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Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes tweak to land-into-trust process Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes tweak to land-into-trust process (05/19)
Acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts described the change as a 'common sense' approach to land title.
South Dakota governor sees criticism for remarks on sacred site South Dakota governor sees criticism for remarks on sacred site (05/12)
Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) is claiming that his remarks to the Rosebud Sioux Tribe were 'his personal opinion' and were separate from the state's opposition to a land-into-trust application for a sacred site.
Chumash Tribe blasts lawmaker who opposes land-into-trust bill Chumash Tribe blasts lawmaker who opposes land-into-trust bill (05/12)
The newly elected leader of the tribe is taking aim at Rep. Lois Capps (D-California) after she endorsed a proposed marine sanctuary on ancestral Chumash land.
Lakota Country Times: Governor lectures tribe about sacred lands Lakota Country Times: Governor lectures tribe about sacred lands (05/03)
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard stopped by the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council’s April 21 meeting to discuss a number of issues -- including his appeal of Pe' Sla’s trust status designation.
Lakota Country Times: State shows cards in fight over sacred Black Hills site Lakota Country Times: State shows cards in fight over sacred Black Hills site (05/02)
Although South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's most recent comments to the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council regarding Pe' Sla have grabbed the headlines, it is the legal filings in the matter that illuminate the state's opposition to the land being transferred into trust status.
Lakota Country Times: Sacred site in limbo due to state appeal Lakota Country Times: Sacred site in limbo due to state appeal (04/26)
The objection to the land-into-trust application by Gov. Daugaard has been met with stiff backlash from tribal leaders including Standing Rock Sioux Tribal President Dave Archambault Jr.
Bureau of Indian Affairs delays changes to land-into-trust process Bureau of Indian Affairs delays changes to land-into-trust process (04/18)
Some tribes raised technical concerns about the interim rule, which is aimed at streamlining the title evidence portion of the land-into-trust process.
Senate approves bill to transfer federal lands to six Nevada tribes Senate approves bill to transfer federal lands to six Nevada tribes (04/14)
The Nevada Native Nations Land Act now awaits action in the House.
Lakota Country Times: Website helps keep Lakota language alive Lakota Country Times: Website helps keep Lakota language alive (04/14)
As part of its continuous effort to do its part in preserving the Lakota language, the only the newspaper based on the Pine Ridge Reservation is now being reposted online and entirely in Lakota.
Bureau of Indian Affairs adds more land to Shakopee Reservation Bureau of Indian Affairs adds more land to Shakopee Reservation (03/29)
Another 240.71 acres is in trust for the Minnesota tribe, according to five notices published in the Federal Register.
Bureau of Indian Affairs places another hold on rights-of-way rule Bureau of Indian Affairs places another hold on rights-of-way rule (03/23)
A rule that hasn't been updated in 30 years is once again being delayed by the Obama administration.
House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget (03/21)
Officials from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians and the Indian Health Service will discuss their priorities amid concerns from some lawmakers that the budget invests in programs that may not be seeing results.
Bureau of Indian Affairs within reach of land-into-trust milestone Bureau of Indian Affairs within reach of land-into-trust milestone (03/21)
The Obama administration has already placed about 400,000 acres in trust after acquisitions came to a near-halt during the Bush era.
Bureau of Indian Affairs adds nearly 47 acres to Shakopee Reservation Bureau of Indian Affairs adds nearly 47 acres to Shakopee Reservation (03/17)
Acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts signed three reservation proclamations for the Minnesota tribe.
Santa Ynez Band Chair Vincent Armenta resigns after 17 years Santa Ynez Band Chair Vincent Armenta resigns after 17 years (03/17)
The California tribe has enjoyed tremendous success, largely due to its gaming facility, but local opposition to housing, cultural and other projects remains strong.
Bureau of Indian Affairs places sacred site in Black Hills in trust Bureau of Indian Affairs places sacred site in Black Hills in trust (03/17)
The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe raised $9 million to purchase 2,022 acres are Pe' Sla in South Dakota.
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (03/16)
Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.
Oneida Nation seeks to renew land agreement with community Oneida Nation seeks to renew land agreement with community (03/16)
The tribe wants to pay the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, for services to its trust properties but some local leaders have concerns about taxation and jurisdiction issues.
Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday (03/16)
The agency that was charged with overseeing trust reform efforts at the Interior Department is welcoming beneficiaries from the Washington, D.C., and Mid-Atlantic area.
Chickasaw Nation helps restart work on troubled Indian museum Chickasaw Nation helps restart work on troubled Indian museum (03/16)
The tribe has agreed to contribute $15 million for construction and up to $14 million for operations of the stalled American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.
BIA approves HEARTH Act leasing regulations for Shakopee Tribe BIA approves HEARTH Act leasing regulations for Shakopee Tribe (03/15)
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota will no longer have to seek approval for every business site lease.
House Natural Resources Committee sets markup on Indian bills House Natural Resources Committee sets markup on Indian bills (03/14)
Three Indian bills are on the agenda: H.R.329, the Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act; H.R.2009, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act; and H.R.2733, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act.
Opinion: Chumash Tribe won't compromise in land-into-trust talks Opinion: Chumash Tribe won't compromise in land-into-trust talks (03/10)
Short of some signal from the tribe that they are willing to make some concessions on the same value scale that we have made, we are not sure that there is any point in continuing the exercise.
Editorial: County undermines Chumash Tribe's land-into-trust talks Editorial: County undermines Chumash Tribe's land-into-trust talks (03/08)
What this all seems to indicate is that the tribe will essentially ignore the county, and deal with the federal government on future land acquisitions.
Appeals court poses tough questions in Alaska land-into-trust case Appeals court poses tough questions in Alaska land-into-trust case (03/07)
For more than 40 years, nearly every Alaska tribe has been barred from following the land-into-trust process but the hold might be lifting soon.
Native Sun News: North Dakota tribal members vent about fracking Native Sun News: North Dakota tribal members vent about fracking (03/04)
While members of Ft. Berthold Protectors of Water and Earth Rights, or POWER, prepared to testify about gas flaring in oil fracking operations on federal and tribal lands, they urged the public to send comments to strengthen regulations.
Chumash Tribe upset by lack of progress in land-into-trust talks Chumash Tribe upset by lack of progress in land-into-trust talks (03/03)
The tribe had to go to Congress to pressure Santa Barbara County to come to the table but the two parties remain far apart.
Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (03/03)
The House passed H.R.812 by a voice vote on February 24 and it awaits action in the Senate.
Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country Kevin Washburn: Cobell buy-back program helps Indian Country (03/02)
One of the greatest successes of President Obama in Indian country is his concerted efforts to restore lands to the tribal nations who have lost so much.
Rep. Don Young vows quick action on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills Rep. Don Young vows quick action on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (02/25)
H.R.3477, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, and H.R.3599, the Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, saw strong support at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
House approves bill to reform trust duties at Interior Department House approves bill to reform trust duties at Interior Department (02/25)
H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, lays the groundwork to return the functions of Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. (02/23)
Some highlights from the opening day of the National Congress of American Indians 2016 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.
House set for debate and vote on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act House set for debate and vote on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (02/23)
H.R.812, the first major trust reform bill in decades, is supported by Indian Country but opposed by the Obama administration.
Witness list for House hearing on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills Witness list for House hearing on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (02/23)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold its first hearing of 2016 on February 24.
House panel to take up tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills House panel to take up tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (02/18)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold its first hearing of 2016 on February 24.

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