Tribal Lands

The Laguna Pueblo, a Native American reservation near Albuquerque, New Mexico, is perched on a hill in the sun.

Federal Affordable Housing Grants Awarded to Native Communities

The Indian Housing Block Grant program supports affordable housing efforts in Native American and Native Alaskan communities, which face some of the nation’s highest poverty rates and housing shortages.

March 6, 2023 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Wooden roadside sign "Entering Pine Ridge Indian Reservation" with mountains in background

Wealth Building Program Promotes Native Homeownership in South Dakota

The program connects tribal communities with resources to help households in some of the nation’s most underresourced reservations access homeownership.

January 23, 2023 - Next City

View of Washington State beach with grey rocks

Federal Grants Fund Tribal Relocation Efforts

Tribal communities threatened by climate change are opting to relocate or engage in ‘managed retreat’ to save their villages from sea level rise, erosion, flooding, and other climate impacts.

January 4, 2023 - The Daily Yonder

View of 15mph speed limit sign with Monument Valley mesas in the background

The Fight to Improve Tribal Transportation

Advocates for tribal communities argue that the bipartisan infrastructure bill does not direct enough money to tribal transportation needs, but USDOT and local leaders can ensure more equitable distribution of funds to projects on tribal lands.

November 3, 2022 - NRDC

Columbia River Gorge

White House Denies Funding to Replace Tribal Villages

The federal government appears to be reneging on yet another promise to Native American tribes.

November 6, 2017 - The Oregonian

Dash Point State Park

A Concerning Lack of Tribal Participation in Tacoma Tidelands Planning

The editors of the Tacoma Weekly speculate that someday governments might uphold their agreements. They don't expect the Tacoma Tideland sub area plan to be one of those times.

June 22, 2017 - Tacoma Weekly

Port Gamble

Preservationists Organize to Protect 3,000 Acres of Forest Near Seattle

A timber company is nearing the end of its deal to log the Port Gamble Forest, so local preservationists are raising money to protect the forest from development.

January 16, 2017 - The Seattle Times

Tribal Community Sues Over Phoenix-Area Freeway Plans

The 'South Mountain Freeway' would build a 22-mile freeway extension between Laveen and Chandler. The route's proximity to sacred tribal land has prompted a lawsuit, even after years of planning.

July 4, 2015 - The Arizona Republic

Oklahoma Tribal Nations Help Fund U.S. Roads

Often downplayed of their role in both planning efforts and in the economy, tribal governments are working collaboratively with other local governments in Oklahoma to help build and maintain roads.

June 29, 2012 - Tulsa World

Tribal Peoples Get Energy Audit

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently got advice from a sustainability consultant on ways the tribe could cut their energy use be more sustainable.

June 15, 2011 - Cherokee One Feather

Tribal Battle Results in No Development for 40 Years

In 1968, the Bureau of Indian Affairs put a freeze on development in an area of Arizona that the Navajo and Hopi both claimed until the tribes could settle. It wasn't until 2006 that an agreement was reached.

November 5, 2009 - Los Angeles Times

Sioux Tribe on Buying Spree

Fuled by casino cash, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is buying up sections of Scott County, Minnesota at a rate that has local planners spinning.

May 16, 2009 - Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune

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