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Dec
2

Flood Concerns for Sauk-Suiattle Tribe

The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe has long been concerned about the Sauk River flooding near its reservation. A new report commissioned by the tribe forecasts the likely effects global warming will have on the reservation.

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Nov
19

New tribal leader seeks partnerships to solve oil issues

With just two weeks in office, newly elected Three Affiliated Tribes Chairman Mark Fox is seeking a partnership with state and federal governments to tackle issues facing the tribe, a strategy, he says, the previous administration was not apt to do. In a meeting with Gov. Jack Dalrymple on Monday, […]

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Nov
19

Conference focuses on Lake Coeur d’Alene pollution

Tribal officials said not enough is being done to protect the lake from excess nutrients that increase the risk of heavy metals becoming suspended in the water. Several hundred people attended a conference on Lake Coeur d’Alene put on by the tribe, the University of Idaho and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

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Oct
28

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, crosscutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill approximately […]

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Oct
27

EPA Administrator Announces 2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors

Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the agency’s 2015 Tribal ecoAmbassadors, tribal college and university professors who work in partnership with EPA scientists to improve environmental conditions and public health in tribal communities, at the National Congress of American Indians’ annual convention in Atlanta, GA. The ecoAmbassadors […]

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Oct
23

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Missoula file lawsuit against DEQ

Local government agencies, Indian tribes and a nonprofit environmental group have filed suit against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. A representative of one of them calls it “absurd” that DEQ has transferred a wastewater discharge permit allowing high levels of pollution from the former Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. pulp and […]

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Oct
23

Tribe could get casino land as soon as January

In a pivotal development in a yearslong fight to build a casino in Clark County, the Cowlitz Tribe was notified Wednesday they’ll receive 152 acres west of La Center in January or within 30 days of a federal court ruling in their favor, whichever comes first.

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Oct
22

U.S. tribes opposed to proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

U.S. tribes told Canadian regulators on Wednesday they’re opposed to a proposed pipeline expansion project in Canada that could dramatically increase the number of oil tankers plying West Coast waters.

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Oct
20

Nevada and Southern California Tribes Net $10.4 Million in Grants From EPA

Tribes in Calfornia and Nevada have been awarded a combined $10.4 million for environmental improvements to their lands from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Southern California tribes will receive $5.8 million for environmental programs, water infrastructure development, community education and capacity building, while Nevada tribes have been awarded $4.8 […]

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Oct
15

Feds Help Tribes Clean Up Water, Dumpsites

The federal government is giving Arizona tribes $19.5 million to improve water quality, waste management and establish better environmental practices.

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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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