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Secretary Salazar

The Department of the Interior Leads in Natural Resources Transparency

FRI, MARCH 16, 2012
Posted by: Secretary Ken Salazar

Open Government has been a priority for President Obama and Interior since Day 1, and we have made substantial progress, particularly in reorganizing our agencies that manage offshore energy development in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Read More >

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Agreement between the United States and Mexico Concerning Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs in the Gulf of Mexico

FRI, MARCH 9, 2012
Posted by: BOEM

This Agreement would establish a framework for the cooperative exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon resources that cross the United States-Mexico maritime boundary in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More >

Secretary Salazar

A Bright Future for the River of Grass

FRI, JANUARY 20, 2012
Posted by: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Covering some 2.3 million acres of south-central Florida, the Everglades is one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures. Read More >

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Transforming Our Rivers and Our Communities

FRI, JANUARY 13, 2012
Posted by: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Surrounded by members of the community, Mayor Villaraigosa and I heard about the strong partnerships dedicated to transforming the Los Angeles River Watershed and the undeniable link between a healthy environment and a healthy economy. Read More >

Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes

Honoring Our DOI Veterans

THU, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Posted by: David J. Hayes

At the Department of the Interior’s Honoring our Veterans event in Washington, Senior Advisor Bob Stanton and I spoke about our Department’s determination to give back to those who have given us all so much. Read More >

Mr. Dennis W. Zotigh delivers remarks before he performs a cultural piece at the commemoration. (Photo from the Department of Justice)

Celebrating American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Posted by: Tracy Russo

This week the Department of Justice held a special event in the Great Hall commemorating National Native American Heritage Month. Read More >

David Hayes speaks at NCAI

Honoring Sovereignty and the Trust Relationship with American Indians and Alaskan Natives

Posted by: David Hayes

"We have engaged the tribes in a complete overhaul of our Department’s approach to government-to-government relations. The Interior Department will shortly be releasing the fruits of that effort." - David J. Hayes Read More >

Secretary Salazar

Building a Strong Foundation for a Solar Energy Future

MON, OCTOBER 31, 2011
Posted by: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

What is happening is nothing short of a revolution. Real progress is being made. Real jobs are being created. And we are making believers out of skeptics. Read More >

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Cuentos of Our Past: Celebrating Our Shared Heritage

WED, OCTOBER 12, 2011
Posted by: Ken Salazar

As a 12th generation native of the American Southwest, my roots in this country stretch back before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock or before America declared its independence. Read More >

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Engaging Our Hispanic Community

WED, OCTOBER 12, 2011
Posted by: David Vela, National Park Service

Over my 20 plus years in the National Park Service, I have had the honor of working and protecting some of our nation's most cherished historic places as a Ranger, Superintendent, and Regional Director. Read More >

Shaking hands at a naturalization ceremony

Interior Naturalization Ceremony

Posted by: Secretary Napolitano & Secretary Salazar

"Welcoming enterprising immigrants into the American family is a fundamental part of our heritage and an important part the continued success of our nation." Read More >

Secreatary Salazar at Contra Costa

Helping Both the Environment and the Economy

Posted by: Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor

"They will help preserve endangered and threatened fish species in the Delta. That ... also helps to ensure a dependable water supply to a half-million people and the surrounding businesses and industries in Contra Costa County" Read More >

President Obama delivers his September 2011 jobs speech to a joint session of Congress

President Obama's Plan to Get Americans Back to Work

Posted by: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Tonight, President Obama delivered a plan to Congress that will help get Americans back to work and have an immediate impact on our economy. The American Jobs Act is specific, is tangible, and can make a difference on our economy right now. Read More >


Live Chat with a USGS expert on the East Coast Earthquake Friday at 11:00 am EDT

THU, AUGUST 25, 2011

Want to know more about the earthquake that rattled the East Coast on Tuesday? We'll answer these questions and more during a live, online chat with one of our top scientists from the USGS Friday at 11:00 am EDT. Read More >

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DC Employees Earthquake Update

WED, AUGUST 24, 2011
Posted by: Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget

Inspectors have found no structural damage that would indicate a hazardous condition for employees in either the MIB/Udall or South Interior Building. Read More >

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Quake - DC Area Employee Update

TUE, AUGUST 23, 2011
Posted by: Rhea Suh, Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget

The Main and South Interior Buildings will remain closed to business tomorrow, August 24th, 2011. All DOI employees who work in satellite offices in the DC metro region should report to duty unless otherwise instructed. Read More >

Secretary Salazar

The Economic Power of Outdoor Recreation

MON, AUGUST 22, 2011
Posted by: Ken Salazar

Hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation contribute an estimated $730 billion to the U.S. economy each year. And one in twenty U.S. jobs are in the recreation economy – more than there are doctors, lawyers, or teachers. Read More >

Secretary Salazar

The Health of Our Lands and Waters and the Health of Our Economy

THU, AUGUST 18, 2011
Posted by: Secretary Ken Salazar and Nancy Sutley

Smart, community-led conservation presents a tremendous opportunity to improve quality of life across America, and to build and grow local jobs in industries like recreation and tourism. Read More >

Secretary Salazar

A Historic Step Toward True Trust Reform

FRI, JUNE 24, 2011
Posted by: Ken Salazar

A historic court action on June 20 signaled the beginning of a new era in the U.S. Government’s relations with American Indian communities. Read More >

Blythe Solar Power Project Groundbreaking

Investing in America’s New Energy Frontier

FRI, JUNE 17, 2011
Posted by: Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

"California Governor Jerry Brown, BLM Director Bob Abbey and I participated in a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for ... the world’s largest solar energy project to be built on public lands." Read More >