WASHINGTON, D.C. - In keeping with President Obama's commitment to supporting Indian families and building resilient, thriving tribal communities, Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn today announced action the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has taken to help prevent the further dissolution of American Indian and Alaska Native families through the misapplication of the indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 (Public Law 95-608).
The Department of the Interior (DOl) will be hosting tribal consultations and welcomes the
opportunity to consult with you regarding DOl's implementation of the updated Principles,
Requirements and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies
(PR&Gs). The PR&Gs provide a common framework for evaluating Federal water resource
investments, updating the Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and
Related Land Resources that have been in place since 1983. DOl representatives, including the
Bureau oflndian Affairs, the Bureau ofReclamation, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service, will participate and discuss the
implications of these guidelines for tribes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to prepare communities
nationwide for the impacts of a changing climate, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today
announced that the Interior Department will make available $8 million to fund projects that promote
tribal climate change adaptation and ocean and coastal management planning through its Tribal Climate
At the invitation of the Alaska Federation of Natives, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will attend the organization’s leadership meeting in Alaska next week.