Interior Sec. Haaland Removes Restrictions Put in Place by Trump to Restore Tribal Homelands
April 28, 2021
WASHINGTON – Through Secretary's Order 3400, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Tuesday removed restrictions set in place by the Trump administration last year to allow restoration of tribal homelands and reinstated policies that promote the federal government's obligation to tribal nations.
The Secretary's Order withdrew two Dept. of the Interior Solicitor's Opinions issued last year without tribal consultation, which replaced a 2-part process and interpretation of the meaning of "under federal jurisdiction" under the Indian Reorganization Act following the decision in Carcieri v. Salazar with a new, arduous 4-part process.
"At Interior, we have an obligation to work with tribes to protect their lands and ensure that each Tribe has a homeland where its citizens can live together and lead safe and fulfilling lives," Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said. "Our actions today will help us meet that obligation and will help empower Tribes to determine how their lands are used - from conservation to economic development projects."