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Bureau of Indian Affairs Reinstates Osage Leasing Regulation

WASHINGTON – Bureau of Indian Affairs Director Michael S. Black today announced that the BIA is publishing a rule to ensure that the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) reflects the effective operative version of 25 CFR Part 226, which addresses the leasing of Osage reservation lands in Oklahoma for oil and gas mining.

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Acting Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Launch of BIA's Tribal Leaders Directory as a Searchable Electronic Map

WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ popular publication, the Tribal Leaders Directory, is now available as an electronic searchable map. The map provides up-to-date contact information for the nation’s 567 federally recognized tribes and all BIA regional offices and agencies. The map can be accessed via the and websites using the Tribal Leaders Directory link.

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Secretary Jewell Joins Spokane Tribal Leaders to Mark Community's Selection as a Presidential Promise Zone

SPOKANE, WA – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined leaders of the Spokane Tribe of Indians in Washington State to commemorate the tribe’s selection as a Promise Zone, which was announced by President Obama on June 6 as part of the third and final round of Promise Zone designations. The competitively-awarded designation provides custom tailored federal support for Spokane tribal leaders to address locally-defined revitalization goals, including creating jobs through investments in renewable energy, housing construction and technology centers, and reducing crime by revising an antiquated law and order code and implementing a community policing strategy, among other strategies.

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Acting Assistant Secretary Roberts Issues Final Regulations to Strengthen Implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act Focusing on Family Unification

WASHINGTON– Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced final, updated measures to protect the rights of Indian children, their parents and their tribes in state child welfare proceedings. The measures, comprised in a final rule announced today, will support the stability and security of Indian families and tribes by providing a more consistent interpretation of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), regardless of the child welfare worker, judge or state involved.

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