More: trust reform

'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty
'A tremendous opportunity': New leader of National Congress of American Indians focuses on tribal sovereignty (November 7, 2019)

Fawn Sharp grew up steeped in the tribal activist culture of the Pacific Northwest.


Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law
Trump administration rolls out first rule under historic trust reform law (June 26, 2017)

Indian Country is entering a new era in trust reform amid major changes at the Department of the Interior.


Indian probate office in Oklahoma shutting down in September
Indian probate office in Oklahoma shutting down in September (May 31, 2017)

The Department of the Interior is closing a field office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that handles Indian probates.


Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues (December 12, 2016)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.


Interior Department updates information about trust reform talks
Interior Department updates information about trust reform talks (August 3, 2016)

A new law known as the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act promises dramatic changes to the agency's trust management structure.


Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law
Interior Department consults tribes about new trust reform law (July 22, 2016)

Tribes supported H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, because it promises dramatic changes to the federal government's trust management structure.


Major trust reform bill supported by Indian Country signed into law
Major trust reform bill supported by Indian Country signed into law (June 22, 2016)

President Barack Obama signed H.R.812, the Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, despite concerns within his administration.


Congress passes first comprehensive Indian trust bill in decades
Congress passes first comprehensive Indian trust bill in decades (June 10, 2016)

Tribes and tribal organizations support H.R.812, theIndian Trust Asset Reform Act, but the Obama administration does not.


House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget
House subcommittee takes testimony on Indian Country budget (March 21, 2016)

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.


Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday
Special Trustee Vince Logan hosts open house for 20th birthday (March 16, 2016)

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.


Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act
Colville Tribes push for passage of Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (March 3, 2016)

The House passed H.R.812 by a voice vote on February 24 and it awaits action in the Senate.


House set for debate and vote on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act
House set for debate and vote on Indian Trust Asset Reform Act (February 23, 2016)

H.R.812, the first major trust reform bill in decades, is supported by Indian Country but opposed by the Obama administration.


Office of Special Trustee budget request remains steady at $140M
Office of Special Trustee budget request remains steady at $140M (February 9, 2016)

The agency, which is part of the Interior Department, holds nearly $4.9 billion in trust for more than 250 tribes and about 400,000 individual Indians.


House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup
House Natural Resources Committee passes Indian bills at markup (February 4, 2016)

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.


House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills
House Natural Resources Committee schedules markup on four Indian bills (January 29, 2016)

Four bills on the agenda address trust reform, water rights and land-into-trust issues.


Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with advisory board in DC
Special Trustee Vince Logan to meet with advisory board in DC (November 2, 2015)

Special Trustee Vince Logan brought the board back to life after years of inaction under the Bush administration.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee delays action on land-into-trust
Senate Indian Affairs Committee delays action on land-into-trust (July 30, 2015)

Indian Country is being urged to look at a new bill that would fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee to take up land-into-trust fix
Senate Indian Affairs Committee to take up land-into-trust fix (July 27, 2015)

The 114th Congress is finally seeing some movementon a long-pressing issue in Indian Country.


Special Trustee Vince Logan reaches out to Indian Country
Special Trustee Vince Logan reaches out to Indian Country (July 24, 2015)

Tribes have been calling for a 'sunset' to the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians at the Interior Department.


Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing
Special Trustee Vince Logan a no-show at Senate panel's hearing (July 9, 2015)

Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn defended the Office of the Special Trustee in his colleague's absence.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules trust reform hearing
Senate Indian Affairs Committee schedules trust reform hearing (July 3, 2015)

Trust reform has been on the back burner in the last few years but that could be changing in the 114th Congress.


Lawmakers share priorities with RES DC at Capitol Hill meeting
Lawmakers share priorities with RES DC at Capitol Hill meeting (June 17, 2015)

Tribal and business leaders hear about action, and inaction, on Indian legislation in the 114th Congress.


Paul Moorehead: Tribes need greater control over their lands
Paul Moorehead: Tribes need greater control over their lands (April 15, 2015)

Having lost hundreds of millions of acres of land to allotment and tax auction, sale, fraud and federal chicanery beginning in the late 1880s, Indian tribes have ever since been on a decades-long mission to acquire and reconsolidate their once-mighty land holdings.


Audio from House subcommittee's hearing on three tribal bills
Audio from House subcommittee's hearing on three tribal bills (April 14, 2015)

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) plans to move quickly on the bills with or without the support of the Obama administration.


Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on three tribal bills
Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on three tribal bills (April 13, 2015)

Indian employment, trust reform and an Alaska Native land transfer are on the agenda for the House Subcommittee Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs at its first legislative hearing of the 114th Congress.


Key House panel to hold first legislative hearing of 114th Congress
Key House panel to hold first legislative hearing of 114th Congress (April 9, 2015)

Indian employment, trust reform and an Alaska Native land transfer are on the agenda for the April 14 hearing.


Secretary Jewell issues order and guidance on trust relationship
Secretary Jewell issues order and guidance on trust relationship (August 21, 2014)

Order will help Interior Department bureaus and offices carry out their responsibilities to tribes and individual Indians.


Vince Logan starts work as leader of Office of Special Trustee
Vince Logan starts work as leader of Office of Special Trustee (July 11, 2014)

Osage Nation citizen brings a background in financial and investment management to the job.


Interior Department opposes bill to end Office of Special Trustee
Interior Department opposes bill to end Office of Special Trustee (May 8, 2014)

The Obama administration opposes a bill to eliminate the Office of Special Trustee for American Indians


Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on two Indian bills
Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on two Indian bills (May 7, 2014)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs holds a legislative hearing this afternoon.


Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs sets hearing
Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs sets hearing (May 5, 2014)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs will hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday.


Senate committee advances Vince Logan nomination at OST
Senate committee advances Vince Logan nomination at OST (January 6, 2014)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee voted last month to advance the nomination of Vince Logan to serve as the Special Trustee for American Indians.


Audio from SCIA hearing for nomination of Vince Logan at OST
Audio from SCIA hearing for nomination of Vince Logan at OST (December 11, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing this afternoon for Vince Logan to serve as the Special Trustee for American Indians.


Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets OST nomination hearing
Senate Indian Affairs Committee sets OST nomination hearing (December 9, 2013)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a nomination hearing for Vince Logan to serve as the Special Trustee for American Indians.


Trust reform commission   to host  webinar on December 10
Trust reform commission to host webinar on December 10 (November 25, 2013)

The Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform will host a public webinar on December 10.


Indian trust reform commission     meets in Tennessee on April 29
Indian trust reform commission meets in Tennessee on April 29 (April 12, 2013)

The National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform will meet April 29 in Nashville, Tennessee. Among other topics, the commission will hear from members of the United South and...


Secretary Salazar anticipates Cobell payments by end of   year
Secretary Salazar anticipates Cobell payments by end of year (October 23, 2012)

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar (r) and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn (l) discuss Indian issues prior to their speeches at the National Congress of American Indians 69th...


Obama nominates Vince   Logan, Osage, as new Special Trustee
Obama nominates Vince Logan, Osage, as new Special Trustee (September 24, 2012)

Vincent G. Logan. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of the Interior It looks like Kevin Washburn won't be the only new face at the Interior Department when it comes to...


Salazar urges quick work for Cobell trust reform commission
Salazar urges quick work for Cobell trust reform commission (March 1, 2012)

The National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform met for the first time today and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urged its members to work quickly. The commission was created...