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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced a new pilot program to help tribal and rural communities advance their infrastructure projects. 

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Alaska's congressional delegation last week announced plans to reintroduce legislation that would allow five landless Native communities to claim thousands of acres of federal land.

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The nation’s second-oldest Native American nonprofit has a new executive director.  The Albuquerque-based National Indian Youth Council, founded in 1961, said it hired Darius Lee Smith (Diné) to lead the nonprofit organization, which has focused on workforce development and empowering Indigenous youth for six decades.

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 WASHINGTON—The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs convened earlier this month to discuss matters of land access, ownership and acquisition during a hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. 

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OMAHA – A federal judge has ruled that the state of Nebraska cannot collect revenue from tobacco sales on the Winnebago Indian Reservation. 

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The U.S. Department of the Interior notified a western Michigan tribe last week that its decades-long bid to obtain federal recognition has been denied for the moment.  

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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.