Rights-of-Way Issues

BIA should think about a name change

BIA should think about a name change

  By Jay Daniels, Roundhouse Talk The United States Federal bureaucracy is notorious for using acronyms for everything under the sun, which is fine when used internally among federal employees. Believe me, there are so many acronyms internally and externally in the federal government even the employees get left behind during meetings, teleconference calls and […]

Oklahoma Indian landowners sue Enable over pipeline in Caddo County | News OK

Oklahoma Indian landowners sue Enable over pipeline in Caddo County | News OK

A group of American Indian landowners in Caddo County this week filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma City-based Enable Midstream Partners, saying the company has not properly paid for access to a natural gas pipeline. The suit was filed Monday on behalf of 37 individual owners of land in Caddo County within the original territorial boundaries […]

UPDATED: Finally, federal Rights-of-Way (25 CFR 169) Final Regulations effective December 21, 2015

UPDATED: Finally, federal Rights-of-Way (25 CFR 169) Final Regulations effective December 21, 2015

After more than eight years of drafting revised 25 CFR Part 169, Rights-of-Way, soliciting comments from tribes and other interested parties, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (“BIA”) has published the Final Rule for 25 CFR Part 169, Right’s-of-Ways Across Indian Lands. This final rule comprehensively updates and streamlines the process for obtaining Bureau of Indian Affairs […]

Water for Roads: San Ildefonso governor accuses Santa Fe County of ‘inability to act in good faith’

Water for Roads: San Ildefonso governor accuses Santa Fe County of ‘inability to act in good faith’

San Ildefonso Gov. James Mountain, whose pueblo is at the epicenter of a roads dispute that has now put an entire water delivery system in jeopardy, on Thursday accused Santa Fe County Commissioners of acting irresponsibly with the recent decision to withdraw $30 million of the county’s funding toward the project. The county’s financial obligation […]

Indianz.Com > Jay Daniels: Take action to prevent trespassing on Indian lands

Indianz.Com > Jay Daniels: Take action to prevent trespassing on Indian lands

Since the beginning of time, Indian tribes and individually-owned Indian lands have been treated much like open range laws in the early years of ranching. In the Western United States and Canada, open range is rangeland where cattle roam freely regardless of land ownership. Where there are “open range” laws, those wanting to keep animals […]

Rights-of-Way Proposed Rule Change: A little too long?

Rights-of-Way Proposed Rule Change: A little too long?

In August 2014, I wrote an article published in the Native Times publication based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. It was titled “Rights-of-Way Proposed Rule Change: Whats the rush?” Maybe I shouldn’t have wrote the article because someone somewhere took it to heart. Congress passed the Act of February 5, 1948, ch. 45, 62 Stat. 17, 25 […]

Indianz.Com > Jay Daniels: BIA takes it real slow with rights-of-way regulation

Indianz.Com > Jay Daniels: BIA takes it real slow with rights-of-way regulation

Jay Daniels of Round House Talk News wonders what’s going on with rights-of-way regulations that have been in development at the Bureau of Indian Affairs since 2007: In August 2014, I wrote an article published in the Native Times publication based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. It was titled “Rights-of-Way Proposed Rule Change: Whats the rush?” Maybe […]

Bill to give state more rights-of-way oversight passes House committee – The Santa Fe New Mexican

Bill to give state more rights-of-way oversight passes House committee – The Santa Fe New Mexican

The House Energy Committee voted 9-2 to pass a substitute bill that would give state regulators more oversight over rights-of-way agreements for power lines that cross tribal lands. Friday’s committee room was packed with pueblo leaders, electric cooperative managers and residents impacted by recent increases to their electric bills because of renewed rights-of-way contracts rural […]

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