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Interior Department Announces Nearly $7 Millionthrough Investing in America Agenda to Advance Climate Resilience, Restore Lands and Waters in U.S. Territories

February 5, 2024

WASHINGTON  The Department of the Interior announced today nearly $7 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to advance climate resilience and restore lands and waters through impactful ecosystem restoration work in the U.S. territories.  


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SCHATZ DEMANDS INSTITUTIONS COMPLY WITH NATIVE AMERICAN GRAVES PROTECTION AND REPATRIATION ACT

 

Despite Federal Law Mandate, U.S. Institutions Have Failed To Return Native Cultural Items And Ancestral Remains

February 1, 2024

 

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, spoke on the Senate floor and demanded institutions, including colleges and museums, stop avoiding their responsibilities under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA).

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Secretary Haaland Highlights Efforts to Strengthen Tribal Communities in Multi-Day Visit Across the South

January 16, 2024

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today wrapped up a multi-day trip through Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, where she met with several Tribes to highlight how historic resources from the Biden-Harris administration are supporting Indigenous communities. Throughout the trip, she reinforced the Interior Department's ongoing work to advance equity and social justice, including efforts to help tell a more complete story of America. 

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Indian Affairs announces the addition of two Tribes to the Tiwahe Program

Program increases access to family and social services in Tribal communities
January 10, 2024

WASHINGTON – The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs announced today the selection of two new Tribes for the Tiwahe Program Social Services Demonstration Project. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota and the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota will join eight locations that currently have Tiwahe programs.


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Secretary Haaland Visits New Hampshire to Highlight President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, Launch New Salt Marsh Restoration Initiative

January 9, 2024

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Martha Williams today wrapped a two-day trip to New Hampshire to highlight how investments from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and the America the Beautiful initiative are restoring our lands and waters and cultivating core salt marsh areas. 

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Acting Deputy Secretary Daniel-Davis Announces $138 Million from President’s Investing in America Agenda for Wildland Fire Mitigation and Resilience

Historic funding will support wildland firefighters, reduce the risk of future wildfires, and advance fire recovery 

January 9, 2024

BOISE, Idaho — During a visit today to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Interior Laura Daniel-Davis announced $138 million in new allocations from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to help protect communities from the risk of wildfires in fiscal year 2024. The funding will support the modernization of wildland firefighter training, help reduce the risk of extreme wildfires, rehabilitate burned areas, and advance fire science.  

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Indian Affairs Invests $1.5 Million in Bison Herd Expansion and Ecosystem Restoration 

Funding from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda supports Tribally based projects
January 9, 2024

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs today announced $1.5 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to support the restoration of bison populations and grassland ecosystems in Tribal communities. The funding will be divided between three Tribally led initiatives that aim to strengthen bison conservation and expansion, improved management of existing herds, and ecosystem restoration efforts in native grassland habitats. These investments also advance the Biden-Harris administration’s America the Beautiful Initiative.


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SCHATZ, MURKOWSKI: TWO INDIAN AFFAIRS BILLS SET TO BECOME LAW, THREE MORE HEAD TO HOUSE FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION

11 Total Indian Affairs Bills Passed Senate This Session Of 21 Total Passed By Committee

December 20, 2023

 

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 below statements on Senate passage of H.R. 1722, the Grand Ronde Reservation Act Amendment of 2023, and H.R. 2839, a bill to amend the Siletz Reservation Act to address the hunting, fishing, trapping, and animal gathering rights of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and for other purposes, which are set to become law, and the following bills, which head to the House for further consideration

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President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda Provides $16.5 Million to Support Tribes Impacted by Drought

Funding will provide relief to Tribes confronted by drought conditions threatening homelands, food sources and cultural resources 

December 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced the availability of $16.5 million through the Bureau of Reclamation to expand access to clean, reliable water supplies for Tribes confronted by drought conditions that threaten Tribal homelands, food sources, and cultural resources. Two funding opportunities are now available through Reclamation’s Native American Affairs Program: a $12.5 million investment from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda — funded through the Inflation Reduction Act  and$4 million in annual funding for technical assistance and cooperative agreements.  

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $6 Million for Innovative Solar Panel Installation Over Canals in Gila River Indian Community

Projects funded from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda will generate renewable energy, increase water efficiency 

December 8, 2023

PHOENIX, Ariz. — The Biden-Harris administration today announced $5.65 million from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda for the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona to construct and install solar panels over the Casa Blanca Canal. Acting Deputy Secretary Laura Daniel-Davis and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton celebrated the investments with the Gila River Indian Community today.  

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SCHATZ APPOINTS GLENN TEVES TO NEW USDA TRIBAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Teves Will Represent Native Hawaiian Community, Agriculture On New Committee

December 6, 2023

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced his appointment of Glenn Teves to serve on a new Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, the TAC will provide advice and guidance to the Secretary of Agriculture on Native equities in USDA programs and policies and develop an annual report to Congress.

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