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Stories with organization: U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Lawsuit challenges tribal reservation decision 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 4:36 pm

    TAUNTON, Massachusetts - A group of Massachusetts residents is challenging the federal government's decision to grant the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe reservation lands to build a casino.

  • Coal projects advance but won't be final under moratorium 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 4:07 pm

    CASPER, Wyoming - U.S. officials on Wednesday cleared the way for a review of two mining projects that would dig up 644 million tons of coal from public lands, despite a recent government moratorium halting federal coal sales.

  • Navajo lawmakers approve water rights settlement with Utah 
    Updated: Jan-27-16 12:51 am

    FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation approved legislation Tuesday to settle the tribe's claims to water in the upper Colorado River basin in Utah.

  • Wildfire plan seen as biggest land policy change in decades 
    Updated: Jan-26-16 5:49 pm

    BOISE, Idaho - A year after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell shifted the national approach to fighting wildfires across a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West, her strategy is turning out to be one of the most significant federal land policy changes in some 80 years, public land experts, outdoor enthusiasts and scientists say.

  • Judge in climate suit tells feds to re-examine coal mine 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 6:32 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - Federal officials must re-examine a 117 million-ton expansion of an eastern Montana coal mine after a judge sided with environmentalists who sued over the project's potential to make climate change worse and cause other environmental damage.

  • Montana officials object to limits on mining because of bird 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 6:58 pm

    BILLINGS, Montana - Montana's governor and attorney general are objecting to a federal proposal to withdraw almost a million acres of public lands from future mining to protect greater sage grouse.

  • New Mexico pueblo reclaims swath of historic tribal homeland 
    Updated: Jan-15-16 8:17 pm

    ISLETA PUEBLO, New Mexico - A Native American pueblo at the edge of New Mexico's largest city added 140 square miles of its historic homelands to its jurisdiction Friday under a deal the U.S. Interior Department says represents the single largest transfer of land back to a tribe's control.

  • Report: Assault weapons improperly bought for park rangers 
    Updated: Jan-14-16 8:29 pm

    MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE, California - A supervisor at the Mojave National Preserve in California violated policy by buying fully automatic assault rifles and dozens of flash-bang grenades, according to a federal study released Thursday.