Latest U.S. Department of the Interior News

Interior Dept. to require body cams for law enforcement

Oct. 03, 2022 15:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Interior Department on Monday launched a set of new policies that would require thousands of law enforcement officers to wear body cameras, ensures the release of footage in some critical incidents and restricts the use of so-called no-knock warrants. The...

Tribes say North Dakota is tampering with mineral royalties

Sep. 14, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is accusing North Dakota officials of tampering with the tribes' efforts to collect royalties from oil and gas production underneath a riverbed on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The state says the tribes have no legal claim. ...

Increasing pressures on Colorado River water in New Mexico

Sep. 14, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Colorado River tributaries in New Mexico bring water to the alfalfa fields in the Four Corners and the forested hills of the Gila wilderness in the southwestern part of the state. But Colorado River and reservoir management was designed during a much wetter...

US takes aim at some Trump offshore safety rule rollbacks

Sep. 12, 2022 21:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Department of the Interior said Monday that it wants to reverse some Trump administration rollbacks of offshore safety rules to prevent blowouts like the BP catastrophe that killed 11 people and fouled the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. "This proposed...

Judge restores oil lease on land sacred to US, Canada tribes

Sep. 09, 2022 19:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the Biden administration to reinstate a drilling lease that has been in dispute for decades on land near the Blackfeet Indian Reservation that is considered sacred to Native American tribes in the U.S. and Canada. The...

US changes names of places with racist term for Native women

Sep. 08, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. government has joined a ski resort and others that have quit using a racist term for a Native American woman by renaming hundreds of peaks, lakes, streams and other geographical features on federal lands in the West and elsewhere. New names for nearly...

Catawba Nation opens sports book inside new NC casino

Sep. 06, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Another sports-gambling venue opened on Tuesday in North Carolina, this time at the temporary casino opened by the Catawba Nation last year along Interstate 85 near the South Carolina border. The sports book inside the Catawba Two Kings Casino in Kings...

Montana ranchers, officials appeal bison grazing on US land

Aug. 29, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A ranching group and Republican state officials have asked a federal panel to reverse the Biden administration's approval of bison grazing on U.S. lands in central Montana as part of a vast nature reserve. Federal officials last month approved a request by...

Biggest US holding pen planned for wild horses faces suit

Aug. 17, 2022 21:52 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Advocates for wild horses are accusing federal land managers of illegally approving plans for the largest U.S. holding facility for thousands of mustangs captured on public rangeland in 10 Western states. Friends of Animals said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday up to...

Judge revives Obama-era ban on coal sales from US lands

Aug. 12, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday reinstated a moratorium on coal leasing from federal lands that was imposed under former President Barack Obama and then scuttled under former President Donald Trump, in an order that marked a major setback to the already struggling coal industry....