Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Announce Settlement of the Cobell Lawsuit

Interior Announces Settlement of Long-running Cobell Lawsuit
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Attorney General Eric Holder have announced a settlement of the long-running and highly contentious Cobell class-action lawsuit regarding the U.S. government's trust management and accounting of more than three hundred thousand individual American Indian trust accounts. Hear excerpts from their press conference in this podcast.

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Secretary of the Interior announced plans for 38 oil and natural gas lease sales for US. public lands in 2010
This podcast features Secretary Salazar’s opening statement where he pointed out the nation’s need for a balanced and appropriate use of conventional and renewable energy resources and that oil, gas and coal will continue to play an important role in our energy mix, as we develop and expand the use of wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable sources.

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Dr. Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall Lectures at the Department of the Interior
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, presented a lecture to U.S. Department of the Interior employees and conservation partners sharing her view of international conservation and what it takes to achieve long-term success and the critical role of local populations and youth.

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Secretary Salazar and Governor Schwarzenegger flying over the drought-stricken Sacramento Delta in April, 2009. [Photo Credit - Tami A. Heilemann DOI]

Deputy Secretary Hayes Discusses California Water
The California Bay Delta is among the most important estuary ecosystems in the Nation. It's a source of drinking water for more than 22 million people, supports a $28 billion agricultural industry and is a critical habitat for several species. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes is leading federal efforts, in partnership with the State and stakeholders, to help restore the Delta and to build a sustainable water future for California. In this podcast he takes a moment to talk about progress on the issue.

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President Barack Obama giving opening remarks at the Tribal Nations Conference

Dept. of the Interior Hosts Tribal Nations Conference
This podcast features Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar's opening remarks at the Department of the Interior at a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by President Barack Obama, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Cabinet Members. More than 400 representatives of federally recognized tribes attended the unique gathering. President Obama delivered opening remarks and signed a Memorandum of Understanding that directs every cabinet agency to give a detailed plan within 90 days of how they will finally implement a Clinton era executive order to establish regular and meaningful tribal consultation and collaboration.

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Secretary Salazar Previews Tribal Nations Conference
On Thursday, November 5th, 2009, President Obama will host the White House Tribal Nations Conference. As part of President Obama’s sustained outreach to the American people, this conference will provide leaders from the 564 federally recognized tribes the opportunity to interact directly with the President and representatives from the highest levels of his Administration. Each federally recognized tribe has been invited to send one representative to the conference. The President will deliver opening and closing remarks and participate in an interactive discussion with tribal leaders. This podcast features Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar's remarks in a teleconference Tuesday to preview the event.

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"Salazar Approves Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Construction on National Mall"
At a ceremony with Harry E. Johnson, Sr., President of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc., Christine King Ferris, sister to Martin Luther King Jr.; EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and members of the Black and Hispanic Caucuses, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today signed a permit allowing construction of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. Here are the Secretary's comments from today's event

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Interior Science Advisor Discusses Interior's Role in Climate Change Science
The Department of the Interior and it's Climate Change Response Council are taking a leading role in mitigating the impacts of climate change. In this podcast Dr. Kit Batten, Science Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, discusses the challenges ahead.

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Surface Mining Employee Wins Service to America Medal
This year's Service to America Medals (Sammies) awards program recognized Office of Surface Mining employee Dr. T. Allan Comp for building volunteer teams that help small towns recover from the damage of unregulated mining. He received his Sammie in the Environment category.

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Department of the Interior Celebrates Diversity Days Event
The opening ceremony for DOI Diversity Days featured a special vocal artist with historic ties to the Department of the Interior, Ms. Ivy Anderson Hylton. She is related to Marianne Anderson who performed at the Department of the Interior in 1939 for President Roosevelt after she was denied the stage at DAR Constitution Hall.

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DOI Kicks Off Diversity Days Event
The Department of the Interior kicked of its 2009 observance of Diversity Days observing the theme of Diversity, Equality and Excellence. During the next three days there will be workshops on communication and diversity as well employees sharing the many cultures present in the Department through pageantry, food and song. Today began with a keynote from the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Management and Budget, Robert Stanton.


Interior Responds to American Samoa Tsunami
At about 6:48 a.m. SST on Tuesday (1:48 p.m. Eastern DT ) an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 on the Richter Scale occurred 120 miles south-southwest from American Samoa, about 13 kilometers below the seabed. The earthquake was followed by a tsunami that produced several large waves causing major damage/destruction to the coastal areas of Tutuila and other islands of American Samoa. Within 48 hours the Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinated an air bridge from Hawaii to bring disaster relief. This podcast features comment from Larry Broun, Interior's Director of the Office of Emergency Management.

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Secretary Salazar Addresses Clean Energy Summit on Capitol Hill
The Interior Department is making swift progress on President Obama's clean energy agenda, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said today at the Alliance to Save Energy's Summit held in the Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

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Chesapeake Bay Wetlands

Secretary Salazar on Release of Draft Reports Required by Chesapeake Bay Executive Order
President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order last may that, among other things, established the Federal Leadership Committee for the Chesapeake Bay. The committee, chaired by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, announced in a teleconference today that it is releasing seven draft reports as required by the White House. This podcast features the remarks of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

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Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation Mike Connor and Dennis Falaschi, General Manager, Panoche and Pacheco Water Districts.

Reclaimation Announces $40 Million in Economic Relief Projects for Drought-Stricken California
The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation has identified drought-relief projects in California that will share in $40 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The projects will primarily help to preserve permanent crops and associated jobs in an area that is experiencing a prolonged drought, economic hardship and some of the highest unemployment rates in the United States. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes is leading federal efforts in California and speaks in this Podcast about California’s water crisis.

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NASA Study Clears Large Jets for Fire Fighting
The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Business Center Aviation Management Directorate and the U.S. Forest Service recently teamed up with NASA to bring a new science based approach to choosing a new class of aerial firefighting aircraft called the VLAT for very large air tanker, which should be in use later this year.

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Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Sworn in by Interior Secretary Salazar
Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk was administered the oath of office by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today. The former Idaho state Attorney General and Brigham Young law professor is the department's eleventh individual to hold the position. Echo Hawk is an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.

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Salazar Signs Order Creating Office of Youth in Natural Resources
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar was joined by Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett on the National Mall today where he signed a Secretarial Order establishing an Office of Youth in Natural Resources at the Department of the Interior. The Office of Youth in Natural Resources will coordinate present and future youth initiatives, the signature program of which will be a 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps, modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps that provided 3 million men with jobs in the 1930s. By comparison, the 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps will include women as well as men and strive for greater diversity.

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Salazar Hosts First Renewable Energy Workshop
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar kicked off the first of 12 public workshops that will provide information and answer questions about the Final Framework for Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf. This program was published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2009. This podcast features the Secretary's opening remarks.

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Salazar Announces $15 Million for Hazardous Fuels Reduction
The Department of the Interior recently announced it will invest $15 million to reduce hazardous fuels on public lands as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. A rigorous merit-based process was used to identify projects that would accomplish mission needs while creating jobs and making use of biomass for wood products and power generation. This podcast features an interview with Kirk Rowdabaugh, the Director of the Office of Wildland Fire Coordination.

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