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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - United States Department Of The Interior
Regulations to implement legislation passed during the William Howard Taft administration are just now getting around to being implemented, some 103 years later. Taft signed the Buy Indian Act into law on June 25, 1910, to give an economic boost to American Indian populations on reservations.
For many, the most visible sign that the 16-day government shutdown was over wasn't federal workers back on the job or barriers being removed from national memorials — it was the return of the "Panda Cam."
As firefighters battle a spectacular blaze raging across Yosemite National Park, the Interior Department is trying to put out a fire of a different sort: criticism from Congress' main watchdog that officials have failed for years to plan properly for replacing the government's decrepit, undersized fleet of 50-year-old firefighting aircraft.
Sally Jewell is one step closer to becoming the nation's next secretary of the interior.
The Bureau of Land Management oversees geothermal energy development on public lands with a patchwork of regulations and no standardized inspection and enforcement program, the Interior Department's internal watchdog said Monday.
House Republicans voted Wednesday to authorize congressional subpoenas demanding the Obama administration turn over documents it has refused to turn over in two investigations, including one looking at the post-Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned U.S. lawmakers Thursday they would deliver a "self-inflicted" wound to the nation's economy by holding up efforts to raise the government's borrowing limit.
The Obama administration Interior Department has extended a temporary ban on the filing of new mining claims near the Grand Canyon with an eye toward protecting 1 million acres and giving the federal government more time to study the economic and environmental effects of mining.
More than two-thirds of offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle, neither producing oil and gas, nor being actively explored by the companies who hold the leases, according to a new Department of Interior report.
President Obama has intentionally hamstrung domestic energy production under the delusional theory that the U.S. economy can thrive on so-called green power. As Mideast turmoil threatens the oil supply, the price of domestic crude has jumped above $100 a barrel and gas at the pump now exceeds $3.46 a gallon. This shows just how dangerous the Obama administration's economic and energy policies can be to our wallets.