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Assistant Secretary Washburn Announces Revised Guidelines to Ensure that Native Children and Families Receive the Full Protection of the Indian Child Welfare Act

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).

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Tribal Consultation on Principles, Requirements and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies

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.

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Interior Department to Announce $8 Million for Tribal Climate Change Adaptation and Planning Projects

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 Resilience Program.

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Secretary Jewell to Visit Alaska, Attend Alaska Federation of Natives Leadership Summit

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.

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