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Apr
9

Funding announced for tribal clean diesel projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced over $925,000 in grant funds for tribes in Washington to remove older marine diesel engines that emit harmful air pollutants and replace them with newer engines for more efficient marine vessels.

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Apr
7

Swinomish tribe sues to block Bakken oil trains

A federal lawsuit filed by the Swinomish Indian tribe seeks to ban BNSF Railway from transporting Bakken crude oil across tribal lands to the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes.

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Apr
1

Alaska Tribes to Receive $400,000 from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded $200,000 each for conservation work to the Native Village of Tyonek and Telida Village Council under the Tribal Wildlife Grant program. The Native Village of Tyonek, in partnership with Tyonek Tribal Conservation District, will be using funds to remove a barrier […]

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Mar
31

Changes in Climate, Watershed Forcing Sauk-Suiattle Tribe to Move Farther Upland

More than a century of change on the Sauk River—glacial retreat, logging in the watershed, and alterations downstream—is forcing the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe to move homes, administrative offices, and a longhouse farther upland and away from the river.

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Mar
27

Latest DOE renewable energy funding efforts target tribal communities

As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately five per cent of all US renewable energy resources, these […]

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Mar
26

Agua Caliente Band gets federal funds for solar carport

The federal government is dishing out nearly $6 million in renewable energy and energy efficiency grants to Native American tribes, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

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Mar
25

EPA announces $925,000 for tribal clean diesel projects in Washington

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing over $925,000 in grant funds for tribes in Washington to remove older marine diesel engines that emit harmful air pollutants and replace them with newer engines for more efficient marine vessels.

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Mar
18

DOE announces renewable energy investment for tribes

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly $6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands. As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska […]

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Mar
17

New Warm Springs Academy Offers Lessons In Tribal Culture

Every Monday at the Warm Springs Academy about 30 kids gather in a circle for a blessing song. They’re part of the “Soaring Butterflies, Warrior Spirit” after-school program focused on tribal culture.

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Feb
25

Bad River Seeks Pristine Air Classification

A northern Wisconsin tribe is seeking a change to its air quality status under federal law. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Air Management Program Director Bart Sponseller said the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is applying for Class I air status under the Clean Air Act.

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Feb
18

EPA approves Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Water Quality Standards

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (Tribe) in western North Carolina has been granted the authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to administer the Water Quality Standards program under the Clean Water Act (CWA). With this approval, the Tribe likewise is authorized to administer water quality certifications conducted under […]

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Feb
9

Tribe gets environment-friendly buses

The Cherokee Nation replaced several gas-powered transit buses with new, environmentally friendly buses that run on compressed natural gas, according to a media release.

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Feb
5

Maine Water Quality Standards Inadequate for Tribal Waters

In a decision that is being welcomed as “historic” by Maine Indian tribes, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked the state of Maine to revise some water quality standards for tribal waters.

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Jan
26

Native Communities Feel The Heat Of Climate Change In The Southwest

Sheep have been an integral part of the lives of generations of Diné, providing food and wool to those living in relative isolation atop the Black Mesa in the remote north-central part of the Navajo Nation in Arizona. However, the lives and livelihoods of the Forest Lake Chapter of the […]

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Jan
20

Fracking protesters urge Gov. Wolf at inauguration

“Ban fracking now” shouted protesters during Gov. Tom Wolf’s oath of office from Soldiers’ Grove, who promised it will be words he will hear throughout the coming year. After a morning rally at Grace Methodist Church on State Street, a group of about 250 from new statewide coalition Pennsylvanians Against […]

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Jan
12

Tribal water compact huge issue for Legislature, state

One of the biggest issues facing the 2015 Legislature is a mystery to most Montanans, cloaked in the complexities of water law and charged with racial politics: The tribal water-rights compact on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

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Jan
5

Lummi Nation asks Army Corps to reject Cherry Point coal terminal

Lummi Nation sent a letter on Monday, Jan. 5, to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, asking the agency to immediately reject a permit application for a coal terminal at Cherry Point because it would interfere with tribal fishing grounds.

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Dec
31

NV Energy pulls plug on three of Reid Gardner plant’s four coal-fired generators

The Reid Gardner Power Plant has closed three of its four coal-generated units, a symbolic victory for Nevada’s environmental advocates and the Moapa Band of Paiutes. NV Energy, the plant’s operator, says it retired the three 100-megawatt generators on Dec. 20.

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Dec
16

Yurok tribe hopes California’s cap-and-trade can save a way of life

Instead of preparing to sell lumber, as it has in the past, California’s largest Indian tribe is taking stock of its firs, redwoods and tanoaks to make money in California’s cap-and-trade program. By managing its forest near Redwood National Park for carbon storage instead of timber harvest, the tribe is […]

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Dec
2

Flathead water compact negotiators meet in Missoula

Negotiators for a deal to settle water rights on the Flathead Indian Reservation moved closer to settling some questions about how the agreement would work at a meeting in Missoula on Monday.

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