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Secretary Jewell to Tour Everglades, Approve Seminole Leasing Regulations


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is scheduled to be in South Florida this week for a series of announcements on restoring the health of the Everglades. While there she will be part of a milestone announcement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida in regards to the HEARTH Act.

Jewell, along with Bureau of Indian Affairs Director Mike Black, and Seminole Chairman James E. Billie will formally approve leasing regulations under the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act (HEARTH Act). The signing ceremony will be held today at 9.45 a.m. at the Seminole Tribal headquarters.


Then on Friday, Jewell will take a boat tour of the Everglades National Park to review progress that has been made in the restoration of its historic water flows. Friday afternoon Jewell will be joined by Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, for a media event to discuss the restoration efforts. Later that evening she will deliver remarks at the 30th Annual Conference of the Everglades Coalition in Key Largo.

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