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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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Feb
21

Yurok Tribe hopes California condors can be reintroduced in Klamath River Basin

The Yurok Tribe, wanting to reintroduce California condors in the Klamath River Basin, says five years of studies show promise that North American’s largest bird will once again soar over Northern California and Southern Oregon.

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Feb
20

Interior Approves Two Ivanpah Valley Solar Projects on Chemehuevi Homelands

Two controversial solar projects in the Ivanpah Valley, a renowned desert tortoise habitat that contains traditional homelands of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, have been approved by the US Dept. of Interior.

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Feb
2

Uranium mill west of Cortez, CO faces possible suit over radon

Grand Canyon Trust has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue Energy Fuels Resources for violations of the Clean Air Act and illegal tailing storage practices at its White Mesa uranium mill in southeast Utah. “We’ve always had concerns of contamination from the mill onto our land and water sources,” […]

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Jan
30

Hoopa Valley Tribe Declares Drought Emergency

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council has declared a drought emergency. Major concerns resulting from low flow in the Trinity river include higher water temperatures during critical salmon migration times this fall, as well as conditions ideal for the growth of algae and bacteria that could become a health risk. Fire risk […]

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Jan
25

Chicora Indian Tribe volunteers take part in clean up event

Members of the Chicora Indian Tribe did their part in protecting the environment by picking up trash and debris at the Socastee Park and Boat Landing. “We’re thinking about future generations, not just the next two or three, not only the next seven generations but the generations to follow,” said Chicora […]

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Jan
23

Senator, chefs, and tribes oppose Pebble Mine

A Washington state senator, 250 chefs and food professionals, and the United Tribes of Bristol Bay were among those denouncing the proposed Pebble Mine, citing an EPA report concluding that the mine could destroy up to 94 miles of streams where salmon spawn and migrate and up to 5,350 acres of wetlands, ponds […]

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Jan
22

Northern Arapaho Tribe weighs in on EPA ruling

The Northern Arapaho Tribe is asking the U.S. EPA to reject a request from the state of Wyoming to halt implementation of the agency’s recent decision that over 1 million acres around Riverton remain legally Indian Country.

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Jan
16

Utes to track air quality

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe has secured $45,000 from the EPA to install an air-quality and meteorological station in Towoac, CO.

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Jan
13

Ute Tribe makes effort to control trash fires

Ute leaders are trying to change the behavior of burning all garbage, and are embarking on a education campaign about the health hazards to the air, water and soil. At a public hearing last week in Towaoc, the tribe’s environmental specialists discussed the persistent problem of burning at an abandoned landfill […]

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Jan
8

Arizona high court allows Hopi water lawsuit

The Arizona Supreme Court is allowing a lawsuit filed by the Hopi tribe against Flagstaff over its water supply contract with the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort to move ahead.

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Jan
2

EPA Ruling Raises Tribal Jurisdiction Questions

A U.S. EPA ruling that declared Riverton part of the Wind River Indian Reservation for the purposes of some regulations may result in a legal battle over jurisdiction.

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Dec
26

Quapaw Tribe to oversee Superfund restoration

According to the EPA’s remedial project manager for a mining site southeast of Quapaw, Oklahoma, this is the first cooperative agreement in the nation where a tribe will perform a remedial action on property that they own.

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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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