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Dec
1

Minnesota’s Permit For Northshore Mine Expansion Riles Tribes, Environmental Groups

Tribal and environmental groups say the state’s plan to allow expansion of a taconite mine raises the same concerns as the prospect of copper-nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota. in comments submitted to the MPCA, environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage bands pointed out that the permit […]

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Nov
30

Minnesota’s permit for Northshore mine expansion riles tribes, environmental groups

Northshore Mining Company wants to enlarge its 12-mile-long taconite pit near Babbitt into and area that contains sulfur-bearing rock, the same type of rock that would yield copper, nickel and precious metals for the proposed PolyMet mine just a few miles to the south. Environmental officials at the Fond du Lac and Grand […]

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Nov
29

TEMECULA: City, Pechanga strike deal on expansion costs

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, which is working on a $285 million expansion of its resort and casino property, has struck a deal with Temecula that will find the tribe paying millions for roadwork and an extra police officer.

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Nov
23

The town that stood up to coal

The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Southwest Montana sits on an estimated 23 billion tons of coal. Coal companies are looking here to expand their reserves. However, the Northern Cheyenne say they will oppose the coal development to no end.

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Nov
21

Massive salvage logging under way at Colville after wildfires

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation are unleashing a salvage logging operation in an emergency cut to get what value the tribes still can from charred and blackened trees. It’s a logging blitz nearly military in scope and one of the biggest ever in Washington: as many as […]

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Nov
19

South Central Climate Science Center receive DOI Environmental Achievement Award

The South Center Climate Science Center, located on the University of Oklahoma’s Research Campus, is the recipient of the Department of Interior 2015 Environmental Achievement Award, a prestigious award for “Climate Science and Partnerships–Increasing the Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation.” The South Central Climate Science Center received the award as […]

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Nov
15

Support Strengthens to Stop Oil and Gas Development to Keep Florida’s Everglades Wild

Betty Osceola is a member of the Miccosukee tribe and Panther clan. She is part of a growing coalition of Indian tribes, environmental groups, and concerned citizens who are fighting the creation of The River of Grass Greenway (ROGG), a bike path that would connect Naples to Miami. Stopping the bike path is a move to keep […]

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Nov
15

White Earth students at Washington STEM conference

Four students and two faculty members with the White Earth Tribal & Community College flew to Washington, D.C., for what is referred to as the “largest multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) conference in the country.” The intense, three-day conference was held by the Society for Advancement of […]

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Nov
9

Lawsuit: SD agency biased against qualified Native American workers

The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, the nation’s most powerful law-enforcement agency, against the South Dakota Department of Social Services, which is in charge of helping people deal with social problems. The discrimination case is noteworthy because the Native American man, Cedric Goodman, was applying for a […]

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Nov
9

$3.5M grant for UNM to study contamination from Colorado mine

The problem of heavy-metal waste leaking from an estimated 161,000 abandoned mines in 13 Western states is a chronic problem that Native American tribes have dealt with for decades. University of New Mexico researchers have received a $3.5 million federal grant to study the health and environmental consequences of such waste […]

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Nov
3

Anishinabe-Kwe in the White House

Karen Diver, Chairwoman of the Fond de Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Minnesota, has just announced that she is stepping down from her long time position as tribal chairwoman and has accepted an appointment to serve at the White House as special assistant to President Barack Obama on Native American […]

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Nov
2

Tribes Say Bypass Destroyed Sacred Sites

Native American tribes say California and the United States destroyed sacred sites, artifacts and wetlands building a $300 million stretch of highway in Northern California. The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians and Round Valley Indian Tribes of California say that state and federal agencies failed to consult with them before […]

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Oct
27

EPA Funds California, Nevada Native Tribe Water Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than $30 million in funding to native tribes in California and Nevada. The EPA says since most tribes in the Pacific Southwest have small governments, one goal of the funding is to help them develop programs to protect the environment.

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Oct
20

‘Renewable ranch’ in Eastern Agency takes shape

The Eastern Navajo Nation Agency is exploring the possibility of building a solar farm as part of efforts to chart a “new path,” according to a tribal official. A study was done, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Tribal Energy Program, which analyzed the project’s socioeconomic potential, the […]

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Oct
20

Moapa Indian reservation still waiting for 2014 FEMA flood funding

More than 13 months later, the Moapa Band of Paiutes are still awaiting an overwhelming majority of its federal funding from the severe flooding in September 2014. The Federal Emergency Management Agency declared the area a major disaster in November 2014. Chairman Dobada says initial estimates at that time were $3.4 […]

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Oct
18

Nearly 700 acres of Sonoma County coast protected under deal with landowners

Sonoma County supervisors have signed off on the final piece of a complex deal that will transfer nearly 700 acres of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians’ ancestral lands near Stewarts Point back to the tribe in exchange for permission to build a public bluff-top trail along more than a […]

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Oct
15

Tribes join forces to push Obama for new national monument in Utah

Tribal leaders from the Four Corners states met in Washington Thursday and called on President Barack Obama to declare 1.9 million acres in southeastern Utah a national monument. The Bear Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition is chaired by Navajo and Hopi representatives who say the land is “ancestral land” which must be […]

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Oct
9

House OKs bill giving tribes more control over mineral resources

The House approved a bill Thursday that aims to streamline the process of licensing energy projects on tribal lands, by shortening the time for federal approvals and limiting public comment on environmental impacts.

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Oct
7

Department of Interior must cancel Badger-Two Medicine leases

For more than 30 years, oil and gas companies have sought to exploit the Badger-Two Medicine, a 160,000-acre parcel made up of the U.S. Forest Service and the Blackfeet Nation, bordering Glacier National Park. The Blackfeet Nation has steadfastly insisted that such industrialization cannot be mitigated, and that existing exploration leases […]

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Oct
7

Tribes say Sandpiper threatens treaty rights

Native American groups say that the proposed route of the Sandpiper crude oil pipeline, which crosses grasslands in Minnesota on its way from North Dakota to Wisconsin, violates their treaty rights to fish, hunt and gather crops, in particular, wild rice. The tribes, which include Ojibwe groups, also known as […]

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