WASHINGTON - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts, who leads the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, today announced the Department’s decision to place a 1.08-acre land parcel owned by the Craig Tribal Association, a federally recognized tribe headquartered in the City of Craig, Alaska, into federal Indian trust status. The decision is the first under the Department’s revised rule for taking tribal land into trust in Alaska.
WASHINGTON – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced final, updated Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) guidelines for implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) that will better protect the rights of Indian children, their parents and their tribes in state child welfare proceedings.
WASHINGTON - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts,
who leads the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, joined Assistant Secretary of the
Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy to announce the transfer of 24,959 acres previously
acquired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the construction of the Garrison Dam project
to the Department of the Interior, which will hold the land in trust for the Three Affiliated Tribes
of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. The acres, now excess to the project, consist
mostly of undeveloped grasslands situated above the maximum flood control pool for Lake
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service (IHS) and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) entered into an Interagency Agreement today that will increase access to mental and behavioral health services for students attending BIE schools and youth detained in BIA Office of Justice Services (OJS) facilities.