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Federal Officials Seek Tribal Input On Changes To Business Operation Regulations

Federal officials hope to make doing business on Native American reservations easier. The update is a long time coming. The last time the U.S. Department of the Interior revised those regulations was more than 30 years ago.

The move is, in part, a response to several requests from tribes and tribal organizations for updates to certain parts of the regulations regarding tribal self-determination. It’s part of a growing movement under the Obama administration to institute policies aimed at increasing tribal self-governance.

In a written statement, the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Deputy Secretary said the current regulations don’t accurately reflect or respect the current business practices going on in Indian Country because the last rule change occurred in the 1980s.

The agency said the goal is to chart a path forward that’s guided by tribal input.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.