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BIA Announces "Sweeping Reform" of Federal Surface Leasing Regulations for American Indian Lands


Today, the Federal Register published new proposed regulations for Residential, Business and Wind and Solar Resource Leases on Indian Land. The existing regulations, adopted in 1961, create significant barriers to home ownership and business development on Indian lands across the U.S. The new regulations are meant to make it easier for individual landowners and tribes to get approval for residential, commercial and renewable energy development. Some of the reforms include time limits for BIA review of applications and the elimination of the need for BIA approval for some activities on Indian lands.

There will be 60-day public comment period, including tribal meetings, following today's publication of the new regulations. The final rule will be published in 2012.

Click here for the Department of the Interior news release on the proposed regulations.

Click here for the Federal Register website and proposed regulations.

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