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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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Mar
9

Native American groups to protest pipeline projects in march to White House

Native Americans from across the country will march to the White House on Friday to protest President Trump’s approval of the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.

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Mar
5

Oklahoma tribe sues oil companies in tribal court over quake

An Oklahoma-based Native American tribe filed a lawsuit in its own tribal court system Friday accusing several oil companies of triggering the state’s largest earthquake that caused extensive damage to some near-century-old tribal buildings.

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Feb
23

Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp Is Cleared, at Least 40 Arrested

While many activists left the site of a months-long protest against the Dakota Access pipeline voluntarily as a deadline passed for them to clear the area on Wednesday, some protesters decided to defy the order to leave. Eventually, at least 40 were arrested at the site, according to law enforcement […]

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Feb
22

North Dakota Arrests 10 as Pipeline Protest Camp Empties

The fires burned for hours on the flat, muddy landscape, their thick smoke rising through snowflakes that tumbled to the ground. Someone rode a snowmobile across the dirt, and others moved their belongings to the side of a rural highway. The police gathered, prepared to follow the governor’s order to […]

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Feb
22

Senate panel passes protest bill over tribes’ objections

Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s bill to make it clear that the governor’s emergency response powers apply to potentially destructive protests passed its first legislative test Wednesday over the objections of Democratic lawmakers and tribal officials.

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Feb
20

Border Wall Would Cleave Tribe, and Its Connection to Ancestral Land

The phone calls started almost as soon as President Trump signed his executive order, making official his pledge to build a wall to separate the United States from Mexico.

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Feb
8

Controversial Dakota pipeline to go ahead after Army approval

The U.S. Army will grant the final permit for the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline after an order from President Donald Trump to expedite the project despite opposition from Native American tribes and climate activists.

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Feb
7

Patagonia pulls out of Utah trade show in protest of state’s public land grab

Patagonia has just become the first retailer to pull out of a big industry trade show in Utah to protest state leaders’ efforts to strip federal protection of public land.

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Feb
6

U.S. could grant final permit for Dakota pipeline as soon as Friday: government lawyer

The U.S. Army secretary could make a decision on the final permit needed to complete the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline as soon as Friday, the government’s lawyer told a Washington, D.C., court on Monday.

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Feb
5

Utah Representative Wants Bears Ears Gone And He Wants Trump To Do It

Republicans want to eliminate one of the nation’s newest national monuments. Former President Barack Obama created the 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah just days before he left office.

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Feb
3

Bureau of Indian Affairs sending agents to help clear Dakota Access protesters from site

The federal government announced Friday that it was dispatching Bureau of Indian Affairs agents to help clear Dakota Access Pipeline protesters from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

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Jan
31

The Youth Group That Launched a Movement at Standing Rock

In the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americanactivists achieved one of the most galvanizing environmentalvictories in years — and it all began with a group of teenagers.

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Jan
26

These Are the Defiant “Water Protectors” of Standing Rock

Every day during the summer, processions of people in traditional garb came to the camps around Cannonball, pledging to support a movement that had turned into something bigger than a pipeline protest. It had become an international call to protect indigenous people’s rights, and their land.

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Jan
25

4 Key Impacts of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines

President Donald Trump signed executive orders early this week that restarted the effort to complete the Keystone XL pipeline across the Great Plains and the Dakota Access pipeline in the northern plains.

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Jan
24

Trump seeks to revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL oil pipelines

President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday to revive the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, another step in his effort to dismantle former president Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.

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Jan
23

What Happens After Standing Rock?

Standing Rock was more of a beginning than end. It was both a potent symbol for this American moment, and the start of something bigger. No DAPL participants now hope the movement will raise the national consciousness on a broad array of Native American issues, from tribal sovereignty to environmental […]

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