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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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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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