In simple terms, what does it mean for tribes to reclaim land? When tribal lands are incorporated into federal “trusts,” tribes can recapture the land they rightly own. There is also hope that by claiming land, the indigenous peoples will also be able to work with business and investment opportunities in the countryside with more autonomy and ease.
“Our actions today will help us meet that commitment and enable the tribes to determine how their land is used – from conservation to economic development projects,” Haaland said in a statement.
According to HuffPost, during a telephone conversation with reporters, an interior official stated that these “changes reflect political priorities that are really being determined by the Indian country.” The official noted that Haaland “wants to ensure that our political agenda, particularly regarding tribal countries, which is at the heart of government-to-government relationships, reflects the importance of Indian countries and tribal sovereignty over those countries. ”
So how much land is there really? To give an overview of how important this change really is, let’s look at the Obama and Trump administration numbers. During the Trump years, the administration only trusted 75,000 acres. However, during Obama’s years 560,000 acres were placed in trust. Even considering Obama had twice as many years, it’s clear that things slowed down a lot during Trump’s tenure. As offices advance in office, small reversals begin to make big changes for the better.