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Biden-Harris Administration Invests $120 Million to Help Tribes Build Climate Resilience, as part of President’s Investing in America agenda

July 9, 2024

SHELBYVILLE, Mich.— Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced the availability of $120 million in new funding supported by President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to help Tribal communities prepare for the most severe climate-related environmental threats to their homelands. The funding can be used by Tribes to plan for, adapt to, or respond to these threats by safely relocating critical community infrastructure. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act provided a huge boost for the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Climate Resilience program, allowing for historic levels of funding to be made available to Tribes and Tribal organizations. 


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Indian Affairs seeks input on updated Tribal Self-Governance regulations
PROGRESS Act promotes consensus between U.S. and Tribes

July 2, 2024
WASHINGTON – The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs today announced proposed amendments to regulations that implement the Tribal Self-Governance program. The proposed changes seek to increase transparency in nation-to-nation consultations and heighten standards for Tribal management. The proposed updates are required by the Practical Reforms & Other Goals to Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance & Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act, known as the PROGRESS Act.

DHS Announces $18.2 Million In First-Ever Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program Awards

President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help Federally recognized Tribal Nations become more resilient to cyber threats


July 1, 2024

WASHINGTON -- Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), announced more than $18.2 million in Tribal Cybersecurity Grant Program (TCGP) awards to assist Tribal Nations with managing and reducing systemic cyber risk and threats. These are the first-ever Tribal Cybersecurity Grants to be awarded. The grant program was established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the more than 30 grant awards represent the largest number of awards ever provided by the Department to Tribal Nations in a single grant program.


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SCHATZ, MURKOWSKI ANNOUNCE LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH A COMMISSION ON FEDERAL INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOL POLICIES HEADING TO SENATE FLOOR FOR CONSIDERATION

June 20, 2024


WASHINGTON, DC– 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, today announced the release of S.1723, Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act from Committee. The legislation, authored by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and co-led by Senator Murkowski, would establish a federal commission to investigate, document, and acknowledge past injustices of the federal government's former Indian Boarding School policies. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.

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Biden-Harris Administration Releases Report Highlighting Historic and Ongoing Negative Impacts of Federal Columbia River Dams on Tribal Communities

Interior Department analysis is part of broader effort to support Tribally led efforts to restore salmon populations in the Columbia River Basin

June 18, 2024

WASHINGTON  As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s unprecedented agreement to restore wild salmon in the Columbia River Basin, the Department of the Interior today released a report documenting the historic, ongoing and cumulative impacts of federal Columbia River dams on Columbia River Basin Tribes. The report also provides recommendations for how the federal government can further its treaty and trust responsibilities to Tribes by acknowledging and integrating these impacts in future actions. It marks the first time that the U.S. government has comprehensively detailed the harms that federal dams have and continue to inflict on Tribes in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Secretary Haaland Highlights Locally and Tribally Led Conservation Efforts in Southern California

May 20, 2024

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif.  Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland visited Southern California last week, where she met with federal, state, Tribal and local officials and community members to learn about their vision for conserving the area’s natural and cultural resources and meeting shared clean energy goals through the proposed establishment of Chuckwalla National Monument and expansion of Joshua Tree National Park. 

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NMAI is Hiring: Assistant Associate Director of Advancement

May 9th, 2024

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is hiring an Associate Director of Advancement. This is a Trust position, and applications are open until Friday, May 10.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $71 Million Through President’s Investing in America Agenda to Electrify Tribal Homes with Clean Energy

May 1, 2024

WASHINGTON  The Department of the Interior today announced the availability of $71 million in funding through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to help Tribal communities electrify their homes. This investment is a critical step toward the goal of electrifying all homes in Indian Country with clean energy sources and advances the Biden-Harris administration’s work to reach a carbon-free electricity sector by 2035.  

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At White House Water Summit, Biden-⁠Harris  Administration Announces Bold National Goal to Protect and Restore Freshwater Resources, Delivers Over $1 Billion for Tribal Clean Water Projects


Administration announces $1 billion for clean water for Tribal Nations and funding to combat megadrought in the West through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda


April 23, 2024


President Biden and Vice President Harris believe that every person should have access to clean drinking water and a healthy environment. Since Day One, the Biden-HarrisAdministration has worked to secure clean water for all, protect our vital freshwater resources, and ensure every community can count on water free of pollutants when they turn on the faucet. The Administration also recognizes that wetlands and other freshwater resources are critical in our fight against climate change.

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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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