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.
Mission: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) mission is to: "… enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives."
Are you curious about treaty rights? Treaties are “contracts among nations”. Like other treaty obligations of the US, Indian treaties are considered to be “the supreme law of the land.” Read more about them here: https://www.bia.gov/frequently-asked-questions
Don’t forget! Sunday is #RockYourMocs day! It’s easy to participate. Wear moccasins to school, to work or wherever your day takes you. If you don’t own mocs, can’t wear mocs, or perhaps your Tribe didn’t wear mocs, wear a Turquoise Awareness Ribbon instead. #RockYourMocs!
Wondering what the history behind National Native American Heritage Month is? Our dedicated staff have compiled resources to celebrate the culture & heritage of these remarkable Americans who deeply enrich the quality and character of our Nation. See More: https://www.indianaffairs.gov/as-ia/opa/national-native-american-heritage-month
After years in the making, the new National Native American Veterans Memorial virtual opening is live.
Located on the grounds of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the Memorial represents all American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian vets, and brings renewed attention and honor to their service to the nation.
To see it, visit: www.americanindian.si.edu/visit/Washington/nnavm
Many tribes have a strong military tradition within their cultures, and for all tribes, their veterans are among their most honored members. Today and every day we thank you for your sacrifices and valor. #veteransday
Trump Administration Grants Gold Star Families and Military Veterans Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges and Other Public Lands
Starting Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, Gold Star Families & U.S. military veterans receive free access to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas: like national parks, wildlife refuges and forests. Thank you American veterans & Gold Star families! READ https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/trump-administration-grants-gold-star-families-and-military-veterans-free-entrance
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced at the Iowa Gold Star Museum that Gold Star Families and U.S. military veterans will be granted free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day (Nov....
We invite you join us today from 1:00-2:30 pm EST for the DOI live-stream Veterans Day program. In remembrance and honor all of America’s veterans for their sacrifices and valor. To join us, go to www.doi.gov/events
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Join us today at 1:00-2:00pm EST for our National Native American Heritage Month 2020 Virtual Kickoff. This year’s theme is “Resilient & Enduring: We Are Native People.” LIVE AT: ow.ly/hdVd50C6CYK
Taking up the charge given by Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has established a National Native American Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This tribute to Native heroes will open to the public on Veterans Day 2020. At its unveiling, the enduring and distinguished service of Native Americans in every branch of the U.S. military will be recognized for the first time on a national scale.
Watch the Building the National Native American Veterans Memorial Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghOvL1CBIxs
On September 8, 2020, the central ring was installed at the National Native American Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Smithsonian's National Museum of...
Happy National Bison Day! On October 30th, the U.S. Department of the Interior joined leaders from the Rosebud Sioux Nation & World Wildlife Fund as 100 wild bison were released onto nearly 28,000 acres of native grasslands on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation (SD). Video Credit: Paul Ebsen
Read About It Here: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/10-30-20-bison-transfer-to-establish-wolakota-buffalo-range-marks-interior-commitment-to-bison-conservation.htm
Indian Affairs is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, IA provides services to 574 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. Learn More: http://ow.ly/kTNc50C6DgV
@ASIndianAffairs Announces San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians in California as the 60th set of tribal leasing regulations approved under the HEARTH Act since its passage in 2012, & the 5th under IAs’ new policy expediting the process. Read Now: https://www.bia.gov/as-ia/opa/online-press-release/sweeney-announces-san-pasqual-band-diegueno-mission-indians-hearth
ICYMI: Hopi receives $5M for Hopi Arsenic Mitigation Project. Read More: http://ow.ly/PXdl50C7GNg
Today, we are proud to announce our National Native American Heritage Month 2020 Virtual Kickoff. This year’s theme is “Resilient and Enduring: We Are Native People.”
Monday, November 9, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm EST
ICYMI: On October 30, President Trump issued a proclamation designating November 2020 as National Native American Heritage Month. We celebrate the culture and heritage of these remarkable Americans who deeply enrich the quality & character of our Nation. http://ow.ly/L1kD50C83qB
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Modern day firefighters are sometimes equated to Indian Country’s modern day warriors. This is because tribal communities look to wildland firefighters to protect the people, land and resources they hold dear for their survival. We appreciate the sacrifices they and their families make during fire season. #DOIService http://ow.ly/nPXY50C7Gsn
Through the collaborative efforts of our offices and divisions, IA exceeded all government wide competition & small business goals. As we reflect on the unique challenges set forth by COVID-19, we must acknowledge the support & dedication of our staff and leadership. THANK YOU!
Congratulations to the IA Office of Acquisitions! They completed over $374M in Acquisition actions, most notably:
- Increase of Smart Acquisition vehicle use
- Increase in “Buy Indian” acquisitions by 68%
- Reduction in time to acquire commodity goods & services by 50%+
- Reduction of the Procurement Action Lead Time for Architecture & Engineering.
Trump Administration To Provide $5 Million for Hopi Tribe to Begin Work on Improving On-Reservation Water Quality “Clean, accessible drinking water is vital for the health of our Native communities,” said Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney. http://ow.ly/SClK50C77SF
Under the Trump Administration, IA Office of Facilities, Property and Safety Management greatly reduced the number of outstanding education deferred maintenance work orders in FY 20. Much needed repairs, updates, and construction were accomplished under their watch. 84% more than previous years!
Today, @ASIndianAffairs & DAS-PED joined federal officials, council representatives, veterans, & school members at the opening ceremony of the new @BureauIndianEdu Little Singer Community School facility. We look forward to future teachers, nurses, artists & innovators!
Under President Trump’s Admin, the IA Office of Information Management Technology (OIMT) installed Wi-Fi on 25 BIE school buses! Enabling students to access the internet and online learning systems during long bus rides. #connectivity #tribalbroadband
Nu'lwangtalongva (Hopi) & Yá'át'ééh abíní (Navajo) from Flagstaff AZ! Today, our offices have the #honor of engaging in discussions with Hopi & Navajo leadership. It is our charge to make #IndianAffairs an efficient enterprise that supports tribal community.
Yesterday, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer gave Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney and DAS-PED Mark Cruz a Navajo Nation Capitol tour. Photographed here next to painting of honorable Chief Manuelito and the Treaty of Bosque Redondo (Naaltsoos Sání). This document ensures government to government discussions 152 years later.
ICYMI: @WhiteHouse Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Jennie Lichter, addressed concerns from Navajo Nation Tribal Leadership. Also connecting some of the administration efforts in AI/AN communities like #OperationLadyJustice.
Our offices strive to develop strong relationships with tribes to work on innovative solutions for lifting up tribal communities. Our team and AS -IA Tara Katuk Sweeney have worked diligently to deliver for tribes across our Nation. WATCH NOW: https://vimeo.com/navajonationcouncil
Greetings from the Capitol of the Navajo Nation! Check out the Live Stream for White House and Administration Visit: Safe Communities for the Navajo Nation Discussion. Photo Credits: Mikael Tom
IA Office of Human Resources (OHCM) They completed 907 vacancy announcements (Up 10%) and filled 707 vacancies, of which 395 are new hires. They play an important role in the completion of our responsibilities across the nation!
🎉Happy New Fiscal Year! 🎉
As we end the first month of the 2021 FY, we wanted to share our offices accomplishments. Our team of dedicated employees have made incredible strides. A big thank you to the Office of Human Capital Management. They oversee human resources management, policy and operations for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education, and the Assistant Secretary- Indian Affairs.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month. Yesterday our offices observed #PurpleThursday in honor of victims everywhere, and to show commitment to promoting healthy relationships.
Call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) OR 844.7NATIVE (762.8483)
Are you curious about your ancestry? While Indian Affairs does not conduct genealogical research or maintain a database that you can query in order. We do have resources to support your search to find information on your ancestors. SEE NOW: http://ow.ly/kEzy50C09rM
Trump Administration Invests $3M to Preserve AI/AN Languages through IEED #LivingLanguages Grants. Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney said AI/AN languages are "essential for the survival of our Native cultures, histories and values." #LivingLanguages2020
See all the tribal grantees here: http://ow.ly/dc2g50BZ1qj
ICYMI: The White House launched the "PUTTING AMERICA’S FIRST PEOPLES FIRST" plan. Priorities Include:
• Respecting Tribal Sovereignty & Self-Determination
• Promoting Safe Communities
• Building a thriving economy with Improved Infrastructure
• Honoring NA Heritage & Improving Education
• Delivering Better Health
READ NOW: http://ow.ly/NAOi50BZ4uu
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