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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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Aug
1

Tribes tell Senate how environmental change, rules affect their lands

Several witnesses at a hearing of the senate committee on Indian Affairs called upon the federal government to fight climate change and to help tribes cope with its effects.

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Jul
31

Agreement Quantifies Arizona Tribes Water Rights

The last of four American Indian water rights settlements signed in 2010 is becoming a reality. The White Mountain Apache Tribe plans to build a dam that will send water through a treatment plant and into a pipeline to serve the tribe’s population center.

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Jul
22

Alaska Tribes Attempt to Block the Controversial Pebble Mine

A mining company consortium called Pebble Partnership has plans to mine copper in Alaska rivers. Local Tribal salmon communities, fearing the mine will cause water pollution, have asked the EPA to intervene.

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Jul
11

Tribe to Host Environmental Gathering

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Environment Division will host the 17th Annual Indian Nation Leaders meeting. Federal officials and leadership from the Six Nations of New York state, as well as the Shinnecock Nation from Long Island, will meet at Akwesasne Casino Resort to discuss ecosystem issues.

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Jul
11

Potawatomi Break Ground on Biogas Plant- Converting Food Waste to Electricity

By next July the Forest County Potawatomi Community-owned FCPC Renewable Generation, LLC is anticipated to complete its food waste-to-energy facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Jul
5

Pipeline leaks gasoline on Crow Reservation

Officials say an 8 inch underground gasoline pipeline leaked onto the Crow reservation in Southeast Montana. The volume of gas leaked is undetermined as of yet. An investigation is underway.

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Jul
2

Sioux Tribes Plan a Large Scale Wind Energy Project

Leaders from six Sioux Tribes announced plans to develop a renewable energy project that would generate 1 to 2 gigawatts of power annually.

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Jun
25

Three Tribes Go Solar With Help From Department Of Energy

Three Tribes from Arizona, California and Colorado have gone solar with the help of the Department of Energy’s  Strategic Technical Assistance Response team, or START program.

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Jun
14

Tribal Leaders Learn From Each other At Energy Conference

Over 300 Tribal and non tribal energy leaders and companies held a conference June 10-12 aimed at helping tribes increase their self sufficiency efforts, explore energy policies and resource development.

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Jun
11

Tribes and Department of Energy Sign Cooperative Agreement

The Tribal Joint Business Council signed a cooperative agreement with the Dept. of Energy for one year in order to address the work being done on the contaminated uranium mill tailings site on the Wind River Indian Res, WY.

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Jun
11

Tribal Leaders Focus on Energy Development Hurdles

Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly and others opened a three day conference in Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico, to discuss the hurdles of developing natural resources, from oil to natural gas and renewable resources.

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Jun
4

New NWIC Building Dedicated to Tribal Environmental Research

Northwester Indian College in Washington will open a new building on its main Lummi Reservation campus, allowing students and faculty to conduct environmental research that supports healthy, clean and vibrant environments.

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May
14

Indian Country Leading Green Building Revolution

Two prototype green homes have been built, attempting to regenerate the environment, the people and the culture. Modeled loosely on traditional roundhouses, they will provide a blueprint for 15 new healthy, water-and energy-efficient residences the Pinoleville Pomo Nation hopes to construct.

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Apr
30

Oklahoma Tribes Partner on Chilocco Property Wind Farm

Four tribes celebrated Earth Day April 22 by breaking ground on a new eco-friendly business enterprise at a former Indian boarding school.

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Apr
20

Moapa Band of Piautes Leads Earth Day March Celebrating Solar Project

Two groups, starting at the site of the new solar development, lead an Earth day parade supporting solar power, protesting coal powered energy and  celebrating the closing announcement of the Reid Gardner coal plant.

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Apr
4

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Determined in Blockade Atop Four Enbridge Pipelines in Minnesota

More than a month after members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa set up camp atop four oil pipelines to protest Enbridge Inc.’s alleged lack of easements across their tribal territory, protesters remain determined to convince Enbridge Inc. to shut off or move the pipelines.

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Mar
27

Native American women walking length of river, raising pollution awareness

Five native American women have begun to walk the length of the Mississippi River, gathering followers along their journey as they raise awareness about water pollution.

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Mar
25

Pollution from Canada threatens fish downstream

A study by University of Montana researchers shows that pollutants leeching into the heavily mined Elk River drainage in southeastern British Columbia have reached alarming levels, particularly as selenium threatens critical fish habitat in Canada, as well as downstream in Montana.

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Mar
6

Enbridge declines to pay for new studies on oil spill damage

Trustees of the National Resource Damage Assessment, comprised of groups including two tribal governments, wants Enbridge to participate in studies involving vegetation and recreational use in the area affected by the company’s 2010 tar sands oil spill.

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