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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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Apr
22

Cowboy and Indian Alliance Protests Keystone XL

Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance, including Native Americans, farmers and ranchers from across the United States, were escorted by police as they marched down Independence Avenue to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline in Washington, DC. The march started on April 22, 2014, as part of the alliance’s […]

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Apr
21

Wind River Tribes Plan Ahead For Settlement Checks

In 2012, the tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation, the Eastern Shoshone and the Northern Arapaho Tribes, came to a settlement with the federal government for a mineral royalties mismanagement case dating back to the 1970’s.

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Apr
20

Trucks Hauling Water From Tribal Lands Going Unregulated

During spring runoff on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, trucks have been spotted draining water from temporarily filled ditches along U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs roads. Water codes are being developed for the Three Affiliated Tribes to address the problem.

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Apr
13

Tribe Banks on Syrup for Sweet Relief from Poverty

An American Indian tribe is hoping that sweet success with a maple syrup operation in the woods of Maine will help to counter soaring joblessness and poverty. The Passamaquoddy tribe has big plans for the operation that’s starting up with nearly 3,000 taps. The tribe intends to expand over the […]

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Apr
4

Feds and Navajo Nation Reach Settlement over Uranium Mining Cleanup

The Navajo Nation now has its best chance yet to address what has been a source of heartache for families. The federal government announced Thursday that it reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. for the cleanup of thousands of long-contaminated sites nationwide. About $1 billion will go […]

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Apr
3

Crow Coal

The Crow Tribe is working to expand coal mining and renewable energy projects on its southeastern Montana reservation. This includes a proposed coal-to-liquid plant that also captures carbon. Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote was one of the keynote speakers today at an energy industry-sponsored conference and trade show in Billings. […]

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Mar
11

Penokee Range Mine endangers Bad River watershed

In 2011, Gogebic Taconite, a Florida-based mining company, proposed building the world’s largest open-pit taconite mine in the Penokee Range within the Lake Superior Basin. The site would lie directly within the Bad River watershed, posing a severe risk to the source of drinking water.

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Mar
6

Historic Truce in Century-Long Water War Balances Needs of Klamath Tribes, Farmers

The century-long water war between the Klamath Tribes and the farmers and ranchers upstream could be drawing to an end, as negotiations were completed on March 5 for a deal to allocate water in drought-stricken southern Oregon and northern California.

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Mar
5

Minnesota Mystery: What’s Killing the Moose?

Moose in Minnesota are dying at an alarming rate, and biologists are racing to understand what’s behind the rapid decline. Video features Dr. Seth Moore, Director of Biology and Environment, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

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Feb
23

Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation Join Water Coalition

The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation in Ibapah, Utah, joined the Great Basin Water Network’s recent lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management and Department of Interior last week. The lawsuit challenges BLM’s decision to grant a right-of-way for a water pipeline that would destroy irreplaceable cultural and natural […]

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