Latest U.S. Department of the Interior News

Oklahoma tribe warns 'intolerable risk' over gaming dispute

Dec. 5, 2019 5:06 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With a deadline for new Oklahoma gaming compact looming, a Native American tribe has warned the federal government that it might take legal action to avoid disruption to tribal casino operations in the state. Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S....

Conservation groups sue to rewrite bull trout recovery plan

Nov. 24, 2019 10:55 AM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A trio of conservation groups are suing the U.S. government over its plan for the recovery of threatened bull trout. Save the Bull Trout, Friends of the Wild Swan and Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the lawsuit against the heads of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S....

US agency to consider expanded drilling in Alaska reserve

Nov. 21, 2019 6:20 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Trump administration will consider a new management plan and expanded oil drilling for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, an Indiana-size area that former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar characterized as an “iconic place on our Earth.” The Bureau of Land...

Officials to announce new wildlife refuge in Kentucky

Nov. 21, 2019 4:45 AM EST

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Federal officials plan to announce a new national wildlife refuge in western Kentucky. A statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior says Secretary David Bernhardt and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell will join other dignitaries Friday in Henderson to announce the Green River National...

Feds: We were wrong on sand-dredge ban in south New Jersey

Nov. 7, 2019 1:08 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal government has dropped its objection to some southern New Jersey towns using sand from a nearby offshore site to replenish their beaches. The recent action by U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt should make ongoing beach widening and storm protection projects less...

Dems in Congress demand update on Interior wild horse plans

Oct. 27, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Congressional Democrats are demanding the Interior Department produce an overdue report on plans to manage wild horses roaming federal lands in the West after the head of its public lands agency told reporters it will take $5 billion and 15 years to get overpopulated herds under control....

New Mexico city to sell former government-owned facility

Oct. 24, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico city officials have announced plans to sell a $150,000 property the city acquired from the federal government. Roswell Daily Record reported Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Interior built the industrial site in 1962 or 1963 and used it as a saline water testing plant...

Trump plans to nominate Kindred for Alaska judgeship

Oct. 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to nominate Joshua Kindred to a federal judgeship in Alaska. The White House made the announcement Wednesday. According to Kindred's bio, he is the regional solicitor for the U.S. Interior Department in Alaska. He has previously worked as environmental...

US Interior Department activities generated $8B for Colorado

Oct. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Activities managed by the U.S. Department of Interior have resulted in about $8 billion contributed to Colorado's gross domestic product primarily from energy and mineral development. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that the Interior Department released a report...

Alaska Native village sues federal agency over gaming hall

Oct. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native Village filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Interior Department in a continuing campaign to open a tribal gambling hall, officials said. Officials from Eklutna filed the lawsuit seeking to open a hall in Chugiak, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of downtown...