Bureau of Indian Affairs December 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act
Document Number: 2016-31726
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
This notice announces the availability of the Department's new Guidelines for Implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act. These guidelines are intended to assist those involved in child custody proceedings in understanding and uniformly applying the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Department's regulations. All such parties including the courts, State child welfare agencies, private adoption agencies, Tribes, and family membershave a stake in ensuring the proper implementation of this important Federal law designed to protect Indian children, their parents, and Indian tribes.
Indian Gaming; Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compacts Taking Effect in the State of New Mexico
Document Number: 2016-31725
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Pueblo of Santa Ana and the State of New Mexico entered into a compact governing Class III gaming. This notice announces that the compact is taking effect.
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Tule River Tribe's Proposed Fee-to-Trust and Eagle Mountain Casino Relocation Project, Tulare County, California
Document Number: 2016-31724
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-30
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), as lead agency, intends to gather information necessary for preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) in connection with the Tule River Tribe's (Tribe) proposed Eagle Mountain Casino Relocation Project in Tulare County, California. This notice also opens public scoping to identify potential issues, concerns and alternatives to be considered in the EIS.
Notice of Deadline for Submitting Completed Applications To Begin Participation in the Tribal Self-Governance Program in Fiscal Year 2018 or Calendar Year 2018
Document Number: 2016-30829
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
In this notice, the Office of Self-Governance (OSG) establishes a deadline of March 1, 2017, for Indian Tribes and consortia to submit completed applications to begin participation in the tribal self-governance program in fiscal year 2018 or calendar year 2018.
Land Acquisitions; Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation
Document Number: 2016-30820
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-22
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Assistant SecretaryIndian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire 9.39 acres, more or less, of land in trust for the Puyallup Tribe of the Puyallup Reservation for gaming and other purposes on November 29, 2016.
Final Environmental Impact Statement and a Revised Draft Conformity Determination for the Proposed Wilton Rancheria Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project, Sacramento County, California
Document Number: 2016-29991
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-14
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
This notice advises the public that the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) as lead agency, with the Wilton Rancheria (Tribe), City of Galt, City of Elk Grove, Sacramento County (County), and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) serving as cooperating agencies, has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Wilton Rancheria Fee-to-Trust and Casino Project, Sacramento County, California, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended. This notice announces that the FEIS is now available for public review. In accordance with Section 176 of the Clean Air Act and EPA's general conformity regulations, a Revised Draft Conformity Determination (DCD) also has been prepared for the proposed project.
Land Acquisitions; Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana
Document Number: 2016-29746
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Assistant SecretaryIndian Affairs made a final agency determination to acquire 165.81 acres, more or less, of land in trust for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana, for gaming and other purposes on November 17, 2016.
Indian Gaming; Approval of an Amendment to a Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compact in the State of Michigan
Document Number: 2016-29744
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-12
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and State of Michigan negotiated a Second Amendment to the Gaming Compact governing Class III gaming; this notice announces approval of the Second Amendment.
Traders With Indians
Document Number: 2016-29253
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-09
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Department of the Interior (Department) is considering whether to propose an administrative rule that would comprehensively update 25 CFR part 140 (Licensed Indian Traders) in an effort to modernize the implementation of the Indian Trader statutes consistent with the Federal policies of Tribal self-determination and self- governance. The current regulations were promulgated in 1957 and have not been comprehensively updated since 1965. The purpose of this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) is to solicit public comments on whether and how the Department should update 25 CFR part 140, including how the Indian Trader regulations might be updated to govern who trades on Indian land and how the regulations can better promote Tribal self-determination regarding trade on Indian lands. In this ANPRM, the Department also announces dates and locations for Tribal consultations and public meetings to consider this issue.
Indian Gaming; Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compacts Taking Effect in the State of California
Document Number: 2016-29076
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The State of California entered into compacts governing Class III gaming with the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians of California, the Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians of the Barona Reservation, the Jamul Indian Village of California, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation, and the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. This notice announces that the compacts are taking effect.
Probate Regulation Updates
Document Number: 2016-28751
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-05
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
On June 20, 2016, the Bureau of Indian Affairs announced Tribal consultation on potential updates to probate regulations and announced that it would accept written comments until August 1, 2016. We are reopening the comment period to allow additional time for Tribal and public comment and will accept all comments received before January 4, 2017.
Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustments
Document Number: 2016-28750
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-02
Agency: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is adopting as final the interim final rule published on June 30, 2016, adjusting the level of civil monetary penalties contained in Indian Affairs regulations with an initial ``catch-up'' adjustment under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance. The Department of the Interior (Department) did not receive any significant adverse comments during the public comment period on the interim final rule, and therefore adopts the rule as final without change.