The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (“Tribe”) has moved to join a lawsuit brought by the state of South Dakota and Governor Kristi Noem that asks the court to force the National Park Service (“NPS”) to grant the state a permit to hold a July Fourth fireworks spectacle at Mount Rushmore in the Black Hill.
On March 31, 2021, President Joseph Biden announced the American Jobs Plan (“AJP”). The AJP is a $2.2 trillion infrastructure and economic plan that encapsulates the Biden administration’s priorities for addressing failing infrastructure, disparities in rural communities, climate change, and employment concerns.
The United States continues to be a party to the illegal operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Despite a host of court decisions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers effectively ignores the devastation imposed by their failed environmental review process.
On Monday, U.S. Representative Deb Haaland was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior by the United States Senate. Haaland, a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, will be the first Native American to serve as Secretary of the Interior and first Native American Cabinet Secretary.
On March 11, 2021 President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”). This $1.9 trillion package is the largest single investment in the American people ever. Broad goals of the law are to get vaccinations into arms, support families, continue to keep small businesses afloat and reopen schools.
On January 26, 2021 President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order affirming his commitment to tribal consultations and seeking to improve the tribal consultation process. A number of federal departments have set up tribal consultations to carry out the Executive Order. Please find this update on the Executive Order and tribal consultations scheduled for March.
In less than a month, we have witnessed a new Congress getting sworn in, an insurrection at our United States Capitol and a Presidential Inauguration. The world continues to battle a pandemic and Americans have begun to get COVID-19 vaccinations.