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Secretary Haaland Announces 2022 Native Language Summit During White House Council on Native American Affairs Tribal Session

June 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — Today, the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA) convened an engagement session with Tribal leaders focused on Native Language initiatives. Much of the discussion was centered on the implementation of the Native Languages Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) announced at the 2021 Tribal Nations Summit, which committed the Departments of the Interior, Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture and seven other signatory agencies to address barriers to Native language revitalization, supporting integration of Native language instruction and language into educational settings, and strengthening Tribal consultation around Native languages.

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Interior Department Officials Visit Klamath Basin to Highlight Ongoing Investments Amidst Record Drought

June 29, 2022

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Senior leaders from the Department of the Interior finished a two-day visit to the Klamath Basin this week to meet with Tribes, state and county officials, interagency partners, and water users to discuss near- and long-term solutions related to drought impacts and highlight how investments from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help protect and conserve species and their habitats in the region.

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Secretary Haaland Applauds Return of Traditional Homelands to Onondaga Nation

1,000 acres in Central New York’s Tully Valley will be returned to the Onondaga Nation to create a wildlife and brook trout sanctuary

June 29, 2022

TULLY, N.Y. — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today celebrated a unique settlement agreement as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) Program that will return more than 1,000 acres of ancestral land to the Onondaga Nation, one of the largest returns of land to an Indigenous nation by a state.

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NATV documented some of the protests outside of SCOTUS today in light of the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade
June 24, 2022

Interior Department Announces Programs Included in Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 Initiative to Advance Environmental Justice

June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today released a list of covered programsincluded in President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40 percent of the overall benefits of climate, clean energy, and related investments to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, overburdened and underserved. There are 65 covered programs within the Department and 10 bureaus, each of which advance the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to environmental justice. 

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SCHATZ LEADS OVERSIGHT/LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON FEDERAL INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS

 

Hearing Examined Interior Department Report And Indian Boarding Schools Bill

June 21, 2022

 

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, led a hearing titled “Oversight Hearing on Volume 1 of the Department of the Interior’s Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report & Legislative Hearing on S. 2907, Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act” to hear from Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Native leaders and experts on the Department’s reportS. 2907, and addressing the needs of impacted Native communities.

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Additional Photos of the Senate Committe on Indian Affairs Hearing on Federal Indian Boarding Schools

Buy-Back Program sends offers to landowners with fractional interests at the Crow Creek Reservation

With program nearing conclusion, interested sellers have until July 11 to respond to offers

June 21, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today announced over 5,500 landowners with fractional interests at the Crow Creek Reservation have been sent more than $5 million in purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Landowners who received offers have until July 11, 2022, to consider and return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided.

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Recovery Investments in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe 

June 21, 2022


Recognizing the significant public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tribal communities, the American Rescue Plan included over $30 billion for Tribal governments—the largest single one-time infusion of federal dollars into Indian Country to-date. Through the implementation of recovery funds Treasury has deepened its relationship with Tribal governments and its understanding of the unique challenges they face. 


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 Recovery Investments in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe 

Recognizing the significant public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Tribal communities, the American Rescue Plan included over $30 billion for Tribal governments—the largest single one-time infusion of federal dollars into Indian Country to-date. Through the implementation of recovery funds Treasury has deepened its relationship with Tribal governments and its understanding of the unique challenges they face. 

Secretary Yellen’s Visit Rosebud Indian Reservation.

June 21, 2022


On Tuesday, June 21, Secretary Yellen will visit the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota—the first visit by a Secretary of the Treasury to a Tribal nation. She will be joined by Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba, Lifetime Chief of the Mohegan Indian Tribe, who President Biden will appoint as Treasurer of the United States—the first Native American U.S. Treasurer. For the first time in history, a Tribal leader and Native woman’s signature will be on U.S. currency. The Treasury Department will also announce the establishment of a new Office of Tribal and Native Affairs, which will report to the Treasurer and coordinate Tribal relations throughout the Department. 


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 Secretary Yellen’s Visit Rosebud Indian Reservation 

On Tuesday, June 21, Secretary Yellen will visit the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota—the first visit by a Secretary of the Treasury to a Tribal nation. She will be joined by Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba, Lifetime Chief of the Mohegan Indian Tribe, who President Biden will appoint as Treasurer of the United States—the first Native American U.S. Treasurer. For the first time in history, a Tribal leader and Native woman’s signature will be on U.S. currency. The Treasury Department will also announce the establishment of a new Office of Tribal and Native Affairs, which will report to the Treasurer and coordinate Tribal relations throughout the Department.