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Interior Secretary Steps Into Utah Public Lands Tug-of-War
Interior
Interior Secretary Steps Into Utah Public Lands Tug-of-War

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, a public lands tug-of-war has played out over a vast expanse of southern Utah where red rocks reveal petroglyphs and cliff dwellings and distinctive twin buttes bulge from a grassy valley. A string... Read More

Haaland OK'd at Interior, 1st Native American Cabinet Head
In The News
Haaland OK'd at Interior, 1st Native American Cabinet Head

 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department and the first to lead the federal agency that has wielded influence over... Read More

Indian Country Gripped by Haaland Hearing for Top US Post
In The News
Indian Country Gripped by Haaland Hearing for Top US Post

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — For Native Americans, Deb Haaland is more than an elected official on track to become the first Indigenous secretary of the Interior Department. She is a sister, an auntie and a fierce pueblo woman whose political... Read More

Interior Nominee Haaland Vows 'Balance' on Energy, Climate
In The News
Interior Nominee Haaland Vows 'Balance' on Energy, Climate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Oil and natural gas will continue to play a major role in America for years to come, even as the Biden administration seeks to conserve public lands and address climate change, President Joe Biden's nominee to head... Read More

Visit By COVID-Infected Official Shutters Washington Monument
National Parks
Visit By COVID-Infected Official Shutters Washington Monument
2020-12-18 18:20:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The interior of the Washington Monument will be temporarily closed to visitors over exposure concerns from an earlier visit by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who tested positive this week for the coronavirus. The National Park Service initially said... Read More

Biden Picks Haaland to be First Native American Interior Secretary
Political News
Biden Picks Haaland to be First Native American Interior Secretary
2020-12-17 14:11:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President-elect Joe Biden has asked Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland, of New Mexico, to serve as the first Native American interior secretary, a historic pick for a department that oversees the country’s vast natural resources and much of the... Read More

Without Senate-Confirmed Leaders, Interior Rules May Be at Risk
U.S. Senate
Without Senate-Confirmed Leaders, Interior Rules May Be at Risk

WASHINGTON — Three Interior Department divisions have gone without Senate-confirmed leaders during the entire Trump administration, endangering department policies and decisions over violations of laws that govern presidential appointments and nominations. Through a series of appointments that appear to have bypassed the Appointments Clause... Read More

Interior Department Withheld Records About Bernhardt During Confirmation, IG Says
Interior
Interior Department Withheld Records About Bernhardt During Confirmation, IG Says

WASHINGTON — Political officials at the Interior Department deliberately held back “sensitive” records about Interior Secretary David Bernhardt during his confirmation process, the department’s internal watchdog said Tuesday. Bernhardt had his confirmation hearing in March 2019 and the Senate confirmed... Read More

Democrats, Republicans Want Interior to Ban Florida Offshore Drilling
Environment
Democrats, Republicans Want Interior to Ban Florida Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON — The majority of Florida’s House of Representatives delegation, including Donald Trump confidante Matt Gaetz and 12 of Florida’s 13 House Democrats, are demanding additional answers from the Interior Department regarding any Trump administration plan for offshore drilling near... Read More

Interior Moves to Speed Energy Development on Formerly Protected Utah Land
State News
Interior Moves to Speed Energy Development on Formerly Protected Utah Land

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump drew the ire of tribes and environmentalists when he issued proclamations in December 2017 significantly reducing the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments, two sites designated by previous Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton... Read More

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push To Block Wild Mustang Capture
Environment
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Push To Block Wild Mustang Capture
2019-12-13 15:06:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote the House and Senate appropriations panels this week, asking them to withhold funding from a new Trump administration proposal to accelerate the capture of 130,000 wild horses across the west in the... Read More

Interior Department to Convene Summit to Improve Tribal Broadband Access
Rural
Interior Department to Convene Summit to Improve Tribal Broadband Access
2019-08-29 21:15:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Interior Department, in collaboration with the U.S. Education Department and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will host the first-ever National Tribal Broadband Summit, Sept. 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C. According to the Federal... Read More

Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale Attracts $159 Million in High Bids
Energy
Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale Attracts $159 Million in High Bids
2019-08-29 19:46:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Last week's sales of Gulf of Mexico leases for oil and gas exploration generated over $159 million in high bids for 151 tracts covering 835,000 acres in federal waters, the Interior Department reports. A total of 27 companies... Read More

Bernhardt’s Office Acknowledges Meetings Were Left Off Public Schedule
Interior
Bernhardt’s Office Acknowledges Meetings Were Left Off Public Schedule

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department has acknowledged that Secretary David Bernhardt’s staff intentionally left controversial meetings with representatives of fossil fuel, timber and water interests off his public calendar, citing “internal protocol” governing his schedules. The department also confirmed that... Read More

David Bernhardt Confirmed as Interior Secretary Despite Ethics Concerns
Interior
David Bernhardt Confirmed as Interior Secretary Despite Ethics Concerns

WASHINGTON — David Bernhardt, President Donald Trump’s pick to the lead the Interior Department, was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday amid persistent ethical concerns and doubts about his independence from the energy and water industry groups he long represented... Read More

Bernhardt’s Schedules Show Undisclosed Contacts With Industry
Interior
Bernhardt’s Schedules Show Undisclosed Contacts With Industry

WASHINGTON — Recently posted versions of acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s daily schedules contain at least 260 differences from his original schedules, with the newest records showing meetings previously described as “external” or “internal” were actually with representatives of fossil... Read More

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