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As the federal government considers a route for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to retain its sovereign land while sidestepping a landmark 2009 U.S. Supreme Court case, Congress is studying whether the way the government creates reservations for tribes should be overhauled in the wake of that ruling.
Many of these artifacts made their way back to the tribe because of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990. NAGPRA gave Native American tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations a process for the return of human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects and other cultural artifacts. As of […]
At the heart of the legal battle is official state recognition, according to attorney Greg Werkheiser, founder of the Washington, D.C.,-based Cultural Heritage Partners who is representing the Cumberland County-based trial nation. New Jersey had “officially” recognized the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape in 1982 “as an American Indian Tribe,” according to the […]
As the first federally recognized tribe with a high-tech enhanced tribal card (ETC), Yaqui authorities are now assisting other tribes that hope to obtain a certified ID card for border transit and tribal record-keeping.
Coast Salish people did not only harvest shellfish from the wild, but they actively managed beaches into productive clam beds to ensure a dependable food source. Today, the Clam Garden Network, a partnership of tribal members, academics, and resource managers, is reviving this practice to support food security and preserve […]
The prospect of shrinking harvests hangs over Montana and other wheat-producing regions as politicians in Washington fight over what role the United States should play in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. While the political battle plays out, scientists and wheat growers are working together on one aspect of the debate […]
Dennis Lee Forsgren, a former lobbyist recently tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency office in charge of water safety, has deep ties to a fossil fuel advocacy group engaged in the promotion of the Dakota Access Pipeline as well as controversial offshore drilling efforts.
A judge says he’s inclined to let a group of individual members of American Indian tribes join a lawsuit over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but only if they agree to not add President Donald Trump as a defendant.
Spring chinook were journeying up the Columbia River, returning to their natal streams to spawn. Lamprey were returning too, as Native leaders, elected officials and environmental warriors gathered at Mosier on June 3 to protest against crude-oil rail shipments along the great river The People know as Nch’i-Wana.
The judge didn’t shut down the oil flow but didn’t rule that out, either. Expediting the pipeline’s construction had been one of Trump’s first orders as president.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended President Trump “revise the existing boundaries” of the Bears Ears National Historic Monument and call on Congress to dictate the terms of how parts of the area should be managed.
Amid intensifying fights over new natural gas pipelines in Virginia, New Jersey and New England, the gas industry is ramping up its defense with a new front group meant to appeal to East Coasters, who have mostly avoided the fights over oil and gas development that have rocked Western states.
Several tribal members estimated that anywhere from 350 to 500 members of the Yakama Nation, a sovereign tribe in Washington state with a vast and beautiful reservation, were displaced from 60 tribal-owned residences last spring.
With a series of actions – including proposals to de-authorize recently created national monuments and open environmentally sensitive lands to fossil-fuel development – the Trump administration is moving to overturn long-standing U.S. policies on protecting the nation’s public lands.
Leaked Documents Reveal Counterterrorism Tactics Used at Standing Rock to “Defeat Pipeline Insurgencies”
Leaked documents and public records reveal a troubling fusion of private security, public law enforcement, and corporate money in the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The oil company behind the Dakota Access pipeline is facing intense scrutiny from regulators and activists over a series of recent leaks across the country, including a major spill now believed to be significantly bigger than initially reported.
Zinke began the review process two weeks ago at Bears Ears in Utah, a site sacred to Native Americans and one of the largest Obama-era monument designations In Maine, US interior de.partment officials will review whether the Katahdin proposal was adequately vetted by stakeholders. The process is due to finish on 24 […]
Deep in California’s coastal woods near the Oregon border, the reservation straddles the mighty Klamath River, the tribe’s lifeblood for centuries. But over the last 50 years, the yearly migration of salmon from the Pacific dwindled, and poverty, addiction and lawlessness gripped the reservation.
The standoff at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation brought national attention to the struggle over indigenous lands and resources. This video series examines the ways tribes in North America have dealt with mounting pressures from governments and corporations that take over their land for mega-projects such as dams, freeways and […]
President Barack Obama established the Bears Ears National Monument in the final days of his presidency, using the Antiquities Act, signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt, to place special protections on a vast swath of winding canyons and shifting sands imbued with at least 10,000 years of human history. In terms of […]
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