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