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Secretary Haaland Approves New Constitution for Cherokee Nation, Guaranteeing Full Citizenship Rights for Cherokee Freedmen
Secretary Deb Haaland, Native Americans, Press Release
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today approved a new Constitution for the Cherokee Nation that explicitly ensures the protection of the political rights and citizenship of all Cherokee citizens, including the Cherokee Freedmen. Cherokee law directs that changes to their Constitution be approved by the Department of the Interior.
Biden-Harris Administration Approves First Major Offshore Wind Project in U.S. Waters
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of the Secretary, Secretary Deb Haaland, Climate Change, Press Release
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo today announced approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project — the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States.
Secretary Haaland Announces $150 Million to Create Public Parks, Expand Recreation Opportunities in Urban Areas
National Park Service, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Press Release
The Department of the Interior today announced that the National Park Service will distribute $150 million to local communities through the Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) grant program.
Biden-Harris Administration Outlines “America the Beautiful” Initiative
Climate Change, Conservation, Press Release
Today the Biden-Harris administration outlined a vision for how the United States can work collaboratively to conserve and restore the lands, waters, and wildlife that support and sustain the nation. The recommendations are contained in a report released today, outlining a locally led and voluntary nationwide conservation goal to conserve 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.
Interior Department Takes Steps to Revoke Final Rule on Migratory Bird Treaty Act Incidental Take
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Secretary Deb Haaland, Press Release
Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a proposed rule to revoke the January 7, 2021, final regulation that limited the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Significant concerns about the interpretation of the MBTA have been raised by the public, legal challenges in court and from the international treaty partners.
Interior Department Approves Solar Energy Project in California Desert
Bureau of Land Management, Energy, Press Release
Today, the Interior Department announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has given final approval to a new solar energy project on public lands in California. The Crimson Solar Project represents an investment of roughly $550 million and has the potential to deliver enough power to energize approximately 87,500 homes.
Interior Department Announces Newest Members of Agency Team
Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The Department of the Interior today announced key members of agency leadership who will join the team working to advance the Biden-Harris administration’s agenda on behalf of the American people.
Secretary Haaland Announces Funding for Six Tribal Youth Environmental and Economic Empowerment Projects
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Secretary Deb Haaland, Conservation, Press Release
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today announced the approval of $927,000 for the Tribal Youth Coastal Restoration Program, which will fund projects estimated to restore up to 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat on Tribal lands along the Gulf Coast. The program will fund hands-on opportunities for Tribal youth, including environmental projects and career training, to enhance community resilience, protect natural resources and the environment, and teach cultural values.
Interior Department Takes Steps to Restore Tribal Homelands, Empower Tribal Governments to Better Manage Indian Lands
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The Department of the Interior today took several steps to honor our nation-to-nation relationship with Tribes and uphold our trust and treaty responsibilities to them. Today’s actions reverse a series of steps taken in the previous administration that undermined the ability of Tribes to establish and consolidate their homelands.
Readout of the Biden-Harris Administration’s First Meeting of the White House Council on Native American Affairs
Office of the Secretary, Secretary Deb Haaland, Press Release
Today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice convened the first meeting of the White House Council on Native American Affairs in the Biden-Harris Administration. The Council will coordinate with Tribal Nations as it advances work on key issues such as climate change, Tribal homelands and treaties; economic development, energy and infrastructure; health; education; public safety and justice; and international Indigenous issues.
Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, Secretary Deb Haaland Announce New Listings in Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program
National Park Service, Office of the Secretary, Secretary Deb Haaland, History, Press Release
Today, Second Gentleman of the United States Douglas Emhoff and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced 16 additions to the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.
White House Announces Additional Interior Leadership Nominations
Bureau of Land Management, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Press Release
The White House today announced the intent to nominate Bryan Newland and Tracy Stone-Manning to serve at the Department of the Interior.
Secretary Haaland Continues Pursuit of Justice in Indian Country, Begins Implementation of ‘Not Invisible Act’
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of the Secretary, Secretary Deb Haaland, Press Release
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced today that she is moving forward to implement the Not Invisible Act, including establishing a Joint Commission led by the Departments of the Interior and Justice on reducing violent crime against American Indians and Alaska Natives.
White House Launches Drought Relief Working Group to Address Urgency of Western Water Crisis
Office of the Secretary, Press Release
In conjunction with President Biden's Leaders Summit on Climate, the Biden-Harris administration today announced the formation of an Interagency Working Group to address worsening drought conditions in the West and support farmers, Tribes, and communities impacted by ongoing water shortages.
Statement from Secretary Haaland on the Path Ahead for Racial Equity
Office of the Secretary, Press Release
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland released a statement on the path ahead for racial equity.
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