2017 Federal Register Documents

Last updated: February, 17 2017

Next update should be ready by: March 1, 2017

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(2/14/17)

Preventing Violence Against Federal, State, Tribal, and Local Law Enforcement Officers
82 FR 10695, (PDF)



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NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children and Families
(2/10/17)

Tribal Consultation Meetings
82 FR 10364, (PDF)

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of two 1-day Tribal Consultation Sessions to be held between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, OHS leadership and the leadership of Tribal Governments operating Head Start (including Early Head Start) programs. The purpose of these Consultation Sessions is to discuss ways to better meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families, taking into consideration funding allocations, distribution formulas, and other issues affecting the delivery of Head Start services in their geographic locations [42 U.S.C. 9835, Section 640(l)(4)].

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
(2/9/17)

Onshore Oil and Gas Operations; Federal and Indian Oil and Gas Leases; Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 1, Approval of Operations
82 FR 9974, (PDF)

SUMMARY: In accordance with a January 20, 2017, Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies (memorandum) from the White House, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is delaying the effective date of a rule published on January 10, 2017.

PROPOSED RULES DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(2/8/17)

Traders With Indians
82 FR 9706, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This document announces details for Tribal consultation sessions to discuss the advance notice of proposed rulemaking on Licensed Indian Traders, which the Department of the Interior (Department) published on December 9, 2016. The Department is interested in whether to address the Indian trader regulations and, if so, how.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(2/2/17)

Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act; Indian Dam Safety
82 FR 9074, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Trust Services, Division of Water and Power, will be conducting five consultation sessions to obtain oral and written comments on the implementation of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act with regard to Indian dam safety.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(2/2/17)

Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act; Indian Dam Safety
82 FR 9074, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Office of Trust Services, Division of Water and Power, will be conducting a public meeting by teleconference to obtain input from landowners served by Indian dams on the implementation of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act with regard to Indian dam safety.

 

January

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
(1/24/17)

Privacy Act Procedures
82 FR 8139, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC or the Commission) is establishing this rule in Chapter III of title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This rule describes the procedures and policies adopted by the Commission pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974. Under the Act, a Federal agency must publish notice, in the Federal Register, of any systems of records that it intends to create as well as procedures regarding the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of the records within those systems. The Commission previously published notice of the creation of two systems of records, namely the Indian Gaming Individuals Record System and the Management Contract Individuals Record System. The regulations set forth here update the Commission's previously published procedures and serve to streamline how the Commission processes its Privacy Act requests.

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
(1/19/17)

Recognition of Tribal Organizations for Representation of VA Claimants
82 FR 6265, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations concerning recognition of certain national, State, and regional or local organizations for purposes of VA claims representation. Specifically, this rulemaking allows the Secretary to recognize tribal organizations in a similar manner as the Secretary recognizes State organizations. The final rule allows a tribal organization that is established and funded by one or more tribal governments to be recognized for the purpose of providing assistance on VA benefit claims. In addition, the final rule allows an employee of a tribal government to become accredited through a recognized State organization in a similar manner as a County Veterans' Service Officer (CVSO) may become accredited through a recognized State organization. The effect of this action is to address the needs of Native American populations who are geographically isolated from existing recognized Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) or who may not be utilizing other recognized VSOs due to cultural barriers or lack of familiarity with those organizations.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(1/18/17)

Proposed Membership of the Bureau of Indian Education Accountability Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
82 FR 5473, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior has selected proposed members to form the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Accountability Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (Committee) which will recommend revisions to the existing regulations to implement the Secretary's responsibility to define the standards, assessments, and accountability system for Bureau-funded schools, as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Representatives were nominated by Tribes whose students attend Bureau-funded schools. After considering nominations, the Secretary proposes to appoint the persons named in this notice as Tribal Committee members. Tribes, Tribal organizations, and individual Tribal members may submit comments on the proposed Tribal Committee membership, apply for Tribal membership on the Committee, or submit other nominations for Tribal membership on the Committee. The Secretary also proposes to appoint Federal representatives to the Committee as listed.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(1/17/17)

Land Acquisitions; Craig Tribal Association, Craig, Alaska
82 FR 4915, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary--Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire 1.08 acres, more or less, of land in trust for the Craig Tribal Association, Alaska, for economic development and other purposes on January 10, 2017.

Related News: DOI approves Craig Land-into-Trust application (Capital City Weekly) 1/18/17

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(1/17/17)

Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible To Receive Services From the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
82 FR 4915 , (PDF)

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the current list of 567 Tribal entities recognized and eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) by virtue of their status as Indian Tribes. The list is updated from the notice published on May 4, 2016 (81 FR 26826).

Related News: Bureau of Indian Affairs releases annual listing of recognized tribes (Indianz) 1/18/17

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(1/13/17)

Identifying Lands Subject to Secretarial Order of Restoration of February 22, 1945
82 FR 4407 , (PDF)

SUMMARY: On February 22, 1945, the Secretary of the Interior issued an Order restoring to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians of Minnesota (``Tribe'') certain lands that the Tribe had previously ceded to the United States for use by non-Indians. The lands restored to the Tribe by the 1945 Order are lands that were continuously held in trust by the United States since the cessions, that were never sold or otherwise disposed of, and for which the Tribe was never paid. This notice provides a partial list of the legal descriptions of lands restored to the Tribe by the 1945 Order. The Secretary included in the 1945 Order ``lands which have been assessed for drainage works by the State of Minnesota under the authority of the Volstead Act of May 20, 1908 . . . subject to any existing valid rights.'' The Department has reviewed and resolved title issues that arose regarding applicability of the Volstead Act. Thus, without further delay, these legal descriptions are published as representing lands among the lands restored to the Tribe as trust lands.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(1/13/17)

Reservation Proclamations
82 FR 4405 , (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has updated its Fee-to- Trust Handbook to include procedural guidance for its employees on processing reservation proclamations, including simultaneous requests for trust acquisition and reservation proclamations.

NOTICE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
(1/09/16)

Tribal Policy Statement
82 FR 2402, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing this Statement of Policy to set forth principles to be followed by the NRC staff to promote effective government-to-government interactions with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, and to encourage and facilitate Tribal involvement in the areas over which the Commission has jurisdiction. It provides agencywide guidelines that achieve consistency, but also encourage custom-tailored approaches to consultation and coordination that reflect the circumstances of each situation and the preference of each Tribal government. It is the NRC's expectation that all program and regional office consultation and coordination practices will be consistent with or adhere to the NRC Tribal Policy Statement.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children and Families
(1/09/16)

Request for Information
82 FR 2366, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This Request for Information (RFI) seeks recommendations for future work with and on behalf of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) leadership, tribes, tribal organizations, and populations in accord with ACF's vision of ``children, youth, families, individuals, and communities who are resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure.''

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Food and Drug Administration
(1/05/16)

Food and Drug Administration Tribal Consultation Policy; Availability
82 FR 1348, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing the availability of the FDA Tribal Consultation Policy. The purpose of the FDA Tribal Consultation Policy is to further the government-to- government relationship between FDA and American Indian and Alaskan Native Tribes (Indian Tribes) and facilitate tribal consultation with FDA. The FDA Tribal Consultation Policy provides background on FDA's mission and organizational structure and elaborates on the principles and guidelines in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tribal Consultation Policy. This policy finalizes the draft FDA Tribal Consultation Policy issued in February 2016.

RULES AND REGULATIONS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children and Families

 

 

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