Alaska calls for less federal control of wildlife management
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior in September asked states what it could do to "restore trust and be a good neighbor." Alaska's acting wildlife commissioner has provided a long list of suggestions.
Interior moves to stop tribe from amending lawsuit
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Mashantucket Pequot Tribe should not be allowed to amend its lawsuit against the department over a casino proposal, the U.S. Department of the Interior said in a new court filing.
The Day reported the department argued in its filing Wednesday that the tribe's attempt should be denied due to "undue delay and futility."
Louisiana’s Avery Island listed on historic place register
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Avery Island, a salt dome and the birthplace of Tabasco pepper sauce, is newly listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy announced Friday that the U.S. Department of the Interior has given the historic designation to the island, located in Iberia Parish.
March and rally seek preservation of tribe’s reservation
MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts tribe is protesting a recent federal government decision that could lead to the loss of its sovereign reservation.
The Cape Cod Times reports the Mashpee Wampanoag (MASH'-pee WAHM'-puh-nawg) staged a walk through the tribe's ancestral homeland on Cape Cod Saturday before holding a rally on the tribe's powwow grounds.
Tribe sues feds over decision not to affirm reservation
BOSTON (AP) — A Cape Cod tribe filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration's decision not to protect its 300-acre (121-hectare) reservation granted by the Obama administration.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's complaint, filed in federal court in Washington D.C. on Thursday, argues that a Sept. 7 ruling by the U.S. Department of the Interior was "arbitrary," ''capricious" and ignored evidence provided by the tribe.
Tribes want feds to explain controversial land decision
MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — The country's largest Native American organization is calling on the Trump administration to explain its decision not to recognize the reservation of a Massachusetts' tribe.
Tribes want feds to explain controversial land decision
MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — The country's largest Native American organization is calling on President Trump's administration to explain its decision not to recognize the reservation of a Massachusetts' tribe.
Interior Department rules against tribe in trust land bid
BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior ruled Friday it cannot hold land in trust for a Massachusetts tribe, reversing a decision it made under former President Barack Obama and throwing into doubt the tribe's plans for a $1 billion casino.
The agency, in its 28-page ruling, said the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe does not qualify for having land placed into trust because it wasn't under federal jurisdiction when the Indian Reorganization Act passed in 1934.
Interior Department eyes protected Arctic land for drilling
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration is aiming to open millions of acres (hectares) of Alaska Arctic land for drilling that was protected under the Obama administration.
Federal officials, Port Angeles to sign water agreement
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The National Park Service is expected to sign an agreement with the City of Port Angeles that would transfer ownership of the Elwha water facilities to the city.
The Peninsula Daily News reports the transfer agreement between the two parties was approved by the Port Angeles City Council last week.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The federal government on Wednesday put on hold one of the largest-ever projects to remove juniper trees to help an imperiled species after an appeal by an environmental group seeking to halt the plan.
A U.S. Department of the Interior administrative panel granted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's motion to set aside its decision in May to remove juniper trees from about 1,100 square miles (2,800 square kilometers) in Idaho's Owyhee County.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A second Oklahoma tribe is facing litigation over the citizenship status of the descendants of its former slaves.
The Tulsa World reports that the Muscogee Creek Freedmen filed a federal lawsuit last week against the Creek Nation and the U.S. Department of the Interior.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Interior Ryan Zinke is headed to Salt Lake City for a speech at a rodeo on the Utah holiday Pioneer Day.
The U.S. Department of the Interior announced in a statement Monday that Zinke will deliver an address at the Days of '47 Rodeo on Tuesday. It's one of several events on the Pioneer Day holiday that celebrates the arrival of Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.
Officials didn't immediately say what he would speak about.
RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — A report by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of the Inspector General has confirmed that the roads department operated by two Wyoming tribes misspent $6.2 million of federal money.
Maryland, federal government to study I-295 transfer
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland and the U.S. Department of the Interior have agreed to study transferring part of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to the state as part of a plan to relieve traffic congestion.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced the agreement in a news release Monday.
BRADFORT, Vt. (AP) — A trail system in Vermont has received national recognition from the U.S. Department of the Interior.
QUARTZSITE, Ariz. (AP) — The state's water agency says it won't endorse a proposed lease of Colorado River water from Quartzsite.
The small town in La Paz County has an annual allocation of 1,070 acre-feet of river water. But it doesn't have a way to get the water from the river about 20 miles away.
The Central Arizona Water Conservation District has proposed leasing it for up to 50 years to replenish groundwater around Phoenix and Tucson.
- The DayAmended suit details Interior's reversal on tribal-state agreementFebruary 22, 2019
- The DayJudge allows state, tribe to pursue claim against Interior DepartmentFebruary 18, 2019
- Today's News-HeraldWildlife refuges feeling the effects of the shutdownJanuary 20, 2019
- The DayState, Mashantuckets allege Interior 'buckled' under 'undue political pressure'October 18, 2018
- The DayState, Mashantuckets press court case against federal governmentAugust 27, 2018
New agreements that could be reached between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes would enable the tribes to move forward with their East Windsor casino project without federal approval, the tribes believe.
University fined for violating Indian remains law
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A university in West Virginia has been fined $4,999 for failing to complete inventories of American Indian remains and artifacts in its possession.
The U.S. Department of the Interior notified Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert of the fine in a letter this week.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter, which said Marshall officials knew about the requirements of a 1990 federal law but failed to complete the inventories until long after a deadline.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Bureau of Land Management is seeking to reinstate independent advisory groups that were suspended last year as part of a review across the U.S. Department of the Interior.
GOLDEN SHORES — Dave Covington cares about water.
“I’ve been to all the meetings about all the water issues,” Covington said. “I was most interested tonight in learning their contingency and mitigation plans — I did get answers.”
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials on Wednesday approved two high-voltage transmission line routes in southwestern Idaho aimed at modernizing and improving reliability of the Pacific Northwest's energy grid.
The U.S. Department of the Interior's approval is for the two final segments of the Gateway West project proposed a decade ago by the Idaho Power and Rocky Mountain Power utilities.
PHOENIX — The public can learn more about groundwater remediation at the Pacific Gas and Electric Topock Compressor Station in a pair of informal open-house presentations set for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18. Both continue from 5 to 7 p.m; on Tuesday at the Needles Regional Senior Center, 1699 Bailey Ave. at Lilyhill Drive; and on Wednesday at Golden Shores Community Recreation Center, 13136 Cove Pkwy. in Topock.
Rare Death Valley wildflower no longer endangered
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials say a rare desert wildflower that only grows in Death Valley National Park is no longer endangered.
The U.S. Department of the Interior says the Eureka Valley evening primrose is no longer in need of protection.
The large flower with white petals and green leaves can be spotted on the sandy desert floor of the Eureka Valley area on the California side of the enormous park.
HORICON — It’s not often the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior visits Wisconsin to personally deliver nearly $35 million for our conservation programs.
Montana to receive $29M for conservation, recreation
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior says Montana will receive more than $29 million in funding for critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects.
KULR-TV reported Tuesday that more than $9 million will go to Sport Fish Restoration and more than $21 million will go to Wildlife Restoration funds.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced Massachusetts will receive $11.5 million for conservation and outdoor recreation projects.
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Ball State University is receiving a nearly $50,000 federal grant to develop a virtual museum for engaging Indiana's legacy in civil rights.
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced Monday that the university is receiving an African American Civil Rights Grant for the project.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago will receive $445,000 from the federal government to preserve a church on the city's West Side where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. frequently preached.
In a news release, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service said that the preservation of Stone Temple Baptist Church is one of 51 projects in 24 states to receive a total of $12.6 million in what are called African American Civil rights Grants.
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) — Officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior are heading to Long Island to hear from local residents about the federal proposal to open up new areas to offshore drilling.
U.S. House Rep. Lee Zeldin is hosting Friday's public input session. The Long Island Republican opposes the Trump administration's proposal to authorize new areas for offshore drilling for oil and natural gas.
MGM files ‘provisional’ memorandum siding with Interior in third-casino lawsuit
MGM Resorts supports the U.S. Department of the Interior's claim that a lawsuit seeking to compel the department to act on gaming amendments between the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes is flawed because the Mashantuckets never signed a so-called "compact” with the state.
Connecticut lawmakers call for probe of Interior’s handling of gaming amendments
Connecticut's U.S. senators and two of its congressmen are calling for an investigation into the U.S. Department of the Interior's failure to act on amendments to the state's gaming agreements with the casino-owning Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.
Connecticut officials call for probe of Interior Department
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials on Monday called for an investigation of the U.S. Department of the Interior's failure to act on revenue sharing agreements between the state and two Native American tribes that are needed for the tribes to build and operate a new casino.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and U.S. Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney, all Democrats, made the request in a letter to the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General.
Mohegan — Demolition work will begin by the end of the month on the East Windsor site of the proposed third Connecticut casino, the Mohegan Tribe's chairman said Thursday during a quarterly conference call with investors and gaming-industry analysts.
Gov. Deal questions offshore drilling’s effect on tourism
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal expressed skepticism about the Trump administration's plan to allow offshore oil drilling along Georgia's coast.
Local media outlets report that Deal said he would need to consider the effect on the state's tourism industry before deciding whether or not to support the federal government's plan.
URI campus center recognized as a historic district
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island says it's been informed that the core of its main campus will be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The university says the U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service recognized the campus center as a historic district.
The district includes more than a dozen structures on 29 acres.
MGM seeks to become part of lawsuit over Connecticut casino
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — MGM Resorts International has asked to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the state and two federally-recognized Native American tribes against the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Connecticut has asked a federal judge to approve amendments to a revenue-sharing agreement that would allow a new casino in East Windsor, in direct competition with an MGM casino being built in Massachusetts.
MGM Resorts International is seeking to intervene on the side of the U.S. Department of the Interior in the lawsuit the state and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes lodged last month against the department.
Hurricane Harvey flooding claims historic Katy home
Hundreds of Katy-area homes flooded as a result of the August visit by Hurricane Harvey, but only one of them represents a loss to preservationists as well as the homeowners.
Connecticut joined the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes in suing the U.S. Department of the Interior late Wednesday afternoon, a move aimed at jump-starting the dormant East Windsor casino project.
Feds fine Indiana county over Native American gravesite dig
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior is fining a central Indiana county for violating a federal law aimed at protecting Native American gravesites.
Having met last week with U.S. Department of the Interior officials, lawyers for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes sent a letter Tuesday urging the department to publish notice that amendments to the tribes' gaming compacts with the state have been "deemed approved,” action that would enable the tribes to begin building an East Windsor casino.
It is stunning, really, that more than a month has gone by since a letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior threw into question whether the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians can build the casino in East Windsor approved by the General Assembly, and Attorney General George Jepsen has yet to weigh in on the legal controversy.
Lawmakers: High user fees could hurt Acadia, national parks
BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine's congressional delegation is turning a critical eye on a U.S. Department of the Interior proposal to raise fees at national parks, including Arcadia National Park.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King sent a letter to the department after an announcement that it's proposing increasing fees at 17 national parks. The peak season increases would help offset overdue maintenance costs.
Trump opposes massive California water project
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration pulled support Wednesday from Gov. Jerry Brown's ambitious plan to build California's biggest water project in decades, casting the current form of the $16 billion proposal to build two giant tunnels as another unwanted legacy from the Obama era
Dear Answer Man, while waiting for my wife to play just about every slot machine at Treasure Island the other night, I heard that the Prairie Island tribe is planning a casino in the Woodbury area. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this is true, but is it? I come to you for wisdom.
If the proposal by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Indians to build a casino in East Windsor is not dead, it is at least down for the count, with long odds of making it back up.
Mohegan — MMCT Venture, the Mashantucket Pequot-Mohegan partnership racing to develop an East Windsor casino, believes the U.S. Department of the Interior has provided the Indian tribes with all the federal approval they need to proceed with the project, Kevin Brown, the Mohegan chairman, said today.
Zinke’s veteran daughter excoriates Trump in response to transgender military ban
The daughter of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, like her father a Navy veteran, appears, in the rawest of terms, to have excoriated President Donald Trump in a social media post after the announcement that transgender soldiers would be banned from the military.