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On Tuesday, just a week after the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska signed the official deed to put its first parcel of land into federal trust, the state of Alaska sued the federal government in an effort to nullify the land transfer. 

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WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden signed into law a trio of bills that collectively restore 3,5000 acres of California land to two Tribal governments and allow tribes equal participation in a federal land program.

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KLAMATH BASIN, Calif. — The approval to remove four PacifiCorp dams along the Klamath River will restore nearly 400 miles of waterway and revitalize the route that dwindling and endangered populations of salmon take from the Pacific Ocean to their upstream spawning grounds. 

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WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior announced final guidance for tribes on how to apply for the first $50 million in grant funding available under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to clean up orphaned oil and gas wells. 

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In a federal case that many advocates in Indian Country consider to be the most significant threat to sovereignty in modern times, not a single Native voice presented as part of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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FULTON, Mich. — United Tribes of Michigan has elected Jamie Stuck as its new president. 

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A new report from the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development aims to provide a comprehensive starting point for both tribes and state governments in outlining a clear path for landback.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Tribal leaders from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta traveled to Anchorage on Oct. 19 to formally ask the Alaska District Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to permit for the proposed Donlin Gold Mine and conduct a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

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Five tribal nations in California are coming together to provide Indigenous perspectives on sustainability to co-manage and monitor the state’s coastline. 

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KLAMATH, Calif. — The Yurok Tribe and California State Parks have signed a far-reaching deal to facilitate the cooperative management, conservation and interpretation of traditional and natural resources on state park lands within Yurok ancestral territory.