2018 Federal Register Documents

Last updated: November 7, 2018

Next update should be ready by: November 14, 2018

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PROCLAMATION; EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Presidential Documents- Proclamation 9818
(11/6/18)

National Native American Hertiage Month 2018
83 FR 55461, (PDF)

SUMMARY: During National Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate the legacy of the first people to call this land home. America’s Native Americans have fortified our country with their traditions and values, making tremendous contributions to every aspect of our national life. We remain committed to preserving and protecting Native American cultures, languages, and history, while ensuring prosperity and opportunity for all Native Americans.

NOTICE; DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(11/5/18)

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
83 FR 55395, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 156.97 acres, more or less, an addition to the reservation of the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation of Washington on October 12, 2018.

NOTICE; DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(11/5/18)

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Skokomish Indian Tribe of Washington
83 FR 55396, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 581.96 acres, more or less, an addition to the reservation of the Skokomish Indian Tribe of Washington on October 12, 2018.



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PROPOSED RULE; ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Environemental Protection Agency
(10/31/18)

Indian Country: Air Quality Planning and Management; Federal Implementation Plan for Kalispel Indian Communtiy of teh Kalispel Reservation, Washington; Redesignation to a PSD Class I Area
83 FR 54691, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve and seek public comment on the May 11, 2017, proposal by the Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation (herein referred to as the Kalispel Tribe of Indians or Kalispel Tribe) to redesignate lands within the exterior boundaries of the Kalispel Indian Reservation located in the State of Washington to Class I under the Clean Air Act (Act or CAA) program for the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) of air quality. Redesignation to Class I will result in lowering the allowable increases in ambient concentrations of particulate matter (PM), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen oxides (NOX) on the Kalispel Indian Reservation. The EPA is proposing to codify the redesignation through a revision to the Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) currently in place for the Kalispel Indian Reservation. This FIP will be implemented by the EPA unless or until it is replaced by a Tribal Implementation Plan (TIP).

ANNOUNCEMENT; COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
(10/23/18)

Notice of Public Meeting of the Alaska Advisory Committee
83 FR 53446, (PDF)

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) that a meeting of the Alaska Advisory Committee (Committee) to the Commission will be held at 12:00 p.m. (Alaska Time) Thursday, October 25, 2018. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to review sections of the AK SAC report on Alaska Native voting rights and debrief web-hearings on mailin voting.

 

September

NOTICE; SOLICATION OF COMMENTS DEPARTMENT OF STATE
[Public Notice 10556]
(9/24/18)

Notice of Availability of the Draft of Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Mainline Alternative Route in Nebraska; Public Meeting Announcement
83 FR 48358, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of State (Department) announces the availability for public review and comment of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS) for the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Mainline Alternative Route (MAR) in Nebraska. The Draft SEIS—consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969—analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the Keystone XL MAR. In connection with the publication of the Draft SEIS, the Department will hold a public meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska on Tuesday, October 9.

CORRECTION;NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(9/11/18)

Indian Gaming; Approval of Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact Amendments in the State of Oklahoma
83 FR 45958, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) published a notice in the Federal Register of August 17, 2018, containing a list of approved Tribal-State Class III gaming compacts (83 FR 41101) that inadvertently omitted one Tribe from the second list.

 

August

NUREG, ISSUANCE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(8/24/18)

Tribal Protocol Manual
83 FR 42944, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing NUREG– 2173, ‘‘Tribal Protocol Manual,’’ which: Facilitates effective consultations and interactions between the NRC and Native American Tribes related to activities within the scope of the NRC’s jurisdiction; explains that Tribes are unique governmental entities and are not extensions of State or local governments; assists NRC management and staff in recognizing these distinctions and creates a more open and productive working relationship with Native American Tribal governments; and supplements the NRC staff’s working knowledge by providing Tribal outreach, experience, and practical guidance to NRC personnel who have had limited interactions with Native American Tribes.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Office on Violence Against Women
(8/24/18)

Office on Violence Against Women
83 FR 42940, (PDF)

SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App.2), and Title IX of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA 2005), the Attorney General has determined that the renewal of the Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women (hereinafter ‘‘the Task Force’’) is necessary and in the public interest and will provide information that will assist the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to develop and implement a program of research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and murder. The program of research will evaluate the effectiveness of the Federal, state, and tribal response to violence against Indian women and will propose recommendations to improve these responses. Title IX of VAWA 2005 also required the Attorney General to establish a Task Force to assist NIJ with development of the research study and the implementation of the recommendations. The Attorney General, acting through the Director of the Office on Violence Against Women, originally established the Task Force on March 31, 2008. The Charter to renew the Task Force was filed with Congress on July 20, 2018. The Task Force is comprised of representatives from national tribal domestic violence and sexual assault nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and national tribal organizations. Task Force members, with the exception of travel and per diem for official travel, shall serve without compensation. The Director of the Office on Violence Against Women shall serve as the Designated Federal officer for the Task Force.

NOTICE OF TRIBAL CONSULTATION DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children and Families
(8/17/18)

Administration for Native Americans; Notice of Meeting
83 FR 42505, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will host a Tribal Consultation to consult on ACF programs and tribal priorities. Date: September 13, 2018.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(8/17/18)

Notice of Availability of the Draft Bears Ears National Monuent Indian Creek and Shash Jaa Units Monument Management Plans and Associated Environmental Impact Statement, Utah
83 FR 41111, (PDF)

SUMMARY: In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Canyon Country District Office, in coordination with the United States Forest Service (USFS), Manti-La Sal National Forest, has prepared Draft Monument Management Plans (MMPs) and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Bears Ears National Monument (BENM) Indian Creek and Shash Ja´a Units. By this Notice, the BLM is announcing the opening of the public comment period.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(8/17/18)

Indian Gaming; Approval of Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact Amendments in the State of Oklahoma
83 FR 41102, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The State of Oklahoma entered into compact amendments with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and with the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma governing certain forms of class III gaming; this notice announces the approval of the State of Oklahoma Gaming Compact Non-house-Banked Table Games Supplement between the State of Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma.

REQUEST FOR COMMENTS; DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(8/14/18)

Subsistence Taking of Northern Fur Seals on the Pribilof Islands
83 FR 40192, (PDF)

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes to modify the subsistence use regulations for the Eastern Pacific stock of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) in response to a petition from the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island, Tribal Government (ACSPI). The Fur Seal Act (FSA) prohibits all taking of northern fur seals except in accordance with regulations authorizing Alaska Natives who reside on the Pribilof Islands (Pribilovians) to take northern fur seals for subsistence uses in compliance with a number of explicit regulatory restrictions. The proposed rule would simplify the existing regulations and would enable Pribilovians on St. Paul Island to resume traditional cultural practices that are prohibited by existing regulations, with no adverse consequences to northern fur seals at the population level. The proposed rule would streamline and simplify the regulations and otherwise eliminate several duplicative and unnecessary regulations governing St. Paul and St. George Islands.

 

July

REQUEST FOR COMMENTS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Indian Health Service
(7/24/18)

Draft Indian Health Service Strategic Plan Fiscal Year 2018-2022
83 FR 35012, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Indian Health Service (IHS) is developing an Agency-wide Strategic Plan to guide the work and strengthen partnerships with Tribes and Urban Indian Organizations. The IHS is seeking public comment on its Draft IHS Strategic Plan fiscal year (FY) 2018– 2022 (Draft IHS Strategic Plan FY 2018– 2022). Additionally, notice is given that the IHS will conduct a Tribal Consultation and Urban Indian Confer regarding the Draft IHS Strategic Plan FY 2018–2022. In addition to the virtual town hall sessions, the IHS will seek other opportunities to solicit input from Tribal and Urban Indian programs on the Draft IHS Strategic Plan FY 2018– 2022 during the comment period. For IHS Strategic Plan events during the comment period, please check the IHS Event Calendar at: https://www.ihs.gov/ ihscalendar/.

PROPOSED RULE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(7/23/18)

Rights-of-Way on Indian Land; Bond Exemption
83 FR 34802, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This proposed rule would exempt Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments from the requirement to obtain a bond, insurance, or alternative form of security for a right-of-way across Indian land and BIA land where such governments are prohibited by law from obtaining security.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(7/23/18)

Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
83 FR 34863, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This notice publishes the current list of 573 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 January 30, 2018.

FINAL RULE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(7/18/18)

Change of Address; Office of Federal Acknowledgment
83 FR 33825, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is amending its regulations to reflect a change of address for the Office of Federal Acknowledgment. This rule is a technical amendment that corrects the address for filing petitions for Federal acknowledgment as an Indian Tribe.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(7/6/18)

HEARTH Act Approval of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon's Tirbal Code
83 FR 31563, (PDF)

SUMMARY: On June 11, 2018, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (Tribe) leasing regulations under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012 (HEARTH Act). With this approval, the Tribe is authorized to enter into business leases without further BIA approval.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(7/6/18)

HEARTH Act Approval of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, California Business Site Leasing Code
83 FR 31562, (PDF)

SUMMARY: On June 11, 2018, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, California, leasing regulations under the HEARTH Act. With this approval, the Band is authorized to enter into business leases without BIA approval.

 

June

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(6/4/18)

Indian Child Welfare Act; Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice
83 FR 25685, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The regulations implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act provide that Indian Tribes may designate an agent other than the Tribal chairman for service of notice of proceedings under the Act. This notice includes the current list of designated Tribal agents for service of notice.

 

May

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(5/10/18)

Land Acquisitions; the Muscogee (Creek) Nation
83 FR 18948, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire 48.58 acres, more or less, of land near the City of Eufaula, McIntosh County, Oklahoma, (Fountainhead Site) in trust for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation for gaming and other purposes on April 30, 2018.

 

April

FINAL RULE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
Federal Communications Commission
(4/30/18)

Connect America Fund
83 FR 18948, (PDF)

SUMMARY: In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) for the period beginning January 1, 2017, increases the amount of operating costs that carriers that predominantly serve Tribal lands can recover from the universal service fund (USF) in recognition that they are likely to have higher costs than carriers not serving Tribal lands. This action will provide additional funding to these carriers to provide both voice and broadband services to their customers.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(4/30/18)

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico
83 FR 18860, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, exercising the authority of the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs, proclaimed approximately 323.763 acres, more or less, an addition to the reservation of the Pueblo of Pojoaque, New Mexico on March 12, 2018.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(4/19/18)

HEARTH Act Approval of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin's Regulation
83 FR 17430, (PDF)

SUMMARY: On January 23, 2018, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin (previously listed as Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin) (Nation) leasing regulations under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012 (HEARTH Act). With this approval, the Nation is authorized to enter into business, agricultural and residential lease.

ANNOUNCEMENT DEPARTMENT OFHEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Indian Health Service
(4/17/18)

Office of Tribal Self-Governance; Planning Cooperative Agreement
83 FR 16885, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The purpose of this Planning Cooperative Agreement is to provide resources to Tribes interested in entering the TSGP and to existing SelfGovernance Tribes interested in assuming new or expanded PSFAs. Title V of the ISDEAA requires a Tribe or Tribal organization to complete a planning phase to the satisfaction of the Tribe. The planning phase must include legal and budgetary research and internal Tribal government planning and organizational preparation relating to the administration of health care programs. See 25 U.S.C. 5383(d). The planning phase is critical to negotiations and helps Tribes make informed decisions about which PSFAs to assume and what organizational changes or modifications are necessary to successfully support those PSFAs. A thorough planning phase improves timeliness and efficient negotiations and ensures that the Tribe is fully prepared to assume the transfer of IHS PSFAs to the Tribal health program.
Application Deadline Date: June 17, 2018 Review Date: June 25–29, 2018 Earliest Anticipated Start Date: July 15, 2018, Tribal Resolutions Due Date: June 17, 2018.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(4/11/18)

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Michigan
83 FR 15598, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs, exercising the authority of the Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs, proclaimed approximately 79.54 acres, more or less, an addition to the reservation of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Michigan on March 12, 2018.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Food and Nutrition Service
(4/10/18)

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Request for Administrative Review- Food Retailers and Wholesalers
83 FR 15354, (PDF)

SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed information collection. This collection is a revision of a currently approved collection for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Request for Administrative Review.

 

March

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(3/30/18)

HEARTH Act Approval of Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Indian Reservation Code of Laws, Trust Lands Leasing Code
83 FR 13774, (PDF)

SUMMARY: On November 9, 2017, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Indian Reservation’s leasing regulations under the HEARTH Act. With this approval, the Tribe is authorized to enter into leases for business and residential purposes without BIA approval.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(3/28/18)

Land Acquisitions: The Shawnee Tribe
83 FR 13300, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior made a final agency determination to acquire 102.98 acres, more or less, of land near the City of Guymon, Texas County, Oklahoma, in trust for the Shawnee Tribe for gaming and other purposes on January 19, 2018.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(3/28/18)

HEARTH Act Approval of Ramona Band of Cahuilla's Business Site Leasing Ordinance
83 FR 13293, (PDF)

SUMMARY: On December 29, 2017, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Ramona Band of Cahuilla’s leasing regulations under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012 (HEARTH Act). With this approval, the Tribe is authorized to enter into leases for business purposes without further BIA approval.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(3/28/18)

HEARTH Act Approval of Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe's Business Site Leasing Regulations
83 FR 13298, (PDF)

SUMMARY: On November 9, 2017, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Business Site Leasing regulations under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012 (HEARTH Act). With this approval, the Tribe is authorized to enter into business site leases without further BIA approval.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(3/28/18)

HEARTH Act Approval of Coquille Indian Tribe Ordinance
83 FR 13299, (PDF)

SUMMARY: On November 9, 2017, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Coquille Indian Tribe leasing regulations under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012 (HEARTH Act). With this approval, the Tribe is authorized to enter into business site leases without further BIA approval.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(3/28/18)

HEARTH Act Approval of Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Indian Lands Leasing Act of 2017 Regulations
83 FR 13295, (PDF)

SUMMARY: On December 28, 2017, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approved the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Indian Lands Leasing Act of 2017 leasing Regulations under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act of 2012 (HEARTH Act). With this approval, the Tribe is authorized to enter into business, wind and solar, wind energy evaluation, and other authorized purposes leases without further BIA approval.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children and Families
(3/15/18)

Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
83 FR 11449, (PDF)

SUMMARY: ACF is seeking public suggestions, in particular from state and tribal title IV–E agencies and Indian tribes and tribal consortiums and other stakeholders, for streamlining the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data elements and removing any undue burden related to reporting AFCARS.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR
Office of the Secretary
(3/9/18)

List of Programs Eligible for Inclusion in Funding Agreements Negotiated with Self-Governance Tribes by Interior Bureaus other than the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Fiscal Year 2018 Programmatic Targets.
83 FR 10512, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This notice lists programs or portions of programs that are eligible for inclusion in self-governance funding agreements with Indian Tribes and lists Fiscal Year 2018 programmatic targets for each of the non-Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) bureaus in the Department of the Interior (Department), pursuant to Title IV of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (Act), as amended.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MEETING COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
(3/1/18)

Notice of Public Meeting of the Alaska Advisory Committee
83 FR 8831 , (PDF)

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) that a meeting of the Alaska Advisory Committee (Committee) to the Commission will be held at 1:00 p.m. (Alaska Time) Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The purpose of the meeting is for the Committee to vote on the final advisory memorandum on Alaska Native voting rights that will be issued to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

 

February

NOTICE INSTITUE OF AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE CULTURE AND ARTS DEVELOPMENT
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development
(2/28/18)

Request for Nominations to the Board of Trustees.
83 FR 8698 , (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Board directs the Administration of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development, including soliciting, accepting, and disposing of gifts, bequests, and other properties for the benefit of the Institute. The Institute provides scholarly study of and instruction in Indian art and culture, and establishes programs which culminate in the awarding of degrees in the various fields of Indian art and culture. The Board consists of thirteen members appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the consent of the U.S. Senate, who are American Indians or persons knowledgeable in the field of Indian art and culture. This notice requests nominations to fill four expiring terms on the Board of Trustees.

NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Bureau of the Census
(2/15/18)

Census Tracts for the 2020 Census-Proposed Criteria
83 FR 6941, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Census Bureau is publishing this notice in the Federal Register to request comments from the public and other government agencies on census tracts. The Census Bureau will respond to the comments received as part of the publication of final criteria in the Federal Register. After the final criteria are published in the Federal Register,the Census Bureau will offer designated governments or organizations an opportunity to review and, if necessary, suggest updates to the boundaries and attributes of the census tracts in their geographic area under the Participant Statistical Areas Program(PSAP). In addition to reviewing and updating census tracts, the program also reviews and updates census block groups, census designated places, census county divisions, and statistical tribal geographic areas. The Census Bureau will issue notices in the Federal Register for each of these geographies.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(2/14/18)

Notice of Deadline for Submitting Completed Applications to Begin Participation in the Tribal Self-Governance Program in the Fiscal year 2019 or Calender Year 2019
83 FR 6612, (PDF)

SUMMARY: In this notice, the Office of Self-Governance (OSG) establishes a March 1, 2018, deadline for Indian Tribes/consortia to submit completed applications to begin participation in the Tribal self-governance program in fiscal year 2019 or calendar year 2019.

NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR COMMENTS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Indian Health Service
(2/14/18)

Request for Public Comment: 30 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (LRP)
83 FR 6601, (PDF)

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for an extension of a previously approved collection of information titled, ‘‘IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP)’’ (OMB Control Number 0917–0014), which expires July 31, 2018. This proposed information collection project was recently published in the Federal Register (82 FR 55107) on November 20, 2017, and allowed 60 days for public comment, as required by the PRA. The IHS received 20 anonymous comments regarding this collection but they did not pertain to the LRP notice. The purpose of this notice is to allow 30 days for public comment to be submitted directly to OMB. A copy of the supporting statement is available at www.regulations.gov (see Docket ID IHS_FRDOC_0001).

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(2/14/18)

Proclaiming Certain Lands as Reservation of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
83 FR 6612, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Acting Assistant Secretary— Indian Affairs proclaimed approximately 121.01 acres, more or less, an addition to the reservation of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi of Michigan on November 24, 2017.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
(2/13/18)

Alaska Native Claims Selection
83 FR 6212, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hereby provides constructive notice that it will issue an appealable decision approving conveyance of the surface and subsurface estates in certain lands to Calista Corporation, an Alaska Native regional corporation, pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, as amended (ANCSA).

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(2/7/18)

Indian Trust Asset Reform Act, Title II- Indian Trust Asset Management Demonstration Project
83 FR 5037, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will host three Tribal consultation sessions on the development of the Indian Trust Asset Management Demonstration Project authorized by the Indian Trust Asset Management Reform Act (ITARA), Public Law 114–178.

FINALE RULE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Fish and Wildlife Service
(2/5/18)

Migratory Bird Hunting; Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2017-18 Season
83 FR 5037, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This rule prescribes special migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands. This rule responds to tribal requests for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter Service or we) recognition of their authority to regulate hunting under established guidelines. This rule allows the establishment of season bag limits and, thus, harvest at levels compatible with populations and habitat conditions.

PROPOSED RULE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Fish and Wildlife Service
(2/1/18)

Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alasla During the 2018 Season
83 FR 4623, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) is proposing migratory bird subsistence harvest regulations in Alaska for the 2018 season. These regulations allow for the continuation of customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory birds in Alaska and prescribe regional information on when and where the harvesting of birds may occur. These regulations were developed under a comanagement process involving the Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Alaska Native representatives. The rulemaking is necessary because the regulations governing the subsistence harvest of migratory birds in Alaska are subject to annual review. This rulemaking proposes region-specific regulations that would go into effect on April 2, 2018.

 

January

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(1/30/18)

Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Recieve Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
83 FR 4235, (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 January 17, 2017.

FINAL RULE NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION
(1/26/18)

Freedom of Information Act Procedures
83 FR 3591, (PDF)

SUMMARY: This rule amends the procedures followed by the National Indian Gaming Commission when processing a request under the Freedom of Information Act, as amended. These amendments update certain Commission information, conform to changes made in the Freedom of Information Act Improvements Act of 2016, and streamline how the Commission processes its Freedom of Information Act requests.

FINAL RULE FEDERAL TRADE COMISSION
National Indian Gaming Comission
(1/22/18)

Fees
83 FR 2902, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The National Indian Gaming Commission is amending its fee regulations. The rule amends the regulations that describe when the Commission adopts annual fee rates, defines the fiscal year of the gaming operation that will be used for calculating the fee payments, and includes additional revisions clarifying the fee calculation and submission process for gaming operations.

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

Rate Adjustments for Indian Irrigation Projects
83 FR 2662, (PDF)

SUMMARY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) owns or has an interest in irrigation projects located on or associated with various Indian reservations throughout the United States. We are required to establish irrigation assessment rates to recover the costs to administer, operate, maintain, and rehabilitate these projects. We request your comments on the proposed rate adjustments.

NOTICE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
(1/16/18)

Notice of Intent to Prepare Monument Management Plans for the Bears Ears National Monument Indian Creek and Shash Jaa Units and Associated Environmental Impact Statement, Utah
83 FR 2181, (PDF)

SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the National Forest Management Act of 1976, as amended (NFMA), and Presidential Proclamation 9558 as modified by Presidential Proclamation 9681, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Canyon Country District Office, Moab, Utah intends to prepare a Monument Management Plan (MMP) for the Bears Ears National Monument Indian Creek Unit, and intends to jointly prepare, with the Manti La-Sal National Forest (USFS), Price, Utah, a MMP for the Shash Ja´a Unit. The BLM and USFS, which is a co-manager of the Shash Ja´a Unit, will prepare a single Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to satisfy the NEPA requirements for this planning process. By this Notice, the BLM announces the beginning of the scoping process to solicit public comments and identify issues. These MMPs may replace portions of the existing Monticello Field Office Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan, as amended, and Manti- La Sal National Forest Plan.

FINAL RULE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
National Indian Gaming Comission
(1/16/18)

Annual Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalty to Reflect Inflation
83 FR 2059, (PDF)

SUMMARY: In compliance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (the Act) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC or Commission) is amending its civil monetary penalty rule to reflect an annual adjustment for inflation in order to improve the penalty’s effectiveness and maintain its deterrent effect. The Act provides that the new penalty level must apply to penalties assessed after the effective date of the increase, including when the penalties whose associated violation predate the increase.

 

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