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WHALEN: Taking a closer look at the Oglala Sioux Tribe's grazing code

In writing about the Oglala Sioux Tribe Grazing Code, I uncovered several items that seemed to be unconstitutional and highlighted those areas. Since then and for the most part, some folks in tribal administrative offices verbally expressed they’re agreement with what was written. Some of those same folks have similar opinions of the Grazing Code but lack authority to change the obstructive language in that tribal law.

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10/15/2019

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10/2/2019

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9/24/2019

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9/21/2019

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9/19/2019

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8/28/2019

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8/23/2019

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7/26/2019

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7/13/2019

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7/8/2019

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6/1/2019

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3/10/2019

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3/2/2019

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2/11/2019

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2/5/2019

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12/27/2018

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12/25/2018

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12/18/2018

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12/17/2018

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12/16/2018

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12/15/2018

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12/10/2018

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11/17/2018

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11/16/2018

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article OP/ED: Interior Department has lost sight of its mission
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11/15/2018

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11/8/2018

article Zinke prepares to leave Trump’s Cabinet
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11/7/2018

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11/6/2018

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11/5/2018

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11/4/2018

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11/2/2018

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11/1/2018

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10/31/2018

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10/30/2018

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10/25/2018

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10/20/2018

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10/19/2018

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10/17/2018

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10/16/2018

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10/12/2018

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10/3/2018

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10/2/2018

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10/1/2018

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9/29/2018

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9/21/2018

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9/19/2018

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9/1/2018

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8/21/2018

article ‘Time for action is now.’ Interior chief demands plan to pump more California water south
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8/13/2018

article Don't blame wildfires on climate change – it's environmentalists' fault, says Zinke
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8/12/2018

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8/11/2018

article Native tribes in Ketchikan tell Interior department to keep land-trust program
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8/10/2018

article Tribal leaders object to Interior Department reorganization
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8/7/2018

article Ryan Zinke Sued Over ‘Stacked’ U.S. Panel on Oil, Gas, Coal Royalties
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8/6/2018

article Organizers announce speakers for ‘Stand for Our Land’ rally
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7/26/2018

article Officers honored for saving lives on North Dakota reservations
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7/18/2018

article Interior Secretary Zinke under investigation by internal watchdog
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7/8/2018

article NM could play key role in Interior revamp
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6/29/2018

article Alaskan Tara Sweeney confirmed by Senate to Interior Department post
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6/28/2018

article Interior Department reviewing Zinke's link to Halliburton in Whitefish land deal
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6/22/2018

article Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife names Kelly Susewind new director
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6/19/2018

article Exclusive: Zinke linked to real estate deal with Halliburton chairman
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6/9/2018

article Environmentalists slam Interior chief Ryan Zinke over Yellowstone chief’s ouster
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6/7/2018

article Senate panel clears Alaska Native woman for Bureau of Indian Affairs
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6/6/2018

press release Senate Indian Affairs Committee Advances Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Nominee Tara Sweeney
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6/5/2018

article Leader of National Park Service apologizes for 'inappropriate' behavior
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6/4/2018

article Interior Secy. Zinke orders park police and rangers to Mexico border
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6/3/2018

article The American West's Uncivil War: Assessing Watt, Zinke, Future Generations
(Montana) -- As a Baby Boomer who came of age during the last half of the 20th century, Don Snow saw the rise of the modern environmental era. He both observed and...

5/29/2018

article Trump admin. push to expand access to public lands leads to shift in National Park Service approach
(Washington D.C.) -- Hunters in Alaska could be allowed to kill black bear cubs and wolf or coyote pups in their dens, set bait for brown bears, and kill caribou while...

5/28/2018

article Trump administration finally informs tribes about dramatic reorganization
(Washington D.C.) -- After months of complaints in Indian Country and on Capitol Hill, the Trump administration is finally going to consult tribes about a controversial...
article Tribes ask Interior Secretary for Help with Meth Addiction
(Montana) -- Leaders of a tribal executive board in Montana are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for help battling meth addiction in their community. The...

5/23/2018

article Zinke emphasizes partnering with oil industry at ND conference
(North Dakota) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum shared similar visions Wednesday, May 23, for regulating oil development, focused on...
article Interior Dept. moves to allow Alaska bear hunting with doughnuts, bacon
(Alaska) -- The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and...

5/22/2018

article Cherokee, Creek citizens appointed to committee
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the appointment of John Beaver, Honor K. Keeler, and Barnaby V. Lewis to the Native American...

5/18/2018

article May 30 Webinar on Understanding the Power Grid and Organized Markets
(USA) -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), is hosting a free webinar titled...
article Interior Secretary Zinke scheduled to spend four days in North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke plans to spend four days next week in North Dakota, including visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park and meeting with...

5/17/2018

article Tribes lose out with funding bill that includes money for Trump reorganization
(Washington D.C.) -- A funding bill advancing on Capitol Hill is a win overall for Indian Country except for one major issue: a reorganization at the Department of the...

5/4/2018

article Interior Secretary and Senator Lamar Alexander Propose Killing the Planet to Save National Parks
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke joined with US Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) to argue that the best way to fix the national parks is by pillaging...

5/3/2018

article Top Interior official facing ethics questions after meetings with casino lobbyists
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, a quintessential revolving-door figure in Washington, met with lobbyists in late 2017 who were making the...

4/30/2018

article U.S. Secretary of the Interior gets hands dirty, helps jump-start Kodak woman's car
(Tennessee) -- Belinda Drew’s car was in the repair shop needing a new alternator, so Sunday morning she had to take her daughter’s car to get to work at the...

4/27/2018

article BLM adds $1,000 adoption checks to controversial horse plans
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal land managers are again seeking congressional backing to sterilize, euthanize or sell for slaughter tens of thousands of wild horses roaming...

4/26/2018

article Bureau Of Indian Affairs Director Resigns After Just 6 Months On The Job
(Washington D.C.) -- Bryan Rice has resigned just six months after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed him to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, multiple sources...

4/24/2018

article Could Ryan Zinke Lose His Job?
(Washington D.C.) -- Ryan Zinke’s first 13 months as interior secretary—a period punctuated by investigations into his conduct and dubious spending of...
article Zinke added birther conspiracy theorist to his super PAC's board: report
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke filled a top position at his super PAC with a right-wing commentator who promoted the so-called birther conspiracy...

4/22/2018

article Interior dismissed experts’ recommendations in blocking tribes’ casino: report
(Connecticut) -- The Trump administration appeared to ignore the advice of federal experts at the Interior Department when it rejected a proposal by two American Indian...
article Navajo Nation opposes BIA reorganization, regional director reassignment
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation is opposed to plans by the U.S. Department of the Interior to reorganize the Bureau of Indian Affairs and reassign Navajo Regional...

4/21/2018

press release Quarter 1 in Review: ​Interior Releases Comprehensive List of First Quarter​ 2018​ Accomplishments Under President Trump & Secretary Zinke
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a comprehensive list of 2018 first quarter accomplishments that the Department has achieved...

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...

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