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Dec
10

Heart of gold: Neil Young helps bankroll First Nation’s oilsands battle

Musician Neil Young will perform a series of four benefit concerts across Canada in January dubbed the Honor the Treaties Tour, to help the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation bankroll court challenges revolving around the preservation of treaty rights, species at risk, access issues and public land policies.

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Dec
6

Energy workers’ union backs First Nations against Northern Gateway

Canada’s largest private-sector union has thrown its support behind First Nations in opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline project, vowing to hit picket lines in solidarity if the project goes ahead.

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Dec
5

Judge signs off on Fort Belknap water plan

The Fort Belknap Indian reservation’s tribal government must pay a $1,500 fine, bolster oversight of its utility, and follow a strict testing and monitoring regimen under a five-year plan meant to fix years of problems with its drinking water supply.

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Nov
20

FSMA Rules Pose Unique Hardships for Tribal Communities

The proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations have sparked debates about the costs of compliance and other impacts on small- to medium-sized producers. But American Indian tribes face notably unique challenges under the new rules.

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Nov
18

South Coast AQMD files petition over EPA rule on Morongo air quality

The AQMD has asked a federal court to review a ruling by the EPA regarding air quality standards on the Morongo Band of Mission Indians Reservation.

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Nov
17

Feds Reach Out to Natives on Climate Change at Tribal Nations Conference

Building on the participation of tribes announced in President Barack Obama’s recent executive order laying out a plan to deal with climate change, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) announced that it too would partner with the administration.

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Nov
16

Governor declares disaster for Western Alaska communities

Gov. Sean Parnell declared a state of disaster for Western Alaska communities battered by a series of storms this past week. The declaration comes after floodwaters, ice floes and high winds downed communication lines in Stebbins and destroyed sewer and water lines and forced more than 200 people to evacuate […]

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Nov
14

Native Leaders Air Concerns at White House Tribal Nations Conference

The true potential of the Obama administration’s White House Tribal Nations Conference was on display when tribal leaders were finally invited to publicly criticize and question federal agency shortcomings on decisions affecting American Indian citizens.

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Nov
14

Nine Tribes to Receive $7 Million From DOE for Wind, Biomass, Solar Projects

Nine tribes will receive a total of more than $7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for clean-energy projects.

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Nov
5

Violations of Safe Drinking Water Act Settled on Uintah and Ouray Reservation

Newfield Production Company has agreed to pay $600,000 for failing to demonstrate financial responsibility associated with the safe operation of 442 injection wells on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.

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Nov
1

Obama Taps Tribes to Assist in Climate Change Adaptation

President Barack Obama issued an executive order on November 1 that includes a strong tribal presence in its new call to action on coping with climate change, most notably with a new task force comprised of tribal officials along with national, state and local authorities.

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Oct
29

Potawatomi Feedstock-to-Energy Conversion Plant Opens

The Forest County Potawatomi Community has opened its newly constructed $20 million Renewable Energy Facility, which will convert area food waste into enough electricity to power 1,500 homes.

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Oct
22

EPA Awards Over $847,000 to Oklahoma Tribes to Protect Air Quality

Four Oklahoma Tribes will have greater protection from toxic air pollution thanks to $847,097, assistance grants from the EPA. These funds will help provide assistance to monitor air quality on Tribal lands.

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Oct
16

Navajo Nation Council passes funding for tribal energy enterprise

During a special session Wednesday, the Navajo Nation Council voted to appropriate $4.1 million to the Navajo Transitional Energy Company.

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Oct
15

8 Tribes That Are Way Ahead of the Climate-Adaptation Curve

Eight tribes have adopted plans to adapt to a changing climate, including the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, which established an afforestation plan and a strategy to market carbon sequestration credits decades ago, and the Confederate Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana, which issued a climate change proclamation last year […]

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Sep
20

Crow Tribe earns EPA environmental justice grant

The EPA is providing the Crow Tribe on the Crow Reservation in south-central Montana with a 2013 Environmental Justice Small grant. The Tribe will receive $28,500 to educate residents and reduce exposure to water contamination.

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Sep
10

Federal judge to rule on megaloads by Friday

Nez Perce tribal leaders urged a federal judge Monday to halt shipments of giant oil-field equipment across their reservation en route to Canada’s tar sands – even as more truckloads are poised to roll.

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Sep
9

Gladstone invites energy exec to Front

Montana troubadour Jack Gladstone has invited the manager of a Louisiana firm that wants to explore for gas and oil in the Badger-Two Medicine area to visit with him in the area and discuss relinquishing the company’s leases there.

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Aug
9

Native Cheyenne Tornado Wisdom

Plains region meterologist laments lack of knowledge of native tornado wisdom. One Cheyenne chief shares some insight.

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Aug
5

Relocation of Alaska’s Sinking Newtok Village Halted

Due to climate change and erosion, the Village of Newtok, AK is rapidly sinking. Relocation efforts broke down this summer because on an internal political conflict and a freeze of government funds.

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