Latest U.S. Department of the Interior News

US report details church-state collusion on Native schools

May. 14, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

A new Interior Department report on the legacy of boarding schools for Native Americans underscores how closely the U.S. government collaborated with churches to Christianize them as part of a project to sever them from their culture, their identities and ultimately their land. The...

Biden cancels offshore oil lease sales in Gulf Coast, Alaska

May. 12, 2022 18:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is canceling three oil and gas lease sales scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska, removing millions of acres from possible drilling as U.S. gas prices reach record highs. The Interior Department announced the decision...

2 companies bid $315M to develop wind power off Carolinas

May. 12, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two energy companies bid a combined $315 million in an auction for the rights to produce power from wind energy in two areas off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina, the U.S. Department of the Interior said. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s...

Democrats seek criminal charges against Trump Interior head

May. 11, 2022 21:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee asked the Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate whether a Trump administration interior secretary engaged in possible criminal conduct while helping an Arizona developer get a crucial permit for a housing project. ...

US finds 500 Native American boarding school deaths so far

May. 11, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A first-of-its-kind federal study of Native American boarding schools that for over a century sought to assimilate Indigenous children into white society has identified more than 500 student deaths at the institutions, but officials expect that figure to grow exponentially...

US agency to release report on Indigenous boarding schools

May. 10, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department says it will release a report Wednesday that will begin to uncover the truth about the federal government's past oversight of Native American boarding schools. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced an initiative last June to...

Court hearing: Did Biden legally suspend oil lease sales?

May. 10, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Joe Biden legally called for suspending new and gas lease sales while considering their effect on climate change, and onshore and offshore sales were legally postponed, a federal attorney argued Tuesday. The current offshore lease sale plan states...

Big US energy transmission projects inch closer to approval

Apr. 28, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has finished another environmental review of a proposed transmission line that will carry wind-generated electricity from rural New Mexico to big cities in the West and similar reviews are planned for two more projects that would span parts of Utah...

US decides to limit leasing in Alaska petroleum reserve

Apr. 26, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department has issued a decision to limit roughly half the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to oil and gas leasing, rolling back a Trump-era policy criticized by conservationists that would have vastly expanded lands available for potential development. ...

Native American leaders push for Chaco area protections

Apr. 26, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders said Tuesday they were excited about a series of meetings this week with land managers as the Biden administration considers prohibiting new oil and gas development on hundreds of square miles of federal land in northwestern New Mexico that several...