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House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup (02/04)
Except for a land-into-trust measure affecting the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, the bills were non-controversial and didn't receive much discussion.
Federal judge dismisses Freedmen historical accounting lawsuit Federal judge dismisses Freedmen historical accounting lawsuit (02/03)
Leatrice Tanner-Brown, whose grandfather was a Freedman of the Cherokee Nation, failed to demonstrate standing in her case against the Interior Department.
House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills (01/29)
Four bills on the agenda address trust reform, water rights and land-into-trust issues.
Mary Annette Pember: A land-into-trust milestone for Isleta Pueblo Mary Annette Pember: A land-into-trust milestone for Isleta Pueblo (01/20)
The event marked the placement of 90,151 acres of land. 140 square miles, into federal trust for the Pueblo and the culmination of over 20 years of work by Pueblo leaders who purchased the land that was once part of the tribes’ aboriginal homeland.
BIA places nearly 90K acres in trust for Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico BIA places nearly 90K acres in trust for Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico (01/15)
The acquisition of the 89,978 acres at the Comanche Ranch is the largest in the agency's history.
NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill NCAI President Brian Cladoosby urges support for land-into-trust bill (01/14)
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes beyond a clean fix of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.
Chumash Tribe asks county to enter land-into-trust agreement Chumash Tribe asks county to enter land-into-trust agreement (01/14)
The deal would be enforceable in court with a limited waiver of the tribe's sovereign immunity.
Osage Nation royalty owners score big win on trust accounting Osage Nation royalty owners score big win on trust accounting (01/13)
The tribal government received a $380 million settlement to resolve trust mismanagement claims but individual headright owners weren't a part of that deal.
Navajo Nation starts planning for use of $554M trust settlement Navajo Nation starts planning for use of $554M trust settlement (01/13)
Lawmakers plan to invest $101 million in improving water infrastructure on a reservation where one-third of the households lack access to clean water.
BIA approves largest single land-into-trust application in history BIA approves largest single land-into-trust application in history (01/13)
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will join leaders of Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico for a major tribal land milestone.
Native student heads to Obama's last State of the Union speech Native student heads to Obama's last State of the Union speech (01/11)
Lydia Doza, who is Alaska Native, is ttending the speech as a special guest of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Cobell plaintiffs offer update on distribution of settlement funds Cobell plaintiffs offer update on distribution of settlement funds (01/06)
Attorneys are working closely with Indian Country to find as many additional beneficiaries as possible by April 30, 2016.
Patrick Sullivan: Court to rule on land-into-trust for Alaska tribes Patrick Sullivan: Court to rule on land-into-trust for Alaska tribes (01/05)
The question of whether Alaska Natives may place land in the same federal trust status as Indian tribes in the lower 48 states was widely thought to have been resolved.
Navajo Nation Council opposes land-into-trust reform measure Navajo Nation Council opposes land-into-trust reform measure (12/11)
Navajo lawmakers said S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, goes too far by giving state and local governments a greater stake in the process.
Revenue from Indian energy production dropped 22 percent in 2015 Revenue from Indian energy production dropped 22 percent in 2015 (12/04)
A total of $852.7 million was disbursed to 34 tribes and nearly 36,000 individual Indians, down from a record $1.1 billion in the year prior.
House passes bill to place land in trust for Susanville Rancheria House passes bill to place land in trust for Susanville Rancheria (12/01)
The tribe plans to use about 300 acres for its powwow grounds, a cultural center, a museum and a recreational area.
Senate committee to take up land-into-trust reform legislation Senate committee to take up land-into-trust reform legislation (12/01)
S.1879, the Interior Improvement Act, and S.1125, the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act, are on the agenda.
Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix Rep. Mullin confirms divisions in Indian Country on Carcieri fix (11/24)
The Cherokee Nation citizen said lawmakers on Capitol Hill are hearing conflicting messages from tribes on a major legislative priority.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two bills at meeting Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes two bills at meeting (11/18)
The bills address land-into-trust issues for the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, both in Oregon
Patrick Sullivan: New Carcieri bill invites even more litigation Patrick Sullivan: New Carcieri bill invites even more litigation (11/17)
A closer look at S.1879, a bill introduced by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.
House subcommittee takes testimony on three tribal bills House subcommittee takes testimony on three tribal bills (11/05)
None of the measures drew any controversy or opposition at the House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs hearing, which lasted less than 40 minutes.
Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on tribal bills Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on tribal bills (11/04)
Lawmakers will take testimony on bills to place land in trust for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and on another to help tribes address the impacts of climate change.
House subcommittee to hold hearing on three tribal measures House subcommittee to hold hearing on three tribal measures (11/02)
Lawmakers will take testimony on bills to place land in trust for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and on another to help tribes address the impacts of climate change.
Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with advisory board in DC Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with advisory board in DC (11/02)
Special Trustee Vince Logan brought the board back to life after years of inaction under the Bush administration.
Congress yet to take action on Carcieri land-into-trust decision Congress yet to take action on Carcieri land-into-trust decision (10/28)
Six versions of a land-into-trust fix have been introduced in the 114th Congress but none have advanced very far.
Lytton Band to collect signatures for petition on city services Lytton Band to collect signatures for petition on city services (10/15)
The tribe needs approval from voters in Windsor, California, to extend water and sewer services to its 124-acre land-into-trust site.
Editorial: Trust settlement ends sordid chapter in our history Editorial: Trust settlement ends sordid chapter in our history (10/15)
Corrupt mismanagement of assets is part of the sordid history of decades of federal Indian policy.
House Natural Resources Committee approves two Indian bills House Natural Resources Committee approves two Indian bills (10/08)
One bill places 300 acres in trust for the Susanville Rancheria of California and the other renames a wildlife refuge in Washington in honor of the late treaty rights activist Billy Frank Jr.
Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation celebrate trust settlement Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation celebrate trust settlement (10/08)
The two Oklahoma tribes will receive a total of $186 million to settle trust mismanagement claims against the federal government.
Congress approves land-into-trust bill for Pueblos in New Mexico Congress approves land-into-trust bill for Pueblos in New Mexico (10/07)
The tribes have transformed the former Albuquerque Indian School into a cultural and economic hub in the state's most populous city.
House Natural Resources Committee holds markup on Indian bills House Natural Resources Committee holds markup on Indian bills (10/07)
One bill renames a wildlife refuge in Washington in honor of the late treaty rights activist Billy Frank Jr.
Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act Controversy brews as House takes up Native American Energy Act (10/06)
Democrats revolt after Republicans kill an amendment that would have addressed the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar, a long-standing tribal priority.
Secretary Jewell heads to Oklahoma for tribal trust settlement Secretary Jewell heads to Oklahoma for tribal trust settlement (10/05)
The Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation agreed to accept $186 million to settle a trust mismanagement lawsuit they filed in 2005.
Senate Indian Affairs Committee weighs seven bills at hearing Senate Indian Affairs Committee weighs seven bills at hearing (10/05)
All seven of the bills on the agenda focus on land-into-trust issues for tribes in California, Nevada and Oregon.
BIA proclaims another 104 acres as reservation of Shakopee Tribe BIA proclaims another 104 acres as reservation of Shakopee Tribe (10/02)
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn signed the reservation proclamation on September 22.

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