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Seven Tribes sign preservation agreements with the National Park Service

November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON – Seven new Tribal Historic Preservation agreements were completed and signed with Tribes in seven states in 2021. 


The NPS welcomes the following new Tribal Historic Preservation partners:  


  • Cowlitz Indian Tribe, Washington  
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas 
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Colorado 
  • Resighini Rancheria, California 
  • Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, Utah 
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico  
  • Moapa Band of Paiute Indians of the Moapa River Indian Reservation, Nevada  


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NATV interviews Libby Washburn, Special Assistant to the President on Tribal Affairs, Domestic Policy Council, about the 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit.

November 18, 2021
Interior Department Announces the Establishment of the PROGRESS Act Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
November 22, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs today announced proposed membership for the Practical Reforms and Other Goals To Reinforce the Effectiveness of Self-Governance and Self-Determination for Indian Tribes Act of 2019 (PROGRESS Act) Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, which will negotiate and advise the Secretary of the Interior on the implementation of the PROGRESS Act.

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Secretary Haaland Takes Action to Remove Derogatory Names from Federal Lands

Secretarial Orders declare “squaw” a derogatory term, create Reconciliation in Place Names advisory committee to identify and replace additional derogatory names

November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today formally established a process to review and replace derogatory names of the nation’s geographic features. She also declared “squaw” to be a derogatory term and ordered the Board on Geographic Names – the federal body tasked with naming geographic places – to implement procedures to remove the term from federal usage.

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VICE CHAIRMAN MURKOWSKI SUPPORTS FIX FOR INDIAN WATER RIGHTS SETTLEMENT BILL

Committee Holds Hearing on Recognition and Trust Legislation

November 19, 2021

 

Washington, DC – This week, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), voted to advance S. 648, the Technical Correction to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation Water Rights Settlement Act of 2021, through committee and to the Senate floor.

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Interior Department Announces Steps to Increase Transparency, Engagement with White House Council on Native American Affairs

November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department today announced a number of steps to better engage Tribal leaders through the White House Council on Native American Affairs (WHCNAA). The WHCNAA, co-chaired by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, has launched a new website that will serve as a hub to highlight the Administration’s progress in supporting Indian Country.

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SENATOR MURKOWSKI JOINS INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS COMMISSION LEGISLATION

November 16, 2021


Washington, D.C. – Today, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, made the following statement after signing on as the lead Republican co-sponsor of S. 2907, the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding Schools Act.

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Vice President Kamala Harris Delivers Remarks at the White House Tribal Nations Summit


November 16, 2021

  

Vice President Harris delivered an address at the White House Tribal Nations Summit. The Vice President announced that today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded the first three grants as part of the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program. In June, Vice President Harris, Secretary Raimondo, and Secretary Haaland announced the availability of nearly $1 billion in tribal broadband funding during an event at the White House. 

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Interior Department Announces Formation of First Tribal Advisory Committee to Strengthen Nation-to-Nation Relationship with Tribes

Agency will also hold Tribal consultation on how to improve consultation policy

November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced the formation of a new Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC), which formally establishes a mechanism for Tribal leaders to engage in routine and robust conversations directly with Secretary Deb Haaland. This important move will further strengthen the Department’s nation-to-nation relationship with federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and their leadership.

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The 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit - Day 2

The 2021 White House Tribal Nations Summit - Day 1
The White House Tribal Nations Summit will take place on Monday (11/15) and Tuesday (11/16) starting at 11:00 AM Eastern Time on both days. The Agenda can be found HERE.

Secretary Haaland Announces Interagency Effort to Protect and Increase Access to Indigenous Sacred Sites

November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced a new interagency initiative?to improve the protection of and access to Indigenous sacred sites through enhanced and improved interdepartmental coordination, collaboration and action. The announcement comes on the second day of the Biden-Harris administration’s first Tribal Nations Summit.

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SCHATZ: HISTORIC FEDERAL ACTIONS STRENGTHEN COMMITMENT TO TRIBAL NATIONS, NATIVE COMMUNITIES

 

$11B+ Headed to Native Communities After President Signs Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Into Law


November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement:

 

“Under a Democratic Congress and White House, the federal government continues to strengthen its commitment to Native communities across the country,” said Chairman Schatz. “From making historic investments – like the more than $11 billion to help Native communities build new and update existing infrastructure – to holding the first White House Tribal Nations Summit since 2016, we are taking decisive action to honor our trust and treaty responsibilities to Native communities.”

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Interior Department, Federal Partners Commit to Protect Tribal Treaty Rights

November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — During today’s White House Tribal Nations Summit, President Biden announced that the Department of the Interior and 16 other federal agencies have formally committed to protecting Tribal treaty rights in agency policymaking and regulatory processes.

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Interior and Agriculture Departments Take Action to Strengthen Tribal Co-Stewardship of Public Lands and Waters

Tribal Homelands Initiative will incorporate Tribal capacity, expertise, Indigenous knowledge into federal land and resources management

November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — During today’s White House Tribal Nations Summit, President Biden announced that the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture have created the “Tribal Homelands Initiative.” This collaborative effort will improve federal stewardship of public lands, waters, and wildlife by strengthening the role of Tribal communities in federal land management. Through a joint Secretarial Order (Order), the two Departments codified a policy to facilitate agreements with Tribes to collaborate in the co-stewardship of federal lands and waters.

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Departments of the Interior, Education, and Health & Human Services Launch Multi-Agency Initiative to Protect and Preserve Native Languages

Interagency efforts will align federal language preservation programs to ensure the viability of Native languages

Novmeber 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Departments of the Interior, Education and Health and Human Services launched a new interagency initiative today to preserve, protect, and promote the rights and freedom of Native Americans to use, practice, and develop Native languages.

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Secretary Haaland Announces Steps to Establish Protections for Culturally Significant Chaco Canyon Landscape

Interior Department to initiate a collaborative process to better steward the area’s cultural, historic, and geologic values 

November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — During the Biden-Harris administration’s first White House Tribal Nations Summit later today, President Biden will announce that the Department of the Interior is taking steps to protect the Chaco Canyon and the greater connected landscape with a rich Tribal and cultural legacy in northwest New Mexico.


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BIDEN-HARRIS PLAN FOR TRIBAL NATIONS

Ahead of The White House Tribal Nations Summit to be held November 15th & 16th, we wanted to share The Biden- Harris Plan for Tribal Nations. NATV will be providing as much access to the DOI inforamtion direct from the event as possible  throughout this event. Please check back for updates and live video.