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Secretary Jewell Visits Portland, Oregon

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

Secretary Jewell visited the Bureau of Land Management's Oregon/Washington State Office in Portland. The purpose of her trip to the State Office was to receive an update on the status of the Pacific Northwest Regional Infrastructure Team (PNWRIT) and participate in a tour of the one of the most energy efficient office buildings in the country -- the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building.

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Secretary Jewell Visits Mount Rainier

MON, FEBRUARY 3, 2014, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell this week sought out the latest research on climate change in the Pacific Northwest in a roundtable with leading scientists and stakeholders from around the region convened at the University of Washington. She highlighted Interior’s role in the President’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, move the economy toward cleaner energy sources and prepare communities for the impacts of climate change. Secretary Jewell witnessed firsthand some of these impacts during a visit to Mount Rainier National Park. National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and rangers demonstrated the impacts of receding glaciers and changing climate on the park’s rivers, infrastructure, visitor access and recreation opportunities.

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Interior Announces Next Cooperative Agreements Under Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations

THU, JANUARY 30, 2014, 12:00 AM EST

As part of President Obama’s commitment to help strengthen Native American communities, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced cooperative agreements with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) of the Flathead Reservation and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, both located in Montana, for continued collaborative implementation of the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program) on their reservations. The Buy-Back Program will purchase trust or restricted interests from willing sellers and transfer those interests to the tribes in order to unlock lands for tribal development and other priorities.

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Secretary Jewell Visits Iconic New Mexico Landscapes

FRI, JANUARY 24, 2014, 12:00 AM EST

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell completed a two-day visit to south central New Mexico where she joined Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich for a public meeting to hear from the community about its vision for the management of public lands in Doña Ana County. The visit built on the Secretary’s work to support locally driven efforts to preserve and protect places that hold special meaning to communities across the country.

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Secretary Jewell Meets with Sage Grouse Stakeholders at Colorado Ranch

TUE, JANUARY 21, 2014, 12:00 AM EST

On January 21, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper visited northwestern Colorado as part of the Secretary’s commitment to working with states and private landowners toward developing conservation efforts for sage grouse in the region. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Bureau of Land Management Principal Deputy Director Neil Kornze joined Jewell and Hickenlooper for a tour of the Bord Gulch Ranch, as well as for a stakeholder meeting with local landowners and officials.

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Secretary Jewell Visits Everglades Restoration

THU, JANUARY 9, 2014, 12:00 AM EST

As part of the Obama Administration’s sustained commitment to restoring and protecting the Everglades, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell met with ranchers and private landowners in the Kissimmee River Valley to discuss next steps for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. During the visit, Jewell highlighted the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to the landscape-level conservation effort, which will protect key Florida habitat and the region’s rural way of life.

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Secretary Jewell Announces $1 Million Private Funding Commitment to Advance Youth & Conservation Initiative

WED, JANUARY 8, 2014, 12:00 AM EST

As part of an ambitious initiative to engage and employ the next generation through America’s great outdoors, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a public-private partnership with American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. that will help reach Interior’s goal of providing 100,000 work and training opportunities to young people and veterans on public lands.

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Secretary Jewell Delivers Keynote Address at the Colorado River Water Users Assocation's Annual Conference

FRI, DECEMBER 13, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

On Friday, December 13, Secretary Jewell delivered keynote remarks at the 2013 Colorado River Water Users Association’s (CRWUA) Annual Conference, highlighting Interior’s vital role across the Colorado River Basin. Her remarks underscored the Department’s commitment to supporting the efforts of the Basin States, Tribes, and other stakeholders to improve water management and operations of the Colorado River system during a period of historic drought in the basin.

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Secretary Jewell Meets with the Western Governors Association

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

At a meeting with western governors on December 12th, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell applauded the unprecedented federal-state cooperation on planning efforts to conserve the greater sage-grouse but emphasized that much work still needs to be done by both the federal government and the states in advance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s September 2015 deadline to determine if the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Secretary Jewell Visits Laguna Pueblo School to Discuss American Indian Education Initiatives

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

On Wednesday, December 11, as part of the Obama Administration's commitment to strengthen education for Native youth, Secretary of the Interior Sall Jewell, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, and Acting Director of the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Monty Roessel visited New Mexico to tour a BIE tribally controlled grant school located on the Pueblo of Laguna reservation. They met with local tribal and school leaders. 

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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 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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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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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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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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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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