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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

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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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May
17

Tribal struggles beyond Standing Rock

The standoff at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation brought national attention to the struggle over indigenous lands and resources. This video series examines the ways tribes in North America have dealt with mounting pressures from governments and corporations that take over their land for mega-projects such as dams, freeways and […]

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May
14

Battle Over Bears Ears Heats Up as Trump Rethinks Its Monument Status

President Barack Obama established the Bears Ears National Monument in the final days of his presidency, using the Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, to place special protections on a vast swath of winding canyons and shifting sands imbued with at least 10,000 years of human history. In terms of […]

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May
14

Battle Over Bears Ears Heats Up as Trump Rethinks Its Monument Status

President Barack Obama established the Bears Ears National Monument in the final days of his presidency, using the Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, to place special protections on a vast swath of winding canyons and shifting sands imbued with at least 10,000 years of human history. In terms of […]

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May
2

Life on the Keystone XL route: where opponents fear the ‘black snake’

“Our people call it the black snake because it is evil,” says Tressa Welch, as thunder clouds steamroll the blue sky over the plains of Wolf Point. “And like snakes they come out of nowhere; they slither and strike unknown.”

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April
6

A RIGHT-WING THINK TANK IS TRYING TO BRING DOWN THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT. WHY?

Recently, the Goldwater Institute has stepped into an entirely different legal arena: an effort to dismantle a landmark law called the Indian Child Welfare Act. ICWA requires that before private and public agencies place Native American children in foster care or with an adoptive family, they try to keep nuclear […]

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Mar
20

First Solar commissions 250 MW-AC project on Native American land

Last Thursday, First Solar commissioned the 250 MW-AC Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project, marking the commissioning of one of the first utility-scale solar projects completed on tribal land in the United States.

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Mar
20

Local Historians: Native American Story Will Not be Left Out of Tricentennial

Northwest Vista College political science professor Rudy De La Cruz Jr., along with a small band of dedicated historians, is working overtime to ensure that some of San Antonio’s long forgotten voices are represented in the Tricentennial and the canon of history it depicts.

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Mar
19

Native American agriculture continues to sustain pueblos

Long before New Mexico was known for signature crops like green chile, for centuries one of the primary foods came on a cob. Corn not only helped pueblo Indians native to the state sustain their lives, but in some cases determined where they would live.

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Mar
10

Will President Trump rescind this national monument’s status from Native Americans?

At the end of his second term, then-President Obama gratified a coalition of Western Native Americans by creating Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah, 1.35 million acres of high desert punctuated by dramatic rock formations. Now a tribal coalition, which considers many sites within Bears Ears sacred, fears the Trump […]

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