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Sources: Interior Officials Have History Of Hostility To Native Concerns

A scathing Inspector General’s report released last week is raising new questions about last summer’s mass reassignment of Interior Department (DOI) employees that disproportionately affected Native Americans.

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4/20/2018

article THE GAME IS RIGGED: Deputy Interior Secretary Met With Lobbyist For A Casino His Former Firm Also Represents
(Connecticut) -- Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt met last fall with a lobbyist for MGM Resorts, the casino giant that his former employer also...

4/17/2018

article CNN: Zinke Calls Himself A Geologist Despite Never Having Worked In Field
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has reportedly been touting his credentials as a “geologist” to lend his decisions and opinions a...

4/16/2018

article Questions circulate regarding DOI investigation
(Washington D.C.) -- Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. Department of the Interior has made a series of moves some believe target Native American interests.
article Sources: Interior Officials Have History Of Hostility To Native Concerns
(Washington D.C.) -- A scathing Inspector General’s report released last week is raising new questions about last summer’s mass reassignment of Interior...
article Man dies in BIA officer-involved shooting in Lodge Grass
(Montana) -- A fatal officer-involved shooting is under investigation in Lodge Grass. Mayor Quincy Dabney tells KULR-TV that a Bureau of Indian Affairs officer shot and...

4/14/2018

article Ryan Zinke’s Great American Fire Sale
(Washington D.C.) -- Not long ago, the Bureau of Land Management, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, began distributing “vision cards” to...

4/13/2018

article What will Zinke do with the extra $2.5 billion in his budget?
(Washington D.C.) -- Since his confirmation in March 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s push to trim the department he oversees while opening more public lands...
press release BOWMAN: Tribal Members Trained and Hired to Hunt for Resources of Cultural Value
(Washington D.C.) -- White Mountain Apache tribal member Gregg Henry hiked along the southwest landscape of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona with the specific...

4/11/2018

article Dems Grill Zinke About Native American Reassignments
(Washington D.C.) -- A routine budget hearing became heated when Democrats challenged Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about the reassignment of nearly a dozen senior...
article IG: Zinke’s Reassignment Of Native Americans And Climate Scientists Possibly Illegal
(Washington D.C.) -- The reassignment of dozens of senior career Interior Department (DOI) officials last year may have violated federal law, a damning internal report...
article Interior watchdog unable to determine if staff reassignments comply with law
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department's watchdog was unable to determine if a series of senior staff reassignments that took place last year complied with...
article By the numbers: harassment in the Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior commissioned a survey last year to document the prevalence of harassment within its agencies, prompted by the intense...
article Ryan Zinke blasts 'misleading' scrutiny of his spending, travel
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday ripped attacks over his spending as "false, misleading, and blatantly untruthful." Zinke is the...
article OP/ED: Secretary Zinke, stand up once again for land, water conservation fund
(Washington D.C.) -- In November 2015, I stood at the Antietam National Battlefield. I was there calling for the renewal of an important historic preservation program...
article ‘Anyone can lobby’: Utah judge slams environmental group’s lawsuit over commissioners’ private meetings with feds
(Utah) -- A Utah judge has summarily shot down the first of three lawsuits filed by the environmental group Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance claiming county commissions...

4/5/2018

article WHALEN: Taking a closer look at the Oglala Sioux Tribe's grazing code
(South Dakota) -- In writing about the Oglala Sioux Tribe Grazing Code, I uncovered several items that seemed to be unconstitutional and highlighted those areas. Since...

4/2/2018

article Interior Secretary Zinke Reassigned Native American Employees After Conveniently Shrugging Off Diversity
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American senior officials of the Interior Department were disproportionately reassigned under Interior Secretary Zinke, according to a review...
article Zinke’s Interior Department reassignments disproportionately targeted Native Americans and women
(Washington D.C.) -- Newly released government documents show that the reassignment of top staffers last summer by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke disproportionately...
article Zinke’s Interior Dept Disproportionately Reassigned Native American Workers
(Washington D.C.) -- Nearly a third of the senior Interior Department (DOI) career officials reassigned under Secretary Ryan Zinke in a major agency reshuffling are...

3/30/2018

article Sec. of Interior, Zinke, visits Colville Reservation
(Washington) -- Meeting with the Colville Business Council here Thursday, US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke offered to establish a joint BIA/ Tribal Law Enforcement Task...

3/28/2018

article A mining firm executive griped to Zinke about federal pollution rules. The secretary apologized.
(Idaho) -- It lasted just 21 seconds, but an exchange last fall between Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the chief executive of an Idaho-based mining company tied to...
article Dems Want Probe Into Whether Interior Department Discriminated
(Washington D.C.) -- Senior Democrats are demanding that Congress’s investigative arm probe whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s mass reassignment of...

3/26/2018

article Sources: Zinke tells employees diversity isn't important
(Washington D.C.) -- Several employees at the Interior Department have told CNN that Secretary Ryan Zinke repeatedly says that he won't focus on diversity, an...
article Zinke fills outdoor recreation panel with industry representatives
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has finalized the makeup of an advisory panel for outdoor recreation, with all of the seats filled by representatives...
article Zinke grizzly decision draws criticism from ranchers
(Washington D.C.) -- In an apparent turnabout, the Trump administration is restarting a study of grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades that was put on hold last...

3/23/2018

article Zinke supports restoration of grizzlies in North Cascades
(Washington) -- The federal government intends to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state, a goal that represents "the...
article Secretary Zinke supports restoration of grizzlies in North Cascades
(Washington) -- The federal government intends to restore grizzly bears in the remote North Cascade Mountains of Washington state, a goal that represents "the...

3/20/2018

article DOI Fights Tribes' Bid For Win In Suit Over Education Plan [sub req]
(Washington) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior asked a federal judge Monday for a win in a lawsuit opposing the department’s planned restructuring of support...
article Democratic activist charged with assaulting Zinke staffer
(Washington D.C.) -- An operative for a political committee that supports Democrats has been charged with assault following a confrontation with a staffer for Interior...

3/16/2018

article Indian affairs agencies’ harassment problem
(Washington D.C.) -- When Sue Parton left her position at the Bureau of Indian Education for a job with the union that represents federal employees in agencies serving...

3/13/2018

article Harassment pervades the Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- Sue Parton first began working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1976, as a teacher at the Albuquerque Indian School, one of the few remaining BIA...

3/11/2018

article Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke accused of mixing politics with government business
(Washington D.C.) -- Even the local newspaper thought it was odd when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stopped briefly last month at a small Pennsylvania town bearing a...

3/9/2018

article Sweeney nomination to Interior Department in limbo
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaskan Tara Sweeney is President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next assistant Interior secretary of Indian Affairs. Her nomination has been...

3/5/2018

article Ryan Zinke spent his first year in office selling off our public lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants the world to know when he’s in the building. And so now, at Zinke’s behest, the department’s...

3/4/2018

article Desert lands mark Zinke anniversary with plenty of uncertainty
(California) -- Over the last year, Trump administration Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has placed a bull's-eye target on the California desert, with our national...

3/2/2018

article Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Sign Agreement with Department of the Interior to Implement Land Buy-Back Program
(Washington D.C.) -- Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs John Tahsuda announced today that the Department of the Interior has signed an agreement...

3/1/2018

article Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's NRA visit among several trips being questioned
(Washington D.C.) -- In September, women gun owners and enthusiasts from the National Rifle Association headed to a plush Four Seasons resort in Texas for an annual...
article One Year In, Ryan Zinke’s Conservation Legacy Would Make His Hero Scowl
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke ― the pro-gun, cowboy hat-wearing, can’t-rig-a-fly-rod Montanan who outfitted his office with a slew of dead...

2/28/2018

article Interior Department forces out assistant who frequently shared falsehoods about Obama, Clinton and minorities
(Washington D.C.) -- An Interior Department special assistant resigned Wednesday after a search of her social media accounts revealed that she routinely shared...

2/26/2018

article Interior Dept. panel weighs lower royalty payments for offshore oil and gas drilling
(Washington D.C.) -- An Interior Department advisory panel is considering whether the federal government should sharply cut the royalty rate that oil and gas firms pay...

2/23/2018

article Zinke Alters Interior Overhaul After Pushback
(Montana) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state...
article Garfield County backs moving BLM headquarters out to Colorado
(Washington D.C.) -- Garfield County this week joined Mesa County and several other counties in endorsing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement that he...
article Ryan Zinke credits Trump with US oil boom, lower fuel prices
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke credited President Trump on Friday with spurring on the oil and natural gas boom that began nearly a decade ago, and...

2/21/2018

article A new structure for the Interior Department takes shape
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Interior employs around 70,000 people and oversees a broad array of federal programs, from land management agencies like the...

2/16/2018

article Indian Education Director Focused On Improving Infrastructure
(Washington D.C.) -- The director of the Bureau of Indian Education told a House committee Wednesday President Donald Trump’s budget will not impact plans to...

2/15/2018

article Tester to Zinke: Meet with tribes before complicating Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Jon Tester is pushing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to meet with tribal governments before attempting to make the U.S. Interior...

2/14/2018

article Interior Secretary Vents Frustration Over Delay On Indian Gaming Nominee [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday vented his frustration over how long it is taking to confirm President Trump’s...

2/13/2018

article NPS seeks public comment on proposed inter-tribal cultural site at Desert View
(Arizona) -- The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a proposal to modify facilities at Desert View to create an Inter-tribal Cultural Heritage Site...

2/11/2018

article Interior Secretary Zinke launches push to save habitat for wildlife and boost hunting
(Washington D.C.) -- Under fire for weakening protection of public lands, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has launched an initiative to improve habitat and migration...

2/9/2018

article Governors say Interior Department shift didn't include them
(Washington D.C.) -- bipartisan group of 19 Western governors said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did not consult with them about major plans for reorganizing the agency...
article Trump administration opens millions of acres of California desert to mining
(California) -- The California desert is the latest target of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's campaign to promote resource extraction on public lands across the West.
article Zinke touts effort to improve big-game habitat
(Utah) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Friday that he's taking steps to improve habitat and migration corridors in Western states for big-game animals...

2/6/2018

article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods accuse federal officials of illegally blocking expansion efforts, helping MGM
(Connecticut) -- Two major casino operators in New England accuse federal officials of blocking their expansion efforts, a move that helped a new competitor to the area...

2/5/2018

article Interior Department seeks dismissal of CT gaming lawsuit
(Connecticut) -- The U.S. Interior Department told a federal court Monday that Connecticut’s refusal to negotiate a gaming compact with the Mashantucket Pequots...
article U.S. says Mashantuckets lack standing in 3rd-casino suit over gaming compact amendments
(Connecticut) -- Attorneys for U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the Department of the Interior moved Monday for "partial dismissal" of a lawsuit seeking...

2/1/2018

article Interior agency delayed tribal casino approval after competitor’s lobbying: report
(Connecticut) -- A pair of American Indian tribes are accusing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and an agency in his department of slow-walking approval for a casino they...
article Zinke's agency held up Indians’ casino after MGM lobbying
(Massachusetts) -- Two casino-owning American Indian tribes are accusing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of illegally blocking their plans to expand operations in...

1/27/2018

article Zinke says no public land sales to fund public works, despite WH memo
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has no intentions of selling federal land, contrary to a leaked memo from the White House proposing to use such sales...

1/25/2018

article Hardin jail won't reopen in January, but lease with Bureau of Indian Affairs is still in the works
(Montana) -- The Two Rivers Detention Facility in Hardin won't reopen in January, as previously estimated, but federal officials are reviewing a lease on the...

1/22/2018

article Ryan Zinke's Watershed Plan Is 140 Years Too Late
(Washington D.C.) -- Ryan Zinke has a fondness for military men. (Have you heard he admires Teddy Roosevelt? Did you know he was a Navy SEAL?) The latest object of the...

1/20/2018

article Interior secretary responds to Kiowa member questions
(Oklahoma) -- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke offered his thoughts about issues affecting American Indians, as well as about his boss and the culture of Washington...

1/18/2018

article U.S. Secretary of the Interior meets with Kiowa tribe members
(Oklahoma) -- United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was in Carnegie on Thursday to speak to members of the Kiowa tribe. Secretary Zinke said during his time...

1/17/2018

article How Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke prompted a mass resignation from his National Park Service Advisory Board
(Washington D.C.) -- Few groups have been closer and more involved in Interior Department policy and management than the National Park System Advisory Board, an...
article Interior official blasts resignation of parks advisory board
(Washington D.C.) -- A U.S. Interior Department official on Wednesday blasted the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks, suggesting...

1/16/2018

article Interior Dept focused on expanding energy production in first year under Trump
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Interior's major agenda item in 2017 was fulfilling President Donald Trump's executive orders to expand oil and gas...
article Nearly all members of National Park Service advisory panel resign in frustration
(Washington D.C.) -- Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that...
article Bureau of Land Management seeks public input in planning process for Grand Staircase-Escalante region
(Utah) -- On Dec. 4, 2017, President Donald Trump issued Proclamation 9682 modifying the boundary of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to the smallest area...
article The Damage Done by Trump’s Department of the Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- On his first day as Secretary of the Interior, last March, Ryan Zinke rode through downtown Washington, D.C., on a roan named Tonto. When the...

1/14/2018

article The Damage Done by Trump’s Department of the Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- On his first day as Secretary of the Interior, last March, Ryan Zinke rode through downtown Washington, D.C., on a roan named Tonto. When the...
article Secretary Zinke outlines nationwide reorganization of Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- Secretary Ryan Zinke is seeking "bipartisan" support for a major reorganization at the Department of the Interior that will impact Indian...

1/12/2018

article Zinke proposal to reorganize Interior regions would divide Montana in two
(Montana) -- All of the Department of the Interior agencies operating in Montana would see their regional headquarters shift under a reorganization proposal by Secretary...

1/6/2018

article EDITORIAL: Zinke’s pricey travel expenses
(Montana) -- In the 10 months since Ryan Zinke took the reins at the U.S. Department of Interior, he has proposed more than doubling summer entrance fees at Yellowstone...

1/3/2018

article Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior
(Washington D.C.) -- Historians have dubbed it the “department of everything else,” a genuinely apt metaphor for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Not...
article Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior
(Washington D.C.) -- Historians have dubbed it the “department of everything else,” a genuinely apt metaphor for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Not...

12/28/2017

press release Promises Made, Promises Kept: Interior Releases Comprehensive List of Accomplishments under President Trump & Secretary Zinke
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a list of accomplishments that the Department has achieved under the leadership of President...

12/26/2017

article OP/ED: 6 Ways Interior Secretary Zinke Failed American Public Lands and Taxpayers in 2017
(Washington D.C.) -- On his first day as Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke famously arrived at work on horseback. He had good reason to show a little Western swagger...

12/22/2017

article New Interior Department Survey Shows Significant Increase in Recoverable Energy Resources in Federal, State and Tribal Lands and Waters in Alaska
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released an updated resource assessment for the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A), the...

12/20/2017

article Prairie dog endangered-species plan eases rules under Trump
(Utah) -- Wildlife managers under the Trump administration are moving to loosen endangered-species protections for Utah prairie dogs, flipping the script in a long-...
article Zinke halts Cascades grizzly bear recovery -- British Columbia protects its bears
(Washington) -- The grizzly bear, "ursus horribilis," is receiving radically different treatment these days on either side of the U.S.-Canada border. U.S....

12/19/2017

article Arizona’s national monuments spared, for now
(Arizona) -- Four national monuments in Arizona under review for elimination or boundary changes by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke did not make the recommended...
article Zinke wants to expand critical minerals production, saying: 'We are vulnerable as a nation'
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke launched a push Tuesday to expand critical minerals production in the United States, saying "we are vulnerable as...

12/16/2017

article Thousands of Interior Dept. Employees Report Harassment and Intimidation at Work
(Washington D.C.) -- Thousands of the Interior Department’s employees reported that they had experienced harassment or intimidation at work, a department-wide...

12/15/2017

article Zinke fires four senior officials over harassment
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has fired four senior officials in his department over inappropriate conduct, including sexual harassment, he...

12/14/2017

article Ex-Interior Department Official On The Effects Of Climate Change On Indigenous Peoples
(Arizona) -- Arizona State University recently hosted a forum examining the outsized effects of climate change on indigenous peoples. Tribal leaders and members, along...

12/13/2017

article Major changes in store as trust reform office returns home to Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- A years-long effort by tribes is coming to fruition as the Trump administration prepares to return the Office of the Special Trustee for American...

12/8/2017

article Interior Secretary Zinke under fire again for taxpayer-funded helicopter rides
(Washington D.C.) -- Democrats pounced on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke again Friday after reports the former Montana congressman spent thousands of dollars in taxpayer...
article Zinke spent more than $53K on 3 helicopter trips
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer, including one that allowed him to return to Washington...

12/7/2017

article Republicans Turn To Industry For Advice On How To Reorganize Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- Aside from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s comments about wanting to push more staff and resources away from Washington, D.C. — to the...

11/21/2017

article 'UGH!': Zinke's wife's travel caused headaches for Interior staff
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife has frustrated department staffers by saddling them with extra work when she traveled with her husband on...
article Interior denies wrongdoing involving Zinke's wife, travel
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Interior denied any wrongdoing Monday after documents surfaced showing government staffers were forced to scramble to accommodate...

11/20/2017

article Interior denies wrongdoing involving Zinke's wife, travel
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Interior denied any wrongdoing Monday after documents surfaced showing government staffers were forced to scramble to accommodate...

11/17/2017

article Forest bill allows tribes to grab county power, lawyer says
(Washington) -- While intended to improve forest management to reduce the threat of wildfires, the Resilient Federal Forests Act also allows the federal government to...

11/16/2017

article Tribes Hoping Overhaul Of BIA Regs Will Catalyze Deals (sub req)
(New York) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs' invitation for tribes to comment on the potential impact of updating the federal government's regulations for doing...

11/11/2017

article Zinke says Democrats holding Interior nominees 'hostage'
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Senate Democrats are holding the department's nominees "hostage" to a political agenda that...

11/7/2017

article US Energy Dept. Pokes President Trump Over Renewable Energy: Native Americans Edition
(Washington D.C.) -- File this one under H for Here We Go Again. President* Trump is determined to promote fossil fuels over renewable energy, yet his own Department of...

10/25/2017

article Sweeney latest Alaskan tapped to join Trump administration
(Alaska) -- Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Executive Vice President Tara Sweeney’s nomination to assistant secretary of Indian Affairs is the latest signal that the...

10/20/2017

article Assistant secretary of Indian affairs, BIA director named
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior announced this week the selection of two individuals to lead offices that further the government-to-government...

9/30/2017

press release Interior Department Supported $254 Billion in Economic Activity and Nearly 1.7 Million Jobs in FY 2016
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke yesterday released the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Economic Report for Fiscal Year 2016. The...

8/30/2017

article Interior drops probe into whether Zinke pressured Alaska senators on health care bill
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department inspector general's office has dropped an investigation into whether the Trump administration pressured Alaska GOP Sens...

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