facebook app symbol  twitter  linkedin  instagram 1

WASHINGTON — In addition to articles already covered by Native News Online, here is a roundup of other news released from Washington, D.C. that impacts Indian Country this past week..

Training sessions for tribal governments to happen this week

The Treasury is hosting a training session on how to submit the Final Report for Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA1) grant closeout. This session will take place Tuesday, January 10, at 3:00 pm EST. 

There are two different close out dates that are distinguished by Group A and Group B. 

​​Group A: For Tribal recipients that did not receive reallocation funding, the grant must be closed out by January 30, 2023. Grant closeout activities include finalizing journal entries, returning unused funds if applicable, and submitting the closeout report. Please see the ERA1 Closeout Resource for detailed information. 

Never miss Indian Country’s biggest stories and breaking news. Sign up to get our reporting sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning. 

Group B: For Tribal recipients that did receive reallocation funding, the next quarterly report is due for the period covering 10/01/2022 - 12/29/2022 on January 17, 2023. The grant must be closed out by April 28, 2023.

Deadline to submit written comments on HHS Tribal Consultation Policy EXTENDED

The deadline to submit written comments regarding the Health and Human Services Tribal Consultation Policy has been extended to January 27, 2023. Comments can be submitted to [email protected]

Bill to return sacred land to California Tribes signed into law

Friday, January 6, a series of bills were signed into law that would restore Tribal stewardship of sacred federal lands and ensure that our federal land management laws respect Tribal sovereignty. 

Approximately 3,500 acres of land previously owned by the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management will be moved into trust for two tribal governments in California. 

The Agua Caliente Land Exchange Fee to Trust Confirmation Act will move more than 2,500 acres of land in the San Jacinto Mountains into trust for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. 

The Katimiîn and Ameekyáaraam Sacred Lands Act will transfer ownership of roughly 1,000 acres of sacred lands from the U.S. Forest Service to the Department of the Interior to then be placed into trust for the benefit of the Karuk Tribe. 

Recreation and Public Purposes Tribal Parity Act will allow Tribal governments to participate in an existing program “Recreation and Public Purposes Act” that allows the Bureau of Land Management to sell and lease certain public lands below market value if used for specified purposes. 

Previously, Tribal governments have been excluded from this program. This law corrects this. 

Neely Bardwell (descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians), a Michigan State University student who is a staff reporter for Native News Online, contributed to these briefs.

More Stories Like This

Native News Weekly (April 21 2024): D.C. Briefs
Q+A: Journalist Connie Walker Reflects on Season 3 of 'Stolen' Podcast Investigating Navajo Nation MMIP Cases
Native Bidaské with Sarah Eagle Heart (Oglála Lakota) on the Indigenous Fashion Collective
Twelve Cherokee Nation Cyclists, 950 Miles: The 40th Annual Remember the Removal Bike Ride
Leona Carlyle-Kakar (Ak-Chin), Instrumental in Securing the 1st Water Rights Settlement in Indian Country, Walks On

Native Perspective.  Native Voices.  Native News. 

We launched Native News Online because the mainstream media often overlooks news that is important is Native people. We believe that everyone in Indian Country deserves equal access to news and commentary pertaining to them, their relatives and their communities. That's why the story you’ve just finished was free — and we want to keep it that way, for all readers.  We hope you'll consider making a donation to support our efforts so that we can continue publishing more stories that make a difference to Native people, whether they live on or off the reservation. Your donation will help us keep producing quality journalism and elevating Indigenous voices. Any contribution of any amount — big or small — gives us a better, stronger future and allows us to remain a force for change. Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous-centered journalism. Thank you.

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Native News Online is one of the most-read publications covering Indian Country and the news that matters to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other Indigenous people. Reach out to us at [email protected].