Tex Hall is one of five people nationwide named to the Secretarial Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform. The group will evaluate Interior's management of nearly $4 billion in American Indian trust funds.
Caught in the Senate filibuster of a bill to extend unemployment payments is a $3.4 billion government settlement with hundreds of thousands of American Indians over claims that the Interior Department mismanaged their land trust accounts.
We hope the federal government expedites Minnesota’s request. The gray wolf has recovered in Minnesota, and state regulation will provide the balanced needed between overpopulation of the wolf and protection of the species.
Climate change threatens to further imperil hundreds of species of migratory birds, already under stress from habitat loss, invasive species and other environmental threats, a new report released Thursday by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar concludes.
Authorities said an autopsy has determined that a Berthold woman believed killed by her ex-husband was strangled. The Ward County Sheriff’s Office said Noreen Hail, 44, was killed during an apparent domestic dispute last weekend.
The Obama administration intends to seek resolution to a lawsuit filed by American Indian farmers who alleged discrimination in the granting of federal agricultural loans over three decades. The lawsuit, filed in 1999, contends Indian farmers and ranchers lost about $500 million during the past three decades because of discrimination in lending from the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency.
Federal recognition makes tribes eligible for economic assistance, housing grants and other government benefits. But some Indian groups have seen their petitions for recognition languish for decades without a decision from the Interior Department, including a group with its origins on land that became North Dakota.
Facing criticism for still holding the remains of about 1,400 American Indians in its archaeological collection, the University of Michigan will be reviewing its policies on how to properly deal with Indian bones and artifacts.
Bismarck attorney Sarah Vogel says the new area will include historic sites near the Missouri River, Burleigh, McLean, Mercer, Morton and Oliver counties. She says residents are invited to help develop a management plan to present to the federal Interior Secretary in three years.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is reviewing a sweeping blueprint for expanded offshore drilling proposed in the final days of the Bush administration. He hasn't ruled out expanded offshore drilling, but he has criticized "the enormous sweep" of the Bush proposal.
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