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Jun
16

Ford pays for Ramapough tribe medicine garden on former toxic site

Vincent Mann’s voice echoed across the clearing of trees as people knelt in the soft earth, sweetgrass plants in their hands. Some stopped and held up the plants to pray before placing them in a spiral on land that the Ramapough Lenape nation has called home for thousands of years. […]

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Jun
15

Three Tribes Win Coveted Washington State Environmental Education Awards

Three tribes are among the recipients of the Green Apple Awards given for environmental education initiatives by the not-for-profit group E3 Washington, a professional group that provides education on environmental development and stability.

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Jun
13

MSU student earns ecosystem fellowship with Chief Dull Knife College

Patrick Lawrence, a graduate student in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University, has earned a six-month fellowship to conduct ecosystem-oriented teaching and research at Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation.

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Jun
4

Oklahoma tribe signs agreements for waste site cleanup

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma has signed an agreement with the state to clean up contaminated waste leftover from decades of mining.

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Jun
3

Squaxin Island Tribe to celebrate habitat restoration plans

An impressive array of partners will assemble at the old Bayshore Golf Course on Oakland Bay northeast of Shelton on Tuesday to celebrate the purchase of some highly touted Puget Sound nearshore habitat. The $2.3 million acquisition had been in the works for 13 years, ever since the Capitol Land […]

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Jun
2

Utes awarded EPA funds for landfill cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has been awarded $200,000 grant to clean up an abandoned landfill on the outskirts of Towaoc.

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May
28

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe receives funds to clean up Old Swiftbird Day School site

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe will receive a $200K EPA Brownfields grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up and redevelop the Old Swiftbird Day School site in South Dakota.

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May
24

Senate bill seen as friendly to Navajo mining interests

Navajo officials applauded a Senate committee’s approval this week of an energy bill that includes provisions making it easier for the Navajo Nation to sign leases for mining on its lands. The bill, which covers a wide range of tribal energy-development issues, is an important step toward self-determination for the […]

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May
24

Minnesota Tribal Leaders Join Forces With Environmental Movement

The environmental movement in northern Minnesota has added an influential force to its ranks: tribal leaders. Through a series of legal victories, including one just weeks ago, tribes are extending the meaning of rights they reserved in 19th-century treaties.

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May
21

Yakama Fight to Protect Fishing Sites From Coal Train Terminals

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation have joined the chorus of opposition to coal-rail terminals in the Northwest, adding their voice to those of the Lummi, Quinault and other tribes.

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May
18

Napa Tribal Casino Resisted by Winemakers to Protect Land

The threat of a Las Vegas-style casino opening in the lush fields of California’s Napa Valley is rousing the makers of some of the world’s most celebrated wines into a pitched community fight.

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May
15

CSKT to clear the air with Amish business

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have been dealing with burning permit issues with the Amish community spanning back seven years.

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May
13

US government supports Agua Caliente in water case

The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday weighed in to support the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in its lawsuit against two water districts, backing the tribe’s claims that the local agencies are infringing upon its rights by over-pumping groundwater from the Coachella Valley’s aquifer.

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May
9

Tribal groups dismayed by Recapture Canyon’s ATV protest

ATV enthusiasts from Blanding, UT insist federal authorities illegally exclude their machines from nearby Recapture Canyon, but their protest ride planned for Saturday has become a source of dismay for some tribal members whose ancestors inhabited this canyon long before Anglo ranchers ran cows there. Officials with the Hopi Cultural Preservation […]

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May
7

Secretary of the Interior Announces Grants for Tribal Energy Efforts

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to build strong and prosperous tribal communities and the Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the approval of the 200-megawatt Moapa Solar Energy Center Project on tribal trust land […]

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May
5

Nisqually Tribe activist devoted his life to defense of fishing rights, salmon habitat

Billy Frank Jr., a key figure in the fight to protect Native American fishing rights and salmon habitat, passed away at home on May 5, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission announced. Frank was chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for more than 30 years. He was 83.

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May
2

Native Student Selected for Prestigious National Scholarship

Junior industrial engineering and engineering management student Vaughn Vargas from Rapid City, South Dakota has been awarded the $5,000 Udall Scholarship, one of five prestigious, national programs established by the U.S. Congress—the Harry S. Truman and Barry Goldwater scholarships among them. After graduation, Vargas hopes to help lower the poverty […]

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Apr
25

Yurok Tribe to Release Condors into Redwood Coast

Yurok tribal tradition holds the California condor as sacred, with ancient stories saying the giant birds fly closest to the sun and are the best messengers to carry prayers. Now, after five years of research, the far northern California-based tribe has received permission to release captive-bred condors into the Redwood […]

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Apr
25

Study Maps Groundwater Contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation

The scope of groundwater contamination on the Fort Peck Reservation caused by oil exploration that began in the 1950s has been estimated at 15 to 37 billion gallons spread across 17.9 square miles, according to a recent study.

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Apr
23

ND Tribes Warn of the Environmental Impact of Oil

Leaders of North Dakota’s Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nations say that while they are thankful for the money that oil has brought the once-impoverished Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, they are concerned about the environmental impact of drilling on their land.

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