In a First, Tribes Will Jointly Manage a National Monument

Five Native American tribes will work with the Bureau of Land Management to plan and conserve Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, officials said.

#bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #federal-lands, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #utah

Climate Groups Use Endangered Species Act to Try to Stop Drilling

Environmentalists say the government failed to study the threats to endangered species from climate change before issuing oil and gas drilling permits.

#air-pollution, #bureau-of-land-management, #carbon-dioxide, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

San Francisco Schools Are Retiring ‘Chief.’ That’s Not as Frivolous as It Seems.

But are the sentiments of the few more important than those of the many?

#cherokee-indians, #education-k-12, #football, #interior-department, #internal-sub-only-nl, #native-americans, #san-francisco-chronicle, #washington-commanders, #washington-redskins

A Proposed Road in Alaska Threatens Anilca Protections

The legal battle over the gravel route could gut an environmental law that the 39th president called one of his highest achievements.

#alaska, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #izembek-national-wildlife-refuge-and-wilderness, #land-use-policies, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

Report Catalogs Abuse of Native American Children at Former Government Schools

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland called for a review last year, after the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves of children who attended similar schools in Canada.

#canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #education-k-12, #haaland-deb, #indigenous-people, #interior-department, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Plans to Open More Public Land to Drilling

The president is under pressure to bring down gas prices, but any new supply would be years away. The fees that companies pay would rise sharply.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

660 U.S. Place Names Include a Slur for Native Women. Change Is Coming.

The Interior Department is asking tribes for help finding new names for mountains, rivers and other landmarks that include the offensive term “squaw.”

#discrimination, #federal-lands, #geography, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #maps, #names-geographical, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #women-and-girls

Sale of Leases for Wind Farms Off New York Raises More Than $4 Billion

The auctioned areas are expected to generate enough power for nearly 2 million homes once turbines are built.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #atlantic-ocean, #auctions, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #oceans-and-seas, #wind-power

Biden Administration Halts New Drilling in Legal Fight Over Climate Costs

The Justice Department is pausing new federal oil and gas leases and permits after a judge blocked the government from weighing the cost of climate damage in decisions.

#attorneys-general, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #carbon-dioxide, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #justice-department, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Ryan Zinke Broke Ethics Rules as Interior Secretary, Inquiry Finds

Mr. Zinke, who left the department in 2019 amid multiple inquiries, misused his office and lied to investigators about his involvement in a Montana land deal, a government watchdog found.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #interior-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zinke-ryan-1961

Judges Increasingly Demand Climate Analyses in Drilling Decisions

A federal judge this week required the government take climate change into account before approving offshore oil drilling leases. That’s becoming more common.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #gulf-of-mexico, #interior-department, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #united-states-politics-and-government

Federal Court Revokes Oil and Gas Leases, Citing Climate Change

A judge ruled that the Interior Department must consider the climate impacts of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before awarding leases.

#auctions, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #earthjustice, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #offshore-drilling-and-exploration, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Cancels Mining Leases Near Wilderness Area

The leases, reinstated during the Trump years, would have allowed a Chilean mining conglomerate to dig for copper and nickel near the Boundary Waters wilderness in Minnesota.

#copper-brass-and-bronze, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #luksic-andronico, #mines-and-mining, #minnesota, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Approves Two California Solar Projects

The solar farms, planned for the California desert, would generate enough electricity to power about 132,000 homes, the Interior Department said.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #democratic-party, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #manchin-joe-iii, #riverside-county-calif, #solar-energy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Relocation of Federal Agency Hurt Diversity, Watchdog Finds

A decision to move the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to Colorado caused staff to quit, according to a critical report.

#bureau-of-land-management, #colorado, #government-accountability-office, #interior-department, #race-and-ethnicity, #relocation-of-business, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Plans to Bar New Drilling Around a Major Native American Cultural Site

After years of tribal requests, the president plans to block new oil and gas leases within 10 miles of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. The ban is likely to generate strong pushback from industry.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #chaco-culture-national-historical-park-new-mexico, #drilling-and-boring, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #haaland-deb, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #interior-department, #native-americans, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-heritage-sites

Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that her agency will formally begin the process of identifying federal waters to lease to wind developers by 2025.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #east-coast-us, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #wind-power

White Tiger and Cheetah Furs: A Mess of Trump Gift Exchanges

Gift exchanges between U.S. and foreign leaders, a highly regulated process, devolved into sometimes risible shambles during the Trump administration.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #general-services-administration, #gifts-to-public-officials, #inspectors-general, #interior-department, #kushner-jared, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Indian Health Service Reverses Policy on Black Natives

The shift comes as the Biden administration pressures Native tribes in Oklahoma to desegregate their constitutions to comply with treaty obligations.

#black-people, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #indian-health-service, #interior-department, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #seminole-indians, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden Administration Restores Bird Protections, Repealing Trump Rule

The Trump-era rule protected oil, construction and other industries from liability if they killed or injured birds while doing business.

#birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline

Memorial Along National Mall Honors Pandemic Victims

Hundreds of thousands of white flags honor the more than 670,000 people in the United States who have died from the coronavirus.

#art, #bowser-muriel-e, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-mall-washington-dc, #national-museum-of-african-american-history-and-culture, #smithsonian-institution

Stop the Bison Hunt in Grand Canyon National Park

The National Park Service should stop a planned cull of these animals in Grand Canyon National Park.

#arizona, #bison, #gosar-paul-1958, #grand-canyon-national-park, #haaland-deb, #hunting-and-trapping, #interior-department, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #national-rifle-assn

Court Blocks a Vast Alaskan Drilling Project, Citing Climate Dangers

The multibillion-dollar ConocoPhillips plan, known as Willow, was approved under the Trump administration and then legally supported by the Biden administration.

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #conocophillips, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Push to Return 116,000 Native American Remains Is Long-Awaited

Changes to U.S. regulations would seek to eliminate red tape that has delayed the return of burial remains and sacred objects held by museums and other institutions.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #haaland-deb, #harvard-university, #indigenous-people, #interior-department, #museums, #national-park-service, #native-americans, #peabody-museum, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Climate Plans Are Stunted After Dejected Experts Fled Trump

Hundreds of scientists and policy experts left the government during the Trump administration. The jobs remain unfilled six months into President Biden’s term.

#agriculture-department, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #careers-and-professions, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #research, #schoonover-rod, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Dispossessed, Again: Climate Change Hits Native Americans Especially Hard

Many Native people were forced into the most undesirable areas of America, first by white settlers, then by the government. Now, parts of that marginal land are becoming uninhabitable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disasters-and-emergencies, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #floods, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

U.S. to Search Former Native American Schools for Children’s Remains

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a new initiative that would delve into the records of the federal schools to which Native American children were forcibly relocated for 150 years.

#canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #discrimination, #education, #haaland-deb, #indigenous-people, #interior-department, #law-and-legislation, #native-americans, #navajo-indians, #nez-jonathan, #united-states

Federal Judge Says Biden Cannot Pause New Leases for Drilling on Public Lands

President Biden suspended new oil and gas drilling leases on federal lands. A judge in Louisiana ruled those leases could not be temporarily halted.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #louisiana, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Deb Haaland Wants to Restore National Monuments Slashed by Trump

Deb Haaland has advised the president to reinstate former boundaries at Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, and also in a marine area off New England.

#bears-ears-national-monument-utah, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cox-spencer-j-1975, #environment, #global-warming, #grand-staircase-escalante-national-monument-utah, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #native-americans, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #utah

For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

The proposed lease sale is part of the Biden administration’s push to develop 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-ocean-energy-management-regulation-and-enforcement, #energy-and-power, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #wind-power

Park Police Had Planned to Clear Area Before Trump’s Walk to Church, Watchdog Says

The report by the Interior Department’s inspector general did not investigate what other law enforcement agencies knew and who might have ordered them to use force to clear Lafayette Square.

#barr-william-p, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #inspectors-general, #interior-department, #lafayette-square-washington-dc, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-park-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Promise and Pressures of Deb Haaland, the First Native American Cabinet Secretary

As interior secretary, Ms. Haaland runs an agency once responsible for eradicating the homes, culture and often the lives of Indigenous people.

#federal-lands, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration to Suspend Arctic Drilling Leases

The move was widely expected and follows President Biden’s executive order to place a moratorium on new Arctic drilling.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #drilling-and-boring, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tribes to Confront Bias Against Descendants of Enslaved People

The Choctaw Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Oklahoma said they would consider granting citizenship to the Freedmen.

#black-people, #choctaw-nation, #discrimination, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #muscogee-creek-nation-okumlgee-okla, #native-americans, #oklahoma, #slavery-historical

Biden’s Fossil Fuel Moves Clash With Pledges on Climate Change

Over the past month the Biden administration has defended three significant oil and gas projects, raising concerns among environmentalists that climate policy is being undermined

#alaska, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conocophillips, #drilling-and-boring, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #national-petroleum-reserve-alaska, #native-americans, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #country-clubs, #eminent-domain, #golf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #hopewell, #interior-department, #moundbuilders-country-club, #native-americans, #newark-ohio, #ohio-history-connection-nonprofit, #supreme-courts-state, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

America’s Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled

There were only about 72,000 bald eagles in the lower 48 states in 2009. Researchers say the population is now above 300,000.

#bald-eagles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #interior-department, #united-states

Deb Haaland Becomes First Native American Cabinet Secretary

The Senate confirmed Ms. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. She’ll be charged with essentially reversing the agency’s course over the past four years.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

Reversing Trump, Interior Department Moves Swiftly on Climate Change

As Deb Haaland, President Biden’s choice for Interior secretary, heads toward a showdown vote, the department she would head is moving ahead on environmental policies.

#global-warming, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

Haaland, With a Key Vote in Her Column, Appears Headed for Confirmation

Senator Joe Manchin III, who oversees the confirmation hearing, said he would support Representative Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Interior Department.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #environment, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Climate Change’ Is Back, ‘Illegal Alien’ Is Out. New Administration Changes the Language of Government.

“The president has been clear to all of us — words matter, tone matters and civility matters,” said Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #interior-department, #language-and-languages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Deb Haaland, Biden’s Pick for Interior Dept., Embodies Partisan Chasm

President Biden’s choice for interior secretary faces her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. No other cabinet nominee has divided the two main parties as sharply as she has.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Administration, in Parting Gift to Industry, Reverses Bird Protections

A rule change means companies will not be held liable for killing migratory birds as long as their actions were not intentionally designed to do so.

#birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #interior-department, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

After Five Centuries, a Native American With Real Power

The expected nomination of Deb Haaland.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #new-mexico

An Uncomfortable Seat at the Table

Deb Haaland’s nomination as secretary of the interior is historic. But as the first Native cabinet member, she would have to strike a delicate balance.

#bureau-of-indian-affairs, #curtis-charles-1860-1936, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us

Biden Plans to Conserve 30 Percent of America’s Lands

That’s how much land Biden wants to conserve over the next decade. But is it possible?

#agriculture-department, #babbitt-bruce, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-lands, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #united-states, #western-states-us, #wilderness-areas

In Last Rush, Trump Grants Mining and Energy Firms Access to Public Lands

The outgoing administration is pushing through approval of corporate projects over the opposition of environmental groups and tribal communities.

#bernhardt-david-l, #bhp-billiton-ltd, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bureau-of-land-management, #conservation-of-resources, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-lands, #forest-service, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #native-americans, #resolution-copper-mining-llc, #rio-tinto-plc, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wilderness-areas

Biden Will Pick Deb Haaland to Lead Interior Department

The appointment would make history if confirmed by the Senate, placing a Native American in a cabinet secretary position for the first time.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #environment, #federal-lands, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #haaland-deb, #interior-department, #native-americans, #new-mexico, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Meet Biden’s Energy and Climate Cabinet Contenders

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s energy and environment team will have the difficult task of crafting climate policies that can bypass Congress and survive judicial review.

#biden-joseph-r-iii, #energy-department, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #interior-department, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

End the Taxpayer Giveaway to Big Oil and Gas

Congress should raise the royalty rates on federal lands.

#federal-lands, #interior-department, #land-use-policies, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #royalties, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government