused on “Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities through VAWA Title IX Special Jurisdiction.” Concurrent with the hearing, Vice Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Chairman Brian Schatz (D-HI) released a discussion draft of the tribal title for the upcoming Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization for public comment.


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Indian Affairs Announces New Tool to Bring Attention to Missing and Murdered Cases

Website will allow tip submissions and makes important case information easily shareable
December 10, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced today the launch of its new website dedicated to solving missing and murdered cases in Indian Country. The tool draws attention to unresolved cases involving indigenous persons that the BIA, Office of Justice Services, Missing and Murdered Unit (MMU) is working on and invites the public to help law enforcement solve those cases. Today’s announcement comes as Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Bryan Newland participates in a panel on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Crisis at the Western Governors Association Winter Meeting.

Indian Affairs Leaders Speak on the Present and Future of Tribal Gaming Law
December 9, 2021
WASHINGTON – Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland and Deputy Assistant Secretary — Indian Affairs for Policy and Economic Development Kathryn Isom-Clause today delivered remarks to the Northwest Gaming Law Summit and California Nations Indian Gaming Association meeting respectively, on the present and future of Indian gaming law.

SCHATZ LEADS INDIAN AFFAIRS OVERSIGHT HEARING ON RESTORING JUSTICE, ADDRESSING VIOLENCE IN NATIVE COMMUNITIES

December 8, 2021

 

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led an oversight hearing, “Restoring Justice: Addressing Violence in Native Communities through VAWA Title IX Special Jurisdiction” to hear from the Departments of Justice and the Interior, Tribal leaders, and Tribal and federal Indian law experts.


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MURKOWSKI, SCHATZ WORK TO IMPROVE THE SAFETY OF NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN

December 8, 2021

 

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Vice Chairman of the SCIA, released draft legislation of a tribal title aimed at improving the safety of Native women in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages. This bipartisan discussion draft reflects tribal stakeholder input over years of Committee oversight and legislative activity on public safety in Indian Country and Alaska Native communities, including work of the Chairman and Vice Chairman’s offices to jointly examine and find solutions to address violence against Native people and restore justice to their communities. In 2013, the SCIA was instrumental in securing inclusion and enactment of the bipartisan tribal title that authorized the special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction in the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA).


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Assistant Secretary Bryan Newland Highlights Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Tribal Funding During Washington Visit

December 8, 2021

AUBURN, Wash. — Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Bryan Newland completed a three day tour of listening sessions with Tribal leaders across Washington state today. During his visit, he saw and heard about the immediate challenges coastal Tribes are facing related to climate change, as well as ecosystem and infrastructure degradation.

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Interior Department Announces Collaborative Effort to Support Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

Effort will strengthen information-sharing with National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

December 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — The?Department?of the Interior and the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to share records and information in support of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative.

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Indian Affairs Announces Funding for Living Languages Grants
Grants available to sustain Indigenous knowledge by preserving Tribal languages
December 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development announced today it is soliciting applications for its Living Languages Grant Program. Funds provided through the LLGP enable federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal entities, as listed in 86 FR 7554, to support Tribal programs that document Native languages or build Tribal capacity to create or expand language preservation programs.

Ninety percent of Minnesotans support teaching more Native American content in K-12 schools

New survey shows supermajorities in all demographic groups

November 29, 2021

Prior Lake, Minn. — As Native American Heritage Month concludes, newly released data reveals that Minnesotans overwhelmingly support increasing education about tribes and Indigenous people in the state’s public schools. In a recent statewide public opinion survey, nine out of every 10 Minnesotans indicated that they support “increasing the teaching of Minnesota’s Native American history, culture and tribal government in the state’s K-12 public schools.” Ninety percent of respondents agreed with that statement, while 7% were opposed and 3% did not express an opinion.


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Seven Tribes sign preservation agreements with the National Park Service

November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – Seven new Tribal Historic Preservation agreements were completed and signed with Tribes in seven states in 2021. 


The NPS welcomes the following new Tribal Historic Preservation partners:  


  • Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington  
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas 
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado 
  • Resighini Rancheria, California 
  • Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah 
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico  
  • Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada  


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NATV interviews Libby Washburn, Special Assistant to the President on Tribal Affairs, Domestic Policy Council, about the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit.

November 18, 2021
Interior Department Announces the Establishment of the PROGRESS Act Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
November 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs today announced proposed membership for the Practical Reforms and Other Goals To Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act of 2019 (PROGRESS Act) Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, which will negotiate and advise the Secretary of the Interior on the implementation of the PROGRESS Act.

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Secretary Haaland Takes Action to Remove Derogatory Names from Federal Lands

Secretarial Orders declare “squaw” a derogatory term, create Reconciliation in Place Names advisory committee to identify and replace additional derogatory names

November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today formally established a process to review and replace derogatory names of the nation’s geographic features. She also declared “squaw” to be a derogatory term and ordered the Board on Geographic Names – the federal body tasked with naming geographic places – to implement procedures to remove the term from federal usage.

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VICE CHAIRMAN MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS FIX FOR INDIAN WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT BILL

Committee Holds Hearing on Recognition and Trust Legislation

November 19, 2021

 

Washington, DC – This week, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), voted to advance S. 648, the Technical Correction to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation Water Rights Settlement Act of 2021, through committee and to the Senate floor.

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