Department of the Interior
See also Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.
|2016.12.13||Trump nominates Montana congressman Ryan Zinke to lead Department of the Interior washingtonpost.com (See also Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.01.20||The Department of the Interior directs the National Park Service to cease use of Twitter after the NPS posted photos showing the small size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Facts)|
A shared tweet about crowd sizes apparently made someone at the Interior Department nervous enough to stand down dozens of official Twitter accounts.
|2017.01.20||Trump White House takes down Native Americans web page from White House website. nativenewsonline.net (See also Native Americans, Racism, Reversals, First 100 Days)|
Within hours of the presidential transition, the White House, took down the Native Americans web page that had been part of the Obama White House website for the previous eight years.
|2017.01.24||Efforts to mute federal employees are occurring to varying degrees in the EPA, and departments of the Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and Health and Human services. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, First Amendment, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services)|
|2017.01.25||A freeze on external communications from the EPA, Depts. of the Interior, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services, is ordered. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Assaults on Facts, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency)|
|2017.01.31||In a new bill House Republicans move to sell off 3.3m acres of national land, the size of Connecticut, sparking rallies and uniting hunters and conservationists in opposition theguardian.com (See also Environment, Bureau of Land Management, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.01.31||The Interior Department's stream protection rule prohibits the coal industry from polluting water sources near mines and on Wednesday the house will repeal it. thehill.com (See also Environment)|
"The Interior Department’s stream protection rule could become just the second regulation in history — and the first in 16 years — to be repealed under the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to overturn regulations they disapprove of with a simple majority."
|2017.02.23||Court documents filed by Army Corps of Engineers reveal that two days before the Trump administration approved an easement for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross a reservoir near the Standing Rock reservation, the Department of the Interior withdrew a legal opinion that concluded there was “ample legal justification” to deny it. abcnews.go.com (See also Dakota Access Pipeline, First 100 Days)|
|2017.03.01||The Senate confirms Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to lead the Department of the Interior, 68-31, with all voting Republicans and 17 members of the Democratic caucus backing him. cnn.com (See also First 100 Days, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.03.02||Ryan Zinke overturns a federal ban on hunting with lead ammunition in national parks and wildlife refuges. doi.gov (See also Environment, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.07.26||In response to Senator Murkowski voting against the ACA repeal, Trump and his administration responded by tweeting at her and a phone call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke letting them know the vote had put Alaska's future with the administration in jeopardy. adn.com (See also Health Care, Affordable Care Act, Unpresidential Behavior, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.09.17||Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that Donald Trump modify 10 national monuments created by his immediate predecessors, including shrinking the boundaries of at least four western sites, but the White House has refused to release this recommendation to the public. washingtonpost.com (See also Assaults on Government, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.10.02||The Interior Department’s inspector general's office has opened an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of taxpayer-funded charter planes, including a $12,000 trip from Las Vegas to an airport hear his hometown in Montana, and another trip in the Caribbean. politico.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Corruption)|
|2017.10.05||Republican donors paid up to $5,000 per couple for a photo with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke at a fundraiser held during a taxpayer-funded trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, frequently mixing politics with his Interior duties. politico.com (See also Corruption, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.10.23||Whitefish Energy, a two-year-old company, had just two full-time employees on the day Hurricane Maria made landfall, but from the same hometown as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, signed a $300 million contract to repair large portions of Puerto Rico's electrical infratructure. washingtonpost.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Unprecedented Actions)|
The scale of the disaster in Puerto Rico is far larger than anything Whitefish has handled. The company has won two contracts from the Energy Department, including $172,000 to replace a metal pole structure and splice in three miles of new conductor and overhead ground wire in Arizona.
|2017.10.24||Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has directed millions of dollars in political contributions since 2014 to a network of Washington operatives that prominent conservatives have accused of profiting by misleading donors. politico.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Corruption)|
|2017.10.25||Members of Congress from both parties on Tuesday called for an investigation into a $300 million contract to restore power to Puerto Rico, awarded to a small 2-person company based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Montana. apnews.com (See also Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.10.27||A deal reached between the government and a small Montana energy company located in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown prohibits the government from reviewing labor costs or profits related to the company's relief efforts in Puerto Rico, according to a leaked copy of the contract. thehill.com (See also Corruption, Ryan Zinke, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.10.30||The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority cancelled the highly disputed $300 million contract awarded to Whitefish Energy, a tiny American company tasked with restoring power to the still storm-ravaged island. npr.org (See also Conflicts of Interest, Ryan Zinke, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.12.04||Donald Trump signed two presidential proclamations to scale back the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, opening federally-owned public lands for private development. axios.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Domestic Policy)|
The Bears Ears monument is shrinking from 1.5 million acres to 220,000 acres and the Grand Staircase-Escalante is going from 2 million acres to 1 million acres.
|2017.12.05||One day after Donald Trump ordered an unprecedented reduction of a pair of national monuments in Utah, his administration announced plans to modify a slew of other protected wildlands scattered across the country, including shrinking Gold Butte National Monument, a nearly 300,000-acre site in Nevada, and Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which spans just over 100,000 acres on the California–Oregon border. buzzfeed.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Environment)|
|2017.12.05||Outdoor gear company Patagonia says it will take legal action over Donald Trump's move to dramatically shrink two national monuments in Utah. money.cnn.com (See also Legal Issues, Environment, Ryan Zinke)|
|2017.12.07||Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 on government helicopters this summer to take himself and staff to and from official events near Washington, D.C., in order to accommodate his attendance at a swearing-in ceremony for his replacement in Congress, and a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence. politico.com (See also Ryan Zinke, Mike Pence, Corruption)|