Interior Department Releases Interim Bears Ears Monument Report

Interior Department Releases Interim Bears Ears Monument Report

On Friday, June 10th, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted the Department’s Interim Report summarizing its review and recommendations about President Obama’s designation of the Bears Ears National Monument (The 5-page Report can be found here courtesy of Turtletalk).

The Interim Report on Bears Ears recommends: (1) that the President diminish the size of the Bears Ears National Monument “through the use of appropriate authority, including lawful exercise of the President’s authority granted by the [Antiquities] Act”; (2) that the President request congressional authority to enable tribal co-management of designated cultural areas; (3) that Congress designate areas within the existing Bears Ears National Monument as national recreational or conservation areas; and (4) that Congress clarify the intent of the management practices of wilderness or wilderness study areas within a national monument.

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and the Native American Rights Fund issued separate statements opposing the Report’s findings and recommendations, and challenged the legality of the recommendation for the President to unilaterally shrink the boundaries of the Monument.

Interior will continue to accept comments on the Bears Ears review through July 10, 2017—the deadline for commenting on the other national monuments under review. You may submit written comments online at http://www.regulations.gov by entering “DOI-2017-0002” in the Search bar and clicking “Search,” or by mail to Monument Review, MS-1530, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., Washington, DC 20240.

June 13th, 2017 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Indian Healthcare and Housing Bills

June 13th, 2017 – Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Indian Healthcare and Housing Bills

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has scheduled a legislative hearing to receive testimony on the following bills.

  • S. 1250, A bill to amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to improve the recruitment and retention of employees in the Indian Health Service, restore accountability in the Indian Health Service, improve health services, and for other purposes.
  • S. 1275, A bill to improve the housing conditions and promote useful land uses within tribal communities, and for other purposes.
  • S. ____, HUD/VA Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing, and for other purposes.

The hearing will take place on Tuesday, June 13th, at 2:30 p.m. EST in Room 628 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

Witnesses for live testimony are by invitation only, and a list will be posted on the Committee’s website once confirmed. The record will be open for two weeks following the hearing for written comments. A webcast of this hearing will be available on the scheduled hearing date on the Committee website.

For more information about the hearing or the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, please visit: http://www.indian.senate.gov/.