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Deputy Secretary Mike Connor

Secretary Jewell Swears in Deputy Secretary Mike Connor

TUE, MARCH 4, 2014, 12:00 AM EST

On March 4, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued the oath of office to recently-confirmed Deputy Secretary Mike Connor.

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Secretary Jewell speaking

Secretary Jewell Visits Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve

FRI, DECEMBER 6, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Jewell joined local, federal, and state officials in announcing Phase III of the early restoration projects along the Gulf Coast proposed by the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assesment Trustees. A draft plan to dedicate $627 million to 44 early restoration projects across the Gulf states was released by the Trustees.

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Secretary Jewell on an airboat

Secretary Jewell Visits the Gulf Coast and Tours Breton Island National Wildlife Refuge

FRI, DECEMBER 6, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Jewell visited Marrero, Louisiana to help announce the third and largest phase of the early restoration projects proposed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resources Trustees. She made the announcement at the end of a two-day visit to Louisiana, where she took an aerial tour of the Gulf of Mexico and visited two national wildlife refuges- Breton Island and Big Branch.

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Three Bald Eagles

Secretary Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn Attend Signing Ceremony with Citizen Potawatomi Nation

MON, NOVEMBER 25, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

As part of President Obama’s commitment to self-determination of tribal nations, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today joined Citizen Potawatomi Nation Chairman John Barrett to formally approve tribal leasing regulations under the HEARTH act that will help spur investment and commercial development on the nation’s trust lands in central Oklahoma.

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Secretary Jewell at Cape Romain

Secretary Jewell Tours Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

WED, NOVEMBER 20, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

On Wednesday November 20th, 2013 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell visited the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina where she met with stakeholders about their local efforts to conserve nearly 4,000 acres of longleaf pine habitat in the region.

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President Lincoln impersonator

150th Anniversary of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

TUE, NOVEMBER 19, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell offered keynote remarks at the ceremony honoring the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The observance took place in Gettysburg’s Soldiers’ National Cemetery and featured a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln portrayer James Getty. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also administered the Oath of Allegiance to sixteen new American citizens following the ceremony.

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President Obama

White House Tribal Nations Conference

WED, NOVEMBER 13, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Jewell kicked off the White House Tribal Nations Conference on November 13th, 2013. President Obama and Secretary Jewell addressed leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes.

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Secretary Jewell at Stornetta Public Lands

Secretary Jewell Visits Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands

FRI, NOVEMBER 8, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hosted a public listening session in Point Arena, California in the Stornetta Public Lands area to hear from the community about their vision to conserve a scenic and significant area of coastal public lands in Mendocino County. Secretary Jewell was joined by Congressman Jared Huffman and the Bureau of Land Management Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze.

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Sally Jewell and a young man dig dirt with shovels.

Secretary Jewell Visits Crissy Field in San Francisco, California

THU, NOVEMBER 7, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

 On November 7th Secretary Jewell announced a new initiative to engage the next generation through education, employment, and volunteer opportunities on public lands. She was joined by leaders in San Franciso's business, health, education, and conservation communities for the announcement and for a service project at Crissy Field in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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Secretary Jewell visits Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Secretary Jewell visits Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

WED, NOVEMBER 6, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Jewell visited the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to release a new national report on the economic contributions of the nation’s 561 national wildlife refuges to local economies. The study underscores the vital importance of refuges to job creation and economic growth in surrounding communities.

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Jewell speaks from behind the National Press Club podium

Secretary Jewell Addresses the National Press Club

THU, OCTOBER 31, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

 On October 31st Secretary Jewell Spoke at the National Press Club to describe conservation priorities, including Interior's role in the President's Climate Action Plan and strengthening the nation's economy through healthy lands, water, and wildlife.

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Secretary Jewell with National Park Service employees on a boat

Secretary Jewell Visits Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve

TUE, OCTOBER 29, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined Members of Congress, local officials and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation at National Park Service’s Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in Virginia to launch a $100 million Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program.

The program uses competitive grants to award funding for science-based solutions by States, local communities, non-profit organizations and other partners to help restore key habitats and bolster natural systems, enabling these areas to withstand the impacts and better protect local communities from future storms.

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Secretary Sally Jewell

Secretary Jewell visits Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, NJ

THU, OCTOBER 24, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Sally Jewell visits Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey to announce $162 million will be invested in 45 restoration and research projects that will better protect Atlantic Coast communities from future powerful storms, by restoring marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuilding shorelines, and researching the impacts and modeling mitigation of storm surge impacts.

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Secretary Jewell speaking at the Conference in front of a windmill image

Secretary Jewell Delivers Keynote Speech at the American Wind Energy Association Offshore WINDPOWER Conference

TUE, OCTOBER 22, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell delivered the keynote remarks at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER Conference in Providence, Rhode Island on Tuesday, October 22. She highlighted the important role of clean energy in the President’s Climate Action Plan and powering the economy. Efforts to spur responsible development of offshore wind energy are part of a series of Obama Administration actions to increase renewable energy both offshore and onshore by improving coordination with state, local and federal partners.

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Secretary Jewell greets employees as they return to work at U.S. Department of the Interior.

Sec. Jewell welcomes employees back to the Interior Department

THU, OCTOBER 17, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary Jewell greets employees as they return to work at U.S. Department of the Interior after the federal government shutdown.

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Secretary Sally Jewell Holds Lease Signing Ceremony for Wind Energy Area Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts

THU, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

To commemorate the country’s first-ever competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today held a lease signing ceremony for the Wind Energy Area offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Guests included U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy Beaudreau, and staff from BOEM’s Offices of Renewable Energy Programs and Strategic Resources.

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Secretary Sally Jewell Pacific Islands Forum

Secretary Jewell Leads U.S. Delegation at Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue

TUE, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell led the U.S. government delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Post Forum Dialogue on September 6 in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, highlighting and building upon our historic relations with the peoples and nations of the Pacific.

To read more about her trip, click here.

 

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Secretary Jewell and Associate Commissioners Little and Chaudhuri

Secretary Jewell Swears in Associate Commissioners of National Indian Gaming Commission

THU, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Today, Secretary Jewell participated in a swearing in ceremony for Jonodev Chaudhuri (Muscogee Creek) and Daniel Little, Associate Commissioners for the National Indian Gaming Commission. Little previously served on the Commission, and was sworn in for a second three-year term. Chaudhuri was recently nominated by Secretary Jewell to join Little and outgoing Chairwoman, Tracie Stevens (Tulalip).

“Mr. Chaudhuri’s extensive background and experience across a broad spectrum of Native American issues makes him highly qualified for this position,” said Secretary Jewell. “His perspective in legal affairs and organizational administration will enrich the Commission’s deliberations and contribute to informed decisions that promote economic well-being for Indian country.”

Prior to joining the NIGC, Chaudhuri served as senior counselor to the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. In this position he focused on a wide range of national policy issues, including economic development, tribal recognition and Indian gaming. Chaudhuri also served as a judge on four different tribal courts including the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s highest court.

Chaudhuri graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and has a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

The National Indian Gaming Commission is committed to the prompt and efficient regulation of the Indian gaming industry, which spans more than 420 gaming establishments, associated with nearly 240 tribes across 28 states. The Commission’s dedication to compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act ensures the integrity of the $27 billion Indian gaming industry. For more information, visit www.nigc.gov.

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Flight 93 Memorial lanterns

Secretary Jewell Honors Heroes of Flight 93

WED, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

On September 11, 2013 Secretary Jewell joined Jeff Reinbold, Flight 93 Families President Gordon Felt, DR. Brent Glass, Flight 93 Advisory Board Commissioner and National Park Service employees, volunteers and families in honoring the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and all those who lost their lives on September 11th. 

The observance of Flight 93 and September 11th took place at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The memorial in Shanksville, PA includes a memorial plaza and wall of names, a ring road that encircles the Field of Honor, and a visitor contact station.

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White Mountain Apache Chairman Ronnie Lupe

White Mountain Apache Water Rights Signing Ceremony

TUE, JULY 30, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Today, July 30, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed an historic agreement at the Department of the Interior that will guarantee water rights for the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona and provide water security for the City of Phoenix and other downstream water users.

Secretary Jewell was joined by White Mountain Apache Chairman Ronnie Lupe, Former U.S. Senator John Kyl, U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick and other federal, tribal and state dignitaries.

The White Mountain Apache Reservation includes more than 1.6 million acres in the headwaters of the Salt River basin in Arizona. The agreement will provide funding for design and construction of a rural water delivery system on the Reservation and secure water flow for the city of Phoenix which depends on the same river basin for basic water needs. The agreement is one of four Indian water agreements authorized in the Claims Resolution Act signed by President Obama on December 8, 2010.

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