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Additional Information on the Biden-Harris Administrations Efforts to Bring High-Speed, Affordable Internet to Tribal Communities

August 12, 2022

Yesterday, The Biden-Harris Administration announced efforts to increase access to high-speed internet for Tribal communities along with Vice President Harris, Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator, and Pueblo of Isleta Governor Vernon Abeita provided additional information on how Tribal communities can take advantage of these grants and opportunities.


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Biden-Harris Administration Helps to Bring High-Speed, Affordable Internet to Tribal Communities

Department of Commerce announces $146 million in awards through the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, with another $1 billion in funding now available

August 11, 2022
 
In the 21st century, access to affordable, high-speed internet is no longer a luxury: American families need high-quality internet to do their jobs, participate in school, access health care, and stay connected. But far too many Tribal communities remain unconnected: by one definition, over 30 percent of the population on Tribal lands do not have access to broadband infrastructure that provides minimally adequate speeds.

NTIA and BIA Sign Agreement to Streamline Environmental Permitting for High-Speed Internet Projects on Tribal Lands

August 9, 2022


WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced an agreement to coordinate responsibilities in ensuring compliance with environmental, historic preservation, and cultural resources requirements related to the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP).


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Secretary Haaland Announces Members of the Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names

August 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, on the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland?announced the members of the Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names, a federal advisory group to help identify and recommend changes to derogatory terms still in use for places throughout the country.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Continued Progress to Improve Conditions for Salmon and Other Native Fish in the Columbia River Basin

August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden-Harris administration today announced an important step to continue charting a path forward in a longstanding Columbia River Basin dispute regarding the operation of 14 federal dams and their impacts on the region's salmon, steelhead, and other native fish populations.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Availability of $725 Million from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Clean Up Legacy Pollution

Funding will create good-paying union jobs, catalyze economic revitalization in coal communities

August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced that nearly $725 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is available to 22 states and the Navajo Nation to create good-paying union jobs and catalyze economic opportunity in coal communities by reclaiming abandoned mine lands (AML). The Notice of Funding Opportunity opened today and follows the release of final guidance for how eligible states and Tribes can apply for the historic funding.

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Haskell Indian Nations University Receives $20 Million National Science Foundation Research Award for Indigenous Science Hub Project 

Funding is largest NSF award to a Tribal college or university

August 3, 2022

WASHINGTON – Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland today announced that Haskell Indian Nations University, a Bureau of Indian Education-operated Tribal University in Lawrence, Kansas, is the recipient of a $20 million award from the National Science Foundation for an Indigenous science hub project. Funded under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the award is for five years and is the largest research award ever granted by the NSF to a Tribal college or university.


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Federal Coalition Announces National Summit to Improve High-Speed Internet on Tribal Lands

Registration Open for 2022 National Tribal Broadband Summit

August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON — A coalition of federal agencies today announced next steps as part of the Biden-Harris administration's all-of-government approach to addressing how to close the digital divide and increase internet access across Indian Country and the Native Hawaiian Community.?The Department of the Interior and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are partnering with the?Department of Agriculture and the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) for the?2022 National Tribal Broadband Summit, taking place virtually throughout the month of September.

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Buy-Back Program sends offers to landowners with fractional interests at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation 

With program nearing conclusion, interested sellers have until August 12 to respond

July 28, 2022


WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today announced that 2,184 landowners with fractional interests at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana have been sent more than $11.1 million in purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Landowners who received offers with a cover letter date of June 28, 2022, have until August 12, 2022, to consider and return accepted offers.


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SCHATZ: NEW DIRECT LOANS WILL BOLSTER TRIBAL ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

July 29, 2022

 

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) announcement of new direct loans for Tribal energy development, as authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022.


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