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Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm
Law | Politics
Former top Bureau of Indian Affairs official joins Washington firm (April 25, 2017)
Larry Roberts is the latest high-profile addition to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes one last rule from the Obama era
National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes one last rule from the Obama era (January 23, 2017)
President Donald Trump imposed a regulatory freeze on his first day in office but it didn't affect the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes
Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes (January 18, 2017)
The 2017 list contains 567 tribes -- the same number as the last update.

Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land application
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Alaska tribe makes history with approval of trust land application (January 13, 2017)
It's only 1.08 acres but the decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs marks a major milestone in state and federal history.

North Dakota tribe recovers ancestral lands taken by Army Corps
Environment | National | Politics
North Dakota tribe recovers ancestral lands taken by Army Corps (December 20, 2016)
After a decades-long quest, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is finally reclaiming a piece of its homeland.

Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies
Business | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs opens door to big shift in tribal economies (December 8, 2016)
A long-overdue update to the Indian Trader Regulations could finally address unfair systems of taxation on reservations.

Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribes
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs transfers $14M in land proceeds to tribes (November 18, 2016)
A quirk in the Indian Land Consolidation Act kept tribes from restoring their homelands.

Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollment
National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollment (November 17, 2016)
Despite warnings from the federal agency, the tribe has started removing more than 300 people from the rolls.

Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Interior Department highlights achievements of Cobell buy-back program (November 1, 2016)
With the presidential election only a week away, the future of a major Indian land effort hangs in the balance.

Alaska tribes enter new era with first land-into-trust application
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Alaska tribes enter new era with first land-into-trust application (October 20, 2016)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is ready to help tribes in Alaska restore their homelands.

Bureau of Indian Affairs finishes update to model juvenile code
Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs finishes update to model juvenile code (October 20, 2016)
The code provides guidance to tribes to protect the rights of Indian juveniles and their parents, guardians or custodians.

Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's government
Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's government (October 18, 2016)
The agency won't recognize any actions taken by the council, a decision that affects a disenrollment dispute on the reservation.

Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North America
Law | National | Politics | World
Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North America (October 17, 2016)
The first-ever meeting of the North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls took place at the White House.

Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal
National | Politics | Trust
Obama administration fudges numbers to reach land-into-trust goal (October 12, 2016)
More than 500,000 acres has been placed in trust but the figure includes properties that weren't the subject of land-into-trust applications.

Cronkite News: Hualapai Tribe pushes for water rights settlement
Environment | National | Politics
Cronkite News: Hualapai Tribe pushes for water rights settlement (October 6, 2016)
The chairman of the Hualapai Tribe told a Senate committee that a proposed 70-mile, $173 million water project would lay the groundwork for expansion of Grand Canyon West and increased tourism in the state.

Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close
Law | National | Politics | Trust
Tribes face uncertainty on land-into-trust as Obama era comes to a close (September 21, 2016)
With a new president on the horizon, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has just four more months to reach its goal of placing 500,000 acres in trust.

Bureau of Indian Affairs awards $947K for economic development
Business | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs awards $947K for economic development (August 2, 2016)
Twenty tribes and one Alaska Native corporation will evaluate and identify economic opportunities in their communities.

Training sessions planned for final Indian Child Welfare Act rule
Law | National
Training sessions planned for final Indian Child Welfare Act rule (July 22, 2016)
The new rule requires state court systems and state welfare agencies to determine whether a child is Indian and whether ICWA applies to their proceedings.

California remains a battleground for Indian Child Welfare Act
Law | National
California remains a battleground for Indian Child Welfare Act (July 21, 2016)
Tribal leaders have produced a detailed report that shows how little has changed when it comes to protecting Indian children.

Bureau of Indian Affairs still hoping to reach land-into-trust goal
National | Politics | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs still hoping to reach land-into-trust goal (June 30, 2016)
The agency has approved applications totaling 416,000 acres and hopes to reach 500,000 acres by January 2017.

Bureau of Indian Affairs consults tribes about changes to probate
Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs consults tribes about changes to probate (June 21, 2016)
One potential revision would increase the amount that can be used to pay for funeral expenses.

Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12
Law | National
Final rule for Indian Child Welfare Act takes effect December 12 (June 15, 2016)
Tribes and tribal organizations say the new regulations will help prevent the breakup of families in their communities.

Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law
Law | National
Anti-Indian Child Welfare Act attorney continues to question law (June 10, 2016)
Despite losing in the courts, an attorney based in Washington, D.C., remains intent on undermining the 1978 law.

Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this December
Law | National | Politics
Final Indian Child Welfare Act rule goes into effect this December (June 9, 2016)
The 180-day time frame ensures the finished product will become law before the end of the Obama administration.

Bureau of Indian Affairs set to finalize Indian Child Welfare Act rule
Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs set to finalize Indian Child Welfare Act rule (June 8, 2016)
Congress passed ICWA in 1978 to prevent Indian children from being raised outside of their tribal communities.

Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes tweak to land-into-trust process
Law | National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes tweak to land-into-trust process (May 19, 2016)
Acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts described the change as a 'common sense' approach to land title.

Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group
Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group (May 13, 2016)
The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee did not meet all seven mandatory criteria, acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts said.

Bureau of Indian Affairs adds names to memorial for fallen officers
Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs adds names to memorial for fallen officers (May 4, 2016)
The names of three officers who died in the line of duty in Indian Country are being added to the memorial.

Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes rule for burial assistance program
National
Bureau of Indian Affairs finalizes rule for burial assistance program (May 4, 2016)
Individual Indians can now seek assistance within 180 days of a loved one's passing instead of being forced to apply within 30 days.

Bureau of Indian Affairs updates list of federally recognized tribes
National | Federal Recognition
Bureau of Indian Affairs updates list of federally recognized tribes (May 4, 2016)
The list now includes the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia, whose federal status was finalized shortly after the most recent update in January.

Bureau of Indian Affairs delays changes to land-into-trust process
Law | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs delays changes to land-into-trust process (April 18, 2016)
Some tribes raised technical concerns about the interim rule, which is aimed at streamlining the title evidence portion of the land-into-trust process.

Bureau of Indian Affairs inches forward with school construction
Education | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs inches forward with school construction (April 11, 2016)
It's taken more than a decade but the Obama administration finally cleared the way for 10 new school campuses along with another deserving facility.

Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform efforts
Education | National | Politics
Scandals overshadow Bureau of Indian Education reform efforts (April 7, 2016)
The lack of inspections at Indian schools and the demotion of the top Indian education official drew focus at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Justice Department official warns of Indian Child Welfare Act fight
Law | National
Justice Department official warns of Indian Child Welfare Act fight (April 5, 2016)
Nearly four decades after ICWA's passage in 1978, the landmark law still hasn't been accepted by everyone in the adoption, foster care and child welfare industries.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education bills
Education | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs puts focus on Indian education bills (March 21, 2016)
A dramatic proposal to create a new Indian education agency within the Interior Department is on the agenda for an April 6 hearing.

Bureau of Indian Affairs within reach of land-into-trust milestone
National | Trust
Bureau of Indian Affairs within reach of land-into-trust milestone (March 21, 2016)
The Obama administration has already placed about 400,000 acres in trust after acquisitions came to a near-halt during the Bush era.

Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs promises to inspect all schools
Education | National | Politics
Leader of Bureau of Indian Affairs promises to inspect all schools (March 17, 2016)
Acting assistant secretary Larry Roberts vowed to take action after a report uncovered alarming conditions that put Indian children at risk.

Bureau of Indian Affairs in final push as Obama era nears its end
Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs in final push as Obama era nears its end (March 1, 2016)
Time is running out for federal agencies to ensure President Barack Obama's pro-tribal agenda continues regardless of the outcome of the upcoming election.

Top DOI officials in New Mexico for Cobell buy-back listening session
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National
Top DOI officials in New Mexico for Cobell buy-back listening session (March 1, 2016)
The Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations has put more than $736 million into the hands of individual Indians.

Bureau of Indian Affairs seeks comments on model juvenile code
Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs seeks comments on model juvenile code (February 29, 2016)
The BIA intends to finalize the Model Indian Juvenile Code before the end of the Obama administration.

Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C.
Environment | Law | National | Politics | Trust
Updates from National Congress of American Indians winter session in D.C. (February 23, 2016)
Some highlights from the opening day of the National Congress of American Indians 2016 executive council winter session in Washington, D.C.

BIA publishes list of federally recognized tribes on schedule again
National | Federal Recognition
BIA publishes list of federally recognized tribes on schedule again (February 1, 2016)
The list contains the names of 556 federally-recognized tribes, the same number as last year.

BIA places nearly 90K acres in trust for Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico
National | Trust
BIA places nearly 90K acres in trust for Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico (January 15, 2016)
The acquisition of the 89,978 acres at the Comanche Ranch is the largest in the agency's history.

BIA approves HEARTH Act leasing regulations for New Mexico tribe
Business | National
BIA approves HEARTH Act leasing regulations for New Mexico tribe (January 5, 2016)
Ohkay Owingeh is the 23rd tribe to take advantage of the flexibility offered by the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act.

Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues
National | Politics | Federal Recognition
Kevin Washburn warns of 'tea party' influence on Indian issues (December 11, 2015)
The outgoing head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been sparring with Republicans on Capitol Hill for much of the past year.

Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post
National | Politics
Kevin Washburn announces departure from Bureau of Indian Affairs post (December 10, 2015)
As expected, the Chickasaw Nation citizen will return to University of New Mexico School of Law, where he previously served as dean.

Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports
Law | National | Politics
Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports (December 3, 2015)
The Department of Justice sent an investigation and prosecution report to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee less than one hour before a hearing on the Tribal Law and Order Act.

BIA plans separate meets for recognized, non-recognized tribes
National | Federal Recognition
BIA plans separate meets for recognized, non-recognized tribes (May 26, 2014)
Non-recognized tribes are being asked to attend a public meeting, separate from consultation sessions for recognized tribes.

Rep. Young open to an extension for Cobell buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Rep. Young open to an extension for Cobell buy-back program (April 4, 2014)
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) said he was open to extending the time-frame for the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Audio from House subcommittee hearing on Cobell land buyback
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Politics
Audio from House subcommittee hearing on Cobell land buyback (April 3, 2014)
The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held an oversight hearing this afternoon to discuss the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Larry Roberts: Answers about the Cobell land buy-back program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Opinion
Larry Roberts: Answers about the Cobell land buy-back program (April 3, 2014)
Larry Roberts, the deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, offers some answers about the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

Audio from SCIA hearing for Cobell land consolidation program
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | National | Politics
Audio from SCIA hearing for Cobell land consolidation program (December 11, 2013)
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held an oversight hearing this afternoon to discuss the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations.

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