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Jun
1

Energy Efficiency Powers Economic Opportunities

US Congress Joint Economic Committee, June 2017.

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Jul
18

A tribe that lives in the Grand Canyon faces threat from uranium mining company

Havasupai Native Americans, who live inside the Grand Canyon, are facing a tough road ahead as a uranium mine company threatens the tribe’s only water supply. But “way above, on that plateau of bedrock within the Grand Canyon watershed, sitting on top of the same aquifer, is a uranium mine preparing […]

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Jul
17

A new look at Mashpee’s tribe status

As the federal government considers a route for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to retain its sovereign land while sidestepping a landmark 2009 U.S. Supreme Court case, Congress is studying whether the way the government creates reservations for tribes should be overhauled in the wake of that ruling.

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Jul
16

Quapaw tribe continues repatriation efforts of cultural items

Many of these artifacts made their way back to the tribe because of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. NAGPRA gave Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations a process for the return of human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects and other cultural artifacts. As of […]

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Jul
13

N.J. Indian tribe gets court’s OK to keep fighting for legal recognition

At the heart of the legal battle is official state recognition, according to attorney Greg Werkheiser, founder of the Washington, D.C.,-based Cultural Heritage Partners who is representing the Cumberland County-based trial nation. New Jersey had “officially” recognized the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape in 1982 “as an American Indian Tribe,” according to the […]

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Jul
11

Arizona Tribe Expands High-Tech IDs to Ease Border Crossing

As the first federally recognized tribe with a high-tech enhanced tribal card (ETC), Yaqui authorities are now assisting other tribes that hope to obtain a certified ID card for border transit and tribal record-keeping.

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Jul
6

Coastal Tribes Garden Clams to Preserve Culture, Improve Health

Coast Salish people did not only harvest shellfish from the wild, but they actively managed beaches into productive clam beds to ensure a dependable food source. Today, the Clam Garden Network, a partnership of tribal members, academics, and resource managers, is reviving this practice to support food security and preserve […]

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Jul
5

‘Something isn’t right’ in Mont. wheat fields

The prospect of shrinking harvests hangs over Montana and other wheat-producing regions as politicians in Washington fight over what role the United States should play in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. While the political battle plays out, scientists and wheat growers are working together on one aspect of the debate […]

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Jun
28

EPA’S NEW WATER SAFETY OFFICIAL IS A LOBBYIST WITH DEEP TIES TO THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

Dennis Lee Forsgren, a former lobbyist recently tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency office in charge of water safety, has deep ties to a fossil fuel advocacy group engaged in the promotion of the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as controversial offshore drilling efforts.

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Jun
16

Judge Won’t Allow Trump to be Added to Pipeline Lawsuit

A judge says he’s inclined to let a group of individual members of American Indian tribes join a lawsuit over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but only if they agree to not add President Donald Trump as a defendant.

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Jun
15

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/environment/coal-v-culture-battle-goes-protect-columbia-river/

Spring chinook were journeying up the Columbia River, returning to their natal streams to spawn. Lamprey were returning too, as Native leaders, elected officials and environmental warriors gathered at Mosier on June 3 to protest against crude-oil rail shipments along the great river The People know as Nch’i-Wana.

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June
15

Judge Orders Dakota Access Pipeline Review, Citing Environmental Justice

The judge didn’t shut down the oil flow but didn’t rule that out, either. Expediting the pipeline’s construction had been one of Trump’s first orders as president.

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Jun
12

Interior secretary recommends Trump consider scaling back Bears Ears National Monument

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Trump “revise the existing boundaries” of the Bears Ears National Historic Monument and call on Congress to dictate the terms of how parts of the area should be managed.

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Jun
12

Natural Gas Industry Brings A Fake Grassroots Group To Eastern Pipeline Fights

Amid intensifying fights over new natural gas pipelines in Virginia, New Jersey and New England, the gas industry is ramping up its defense with a new front group meant to appeal to East Coasters, who have mostly avoided the fights over oil and gas development that have rocked Western states.

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Jun
12

The quiet crisis: mass eviction shows toll of homelessness on Native Americans

Several tribal members estimated that anywhere from 350 to 500 members of the Yakama Nation, a sovereign tribe in Washington state with a vast and beautiful reservation, were displaced from 60 tribal-owned residences last spring.

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May
31

With Trump, A Full-Scale Assault on Protections for U.S. Public Lands

With a series of actions – including proposals to de-authorize recently created national monuments and open environmentally sensitive lands to fossil-fuel development – the Trump administration is moving to overturn long-standing U.S. policies on protecting the nation’s public lands.

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May
27

Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”

Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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May
25

Firm behind Dakota Access pipeline faces intense scrutiny for series of leaks

The oil company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is facing intense scrutiny from regulators and activists over a series of recent leaks across the country, including a major spill now believed to be significantly bigger than initially reported.

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May
21

‘Spiteful and petty’: Maine governor bans signs to Obama-designated monument

Zinke began the review process two weeks ago at Bears Ears in Utah, a site sacred to Native Americans and one of the largest Obama-era monument designations In Maine, US interior de.partment officials will review whether the Katahdin proposal was adequately vetted by stakeholders. The process is due to finish on 24 […]

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May
19

How a remote California tribe set out to save its river and stop a suicide epidemic

Deep in California’s coastal woods near the Oregon border, the reservation straddles the mighty Klamath River, the tribe’s lifeblood for centuries. But over the last 50 years, the yearly migration of salmon from the Pacific dwindled, and poverty, addiction and lawlessness gripped the reservation.

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