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Window Rock, Arizona


I am deeply honored to stand here today with the leaders and members of the Navajo Nation and my colleagues from the Department of the Interior to share in this momentous occasion, one that marks a new era in the enduring trust relationship between the United States and the Navajo Nation. 


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WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington's nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league's others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-"R word" movement took its cause to Capitol Hill.

In a news conference that featured Native American, civil rights and religious leaders, Sen. Maria Cantwell took aim at the NFL's pocketbook by announcing she will introduce a bill to strip the league's tax-exempt status because it has not taken action over the Redskins name. While prospects for such a bill becoming law would be tenuous, the inevitable hearings before lawmakers would enhance the spotlight on a movement that has gained substantial momentum over the last two years.

Location represents the second most fractionated reservation in the country; to date, Land Buy-Back Program has successfully restored more than 203,000 acres of land to tribal ownership 

WASHINGTON, DC – As part of President Obama’s continuing effort to help American Indian leaders build strong, resilient communities, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor today announced the Department has signed a cooperative agreement with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota to facilitate the purchase of individual interests in fractionated trust lands and consolidate ownership for the tribes with jurisdiction. In his historic visit to the Standing Rock reservation last month, President Obama underscored his commitment to help restore tribal homelands across Indian Country.
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Posted by Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, Acting Director, Indian Health Service, US Department of Health and Human Services on June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior today released a comprehensive report on bison conservation and management that reaffirms the commitment to work with states, tribes and other partners to promote the restoration of bison to appropriate and well-managed levels on public and tribal lands.

“The Interior Department has more than a century-long legacy of conserving the North American bison, and we will continue to pursue the ecological and cultural restoration of the species on behalf of the American public and American Indian tribes who have a special connection to this iconic animal,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. 

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM the White House will honor local "Champions of Change" who are doing extraordinary work to facilitate employment opportunities for individuals formerly involved in the justice system.  The Champions have distinguished themselves through their extraordinary dedication and hard work to help those with criminal records re-enter society with dignity and viable employment opportunities.  This event will showcase these inspirational leaders and highlight the importance of their work.  The program will feature Attorney General Eric Holder and Piper Kerman, author of the best-selling memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison and inspiration for the comedy-drama series, will also participate.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.  The event will be live streamed on the White House website at  To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program,

Daryl Legg, Sallisaw, OK

Daryl has been employed with the Cherokee Nation since 2006. He started out as a participant in Vocational Rehabilitation, attending college at Northeastern State University, where he earned a degree in Psychology and minor in Social Welfare. After graduation, he worked full-time for the Cherokee Nation to work as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor. Today, he is the Director of Vocational Programs. Daryl’s passion is helping remove barriers that ex-offenders face. After doing time on three different occasions for non-violent drug charges, Daryl now works diligently assisting Cherokee citizens who have been released from prison. The Cherokee Nation Re-Entry Program is called “Coming Home.”

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced grants totaling $154,757,547 awarded to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program. The funding will be used to train workers who lost a job through no fault of their own for jobs in high-demand industries.


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The White House Summit on Working Families - June 23, 2014

Historic Earthworks Dating Back 3,000 Years Tell the Story of Early Inhabitants of North America 

WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today applauded the decision by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to inscribe the prehistoric Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point, a State Historic Site and National Monument in Louisiana, as a World Heritage Site.

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In an op-ed published on the Huffington Post, President Obama writes about the importance of today’s White House Summit on Working Families and his commitment to creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.


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The Department of State welcomes today’s decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to inscribe the Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point, a state park in Louisiana, as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  This prestigious designation is a global recognition of the site’s outstanding universal value.  Poverty Point becomes the 22nd U.S. site on the World Heritage List, including the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.

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Training to focus on DUI pre-trial writing and advocacy skills, includes a roundtable discussion on the Violence Against Women Act  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Justice Services (OJS) will hold its fourth trial advocacy training session of 2014 for tribal court personnel on June 23-26, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. This unique session widens the parameters of previous training sessions, by focusing on pre-trial writing and advocacy skills using a DUI fact pattern and the laws of the Navajo Nation.  
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to requests from the Native Hawaiian community, Hawaii’s congressional delegation and state leaders, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today a first step to consider reestablishing a government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian community.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following President Obama’s historic visit to Indian Country last week where he underscored his commitment to work with tribal leaders to build strong, resilient economies, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that the Department is proposing a set of common sense regulations for valuing oil produced on American Indian leases. It is expected that these regulations will offer greater simplicity, certainty and clarity in Indian oil valuation and could boost Indian Country royalties by $20 million annually.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Patent Office has ruled the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of President Obama’s commitment to support tribal self-governance and self-determination, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced a package of regulatory initiatives intended to help tribal leaders spur investment opportunities and economic development in Indian Country. 

June 15, 2014 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of President Obama’s historic visit yesterday to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced the implementation of a new initiative to hire more American Indian and Alaska Native veterans to work for Indian Affairs. 


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"Remarks by The President at the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration"

Standing Rock Indian Reservation
Cannon Ball, North Dakota
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NATV attended the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs "Indian Education Series: Examining Higher Education for American Indian Students" June 11, 2014 

WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, June 13, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Cannon Ball, North Dakota area to visit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation.


The arrival and departure of Air Force One are open to pre-credentialed media, but closed to the public. There will be travel pool coverage of the President and the First Lady’s visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation.

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WASHINGTON – Associate Attorney General Tony West today voiced his support for the repeal of section 910 of the Reauthorization of the Women’s Against Violence Act of 2013, which generally excludes Alaska from the restored tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Act. The repeal would be a meaningful change that could help protect Alaska Native victims of domestic violence. The Associate’s call to action came while speaking in Alaska at the final public hearing of the Advisory Committee of the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. The Task Force is dedicated to examining the pervasive problems associated with American Indian and Alaska Native children exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities.