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Oct
6

Wild Berry Harvests Less Reliable According to Alaskan Local Observers

The U.S. Geological Survey announced the publication of a new study examining how Alaska’s tribal environmental managers and local observer networks view statewide trends in wild berry harvests. Survey results, completed by 96 individuals in 73 communities across Alaska, indicated that wild berry harvests were less reliable than in the past.

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Sep
26

Healthy Pine River Group Addresses Chippewa River Pollution

In Gratiot County in Michigan, the Healthy Pine River helps find ways to restore the health of the Chippewa river. A Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe environmental team tests Chippewa River water in several places for E. coli weekly.

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Sep
25

Army Corps Permitting for landfill near Pala Indian Reservation

The new owners of a company seeking to build a landfill near the Pala Indian Reservation in North County near San Diego have reapplied for one of several needed permits. The Pala Tribe has led the fight against the dump for decades; they say that there are several sacred sites on Gregory […]

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Aug
17

San Carlos Apache lobbies to protect lands threatened by copper mining

In June, Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz, introduced a bill that would repeal legislation regarding a land-exchange between Resolution Copper and the federal government. In July, Grijalva joined members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in a 2,000-mile protest journey to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Members of the tribe are […]

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Aug
14

Tribal centers host mercury collection buckets

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is partnering with two other organizations to help rid the region of excess mercury.

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Aug
13

Waste water project to tie township to Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

When completed, it’s hoped that the infrastructure will help bring more business to Manistee Township.

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Aug
10

Navajo Nation declares emergency after Colorado mine spill

Tribal officials with the Navajo Nation declared an emergency as a massive plume of contaminated wastewater from an abandoned Colorado mine flowed down the San Juan River on Monday toward Lake Powell in Utah, which supplies much of the water to the Southwest.

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Aug
8

Navajo Tribe shuts off water pumps as polluted river water nears

The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority is shutting off water pumps in anticipation of the polluted river water on its way to Southern Utah. A surge of heavy metals-laced waste from the Gold King mine in Colorado has been snaking its way through the Animas River, a tributary of the San […]

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Aug
6

$4.3 Million Settlement Over Reid-Gardner Coal Plant for Moapa Paiute Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/08/06/43-million-settlement-over-reid-gardner-coal-plant-moapa-paiute-161299

A lawsuit filed two years ago by the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians over contaminants from the coal-fired Reid Gardner Power Generation Station near Las Vegas has been settled for $4.3 million.

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Jul
30

Tribes Get Federal Help With Renewable Energy Projects

Five American Indian tribes now join five Alaska Native villages in receiving technical assistance from the Department of Energy this year on their renewable and anti-climate-change energy projects. The five tribes will get help through the DOE’s Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) program.  

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Jul
22

Pueblo of Santa Ana Granted Federal Authority to Protect Water Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Pueblo of Santa Ana in N.M. has gained authority to administer its own water quality standards and certification programs under the Clean Water Act. The announcement was made today at the Regional Tribal Operations Committee (RTOC) meeting at the Pueblo of […]

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Jul
8

EPA and Navajo Nation EPA Enter Historic Agreement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Navajo Nation EPA announced a pair of settlements with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority to bring its wastewater treatment facility in Window Rock into compliance both with the federal Clean Water Act and the Navajo Nation Clean Water Act.  

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Jun
7

In St. Paul, tar sands pipeline protest draws thousands

Thousands gathered in St. Paul to protest Minnesota’s proposed Sandpiper pipeline. Young and old alike flooded the streets in downtown St. Paul for the Tar Sands Resistance March, which organizing groups hoped would open eyes to the practices of companies who extract and ship crude oil from the northern Alberta […]

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Jun
4

Northern California Tribe Harnesses Sun and Wind for Renewable Energy System

It’s sunny and windy on the northern coast of California. So why not put these elements to good use to help power a reservation, expand energy independence and reduce the carbon footprint? That’s the thinking behind the decision by the 577-member Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria to install […]

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Jun
4

Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Recognized for Efforts

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma has been recognized for its environmental and recycling efforts. In a formal ceremony Wednesday at the Tribal Annex Building in West Seneca, Patrick Riley of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality said the department’s mission is to protect, preserve and restore the state’s natural […]

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May
18

EPA Announces $1 Million for Tribal Applicants to Upgrade Diesel Engines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing the availability of $1 million in grant funding for tribal applicants to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing air pollutants from diesel exhaust such as nitrogen oxides (NOX) and particulate matter (PM), which are linked to respiratory problems.

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Apr
24

Quapaw Tribe Environmental Cleanup Project

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has just been green-lighted for a nearly $2 million environmental cleanup project. Approximately 80,000 tons of hazardous material off Highway 69, just northeast of Quapaw, will be removed. “There’s been a lot of economic value taken out of this area from tribal members. To clean […]

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Apr
21

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

Most people can’t imagine living without smartphones or the Internet, let alone without electricity. But even today — even in the United States — there are still people who live without lights and refrigeration. Many are Native Americans living on tribal reservations.

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Apr
16

House endorses Flathead tribal water-compact bill after 3.5-hour debate

After days of procedural wrangling and a marathon debate, the Montana House Wednesday finally endorsed the bill ratifying the controversial Flathead tribal water-rights compact.

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Apr
13

USDA addresses water quality, availability in agriculture communities through grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 21 grants totaling more than $10 million have been awarded to universities to support critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States.

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