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Press Releases


Secretary Jewell places a piece of ivory on a conveyer belt to be crushed. 07/01/15
Secretary Jewell Visits Vietnam to Encourage International Collaboration in Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today concluded an official visit to Vietnam where she met with government officials to discuss ways the U.S. and the South Asian country can work together to combat the world’s growing illegal wildlife trade.

Secretary Jewell stands next to a Native American headdress. 06/29/15
Department of the Interior Announces Final Federal Recognition Process to Acknowledge Indian Tribes

The updated rule promotes a more transparent, timely and consistent process flexible enough to account for the unique histories of tribal communities while maintaining the rigor and integrity of the criteria that have been in place for nearly 40 years.

Land buy-back program for Tribal Nations logo 06/25/15
Buy-Back Program Exceeds $500 Million Paid to Landowners for Voluntary Consolidation of Fractional Interests

The Buy-Back Program implements the land consolidation component of the Cobell Settlement, which provided $1.9 billion to purchase fractional interests in trust or restricted land from willing individual landowners at fair market value.


Media Advisories


A field of flags displayed at War in the Pacific National Historical Park. 07/01/15
Secretary Jewell to Make First Official Visit to Guam

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will visit the U.S. Territory of Guam on Monday, July 6, to further the United States’ commitment to insular areas and Guam’s importance to the region.

Secretary Jewell with US flag in background 06/25/15
Secretary Jewell to Travel to Vietnam, China and Guam

The black markets in the United States, China and Vietnam are contributing to record high demand for wildlife products that is having a devastating impact, with species like elephants and rhinos facing the risk of significant decline or even extinction.

DOI Logo 06/23/15
Secretary Jewell to Keynote Western Governors’ Association Annual Meeting

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will deliver keynote remarks at the Annual Meeting of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, on Wednesday, June 24.


DOI Videos


ThisWeekJuly2_200 07/02/15
This Week at Interior July 2, 2015

Secretary Jewell travels to Asia; Team Rubicon heads for Alaska to fight wildfires; USGS knows the biggest threat to polar bears; a new rule for tribal recognition; changing policy to allow photos on White House tours; more.


Photo Galleries


Samara interior 04/15/15
Five New National Historic Landmarks Highlight America’s Diverse Heritage

Interior Secretary Jewell and NPS Director Jarvis announced the designation of five national historic landmarks, ranging from a 19th century reservoir in Massachusetts to a home in Indiana designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to provide affordable housing.


Other News


Deepwater Horizon Fire 07/02/15
Statement by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on the Agreement in Principle with BP to Settle Civil Claims for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

“If approved by the court, this settlement would help restore the natural resources... impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but to also build back the resiliency of the region, which is critical to the health of our economy and environment."