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Secretary Jewell

Secretary Sally Jewell: Commonsense Rules for Safe and Responsible Energy Development

FRI, MARCH 20, 2015
By Secretary Sally Jewell

As Secretary of the Interior, I am fortunate to oversee American treasures like the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and the Everglades.These are places owned by each and every American. Read More >

Deputy Secretary Mike Connor

Interior Deputy Secretary Connor to Host Listening Session on Land Buy-Back Program

TUE, MARCH 3, 2015

U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary Michael Connor will host a Listening Session on March 19, 2015 to hear directly from tribal leaders and individual landowners on the progress of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations. Read More >

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Let’s Get Every Kid in a Park

THU, FEBRUARY 19, 2015

From sea to shining sea, our country is home to gorgeous landscapes, vibrant waterways, and historic treasures that all Americans can enjoy Read More >


A Coordinated Federal Approach to Combatting Wildlife Trafficking

WED, FEBRUARY 11, 2015
By Dan Ashe, John Cruden and Catherine Novelli

The United States launched an implementation plan for the President’s National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking, which will be a roadmap to fighting poaching and illegal wildlife trade. Read More >

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Secretary Jewell Announces $50 Million for Western Drought Response

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced that the Bureau of Reclamation is making $50 million in funds available immediately for drought relief projects throughout the West. Read More >

Deputy Secretary Michael Connor

Making Strides to Restore Native American Homelands

By Mike Connor, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior

As President Obama hosted the Tribal Nations Conference this week, the Administration capped a year of continued progress in strengthening the government-to-government relationship with Indian Country and working with tribal leaders. Read More >

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Celebrating a Milestone in Conservation – and the Law that Made it Possible

By Dan Ashe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director

Just a few weeks ago, I was at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History remembering an unfortunately dark moment in conservation history – exactly a century before, on September 1, 1914, the last known passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo. Read More >

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The Great American Backyard Campout

FRI, JUNE 27, 2014
By Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

Some of my fondest childhood memories are camping out in the backyard with my friends, climbing trees, having “teddy bear picnics” in a secret place under the bushes, and whittling sticks to toast marshmallows. Thanks to the Great American Backyard Read More >

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Once Thought Locally Extinct, Endangered Razorback Suckers Discovered Spawning in Grand Canyon National Park

WED, JUNE 18, 2014

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. – The Department of the Interior announced today that researchers recently discovered Razorback suckers (Xyrauchen texanus), an endangered fish species, spawning in the lower Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park. Read More >

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Renewing a Partnership to Promote Tourism and Create Jobs in the West

MON, JUNE 9, 2014
By Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Over the years, the Department of the Interior has worked closely with the Western States Tourism Policy Council, a consortium of 13 state tourism offices, to promote tourism throughout the West as a way of spurring economic growth and supporting jobs in Read More >

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Dealing with Climate Change: A Moral Obligation

TUE, JUNE 3, 2014
By Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

President Obama understands that we have a moral obligation to future generations to leave our land, water and wildlife better than we found it. Read More >

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Telling All of America’s Story: The National Park Service Announces LGBT Theme Study

FRI, MAY 30, 2014
By Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service

The men and women who serve in the National Park Service joined our organization to be part of something special, and all of us, no matter what our role, help bring America’s stories to life for our visitors. Read More >

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Strengthening and Building 21st Century Workplaces

FRI, MAY 30, 2014
By Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior

Dr. Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted a discussion with Seattle-area business leaders on Thursday, May 29, to spotlight best practices that will help strengthen and build 21st century workplaces. Read More >

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President Obama promotes local jobs and tourism while protecting National treasures

FRI, MAY 23, 2014
By Secretary Sally Jewell

Today, we joined the community of Las Cruces, New Mexico to celebrate the President’s designation of the Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument, a breathtaking set of mountain ranges and lowlands in southern New Mexico. Read More >

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March 24th is a Tribal Day of Action for Affordable Care Act Enrollment

MON, MARCH 24, 2014
By Raina Thiele

This month, Vice President Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius spoke directly to tribal leaders and community members on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Read More >

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Addressing California’s Water Challenges Through Action and Collaboration

By Michael L. Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Ann Mills, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, USDA

California is in the throes of the worst drought in the 160 years during which records have been kept. As a result, the state’s overextended water system is in crisis. Read More >

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Readout of Meeting with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Others to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil, Gas Industry

TUE, JANUARY 21, 2014

Secretary Jewell and Governor Hickenlooper met with representatives from the oil and gas industry, non-government organizations, and Colorado officials in a roundtable discussion regarding efforts to reduce methane emissions Read More >

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FRI, DECEMBER 20, 2013
By Kevin K. Washburn

Last year, the Department of the Interior established the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations to implement important land consolidation requirements set forth in the historic Cobell Settlement Agreement. Read More >


2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference: Promoting Prosperous, Resilient Tribal Nations

THU, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
By Sally Jewell

Yesterday I had the tremendous honor of welcoming leaders invited from all 566 federally recognized tribes to the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference. Read More >

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Engaging the Next Generation with the Help of our Partners in Conservation

By Robert Bonnie and Rhea Suh

An initial group of 91 organizations have been approved as partner organizations to help the Obama Administration implement the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. Read More >