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Rep. Young offers explanation for inaction on land-into-trust fix (07/15)
The top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee is calling the shots.

Audio: House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs (07/15)
The Bureau of Indian Affairs embraced three bills while the Indian Health Service was more guarded about a forward funding bill.

Witness list for House subcommittee hearing on four tribal billls (07/14)
Bills affect self-determination, land-into-trust and the Indian Health Service.

Vince Logan starts work as leader of Office of Special Trustee (07/11)
Osage Nation citizen brings a background in financial and investment management to the job.

Moapa Band asks Congress to pass bill to add land to reservation (07/10)
Chairwoman Aletha Tom says land will be used for housing, recreation, cultural purposes and renewable energy development.

Audio from Senate Indian Affairs Committee's hearing on five bills (07/09)
The bills address land-into-trust, mineral rights and water rights issues for tribes in Arizona, Montana, Nevada and New Mexico.

BIA approves land-into-trust application for Stillaguamish Tribe (07/08)
The property includes the new home of the tribe's natural resources department.

Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs sets hearing (07/08)
Bills affect self-determination, land-into-trust and the Indian Health Service.

Witness list for Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on bills (07/07)
Five bills affecting land-into-trust, mineral rights and water rights are on the agenda.

Mike Williams: Trust lands are vital to tribal self-determination (07/02)
Mike Williams Sr. provided this testimony in support of including Alaska tribes in the land-into-trust process:

BIA adds 595 acres to reservation of Shakopee Sioux Community (07/01)
Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn signed the reservation proclamation on June 20.

BIA extends public comments on land-into-trust rule for Alaska (07/01)
Comments are being accepted until July 31.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs plans four hearings in July (06/30)
Hearings scheduled on five bills, Cobell land buy-back program, Indian gaming and natural disasters.

Judge blocks land-into-trust decisions in Alaska pending appeal (06/27)
But Bureau of Indian Affairs can continue with rule to include Alaska in land-into-trust process.

Senate confirms Vince Logan to run Office of the Special Trustee (06/26)
Position has been vacant since the start of the Obama administration in January 2009.

Sen. Reid sponsors bills to place land in trust for Nevada tribes (06/18)
Eight tribes would receive about 120,000 acres in trust.

Passamaquoddy Tribe pays $58K to county to end taxation suit (06/17)
Tribe agreed to make back payments to 2006 and to make payments in the future.

Group questions Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation land-into-trust bid (06/17)
Group says it's not clear what the tribe plans to do with the land.

BLM fails to inspect oil and gas wells on federal and Indian lands (06/17)
Inspections are spotty in Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, according to investigation.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee approves five bills at meeting (06/11)
Committee approves S.2188, a bill to fix the Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

BIA approves Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation land-into-trust request (06/11)
Tribe plans to use 853-acre for housing but an opposition group has filed an appeal.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee business meeting not webcast (06/10)
The agenda includes S.2188, a high-profile bill to fix the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar.

IBIA dismisses challenge to Chumash Tribe land-into-trust bid (06/09)
Tribe has been fighting opposition groups for more than a decade.

Navajo Nation formally accepts $554M trust fund settlement (06/05)
President Ben Shelly calls for development of investment plan for the money.

Narragansett Tribe eyes trust status for former Navy property (06/05)
Properties are located on Aquidneck Islands, in ancestral territory.

Navajo Nation hosts signing ceremony for trust fund settlement (06/04)
Navajo Nation to receive $554 million, the largest payout so far in a tribal trust fund case.

More than 70 tribes have completed trust fund settlements (06/03)
Including the Navajo Nation, 73 tribes have reached settlements with the Obama administration.

Oglala Sioux Tribe requests trust status for former sanitarium (06/03)
Tribe wants to protect three parcels, including an unmarked cemetery.

BIA to place 13K acres in trust for Oneida Nation in New York (06/03)
Land-into-trust application was filed in 2005.

Navajo Nation to settle trust mismanagement lawsuit for $554M (06/02)
Deal represents the largest tribal settlement so far.

Law Article: DC Circuit sets high bar for damage of trust lands (05/30)
Attorneys discuss D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that affects uranium pollution on the Navajo Nation.

Supreme Court won't hear suit over fees on Oneida Nation land (05/27)
Village was trying to impose fees on land held in trust.

Lawsuit seeks establishment of new reservation in Minnesota (05/22)
The plaintiffs in a new lawsuit are hoping to restore a reservation that was supposed to have been set aside for their ancestors.

Senate Indian Affairs Committee passes seven bills at meeting (05/21)
Bills address land-into-trust, Native youth, water rights, Alaska Native safety and energy development.

Dakota descendants sue for return of land promised by 1863 law (05/21)
Lawsuit claims 12 square miles was set aside after the 1862 Dakota War.

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