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What senators should ask Interior nominee David Bernhardt

This week David Bernhardt will have his Senate confirmation hearing to become the next Interior secretary. He would follow Ryan Zinke, who resigned amid ethics investigations in 2018.

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10/27/2020

article Trump’s Interior Department throws tantrum after being called out for ‘propaganda video’
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s Department of the Interior angrily lashed out on Tuesday after being criticized for spreading a “propaganda...

10/26/2020

article COMMENTARY: It is long past time for the Department of the Interior to be led by a Native American
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States plays an enormous role in setting climate, natural resource, and environmental policies that impact the entire planet. Perhaps no...
article Celebrating Native American ties to baseball
(Oklahoma) -- This time of year, lots of folks are focused on the World Series. KFOR decided to open the Oklahoma history books and look at a connection between baseball...

10/23/2020

article Interior says Pendley to remain at BLM despite 'dramatic tweets' from Democrats
(Washington D.C.) -- House Natural Resources Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) urged the Department of the Interior to press pause on many of its public lands decisions...

10/22/2020

article Could Biden Name an Indigenous Secretary of the Interior? Environmental Groups are Hoping He Will.
(Washington D.C.) -- Although the November election is still weeks away, Democrats are already thinking about the makeup of the new administration they hope to see in...

10/8/2020

article Department of Interior Secretary Bernhardt visits FLETC in Artesia
(New Mexico) -- U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt addressed officials and personnel at the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Indian Police...

9/19/2020

article SWEENEY: Finding solutions to bring connectivity to Alaska, Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- As an Inupiaq, I grew up north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska, home to some of the most remote communities in the United States. Arctic living...

8/24/2020

article Senate Democrats seek removal of controversial public lands head after nomination withdrawal
(Washington D.C.) -- The entire Senate Democratic caucus is calling on the Trump administration to remove the acting head of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) now that...

8/18/2020

article Bureau of Indian Education: BIE pushes for in-person classes
(Washington D.C.) -- Tara Sweeney, assistant secretary – Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior, sent a letter to tribal leaders this month...

8/11/2020

article Senate Democrats ask Trump to withdraw controversial public lands nominee
(Washington D.C.) -- All 47 members of the Senate's Democratic caucus signed a letter opposing President Trump’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management...
article Watchdog report raises new questions for top Interior lawyer
(Washington D.C.) -- A new report from the Interior Department's watchdog reignites questions over the involvement of the agency's top lawyer in withholding...

8/7/2020

article BLM proposes updates to oil, gas regs
(Utah) -- The Bureau of Land Management last week announced proposed revisions to three key regulations governing oversight of oil and gas production and reporting. The...

8/4/2020

article BLM waiving fees for public lands Wednesday, celebrating ‘Great American Outdoors Act’
(Washington) -- The Bureau of Land Management announced a fee-free public lands day slated for Wednesday, to celebrate the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act.

7/27/2020

article Draft Barrasso bill eyes new BLM wilderness areas, motor park
(Wyoming) -- U.S. Sen. John Barrasso is circulating a draft bill that’s drawing opposing reactions over its provisions to create five new Bureau of Land Management...

7/23/2020

article Democrats hit Interior secretary for reportedly refusing to wear mask in meeting with tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- Three Democratic senators are criticizing Interior Secretary David Bernhardt over reports that he refused to wear a mask in a meeting with tribes in...

7/22/2020

article Western Democrats Take Aim At Acting BLM Chief Pendley
(Montana) -- The president’s controversial nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management is facing renewed pushback from Western lawmakers.

7/21/2020

article Western senators call for confirmation hearing of BLM acting director Pendley
(Washington D.C.) -- An outspoken public-lands opponent has been in charge of the Bureau of Land Management for the past year without being confirmed, so eight Western...

7/17/2020

article DOI signs agreement with USDA to increase investment in infrastructure on federal and tribal lands
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) forged a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by signing the National...

7/12/2020

article Klamath Tribes Critical of Secretary Bernhardt’s Visit
(Oregon) -- On the afternoon of July 7th, 2020 the Klamath Tribes were notified that Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt would be in Klamath Falls on the morning...

7/11/2020

article Tribes critical of meeting with Interior Secretary, Reclamation Commissioner
(Oregon) -- While farmers lauded Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman’s historic joint visit to the Klamath...

6/30/2020

article OP/ED: Choice at Bureau of Land Management lousy, even for Trump
(New Mexico) -- William Perry Pendley — Trump’s choice to head the Bureau of Land Management — has a record that shows an antipathy toward the...

6/25/2020

article DOI Signs Agreement with USDA to Increase Investment in Infrastructure on Federal and Tribal Lands
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) forged a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by signing the National...

6/15/2020

article BLOG: Brothels and Casinos Open, but you can’t see captured wild horses
(Wyoming) -- The Jackson Mountain capture of 300 wild horses by BLM began this weekend. The method used for the current capture will be a bait/water trap.

6/3/2020

article North Dakota tribe to fight ruling giving minerals to state
(North Dakota) -- Leaders of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota and others are challenging a Department of Interior opinion rolling back an Obama-era...

5/22/2020

article Leading National American Indian Organizations Call for Ouster of Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Tara MacLean Sweeney
(Washington D.C.) -- Tensions between Indian Country and the Trump administration have reached unprecedented heights this week, as leading national American Indian...

5/13/2020

article Interior Department official is the focus of ethics probe over tribal COVID-19 aid
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Interior Department's Inspector General is looking at allegations that the agency leaked sensitive data from federal funding...

5/3/2020

article House Committee Calls for Investigation of Indian Affairs Secretary Tara Sweeney
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Committee on Natural Resources on Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Inspector General Mark Greeblatt to...

4/30/2020

press release Indian Affairs extends deadline for the National Tribal Broadband Grant Program
(Washington D.C.) -- Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney announced an extension of the National Tribal Broadband Grant program (NTBG) grant...

4/28/2020

article Groups threaten suit as Interior repeatedly fills top posts with 'temporary' leaders
(Washington D.C.) -- Two environmental watchdog groups are threatening to sue the Department of the Interior for continuously filling top posts with temporary orders...
article Indian Affairs Extends Deadline for the National Tribal Broadband Grant Program
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior – Indian Affairs announced on Monday an extension for the National Tribal Broadband Grant program (NTBG) grant...

4/16/2020

article BLOG: Ethics chief found a 'bit of the Wild West' — transcript
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Department ethics honcho Scott de la Vega needed to restore order when he took office in April 2018. Entering what he called the "land...

4/14/2020

article At Least 40 Interior Department Employees Tested Positive For COVID-19
(Washington D.C.) -- At least 40 employees across the Department of the Interior have tested positive for COVID-19 and are considered contagious, resulting in mandatory...

4/9/2020

article Trump to open more wildlife refuge land to hunting, fishing
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish...

4/8/2020

press release Secretary Bernhardt Proposes Historic Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities
(Washington D.C.) -- Continuing the Trump Administration’s significant efforts to increase recreational access on public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior...

3/2/2020

article A Trump Insider Embeds Climate Denial in Scientific Research
(New York) -- An official at the Interior Department embarked on a campaign that has inserted misleading language about climate change — including debunked claims...

2/21/2020

article Groups want more time, meetings for BLM grazing regs revisions
(Washington D.C.) -- Thirty-seven conservation groups representing millions of members sent the Bureau of Land Management a letter on Friday, Feb. 14, requesting...

1/13/2020

article Freemuth co-authors "Moving Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado won't be good for public lands"
(Idaho) -- The Trump administration has pursued many controversial goals in managing U.S. public lands, including shrinking national monuments and cutting back...

12/31/2019

article INTERIOR: Here's what Bernhardt could do on climate — if he wanted to
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's go-to lines on climate policy are straining under pressure. The Interior Department enjoys broad authority...

12/19/2019

article Judge pares down Arizona tribal students' suit vs US agency
(Arizona) -- A federal judge has pared down a lawsuit that accuses the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education of failing to adequately provide for students on a small Arizona...

12/14/2019

article Trump’s Interior Department stacks environmental panel with anti-environmentalists
(Washington D.C.) -- Trump’s Interior Department stacked an advisory committee for Bears Ears National Monument with ranchers and politicians who have no interest...

12/11/2019

article Thursday deadline looms for BLM employees on potential move to the West
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington-based employees of the Bureau of Land Management have until Thursday to decide if they will move out West as part of the planned...

11/26/2019

article How The Interior Department Got Swamped
(Washington D.C.) -- n October 2017, Ben Cassidy walked away from his lucrative lobbying gig at the National Rifle Association, where he raked in as much as $288,333 per...

11/25/2019

article Big Eagle, former Pierre victim advocate, given national award by U.S. attorney general
(South Dakota) -- Marlys Big Eagle, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe at Fort Thompson, South Dakota, and former executive director of Missouri Shores Domestic...

11/9/2019

article Interior Chief’s Lobbying Past Has Challenged the Agency’s Ethics Referees
(Washington D.C.) -- On the morning of Aug. 21, 2018, David Bernhardt, then the deputy interior secretary, wanted to attend a White House meeting on the future of a...

11/3/2019

article Pentagon pushed to use vast swath of desert wildlife refuge ‘primarily’ for military purposes, draft bill says
(Nevada) -- The U.S. Air Force is seeking to assert control over as much as two-thirds of a wildlife refuge in Nevada for training troops and testing weapons, according...

10/28/2019

article Consulting With Native American Tribes on Energy and Infrastructure Development: Strategies for Reducing Project Risk
(Washington D.C.) -- “Tribal consultation” refers to the federal government’s legal obligation to consult with Native American tribes on energy and...
article Interior Department Pays Wyoming 641 Million
(Wyoming) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today that the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue disbursed $11...

10/27/2019

article Trump administration says it has violated its own ethics pledge
(Washington D.C.) -- A governmentwide review has acknowledged for the first time that at least several Trump political appointees violated the administration’s...

10/26/2019

article Interior Department Walks Back Controversial FOIA Changes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department has walked back controversial efforts to curb public records requests in a final rule published Friday. Interior says it...

10/25/2019

article Interior disburses $641.1 million in energy revenues to Wyoming
(Wyoming) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced Thursday that Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), disbursed $641.1 million...
article Interior Department Walks Back Controversial FOIA Changes
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department has walked back controversial efforts to curb public records requests in a final rule published Friday. Interior says it...

10/23/2019

article Family of man killed by BIA agents file wrongful death suit
(North Dakota) -- The family of a man who was shot and killed by federal officers on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

10/21/2019

article With Employees Facing Attacks and Murder Attempts, Land Agencies Say They’re Ill-Equipped to Enhance Security
(Washington D.C.) -- A law enforcement officer at the Bureau of Land Management recently received more than 500 messages on his personal cell phone, including death...

10/15/2019

article Interior-related jobs boost Colorado
(Colorado) -- Activities managed by the Interior Department resulted in a $7.9 billion contribution to Colorado's gross domestic product during the 2018 federal...
article Public land managers report economic impact
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of Interior says its various programs resulted in $315 billion in economic output and supported 1.8 million jobs during the past...

10/2/2019

article Bernhardt Announces New Leadership At DOI
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed Secretary’s Order 3345 (Order) to temporarily redelegate authority for vacant...
article MacGregor to be the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Katharine MacGregor to be the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the...

9/27/2019

article Trump's land boss pledges to steer clear of ex-clients
(Montana) -- The Trump administration's top steward of public lands has recused himself from work involving dozens of former clients following conflict of interest...
article Secretary of Interior coming to North Dakota
(North Dakota) -- U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt, will be in North Dakota next week. Senator Kevin Kramer's office says the Secretary...
article Repairs delayed on washed-out BIA road that killed 2
(North Dakota) -- Efforts to repair a washed-out section of highway on the Standing Rock Reservation that claimed two lives in July have been hampered by the...

9/24/2019

article Interior secretary gives keynote talk at Indian Country conference near Ignacio
(Colorado) -- U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt prioritized drug enforcement and missing and murdered indigenous women Tuesday during a keynote address at the 27th...

9/21/2019

article New BLM headquarters to share a building with a Chevron corporate office
(Colorado) -- The Bureau of Land Management has selected a site for its new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo. — and it’s in a building that also serves...

9/19/2019

article Interior Dep't transferring 560 acres of public land to U.S. Army for border barriers
(Arizona) -- The Interior Department announced it will transfer 560 acres of public land to the U.S. Army, including nearly 230 acres along the Cabeza Prieta National...

9/17/2019

article Interior gains new watchdog
(Washington D.C.) -- Mark Lee Greenblatt, the newly minted inspector general at the Interior Department, is stepping into a big job. Interior has been swirling in...
article BLM fails to notify state offices of relocation plans, leaving 300 staffers unsure where they'll be sent
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) missed its deadline to tell nearly 300 Washington-based employees where they will be reassigned as the agency...

9/12/2019

article Interior Department says it will temporarily block Democratic aides from official oversight trips
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department announced Thursday it was suspending the practice of allowing congressional staffers for the House Appropriations Committee...

9/11/2019

article In Congressional Hearing, Democrats And Tribes Remain Opposed To BLM Move
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing today on the Bureau of Land Management's plans to move headquarters out west....
article Democrats grill acting BLM head on public land views
(Washington D.C.) -- Congressional Democrats grilled acting U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director William Perry Pendley during a committee hearing Tuesday for...

9/10/2019

article Congress debates Bureau of Land Management move to Grand Junction
(Washington D.C.) -- The acting director of the Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday defended his agency’s decision to move its headquarters to Grand Junction in...
article In Congressional Hearing, Democrats And Tribes Remain Opposed To BLM Move
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing today on the Bureau of Land Management's plans to move headquarters out west....
article Interior freezes hiring to prepare for personnel changes ahead of BLM relocation
(Washington D.C.) -- Despite some congressional opposition, the Interior Department is picking up the pace now to relocate much of the remaining employees at the Bureau...

9/8/2019

article Interior broke law in reopening parks during shutdown, government watchdog says
(Washington D.C.) -- Leaders of the Trump administration's Interior Department violated federal law in dipping into user fees to reopen national parks during last...

9/4/2019

article Mining for Access at the Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s no secret that big corporations specialize in wheeling and dealing to influence policies in Washington that will eventually pad their...
article Top Interior official who pushed to expand drilling in Alaska to join oil company there
(Alaska) -- Last summer, Scott Pruitt left his job heading the Environmental Protection Agency and within a few months had started consulting for coal magnate Joseph W....

8/29/2019

article 50 Years Ago: Interior boss talks of ending trust relationship with tribes
(Washington D.C.) -- In the fall of 1969, leaders of tribes in the country were extremely worried that the Nixon administration would accept suggestions to terminate the...
article Agency boss: Past support for US land sales is 'irrelevant'
(Washington D.C.) -- A newly appointed Trump administration official said his past support for selling federal lands was "irrelevant," after his selection to...

8/28/2019

article Interior official threatens to withhold jobs in lawmakers' districts after opposition to BLM move
(Washington D.C.) -- An outgoing top official at the U.S. Department of the Interior said he may reconsider placing government employees in the home states of lawmakers...

8/25/2019

article US Department of Interior meets with tribes in Bethel to hear public safety concerns
(Alaska) -- Representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior visited Bethel on Wednesday to hear from tribal representatives about the public safety issues...

8/23/2019

article Park Police chief MacLean promoted to top Interior Dept. law enforcement post
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Park Police Chief Robert D. MacLean, who has led the uniformed force since 2013, is being promoted to head the Interior Department’s...
article US Department of Interior Visits Bethel To Hear About Public Safety Issues From Tribal Delegates
(Alaska) -- Representatives from the U.S. Department of the Interior visited Bethel on Wednesday to hear from tribal representatives about the public safety issues...

7/26/2019

article Bureau of Land Management to D.C. Employees: Go West or Get Lost
(Washington D.C.) -- I have never had the pleasure of visiting Grand Junction, Colorado, but I hear it’s quite beautiful. Its majestically rugged geography has...

7/16/2019

article Tribes accuse BLM of shutting them out on drilling decisions
(South Dakota) -- Thomas Brings wasn't surprised to learn that Sand Creek, a 156-well oil and gas project, had been approved in Wyoming without tribal consultation....

7/13/2019

article Staffers Allege Misconduct at BLM’s Busiest Oil and Gas Office
(New Mexico) -- In early fall 2017, two Bureau of Land Management archaeologists drove to a Chevron oil and gas site in the dry grasslands of southeast New Mexico. The...

7/8/2019

press release Native American Churches on Proposed Changes to Rules for the Religious Use of Bird Feathers
(Washington D.C.) -- A statement of the National Council of Native American Churches opposing changes to the existing United States Fish & Wildlife Service Rules...

7/2/2019

article Interior combatant confirmed to department
(Washington D.C.) -- For nearly two years, Susan Combs has served in an acting capacity as the temporary assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks for the...

6/24/2019

article Alaska tribal lands dilemma snags solicitor nominee
(Washington D.C.) -- One year ago this week, the Interior Department's top lawyer instigated a sharp debate over tribal lands in Alaska with a prediction that a...

6/1/2019

article Complaints of wrongdoing at Department of the Interior on the rise in the Trump era
(Washington D.C.) -- Complaints at the Department of the Interior, the federal agency with the most responsibilities in Indian Country, have increased dramatically...

5/16/2019

article Trump Swamp: Interior Sec. Calls Corporations He Regulates ‘My Clients… My Former Clients’ [sub req]
(Washington D.C.) -- The American Prospect’s David Dayen late last week noted what he called President Donald Trump’s “most nakedly corrupt tweet...

5/10/2019

article Rep. Grijalva: House panel considering subpoenas for Interior information
(Washington D.C.) -- Chairman Raúl Grijalva said on Friday Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee are considering issuing subpoenas to obtain information...

5/5/2019

article COMMENTARY: New Interior secretary is a disaster
(New Mexico) -- What was U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich thinking when he supported David Bernhardt’s confirmation as Interior secretary? I’ve been trying to...

4/25/2019

article Scandals mount under David Bernhardt just two weeks after being confirmed to lead Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s been just two weeks since David Bernhardt was confirmed as head of the Interior Department (DOI), and already his tenure is mired in at...

4/20/2019

article Lucky seven? New leader of Department of the Interior already under scrutiny
(Washington D.C.) -- The first warning arrived on Thursday. Just a few hours after David Bernhardt was confirmed as the leader of the federal agency with the most...

4/17/2019

article Interior secretary met with tribal lawyer attached to Zinke casino dispute
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary David Bernhardt met with a lawyer linked to a political scandal that in part led to the ousting of his predecessor Ryan Zinke,...
article New Interior Chief Bernhardt Reportedly Held Secret Meeting Linked to One of His Predecessor's Many Scandals
(Connecticut) -- It's only been a week, but newly-confirmed Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's conflicts of interests are already raising questions about his...
article Native American activists: The fire at Notre Dame is devastating. So is the destruction of our sacred lands
(USA) -- The devastating destruction of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has fueled a wave of grief across the globe, but it’s also prompted discussion about tragedies...

4/16/2019

article Trump's new interior chief met with lawyer for tribe linked to Zinke scandal
(Washington D.C.) -- The new interior secretary, David Bernhardt, met with a lawyer for a Native American tribe that is linked to the political scandal haunting...

4/15/2019

article Interior Department Watchdog Opens Ethics Probe Of New Agency Chief
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department’s internal watchdog confirmed Monday that it has opened a formal investigation into numerous ethics complaints against...
article Interior Dept. Opens Ethics Investigation of Its New Chief, David Bernhardt
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has opened an investigation into ethics complaints against the agency’s newly installed...

4/12/2019

article 'Foxes guarding the hen house': Trump nominee confirmed at Indian Country's most important agency
(Washington D.C.) -- A former energy industry lobbyist who has promoted mineral development as "sovereignty" for Indian Country easily won confirmation as the...
article California Valley Miwok Tribe Files Complaint Against David Bernhardt and Bureau of Indian Affairs
(California) -- The California Valley Miwok Tribe (CVMT), represented by attorney Peter D. Lepsch of Fredericks, Peebles & Patterson LLP, have filed a complaint...
article Alaska Wilderness League Statement on Confirmation of David Bernhardt to Interior Secretary
(Washington D.C.) -- Alaska Wilderness League Executive Director Adam Kolton issues the following statement on today’s confirmation of David Bernhardt to be the...
article Science is "a Democrat thing": Mantra of the Trump administration revealed
(USA) -- Science, according to a Trump appointee at the Department of the Interior, is "a Democrat thing." Those words were reportedly used to justify the...

4/11/2019

article Senate Confirms Bernhardt as Interior Secretary Amid Calls for Investigations Into His Conduct
(Washington D.C.) -- The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries, as secretary of the interior....

4/10/2019

article See how the Interior Department has tried to stifle ethical doubts raised about its acting chief
(Washington D.C.) -- When it comes to acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s involvement in plans to loosen environmental restrictions on water flows for...

4/7/2019

article Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky with a...

4/5/2019

article Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky with a...

3/29/2019

article Connecticut tribes drop lawsuit against US DOI
(Connecticut) -- A long-running feud between two native tribes in Connecticut and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) has come to an end, for now. The tribes have...

3/28/2019

article Senators press Interior secretary nominee David Bernhardt on offshore drilling
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawmakers seeking assurance that the Trump administration will exempt their states from offshore drilling plans received no such promise during...
article Trump’s Interior nominee plans to wade back into issues involving former clients
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump’s pick to become the next head of the Interior Department intends to stop recusing himself from matters involving his former...

3/26/2019

article Interior Nominee To Face Questions About Ties To Industry During Confirmation Hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- Democrats are likely to question acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt over his connections with industry during his senate confirmation hearing...

3/25/2019

article What senators should ask Interior nominee David Bernhardt
(Washington D.C.) -- This week David Bernhardt will have his Senate confirmation hearing to become the next Interior secretary. He would follow Ryan Zinke, who resigned...

3/24/2019

article Recording Reveals Oil Industry Execs Laughing at Trump Access
(Washington D.C.) -- Gathered for a private meeting at a beachside Ritz-Carlton in Southern California, the oil executives were celebrating a colleague’s sudden...

3/21/2019

article Interior Dept. provides $291 million to clean up, repurpose coal mines
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Acting Secretary of the of the Interior David Bernhardt announced on March 19 that this year’s grants from the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation...

3/12/2019

article OP/ED: Stop playing games with FOIA rules
(Wisconsin) -- The U.S. Department of Interior announced last week it plans to end protections for wolves in Wisconsin. The federal agency also makes decisions affecting...

3/11/2019

article Interior budget request highlights border push
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration on Monday called for cutting the Interior Department's funding by 14 percent, but it also highlighted the agency's...

3/10/2019

article Trump officially nominates David Bernhardt, a veteran lobbyist, to run Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- More than a month after President Trump signaled he would pick David Bernhardt to run the Interior Department, he finally made the selection...

3/2/2019

article Trump’s interior secretary misusing post to aid California water district, complaint says
(California) -- Complaints are mounting against Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt over allegations he used his position to help the interests of his former...

2/11/2019

article Interior’s many ‘acting’ positions ‘questionable at best’
(Washington D.C.) -- David Bernhardt had been acting secretary of the Interior for just over a month before President Donald Trump nominated him to take the position...

2/5/2019

article TRAHANT: President Trump announces new pick for Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald J. Trump announced the appointment of David Bernhardt Jr. as the secretary of the Interior. He replaces Ryan Zinke who resigned in...

12/27/2018

article Interior Design: Secretarial Candidates Angle For Job
(Nevada) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke resigned under a cloud on Dec. 15, and outgoing U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada is a candidate to replace him....

12/25/2018

article Zinke resigns, Begaye urges quick replacement
(Washington D.C.) -- As Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke resigned from his position Dec. 15, amid multiple ethics investigations, Navajo Nation President Russell...

12/18/2018

article Zinke’s departure may not mean major changes for Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s departure means a change at the top, but not necessarily a change in the department’s direction or the...

12/17/2018

article How Ryan Zinke shifted Interior Department policy
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s resignation Saturday ended months of speculation about whether he could hold onto his job amid several ethics...
article Ryan Zinke's departure may not mean major changes for Interior Department
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's departure means a change at the top, but not necessarily a change in the department's direction or the...
article WASHINGTON POST: Ryan Zinke won’t be missed
(Washington D.C.) -- SOME IN Washington were relieved when President Trump announced he would nominate Ryan Zinke as interior secretary. Mr. Zinke did not favor selling...

12/16/2018

article 'Predator' Interior Department official told a subordinate he ‘wanted to get naked and show her what it’s like to be with a “real man”
(Washington D.C.) -- A senior Interior Department official was described as a ‘predator’, harassed at least three female subordinates and told one he wanted...

12/15/2018

article Zinke’s likely replacement has been 'the man behind the curtain'
(Washington D.C.) -- Like former EPA chief Scott Pruitt before him, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has an experienced deputy steeped in the world of bureaucratic...

12/10/2018

article A devastating report details a 'monumental' assault on science at the Department of the Interior
(Washington D.C.) -- Among the up-is-down, night-is-day practices of the Trump administration, one of the most dangerous and disturbing is its habit of turning America...
article Interior Dept. officials downplayed federal wildlife experts' concerns about Trump’s border wall, documents show
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal government scientists raised red flags last year about President Trump’s proposed wall for the U.S.-Mexico border, suggesting that it...

11/17/2018

article COMMENTARY: Interior Department Must Protect Native American Culture
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior protects and manages the Nation’s natural resources and cultural heritage; provides scientific and other...

11/16/2018

article Zinke may soon be gone from the Interior Department, but his successor could be much, much worse
(Washington D.C.) -- As a chapter in the lesson plan instructing you to be careful what you wish for, let us consider the case of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the...
article OP/ED: Interior Department has lost sight of its mission
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior is supposed to protect and manage the nation’s “natural resources and cultural heritage.”...

11/15/2018

article Democrats prepare to grill Trump officials on environmental issues in new Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Three likely incoming Democratic chairs of House committees overseeing environmental issues vowed to scrutinize the Trump administration’s...

11/8/2018

article Zinke prepares to leave Trump’s Cabinet
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been exploring potential roles with Fox News, the energy industry or other businesses amid growing signs that he...

11/7/2018

article Democrats Vow Probe of Bid to Oust Investigator Targeting Zinke
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats are vowing to probe the Trump administration’s botched bid to replace a government investigator who had asked the Justice...

11/6/2018

article Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke called police on his neighbors Monday night in a kerfuffle outside his Capitol Hill home
(Washington D.C.) -- Living next to Cabinet officials can be tough on Washingtonians. But the events that unfolded Monday night in front of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke...

11/5/2018

article Trump hedges Zinke support amid probes
(Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump offered less-than-effusive praise Monday for embattled Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, while saying he might not “be...
article Trump to 'take a look' at Zinke ethics allegations
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump said Monday he would “take a look” at the allegations that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke violated ethics rules, but...

11/4/2018

article News reports link Secretary Zinke's criminal woes to tribal gaming
(Washington D.C.) -- A tribal lobbying scandal hobbled the Department of the Interior during the George W. Bush era and it looks like another one is brewing in the...
article Interior shares $8.93B in 2018 energy revenue
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Interior Department took in $8.93 billion from energy production on federal and tribal lands and offshore areas in fiscal year 2018. That...

11/2/2018

article Justice Department Probes Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's Connection To Land Deal
(Washington D.C.) -- The watchdog of the U.S. Department of the Interior sent an inquiry into the department secretary’s involvement in a Montana land development...
article Vise tightens around Zinke
(Washington D.C.) -- Embattled Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is finding himself with fewer defenders inside or outside the Trump administration, as one-time supporters...

11/1/2018

article Trump concerned Zinke broke rules amid DOJ referral: report
(Washington D.C.) -- President Trump is concerned about a decision by the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General to refer an investigation into Secretary...
article White House concerned Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke violated federal rules
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House is growing increasingly concerned about allegations of misconduct against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, according to two senior...
article Zinke could face months-long Justice investigation
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could be facing a months-long investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) now that his agency’s internal...

10/31/2018

article Ryan Zinke, Trump’s Interior Secretary, Faces Increased Ethics Scrutiny
(Washington D.C.) -- Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the Interior Department and a key figure in President Trump’s push to roll back environmental regulations and...
article Zinke’s heir apparent ready to step in
(Washington D.C.) -- Like Scott Pruitt before him, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has an experienced deputy steeped in the world of bureaucratic infighting waiting on...
article A Guide to the Ryan Zinke Investigations
(Washington D.C.) -- Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, faces at least a half-dozen ongoing ethics inquiries related to his leadership at the Interior Department. The...

10/30/2018

article Sources: Justice Department investigating Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department is investigating Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for possibly using his office for personal gain, following a referral from...
article Zinke attorney lashes back amid reports of Justice referral
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has not been contacted by the Justice Department, a lawyer for the secretary said today amid reports that Interior's...
article Zinke's own agency watchdog just referred him to the Justice Department
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department's Office of Inspector General has referred one of its probes into the conduct of Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Justice...

10/25/2018

article Zinke Plans to Destroy Interior Department Records
(Washington D.C.) -- Republicans have been trying to weaken protections for endangered animals and now they are trying to get permission to destroy some records about...

10/20/2018

article Interior Secretary Zinke’s approach to wife’s travels raised red flags, report finds
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s approach to his wife’s travel and activities sparked concerns among the department’s ethics officials, according to...
article Zinke violated Interior travel policy, agency's internal watchdog says
(Washington) -- Contradicting a claim by a Cabinet secretary, the Interior Department said Thursday that a political appointee at the Department of Housing and Urban...

10/19/2018

article Ryan Zinke’s messy week
(Washington D.C.) -- COMPARED to the powerful interior ministries of most countries, which manage national-security and immigration portfolios, America’s...

10/17/2018

article Interior Department watchdog investigating Zinke still on the job despite rumored ouster
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration appears set to replace the Interior Department's independent watchdog, who is overseeing multiple investigations into...

10/16/2018

article White House moves to replace Interior Department IG amid probe of Secretary Ryan Zinke
(Washington D.C.) -- The White House appears to be replacing the agency watchdog at the Interior Department who is in the midst of two investigations into Secretary Ryan...

10/12/2018

article Zinke’s controversial, EPA-style ‘secret science’ order isn’t going over well with Democrats
(Washington D.C.) -- House Democrats are calling on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to stand down from plans to reign in the use of confidential data when crafting agency...

10/3/2018

article Judge dismisses challenge to tribal education services
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Native American tribes in South Dakota over the federal government's reorganization of the...

10/2/2018

article Tribes lose challenge to reorganization of Bureau of Indian Education
(South Dakota) -- The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe have lost a lawsuit that challenged a reorganization of the Bureau of Indian Education. Both...

10/1/2018

article Outgoing Director of Colorado's Indian Affairs Commission Looks Back At 11 Years Of Service
(Colorado) -- Ernest House Jr. served as executive director of Colorado's Commission of Indian Affairs for the last 11 years. He's the first member of the...

9/29/2018

article Zinke wants to open Atlantic marine monument to commercial fishing
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration could harm the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, a protected area of the Atlantic Ocean about 130...

9/21/2018

article Democrats promise to investigate Zinke if House flips
(Washington D.C.) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will face a barrage of congressional inquiries into his business dealings, travels, political activities and relations...

9/19/2018

article On this day in Alabama history: Secretary of Interior Hitchcock was born
(Alabama) -- Ethan Allen Hitchcock was born in Mobile. Hitchcock served as secretary of the Interior under President William McKinley and then President Theodore...

9/1/2018

article An Alaskan whistleblower was fired from the Interior Department. Now he’s suing the federal government.
(Alaska) -- A federal watchdog agency is taking the side of an Alaska man who complained he was fired from the Department of the Interior for voicing concerns about the...

8/21/2018

article ‘Time for action is now.’ Interior chief demands plan to pump more California water south
(California) -- The Trump administration is accelerating efforts to pump more of Northern California’s water to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, setting up a...

8/13/2018

article Don't blame wildfires on climate change – it's environmentalists' fault, says Zinke
(California) -- The US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, has blamed environmentalists for California’s ferocious wildfires and claimed, contrary to scientific...

8/12/2018

article Tribal leaders object to Interior Department reorganization
(Idaho) -- Leaders of 13 tribal governments are blasting a Trump Administration Executive Order reorganizing the Department of Interior and the specific agencies charged...

8/11/2018

article Native tribes in Ketchikan tell Interior department to keep land-trust program
(Alaska) -- In 2014, Alaska tribes won a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for the right to put land into trusts, expelling the “Alaska...

8/10/2018

article Tribal leaders object to Interior Department reorganization
(Idaho) -- Leaders of 13 tribal governments are blasting a Trump Administration Executive Order reorganizing the Department of Interior and the specific agencies charged...

8/7/2018

article Ryan Zinke Sued Over ‘Stacked’ U.S. Panel on Oil, Gas, Coal Royalties
(Montana) -- he Trump administration committee that helps set royalty payments for coal, oil and gas extracted from public lands is stacked with industry insiders who...

8/6/2018

article Organizers announce speakers for ‘Stand for Our Land’ rally
(Colorado) -- A rancher, an entrepreneur, a county commissioner, an Olympian and a Native American poet and activist walk onto the courthouse lawn. There is no punchline...
article Trump’s Interior Secretary Meets With Adoring Colorado Senate Republicans
(Colorado) -- Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose department manages America’s national parks and other lands, met with Colorado Senate Republicans...

7/26/2018

article Officers honored for saving lives on North Dakota reservations
(North Dakota) -- U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in Fargo on Thursday, July 26, that many American Indian tribes are in free fall due to...

7/18/2018

article Interior Secretary Zinke under investigation by internal watchdog
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior's internal watchdog opened a formal investigation into a real estate deal said to involve department secretary...
article Interior watchdog launches probe into Zinke
(Washington D.C.) -- The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has launched a full investigation into a real estate deal involving a foundation established by...

7/8/2018

article NM could play key role in Interior revamp
(New Mexico) -- A plan to dramatically reorganize the U.S. Department of the Interior and shift some of its management out of Washington – possibly even to...

6/29/2018

article Alaskan Tara Sweeney confirmed by Senate to Interior Department post
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Senate confirmed Alaska Native leader Tara Sweeney as assistant secretary for Indian affairs at the Interior Department in a unanimous vote...

6/28/2018

article Interior Department reviewing Zinke's link to Halliburton in Whitefish land deal
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Interior Department's inspector general is looking into a complaint about a land deal that links Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and the...

6/22/2018

article Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife names Kelly Susewind new director
(Washington) -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission selected Kelly Susewind as the new director of the state’s wildlife management agency Saturday. The...

6/19/2018

article Exclusive: Zinke linked to real estate deal with Halliburton chairman
(Washington D.C.) -- A foundation established by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and headed by his wife is playing a key role in a real-estate deal backed by the chairman...
article Final Agreement for Yellowstone Buffalo Will Mean They Can Return to Tribes
(Montana) -- After many years of political wrangling to achieve a plan to divert Yellowstone buffalo from slaughter and be relocated to tribal and public lands to...
article Officials: Yellowstone superintendent shuffle shouldn’t sidetrack bison quarantine effort
(Montana) -- The impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn’t disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce...

6/9/2018

article Environmentalists slam Interior chief Ryan Zinke over Yellowstone chief’s ouster
(Montana) -- Environmentalists on Friday accused the Trump administration of political interference and retaliation in the ouster of Yellowstone National Park’s...

6/7/2018

article Senate panel clears Alaska Native woman for Bureau of Indian Affairs
(Washington D.C.) -- Tara Sweeney is one step closer to becoming the first Alaska Native woman to lead the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs on...
article Tribes Use Interior Department Grants For Cultural Preservation, Archaeological Work
(Oregon) -- The National Park Service and Interior Department have announced $60 million in historic preservation grants to states and tribes, including Oregon. KLCC...

6/6/2018

press release Senate Indian Affairs Committee Advances Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Nominee Tara Sweeney
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today announced the committee voted to report favorably the...

6/5/2018

article Leader of National Park Service apologizes for 'inappropriate' behavior
(Washington D.C.) -- The highest-ranking official at the National Park Service apologized after being accused of grabbing his crotch and pretending to urinate against a...

6/4/2018

article Interior Secy. Zinke orders park police and rangers to Mexico border
(Washington D.C.) -- Calling the border with Mexico an “environmental disaster,” Interior Secy. Ryan Zinke has ordered both U.S. park rangers and park police...

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...

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