U.S. Indian Affairs

U.S. Indian Affairs Official Facebook account for the Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs shares info about AS-IA, BIA & BIE. Indian Affairs (IA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior.

Established in 1824, IA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 565 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is responsible for the administration and management of 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals estates held in trust by the United States for American Indian, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives. Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) provides education services to approximately 42,000 Indian students.

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Bureau of Indian Affairs
03/26/2021

Bureau of Indian Affairs

A shout out to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on their incredible work to protect America's bald eagles, one of our most sacred species. According to scientists from the USFWS Migratory Birds Program, the bald eagle population has quadrupled since 2009, climbing to an estimated 316,700 individual bald eagles in the lower 48 states!
http://ow.ly/3m9x50E9qkT

Photo by Kimberly McKay at Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
03/26/2021

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Bald eagles once teetered on the brink of extinction – today, they’re soaring strong! Over 300,000 bald eagles soar across the lower 48 states according to the latest science: http://ow.ly/GZOW50E7q0v America’s national symbol and conservation success story increased its population size 4x since previous estimates in 2009.

From an all-time low of ~417 nesting pairs in 1963 in the lower 48 states, today the bald eagle population has grown to 71,400+ nesting pairs. This incredible success story results from decades of protection, the banning of the pesticide DDT, and ongoing conservation partnerships.

Thanks to our partners at Cornell Lab of Ornithology for working with us to collect and ground-truth eBird data to accurately estimate bald eagle nesting territories. This is by far one of the most significant ways we’re advancing conservation using citizen science data.

📷: Tom Koerner/USFWS

#BaldEagle #WildlifeConservation

ICYMI | Dear Tribal Leader Letter Released with new #TribalConsultation dates. Tribal leadership encouraged to give inpu...
03/25/2021

ICYMI | Dear Tribal Leader Letter Released with new #TribalConsultation dates. Tribal leadership encouraged to give input & recommendations to improve the U.S. Department of the Interior’s efforts in developing Tribal renewable & conventional #energy resources. MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xs7cr

ICYMI: 45-day #publiccomment & review period is open for potential #environmentalimpacts of the proposed Southern Bighor...
03/19/2021

ICYMI: 45-day #publiccomment & review period is open for potential #environmentalimpacts of the proposed Southern Bighorn Solar Project. SBSP is joint @BureauIndAffrs & Moapa Band of Paiute Indians effort. READ MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xsdCd

National Park Service Youth Programs
03/18/2021

National Park Service Youth Programs

⭐️ Educator. Lawyer. Teacher. Doctor. Mathematician. Artist. Playwright. Aerospace Engineer. Women’s Health Advocate. Let’s celebrate with the U.S. Indian Affairs on Native American and Alaska Native Women who helped shape our world!

Check out features on these women, including Mathilda “Tillie” Black Bear, Eloise Cobell, Denise Juneau, Joy Harjo, Elizabeth Peratrovich, and Wilma Mankiller ➡️ https://www.indianaffairs.gov/celebrate-native-american-heritage

📸 U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs

U.S. Department of the Interior #WomensHistoryMonth #NativeAmericanHeritage #AlaskanHeritage #Herstory

REMINDER | Tribal Consultation written remarks due by midnight ET on March 19, 2021. Tribal leaders can find more inform...
03/18/2021

REMINDER | Tribal Consultation written remarks due by midnight ET on March 19, 2021. Tribal leaders can find more information HERE: https://go.usa.gov/xsrJk

#WomensHistoryMonth is still in full swing. Check out 9 NEW Features, including Annie Dodge Wauneka (Diné). Her contribu...
03/16/2021

#WomensHistoryMonth is still in full swing. Check out 9 NEW Features, including Annie Dodge Wauneka (Diné). Her contributions to #nativehealth care is monumental. See why she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963. MORE: www.indianaffairs.gov/celebrate-native-american-heritage

American Rescue Plan Provides Critical Support for Indian Affairs Programs. Signed by President Joe Biden on March 12, 2...
03/15/2021

American Rescue Plan Provides Critical Support for Indian Affairs Programs. Signed by President Joe Biden on March 12, 2021, ARP invests $1.75B in American Indian and Alaska Native government programs administered under the oversight of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs. MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xsft5

Unable to attend the Tribal Consultations? Tribal leaders are encouraged to provide written input. Information is due by...
03/12/2021

Unable to attend the Tribal Consultations? Tribal leaders are encouraged to provide written input. Information is due by midnight ET on March 19, 2021. MORE INFORMATION: https://go.usa.gov/xsrJk

Tomorrow is the final Tribal Consultation call for March 2021. Tribal leaders from the  Alaska, Northwest, Pacific Regio...
03/11/2021

Tomorrow is the final Tribal Consultation call for March 2021. Tribal leaders from the Alaska, Northwest, Pacific Regions have prioritized input. However, if you were unable to join the call for your region, please feel free to join! MORE HERE: https://go.usa.gov/xsphS

A big happy birthday to the Bureau of Indian Affairs! At 197 years old, BIA stands as the oldest bureau in the U.S. Depa...
03/11/2021

A big happy birthday to the Bureau of Indian Affairs! At 197 years old, BIA stands as the oldest bureau in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Today, BIA employees across the country work to enhance the quality of life in tribal communities.
Photo Credit: Neal Herbert

Dear Tribal Leaders, don't forget to join your regional call today!  Eastern, Eastern Oklahoma, Southern Plains Regions ...
03/10/2021

Dear Tribal Leaders, don't forget to join your regional call today! Eastern, Eastern Oklahoma, Southern Plains Regions starts at 10am EST, while Navajo, Southwest, Western Regions start at 2pm EST. MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xsrJk

Dual Tribal Consultations Scheduled for tomorrow March 10th. Eastern, Eastern Oklahoma, Southern Plains Regions starts a...
03/09/2021

Dual Tribal Consultations Scheduled for tomorrow March 10th. Eastern, Eastern Oklahoma, Southern Plains Regions starts at 10am EST, while Navajo, Southwest, Western Regions start at 2pm EST. MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xsyne

ATTN Tribal Leaders | Register Now for the Great Plains, Midwest, Rocky Mountain Tribal Consultation, hosted by the U.S....
03/05/2021

ATTN Tribal Leaders | Register Now for the Great Plains, Midwest, Rocky Mountain Tribal Consultation, hosted by the U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday, March 8 , 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST. MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xsrut

Congratulations Bureau of Indian Education! You are laying the foundation for future generations. #BuildBackBetter
03/02/2021

Congratulations Bureau of Indian Education! You are laying the foundation for future generations. #BuildBackBetter

ICYMI: Haskell Indian Nations University to partner with The University of Kansas Engineering to redevelop Hiawatha Hall. A brainchild of Haskell Professor Dan Wildcat, "The Hiawatha Center for Justice" will be an interdisciplinary center for work on systemic justice issues. http://ow.ly/bY4x50DNYn9

March is #WomensHistoryMonth! Indian Affairs will be celebrating American Indian & Alaska Native Women who helped shape ...
03/01/2021

March is #WomensHistoryMonth! Indian Affairs will be celebrating American Indian & Alaska Native Women who helped shape our world including Ada Deer, Menominee. She's an activist, political candidate, educator, tribal leader, & government official. MORE: https://www.indianaffairs.gov/celebrate-native-american-heritage

Miigwech! National Congress of American Indians. Today U.S. Department of the Interior's Jennifer Van der Heide and U.S....
02/27/2021

Miigwech! National Congress of American Indians. Today U.S. Department of the Interior's Jennifer Van der Heide and U.S. Indian Affairs' Bryan Newland were featured speakers at the #NCAIECWS2021. Thank you NCAI Treasurer Shannon Holsey, President of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians, and NCAI First VP, Aaron Payment, Chairperson, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians for hosting! #StateofIndianNations #BuildBackBetter

We join the @Interior in celebrating Black History Month! Many African American heritage sites protected & maintained by...
02/26/2021

We join the @Interior in celebrating Black History Month! Many African American heritage sites protected & maintained by the @NatlParkService & @USFWS honor the contributions African Americans made to the nation. Explore some historic sites here: https://go.usa.gov/xsjmA

Bureau of Indian Affairs
02/19/2021

Bureau of Indian Affairs

BIA is recruiting several #PathwaysInternship positions to perform a variety of jobs in the natural resource fields such as natural resources management, minerals and energy, civil engineering, geography, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, animal husbandry, animal science, horticulture, rangeland management, soil conservation or science, environmental sciences, fisheries and wildlife biology, forestry and other related STEM fields. During the internships, students will be given hands on training and experience to apply their degree with real life practices in use today by tribes.

Student trainees interested in applying to the Pathways program need to apply online through @USAJobs by March 5. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/592339300

Students who have not declared a major or are enrolled in an unrelated degree program area may be selected and hired. However, their continued employment is contingent upon meeting the educational degree program eligibility requirements listed below within a prescribed timeframe. Students will be required to sign a statement agreeing that they will change their degree program.

Non-Competitive Conversions / Job Placement Services:

Student graduates who successfully complete the Pathways Internship Program and meet all position eligibility requirements may be noncompetitively converted to a term or career conditional position within the BIA. We provide support for job placement opportunities with a Tribe or Tribal enterprise.

Refer to the job vacancy announcement on USAJOBS for the specific education and eligibility qualification requirements.

Basic Education Requirements:

Students must be accepted or enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university and seeking a bachelor’s degree or higher directly related to the position (specified in the announcement) to qualify for the following grade levels:

• GS-2 grade level: Completion of high school or GED diploma
• GS-3 grade level: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high
school study
• GS-4 grade level: Completion of 2 academic years of post-
high school study or associates degree

Key Eligibility Requirements

• Be at least 18 years of age
• Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable
(www.sss.gov)
• Show they are eligible for Indian Preference by using Form BIA
- 4432 (Exp Date: 03/31/2021)
• Must be enrolled full-time or accepted for enrollment full-time
in an accredited institution
• Good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher)
• Seeking a bachelor's degree related to program/position
• Complete the 640-hour service requirement
• Must be suitable for Federal employment and pass a Security
investigation
• Must sign a Pathways Program Internship Program Participant
Agreement

Depending on the program and location, some students may be required as an incidental duty to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of Indian Affairs.

February is Black History Month! We celebrate this month and every month! See @POTUS’ Proclamation on National Black His...
02/19/2021

February is Black History Month! We celebrate this month and every month! See @POTUS’ Proclamation on National Black History Month Here: https://go.usa.gov/xsjmH #BHM

ICYMI: U.S. Department of the Interior announces 4 Tribal Listening Sessions for tribal leadership input to improve cons...
02/16/2021

ICYMI: U.S. Department of the Interior announces 4 Tribal Listening Sessions for tribal leadership input to improve consultation and fortify government to government relationship. Great Plains, Midwest, Rocky Mountain regions scheduled for initial March 8th call.
READ MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xsrJk

ICYMI: @WhiteHouse Releases "Memorandum on Tribal Consultation & Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships." @POTUS c...
02/12/2021

ICYMI: @WhiteHouse Releases "Memorandum on Tribal Consultation & Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships." @POTUS commits to "regular, meaningful, and robust consultation with Tribal Nations cornerstones of Federal Indian policy."
READ MORE: http://ow.ly/CFep50DjVS8

Just Announced | Four regional calls scheduled early March 2021. First @Interior  announces "new chapter" in tribal rela...
02/11/2021

Just Announced | Four regional calls scheduled early March 2021. First @Interior announces "new chapter" in tribal relationships, aims to achieve a standard of “meaningful consultation.” READ NOW: https://go.usa.gov/xsrDN

ATTN: Tribal Leaders | $1B Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program announced. #TribalListening Sessions scheduled for Febr...
02/09/2021

ATTN: Tribal Leaders | $1B Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program announced. #TribalListening Sessions scheduled for February 10th and 12th, 2021. SEE MORE: https://go.usa.gov/xsxD9

Sustainable impact in #IndianCountry starts with our youth! We proudly support #schoolcounselors!
02/02/2021

Sustainable impact in #IndianCountry starts with our youth! We proudly support #schoolcounselors!

National School Counseling Week is Feb. 1–5. We are proud to recognize the work of #schoolcounselors across #IndianCountry! Thank you for your tremendous impact! You help students achieve school success and plan for a career. #NSCW21

Myth: Traffickers target victims they don’t know. Reality: Many survivors have been trafficked by romantic partners, inc...
01/28/2021

Myth: Traffickers target victims they don’t know.
Reality: Many survivors have been trafficked by romantic partners, including spouses, and by family members, including parents. #EndTrafficking #TacklingTrafficking Learn More: http://ow.ly/2YcG50D7MHz

ICYMI: @WhiteHouse Releases "Memorandum on Tribal Consultation & Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships." @POTUS c...
01/27/2021

ICYMI: @WhiteHouse Releases "Memorandum on Tribal Consultation & Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships." @POTUS commits to "regular, meaningful, and robust consultation with Tribal Nations cornerstones of Federal Indian policy."
READ MORE: http://ow.ly/CFep50DjVS8

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. How are you #TacklingTrafficking in your community? ...
01/21/2021

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. How are you #TacklingTrafficking in your community? Share what you’re doing using #EndTrafficking. Read More: http://ow.ly/4fV350D7MUL

Trump Administration Announces BIE’s New Construction on Its School Campuses; Many Farms High School and Cheyenne-Eagle ...
01/19/2021

Trump Administration Announces BIE’s New Construction on Its School Campuses; Many Farms High School and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School. “We will leverage this funding to modernize both our facilities and technology,” said @ASIndianAffairs http://ow.ly/XKTt50DcMqy

Today we celebrate! Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday that is also designated by Congre...
01/18/2021

Today we celebrate! Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is the only federal holiday that is also designated by Congress as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” #MLK #MLKDay
SERVICE PROJECT IDEAS: http://ow.ly/MTKE50Da1m4

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