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Reforms to Streamline Leasing, Spur Economic Development on 56 Million Acres of American Indian Trust Land
As part of President Obama’s commitment to empower tribal nations and
strengthen their economies, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Assistant Secretary for
Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced final regulations that will streamline the
leasing approval process on Indian land, spurring increased homeownership, and expediting
business and commercial development, including renewable energy projects.
The comprehensive reform, informed by nation-to-nation tribal consultations and public
comment, overhauls antiquated regulations governing the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ process for
approving the surface leases on lands the federal government holds in trust for Indian tribes and
individuals. As trustee, Interior manages about 56 million surface acres in Indian Country.
“This reform will expand opportunities for individual landowners and tribal governments to
generate investment and create jobs in their communities by bringing greater transparency and
workability to the Bureau of Indian Affairs leasing process,” Secretary Salazar said. “This final
step caps the most comprehensive reforms of Indian land leasing regulations in more than 50
years and will have a lasting impact on individuals and families who want to own a home or
build a business on Indian land.”
“This reform is about supporting self-determination for Indian Nations and was developed in
close consultation with tribal leaders,” said Assistant Secretary Washburn. “The streamlined,
commonsense rule replaces a process ill-suited for economic development of Indian lands and
provides flexibility and certainty to tribal communities and individuals regarding decisions on
the use of their land.” Read More....
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