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Acting Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Updates to BIA Handbook to Improve Land-into-Trust and Reservation Proclamation Processes

WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts announced today that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has improved its Fee-to-Trust Handbook to reduce the processing time for requests from federally recognized tribes to have land taken into trust for their benefit and proclamations that declare the lands are part of their tribal reservations. Under the revised guidance, these requests may now be submitted simultaneously.

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Acting Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Updates to BIA Handbook to Improve Land

WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts announced today that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has improved its Fee-to-Trust Handbook to reduce the processing time for requests from federally recognized tribes to have land taken into trust for their benefit and proclamations that declare the lands are part of their tribal reservations. Under the revised guidance, these requests may now be submitted simultaneously.

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Acting Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Approval of $23.5 Million Loan Guarantee for Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant Secretary –Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced the approval of a $23.5 million loan guarantee to the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) that will allow it to acquire a greater ownership interest in NTUA Wireless, LLC, a telecommunications services company serving the Navajo Nation. The company is a partnership of NTUA and Commnet Wireless, a rural wireless service provider based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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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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