Latest U.S. Department of the Interior News

Feds sign off on Connecticut plan to allow online gaming

Sep. 09, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday that Connecticut has received a key federal approval for its plan to allow legalized sports wagering, online gambling and other new forms of betting. The U.S. Department of the Interior has signed off on needed...

2 Hawaiians appointed to positions in powerful US agency

Sep. 03, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — President Joe Biden's appointment of two Native Hawaiians to the U.S. Department of the Interior could influence federal policy for Hawaii's Indigenous people and other Pacific Islanders. Summer Sylva, who is currently head of the Native Hawaiian Legal...

WA tribal casinos get final federal OK for sports betting

Sep. 01, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Sports betting in tribal casinos in Washington could be offered in some by the opening week of the NFL season. The Seattle Times reports the U.S. Department of the Interior approved sports gambling compact amendments for the Puyallup, Tulalip, Snoqualmie,...

Connecticut panel OKs sports betting, online gambling rules

Aug. 31, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

With the NFL regular season kicking off Sept. 9, the state of Connecticut took a major step closer on Tuesday toward legalized sports wagering, online gambling and other new forms of betting after a legislative committee approved emergency regulations for the new gambling market. ...

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, partner wed in New Mexico

Aug. 30, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland married her longtime partner Skip Sayre Saturday night in New Mexico. Haaland wore a dress designed and sewn by her sister, said Interior Department spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz. The ceremony incorporated...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Aug. 25, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. August 21, 2021. Editorial: Protect the BWCA and complete study Public deserves to know when halted analysis of copper mining’s risks to wilderness will be completed. Raging wildfires and a deepening...

Judge throws out Trump-era approvals for Alaska oil project

Aug. 18, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday threw out Trump administration approvals for a large planned oil project on Alaska’s North Slope, saying the federal review was flawed and didn't include mitigation measures for polar bears. U.S. District Court...

Native activists hope for probe of Utah boarding school

Aug. 14, 2021 08:02 AM EDT

Not much is left of the Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah. The once-sprawling campus is now mostly barren fields of dying grass. A giant white letter “I” fades away on the nearby mountainside. Just a few buildings remain. One sits empty and abandoned....

Park Service pushes back against licensing Georgia spaceport

Aug. 13, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The National Park Service is pushing back after a U.S. government report recommended approval of a launch pad for commercial rockets on the Georgia coast, saying a chance of explosive misfires over a federally protected island popular with tourists and campers poses an...

Lawsuit: US withholding wildfire fuel break information

Aug. 13, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists are accusing federal land managers of illegally withholding information about environmental assessments used to justify plans to create fuel breaks to slow wildfires by clearing forests and shrubs across six western states with little if any public...