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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.

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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

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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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White House Council on Native American Affairs

White House Council on Native American Affairs Inaugural Meeting

MON, JULY 29, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today convened the inaugural meeting of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, launching President Obama’s national policy initiative to make federal agencies work more collaboratively and effectively with federally recognized tribes to advance their vital economic and social priorities.

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Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Forum

Forum Commemorates Asian American / Pacific Islander Heritage

THU, MAY 9, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today underscored the importance of efforts to commemorate and interpret Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) culture and history, particularly through the National Park Service, in order to tell a more complete story of those who have contributed our nation’s rich heritage. Read More >

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Secretary Jewell listens at the OTC

Secretary Jewell Attends Offshore Technology Conference

WED, MAY 8, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON – As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to the safe and responsible development of offshore resources, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Houston, Texas on Wednesday to attend the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference.

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Secretary Jewell speaks with a worker on an oil rig

Secretary Jewell's Tour of Offshore Drilling Rig, Production Platform in Gulf of Mexico

MON, MAY 6, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today visited an offshore drilling rig and production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, capping a two-day visit to the Department’s regional offices that oversee oil and gas development in federal waters. Read More >

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Insect on Plant in Everglades

Secretary Jewell Tours Everglades

WED, MAY 1, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fl. – In one of her first trips as Secretary of the Interior, and as part of the Obama Administration’s unprecedented commitment to the restoration of the Everglades, Sally Jewell today toured Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Everglades National Park. Read More >

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Secretary Jewell with a student studying nature under magnification

AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Jewell Underscores Importance of Youth Engagement at National Park Week Event

THU, APRIL 25, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

TRIANGLE, Va. – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis and students from Stonewall Middle School at Prince William Forest Park to celebrate National Park Week and highlight the importance of outdoor recreation and education, especially to young people.  Read More >

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Secretary Jewell walking outside the Udall Building

Secretary Jewell Arrives at Interior

MON, APRIL 15, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Assuming her responsibilities as the 51st Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell is spending her first full day in the office meeting some of the Department's more than 70,000 employees. She also began to hold meetings on important issues before the Department, including energy development, conservation, Indian Affairs and youth engagement. Read More >

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Sally Jewell Sworn in as Secretary of the Interior

FRI, APRIL 12, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

Sally Jewell was sworn in as the 51st Secretary of the Interior on April 12, 2013.

As Secretary of the Interior, Jewell leads an agency with more than 70,000 employees. Interior serves as steward for approximately 20 percent of the nation’s lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other public lands; oversees the responsible development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and waters; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 Western states; and upholds trust responsibilities to the 566 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

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Irene Hirano Inouye and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Signing Ceremony for Kīlauea Point Lighthouse in Hawai'i to be Renamed in Honor of Senator Daniel Inouye

TUE, APRIL 9, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the renaming of the Kīlauea Point Lighthouse on the island of Kaua’i in Hawai'i in honor of the late Senator Daniel Inouye. The action is in recognition of his distinguished career and longtime support of conservation in Hawai'i and, in particular, the Kīlauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. A formal ceremony to dedicate the Daniel K. Inouye Kīlauea Point Lighthouse will be held at the lighthouse on May 4, 2013. Read More >

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New Castle Court House at First State National Monument

President Obama Designates Five New National Monuments

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

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today signed proclamations establishing five new national monuments, using his authority under the Antiquities Act, which celebrate our nation’s rich history and natural heritage. The monuments, located in Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Washington, help tell the story of significant people and extraordinary events in American history, as well as protect unique natural resources for the benefit of all Americans. Read More >

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President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama wave during inauguration festivities.

Scenes from the 57th Presidential Inauguration

MON, JANUARY 21, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

President Barack Obama was sworn-in for his second term Jan. 20, with a public celebration and a repeat of his oath of office on Jan. 21.

The National Park Service has been at the center of planning presidential inaugurations for more than 70 years. The NPS is responsible for the care, maintenance and preservation of some of the most important locations used during inaugurations, from the National Mall to the inaugural Parade route to the site of the Presidential reviewing stand. Two National Parks- President's Park and the National Mall and Memorial Parks- play a role in the event.

The NPS also works in a support role to the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) , the Armed Forces Inaugural Committe (AFIC) and the Joint Congressional Committe on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC).

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Secretary Salazar at Water Signing Ceremony

Secretary Salazar Joins U.S. and Mexico Delegations for Historic Colorado River Water Agreement Ceremony

TUE, NOVEMBER 20, 2012, 12:00 AM EST

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today joined U.S. and Mexico delegations in San Diego, California, at an official signing ceremony of Minute 319 to the 1944 Treaty with Mexico – an historic binational agreement to guide future management of the Colorado River through 2017. 

As part of the ongoing dialogue on Colorado River issues, delegations from the United States and Mexico have been working over the past three years to reach an agreement on a set of cooperative measures for management for the next five years. Salazar joined principals to the agreement from the seven Colorado River Basin states, representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. IBWC Commissioner Edward Drusina, Mexico IBWC Commissioner Roberto F. Salmon, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor to commemorate the effort.

Signed by all parties today, Minute 319 becomes effective immediately. Many of the projects and programs outlined in the agreement will be implemented through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region. The Lower Colorado Region manages the final 688 miles of the Colorado River on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior.

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