Latest U.S. Department of the Interior News

Construction to begin soon on new US offshore wind farm

Jan. 19, 2022 12:36 PM EST

Construction will soon begin on the second commercial-scale, offshore wind energy project to gain approval in the United States, the developers said. The U.S. Department of the Interior approved it in November, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued its approval letter...

Coconino County supervisors fill a vacant seat in District 7

Jan. 07, 2022 00:08 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has appointed Theresa Hatathlie to fill a vacant seat in Legislative District 7. In a special session Thursday, the board voted unanimously to appoint Hatathlie, a Democrat. The seat was previously held...

New federal law affirms Catawba casino in North Carolina

Jan. 01, 2022 10:28 AM EST

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — A new federal law affirms the operation of a casino in North Carolina by the South Carolina-based Catawba Indian Nation, ending a yearslong dispute between the tribes. President Joe Biden signed the The Catawba Indian Nation Lands Act, which was included...

Company seeks to restore oil lease on land sacred to tribes

Dec. 23, 2021 19:11 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a Louisiana oil and gas company have asked a federal judge to reinstate a drilling lease it held on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in the U.S. and Canada. The long-disputed energy lease in the Badger-Two Medicine area of...

Arizona Sen. Peshlakai resigns, moves to Interior Department

Dec. 23, 2021 16:19 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The first Native American woman elected to Arizona’s Senate has resigned to take a position with the U.S. Department of the Interior. “I will begin work at the federal level in the new year and will be more impactful for all of the western United States,”...

Interior Department reaffirms status of tribe's reservation

Dec. 22, 2021 19:38 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts tribe's long-disputed reservation was reaffirmed by the Biden administration on Wednesday. The decision by the U.S. Interior Department confirmed the status of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe’s Reservation, Tribe Chair Brian Weeden said in a...

Evers signs gambling deal with St. Croix Chippewa

Dec. 21, 2021 09:03 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gamblers may soon have more opportunities to wager on sports in Wisconsin. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration announced Monday that it has amended its gaming compact with the St. Croix Chippewa to allowing betting on sports and other events at tribal...

FAA license boosts Georgia spaceport, but more reviews ahead

Dec. 20, 2021 17:25 PM EST

KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency on Monday granted a license for a launchpad that would fly commercial rockets from coastal Georgia. The Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of a launch site operator license for Spaceport Camden marks a significant milestone for the...

FAA: Georgia spaceport decision near, but more study needed

Dec. 17, 2021 16:27 PM EST

KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency expects to announce its decision Monday on whether to allow a launchpad that would send commercial rockets into space from coastal Georgia. However, the Federal Aviation Administration is emphasizing that a license authorizing Camden County to...

Interior Secretary addresses West's worsening drought crisis

Dec. 12, 2021 19:25 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was in Las Vegas on Sunday to address the worsening drought crisis in the West. Haaland and Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo held a listening session with local elected officials, business leaders and...