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Department of the Interior Announces Final Federal Recognition Process to Acknowledge Indian Tribes

MON, JUNE 29, 2015, 10:37 AM EST

The updated rule promotes a more transparent, timely and consistent process flexible enough to account for the unique histories of tribal communities while maintaining the rigor and integrity of the criteria that have been in place for nearly 40 years. Read More >


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This Week at Interior June 26, 2015

FRI, JUNE 26, 2015, 05:10 PM EST

A new study shows the devastating effects of climate change on national park infrastructure, PILT payments from Interior put more than $400m into local treasuries; marking the 15th anniversary of the National Conservation Lands system; more. Watch Video >


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Buy-Back Program Exceeds $500 Million Paid to Landowners for Voluntary Consolidation of Fractional Interests

THU, JUNE 25, 2015, 03:14 PM EST

The Buy-Back Program implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing individual landowners at fair market value. Read More >


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Secretary Sally Jewell Statement on Trade Promotion Authority

THU, JUNE 25, 2015, 03:05 PM EST

"I applaud Congress for passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to ensure the United States can negotiate strong trade agreements with strong enforceable standards." Read More >


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Secretary Jewell Announces $405 Million in PILT Payments to Support Vital Services in Rural Communities

THU, JUNE 25, 2015, 01:58 PM EST

As Part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to rural communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that about 1,900 local governments around the country are receiving a total of nearly $405 million under the 2015 PILT program. Read More >