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WASHINGTON—On March 12, the Monument Valley Ambassadors, a group of high school students from Monument Valley High School, Utah, visited the Navajo Nation Washington Office (NNWO) during their visit to the nation's Capitol. The students voiced their concerns for improving road conditions and education in their community. The ambassadors also raised concern about health care, veterans, and natural resources.

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of the Interior released proposed land into trust regulations including reinstating "the 30-day delay for taking land into trust following a decision by the Secretary or Assistant Secretary."

The abstract reads:

"This rule revises existing regulations governing off-reservation trust acquisitions to establish new items that must be included in an application and threshold criteria that must be met for off-reservation acquisitions before National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance will be required. The rule will also reinstate the 30-day delay for taking land into trust following a decision by the Secretary or Assistant Secretary."

Acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, Michael S. Black, invites Tribal leaders to attend one of the listed listening sessions to provide input on improving "efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability" at the Department of the Interior.

Lawmakers have decided to put off government funding decisions until March 2017. That gives Republicans time to coordinate with President-elect Donald Trump, but it also means they have to devise another stopgap deal before Dec. 9. Lawmakers are in recess for Thanksgiving.

WASHINGTON—The House and Senate will reconvene next week after a weeklong recess. The Senate will reconvene for regular business Monday, June 6 and the House will reconvene Tuesday, June 7. Follow this link for the 2016 Congressional calendar. 

The Tribal Interior Budge Council Meeting will take place May 10-12 at the Washington Plaza Hotel.

WASHINGTON—Congress is currently out of session.The Senate will return on April 4 and the House of Representatives will return on April 12.

The Senate reconvenes at 3 p.m., Feb. 1 and will resume work on the wide-ranging energy policy bill (S 2012). The House canceled legislative action for the week due to the Winter Blizzard Jonas and scheduled votes next votes for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1. 

The Senate is back in session and will join their House colleagues for President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address tomorrow night. Senators start the year with an effort to audit the Federal Reserve, while House lawmakers will tackle bills on Iran terrorism financing and sanctions enforcement for North Korea. House and Senate Republicans head to Baltimore Wednesday for their 2016 issues retreat, according to the Congressional Quarterly.


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