Interior Department Transfers Additional $4 Million to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

Contributions from Land Buy-Back Program help fund opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students Published January 7, 2016 – With its newest contribution, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that it has transferred $4 million to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund (Scholarship Fund), bringing the total transferred funds to nearly $35 million. […]

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Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence Roberts Approves Ohkay Owingeh’s HEARTH Act Leasing Regulations

Twenty-three tribes now can approve and manage surface leases on tribal lands, exercising self-determination and tribal governance within their homelands Published January 7, 2o16 WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts Tuesday, January 5, 2016, announced that Ohkay Owingeh now has the sovereign authority to lease tribal landsconsistent with the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership (or HEARTH) Act.  Roberts […]

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TransCanada Sues President Obama for $15 Billion for His Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline Application

  Published January 6, 2016 HOUSTON– TransCanada, the corporation that sought to bring the Keystone XL pipeline, into the United States from Canada has filed a federal lawsuit against President Barack Obama in a federal court in Houston, claiming he violated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the U.S. Constitution when he rejected their […]

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Little River Band of Ottawa Views Outcome by U.S. Court of Appeals as a Victory for Tribal Sovereignty

Published January 6, 2016 MANISTEE, MICHIGAN — A decade after the original case was filed, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit delivered its decision January 5th on the Kelsey v. Pope case involving misconduct by a Little River Band of Ottawa Indians tribal council member and tribal citizen against a tribal employee […]

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Burns Pauite Tribe Reacts to Takeover of Ancestral Land by “Group of Clowns”

Published January 6, 2016 BURNS, OREGON – “We don’t condone the takeover of the Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge,” said Charolotte Rodrique, chairperson of the Paiute Burns Tribes today during a press conference. The Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge has been occupied by a group of armed domestic terrorists since Saturday.  The group, which call themselves “patriots,” are demanding […]

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Cherokee Nation Receives Nearly $400,000 Department of Justice Grant

Published January 6, 2016 TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA — The Cherokee Nation will use a nearly $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to increase awareness and help prosecute more cases involving sexual assault against women. The Cherokee Nation is among seven agencies and the only tribe in the country to receive part of the $2.7 […]

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