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Secretary Haaland Announces Appointments to National Indian Gaming Commission

March 25, 2024

WASHINGTON  Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced the proposed appointments of Sharon Avery and Jeannie Hovland as Associate Commissioners to the National Indian Gaming Commission.


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SCHATZ LEADS GROUP OF SENATORS URGING U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL GARLAND TO ALLOW FOR THE COMPASSIONATE RELEASE OF LEONARD PELTIER

March 15, 2024, 

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a group of senators urging U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to allow for the compassionate release of Native American rights activist Leonard Peltier.

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Interior Department Makes $55 Million Available from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda to Clean Up Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells on Tribal Lands

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investments continue to help Tribes plug orphaned oil and gas wells, combat climate change, and protect natural resources 

March 15, 2024

WASHINGTON  The Department of the Interior today announced final guidance for Tribal communities on how to apply for $55 million in grant funding and direct assistance available under President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells across Indian Country. Funding through the program may be utilized to plug, remediate or reclaim orphaned wells on Tribal lands, restore soil and habitat in degraded areas, decommission or remove associated infrastructure, identify and characterize additional undocumented wells on Tribal land, and set up well-plugging capacity where not already established.  

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $120 Million from President’s Investing in America Agenda to Enhance Climate Resilience in Tribal Communities

146 awards will support 102 Tribes and 9 Tribal organizations to strengthen preparedness, resilience in the face of climate change

March 14, 2024

WASHINGTON  The Department of the Interior today announced that more than $120 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda will fund 146 projects to help Tribal communities plan for and implement projects to tackle severe climate-related environmental threats to their homelands.  


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Interior Department Issues Statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2025 Proposed Budget

Proposed investments will address climate challenges, strengthen Indigenous communities, create good-paying American jobs while meeting energy and environmental needs  

March 11, 2024,

WASHINGTON  The Biden-Harris administration today released the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2025. Following historic progress made since the President took office—with nearly 15 million jobs created and inflation down two-thirds—the Budget protects and builds on this progress by lowering costs for working families, protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare, investing in America and the American people, and reducing the deficit by cracking down on fraud, cutting wasteful spending, and making the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share. 


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Interior and Justice Departments Outline Commitment, Next Steps in Effort to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples and Human Trafficking Crisis

March 5, 2024

WASHINGTON — The Departments of the Interior and Justice today released their response to the Not Invisible Act Commission’s recommendations on how to combat the missing or murdered Indigenous peoples and human trafficking crisis. The federal response recognizes that more must be done across the federal government to resolve this longstanding crisis and support healing from the generational traumas that Indigenous peoples have endured in the United States.  


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SCHATZ: TRIBES RECEIVE $72 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HOME ELECTRIFICATION PROJECTS

 

Funding Comes from Schatz-Authored Provision of Inflation Reduction Act, Follows SCIA Hearings on Supporting Tribal Energy Needs


March 5, 2024

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Interior announced $72 million in federal funding for home electrification projects on Tribal lands. The funding for 21 tribes comes from DOI’s Tribal Electrification Program which was created through a Schatz-authored provision of the Inflation Reduction Act.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Major Milestone to Protect Short-Term Stability of Colorado River Basin


President Biden’s Investing in America agenda has led to record water savings, helped stave off immediate collapse of Colorado River system


Interior Department continues long-term planning with robust input from Basin States, Tribes and other parties

March 5, 2024

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration today announced a significant milestone in its efforts to protect the stability and sustainability of the Colorado River System and strengthen water security in the West. With historic water conservation enabled by President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the Administration has staved off the immediate possibility of the Colorado River System’s reservoirs from falling to critically low elevations that would threaten water deliveries and power production. Due to record conservation investments as well as improved hydrology, Lake Mead levels today, at elevation 1075 feet, are the highest since May 2021, when they were at 1073 feet. 

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $72 Million from President’s Investing in America Agenda to Electrify Homes Across Indian Countrywith Clean Energy

Funding will close access-to-electricity gap in 21 Tribal communities 

March 5, 2024

WASHINGTON  Today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced $72 million fromPresident Biden’s Investing in America agenda to help Tribal communities electrify homes. This investment from the Inflation Reduction Act  the largest ever investment in climate  is a critical step toward the goal of electrifying all homes in the United States with cleanenergy sources and advances the Biden-Harris administration’s work to reach a carbonpollution-free electricity sector by 2035.  

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