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  • US sends 16,000 offers to buy back tribal lands

    The U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday announced that it has sent nearly 16,000 new offers to owners of parcels on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as it tries to buy back land that was given to individual Oglala Sioux Tribe members more than a century ago and return it to the tribe as a whole.

  • From left: Tricia Bear Eagle, Helen Red Feather, Rudell Bear Shirt and Edward Jealous Of Him, all of Wounded Knee, S.D., wait July 20, 2012, for tourists near the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at a self-made visitors center. A generation after many other American Indians sought to harness their history for profit, the Oglala Sioux Tribe is still debating how much culture they are willing to share with tourists. (Associated Press)

    Buy Indian Act finally implemented after 100 years

    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.

A temporary ban on the filing of new mining claims near the Grand Canyon was meant to slow a flurry of new uranium mining operations planned near the park. Thousands of claims exist for all types of hard-rock exploration, and some of the uranium claims are within five miles of the park's boundaries.

    Salazar extends ban on uranium mining

    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.

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