May 22, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On May 22, 2008, Alaskan officials announced that they would file a legal challenge to the Department of the Interior (DOI)'s decision to list the polar bear as threatened on the endangered species list. Governor Sarah Palin claimed that the listing was unnecessary and would have a negative ...[read more]
February 26, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On February 26, 1919, US President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act into law. The Act placed the Grand Canyon under the protection of the Department of the Interior (DOI)'s National Park Service. Prior to 1919, the only federal protections afforded to the site were through ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Cody Harding
On July 13, 2010, US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar issued a six month drilling moratorium because of safety concerns based on new evidence from the BP oil spill. The moratorium targeted specific drilling technologies and affected only deep water drilling operations. The ban was lifted in ...[read more]
April 29, 2012
by Jamie Davis
Vietnamese-American activist Nguyen Quoc Quan was arrested earlier this month in Vietnam for allegedly attempting to stop celebrations in remembrance of the end of the Vietnam War, reports said on Sunday. Vietnamese newspaper Tuoi Tre reported Quan was arrested on charges of terrorism for ...[read more]
April 12, 2012
by Jamie Reese
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced a $1.023 billion settlement with 41 American Indian Tribes Wednesday. The announcement comes following a 22-month negotiation period after the tribes alleged in a class action that the DOI and the Department of ...[read more]
April 9, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On April 9, 2010, US District Judge James Robertson granted Congress additional time to reach a decision on a $3.4 billion settlement against the government brought on behalf of Native Americans for mismanagement of trust funds. The settlement would mark the end of a 14-year legal battle and the ...[read more]
March 31, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On March 31, 2010, President Barack Obama announced a comprehensive energy plan, which would increase offshore drilling but reduce vehicle emissions and overall mileage. The plan allowed drilling activity off the coasts of the mid-Atlantic and southeastern states, as well as development in ...[read more]
October 17, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
Elouise Cobell, who successfully led plaintiffs in the Indian trust class action lawsuit against the US Department of the Interior (DOI), died from cancer Sunday at age 65. The resulting $3.4 billion settlement for mismanaged Indian land royalties was the largest settlement in US government ...[read more]
July 3, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On July 3, 2010, the US territory of American Samoa concluded a constitutional convention that approved several amendments to the territory's 1967 constitution. The amendments removed much of the authority of the US Department of the Interior (DOI) in the country and shifted that power to local ...[read more]
June 22, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia Monday approved a $3.4 billion settlement in the American Indian trust class-action lawsuit. The suit has been underway for 15 years, with a federal judge approving of the most expensive class-action settlement against the US ...[read more]

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