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Oct
9

County Clean Water Wins Environmental Justice Grant

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Conejos County Clean Water, Inc. (CCCW) of Antonito a $120,000 Environmental Justice grant to address illegal dumping in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Over a two year period, the project will identify illegal dumps, barriers to solid waste disposal, and […]

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Oct
7

Stillaguamish tribe proud of new science showplace

The Stillaguamish Tribe’s new Natural Resources Department Building is designed to honor the tribe’s history and culture while making it easier to research and protect resources for the future. The facility houses the tribe’s environmental and cultural preservation efforts, including ongoing fish and water quality studies. A new custom-built laboratory […]

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Sep
8

Water compact report supports tribes’ legal basis

Many opponents of the Flathead Water Compact have questioned the legal aspects of such an agreement, but a state legal review has found little to support those doubts.  On Monday, the members of the Water Policy Interim Committee and an audience of more than 40 people heard staff legal counsel […]

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Sep
5

McAllister Wellfield water marks new chapter for Olympia and Nisqually Tribe

Olympia is approaching the final transition to a new regional source of drinking water. Since 1949, most of the city’s drinking water has come from McAllister Springs, located on Nisqually tribal land. In October, the city will start tapping the McAllister Wellfield about a mile upstream.

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Aug
31

Swinomish tribe worries rising sea levels threaten tradition, culture

With 95 percent of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s reservation borders on the water, the tribe is concerned about the rise in sea level and storm surges expected as the planet warms.

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Aug
26

7 Tribal Programs That Protect Our Winged and Four-Legged Brothers

Here are seven examples of tribal initiatives that are taking back the spirit of environmental stewardship—be they restoring the land, reintroducing species or creating safe conditions for their intersection with modern human life.

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Aug
26

Kashia Pomo Tribe plugs in to Electric Vehicle Stations

Kashia’s Department of Environmental Planning began its quest into alternative energy transportation in 2010. Its goal was to acquire reliable, “environmentally clean” transportation so that Tribal members could safely make the 60 mile trip between the remote Rancheria and the Tribal Office as well as access health care service providers […]

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Aug
15

How one Pacific Northwest tribe is carving out a resistance to coal — and winning

The Lummi Nation, a Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest, has taken an uncompromising stand against the largest proposed coal export terminal in the country: the Gateway Pacific Terminal. If completed, it would export 48 million tons of coal mined from Montana and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, and in […]

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Aug
14

Fracking probe finds oil and gas companies illegally injected diesel

Oil and gas companies illegally injected 9,173 gallons of diesel while fracking wells in Colorado, and 32,950 gallons nationwide, according to a report unveiled Wednesday by an attorneys’ environmental group. Fracking with diesel without a permit has been illegal since at least 1997, and industry groups have said companies no […]

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Aug
11

Cherokee Nation Helps Fund Study for Safer Drinking Water

The Cherokee Nation entered into an agreement with the town of Welch, OK on Thursday to help pilot a study to provide healthier drinking water for residents.  The tribe secured copy0,000 through Indian Health Service to assist the town with a $40,000 study. A city grant will fund the remaining […]

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Aug
7

Minnesota reservation seeks stricter air standards

A Native American reservation in northern Minnesota has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to increase air quality protection in the area. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that officials of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa want the agency to give increase the reservation’s designation under the Clean […]

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Aug
2

Alaska tribal group receives grant to study contaminants

A grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will enable the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to study climate change and contaminant shifts in the Bering Strait region.

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Jul
23

$10 Million for Native American Climate Resilience

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced the administration is dedicating nearly $10 million to help American Indian tribes enhance their resilience to climate change through adaptation and mitigation initiatives.

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Jul
23

EPA Furthers Tribal Health Research through $5 million in grants

To identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma, waterborne diseases, and other unique tribal concerns, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding tribal environmental health research grants to six groups, including universities and tribes.

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Jul
11

The Yakama Nation vs. Coal Pollution

Tribal objection to coal pollution like the objections of conservationists and sportsmen alike has seemingly been not enough to stop coal from threatening the fisheries of the Columbia River. After all, no less than the New York Times has been detailing the opposition of Native American tribes to northwest coal […]

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Jul
8

Maine Sues EPA Over Control Of State’s Tribal Waters

State officials announced Tuesday that they have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over a dispute involving water quality standards on Native American lands.

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Jul
3

Tribe Helps Elk Herds Reclaim Their Home After Fire

The Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians hopes Tule elk will return home to their reservation land. The tribe received copy89,200 in grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through the organization’s competitive Tribal Wildlife Grants Program, to restore elk habitat on its 7,000-acre property in Colusa County, […]

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Jul
3

Buffalo Comeback: Tribes and Interior Dept. Committed to Making it Happen

The Department of the Interior has reaffirmed its commitment to restore bison to “appropriate and well-managed levels on public and tribal lands” by working with states, tribes and other partners.

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Jun
28

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe implements water quality control plan to protect ecosystem of Chippewa River

A sure sign of late summer is the discovery of E Coli in the Chippewa River. Over the past few years, an increase in water quality testing has led to an increase in E Coli notices posted along the banks of the Chip River, informing recreational enthusiasts of potentially dangerous […]

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Jun
27

Wisconsin: Tribes ask EPA to intervene in Gogebic iron mine proposal

Six Chippewa Indian bands in Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate the environmental effects of a proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin before the plan is reviewed by the state regulators and another federal agency. The request is similar to one made before a decision […]

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