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This Week at Interior July 2, 2015

THU, JULY 2, 2015, 02:24 PM EST

Secretary Jewell travels to Asia; Team Rubicon heads for Alaska to fight wildfires; USGS knows the biggest threat to polar bears; a new rule for tribal recognition; changing policy to allow photos on White House tours; more. Watch Video >

Deepwater Horizon Fire

DOI News: Statement by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the Agreement in Principle with BP to Settle Civil Claims for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

THU, JULY 2, 2015, 01:06 PM EST

“If approved by the court, this settlement would help restore the natural resources... impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but to also build back the resiliency of the region, which is critical to the health of our economy and environment." Read More >

Secretary Jewell places a piece of ivory on a conveyer belt to be crushed.

Secretary Jewell Visits Vietnam to Encourage International Collaboration in Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade

WED, JULY 1, 2015, 05:59 PM EST

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today concluded an official visit to Vietnam where she met with government officials to discuss ways the U.S. and the South Asian country can work together to combat the world’s growing illegal wildlife trade. Read More >

A field of flags displayed at War in the Pacific National Historical Park.

Media Advisory: Secretary Jewell to Make First Official Visit to Guam

WED, JULY 1, 2015, 11:05 AM EST

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the U.S. Territory of Guam on Monday, July 6, to further the United States’ commitment to insular areas and Guam’s importance to the region. Read More >

Secretary Jewell stands next to a Native American headdress.

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 >